Video: Hacking Soundcards Into DJ Mixers

Autore: DJ TechTools

This morning on our internet radar was DJ Blaze’s overview of his most recent DIY project – installing Traktor audio soundcards into traditional DJ mixers. It’s a great idea, especially if you happen to have an older mixer and soundcard both lying around that could be put to good use.

The way he’s done the mod, he’s pretty much just dropped a complete Traktor Audio 4/6 into his Korg KM-202 and Vestax PMC-05proIV mixers, respectively. This allows him to pull out the soundcard intact in the future – and additional ports drilled into the rear of the unit allow for DVS signal to be input into the now-enclosed audio devices.

Watch the full overview video below – skip to 3:25 for close ups of the rear of both mixers, or to 8:00 to see how the soundcard sits inside of the mixer:

[via DJBooth]

Anyone inspired to do a similar mod for themselves? Let us know in the comments below! 

Intel’s Quick Sync: Coming Soon to Your Favorite Open Source Transcoding Applications

Autore: AnandTech


Intel’s hardware accelerated video transcode engine, Quick Sync, was introduced two years ago with Sandy Bridge. When it was introduced, I was immediately sold. With proper software support you could transcode content at frame rates that were multiple times faster than even the best GPU based solutions. And you could do so without taxing the CPU cores. 


While Quick Sync wasn’t meant for high quality video encoding for professional production, it produced output that was more than good enough for use on a smartphone or tablet. Given the incredible rise in popularity of those devices over recent history and given that an increasing number of consumers moved to notebooks as primary PCs, a fast way of transcoding content without needing tons of CPU cores was exactly what the market needed.


There was just one problem with Quick Sync: it had zero support in the open source community. The open source x264 codec didn’t support Quick Sync, and by extension applications like Handbrake didn’t either. You had to rely on Cyberlink’s Media Espresso or ArcSoft’s Media Converter. Last week, Intel put the ball in motion to change all of this. 


With the release of the Intel Media SDK 2013, Intel open sourced its dispatcher code. The dispatcher simply detects what driver is loaded on the machine and returns whether or not the platform supports hardware or software based transcoding. The dispatcher is the final step before handing off a video stream to the graphics driver for transcoding, but previously it was a proprietary, closed source piece of code. For open source applications whose license requires that all components contained within the package are open source as well, the Media SDK 2013 should finally enable Quick Sync support. I believe that this was the last step in enabling Quick Sync support in applications like Handbrake.


I’m not happy with how long it took Intel to make this move, but I hope to see the results of it very soon. 

Oms mette in guardia: prepariamoci a futuro di epidemie globali


Cosa bollirà in pentola?!?


Prepariamoci a un futuro pieno di microbi ed epidemie umane globali: è l’avvertimento lanciato dalla direttrice dell’Organizzazione mondiale della Sanità (Oms), secondo la quale le malattie infettive che si trasmettono per via orale sono destinate a diffondersi con più facilità a causa della globalizzazione, dei nuovi stili di vita e dell’aumento demografico.

“Si preannuncia un futuro molto brillante per i microbi, non così buono per gli esseri umani”, ha commentato Margaret Chan, direttore dell’Oms, durante un pranzo a Hong Kong, epicentro dello scoppio di Sars nel 2003, virus che uccise circa 300 persone in città.

“Data la situazione instabile e imprevedibile, è possibile solo indicare in modo generale che ci saranno sicuramente più nuove malattie capaci di causare epidemie umane”, ha spiegato Chan, ospite di un evento di Asia Society.

La numero uno dell’Oms ha sottolineato che non tutte le nuove malattie saranno così “devastanti” come lo scoppio della Sars, che nel mondo uccise più di 800 persone o il virus H1N1, che provocò 17mila decessi.

Fonte Afp – tratto da