Monday, October 27, 2014

Monster GO DJ Portable Mixer and Digital Turntable

Professional music mixing and turntable systems have come a long way since the shy early beginnings and now with Monster GO DJ Portable Mixer and Digital Turntable, the DJ-ing era is finally about to hit its peak. First announced at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 and recently revealed at the 23rd Seoul International Sourcing Fair held at the Seoul COEX Convention Center, Monster GO DJ by JD Sound aims to revolutionize the way club music is mixed and produced and also make it easier for you to throw on some serious DJ sessions on the fly. So, what exactly do you get at the $500 price tag? Let’s find out.

The world’s new state-of-the-art music mixer is a portable stand-alone DJ system and a production studio scaled down to just one cool pocket-sized controller unit. Measuring the slight 2.6 x 0.7 x 9.8 inches and weighing as few as 10.1 ounces, the Monster GO DJ portable mixer-come-digital turntable allows you to record, mix, produce and broadcast high-quality audio and DJ sets through the SD card port or auxiliary line-in outlet anytime, anywhere. The outcome of over two years of designing, engineering and project development efforts, the Monster GO DJ unit packs some tough professional audio processing features including a number of hardware effect knobs (for simple track cues, volume control, crossfade slide and special effect settings), first-rate fader and sequencer, as well as a keyboard, guitar and EQ recording capabilities.

If you take a closer look at the Go DJ, you will also find a convenient SD card slot and all the 1/8-inch ports necessary for pairing the tiny music controller with the rest of your beloved DJ gear (line-in and line-out, mic port and headphone jack). Plus, for your most enjoyable music-making experience and easy song handling, all this audio goodness is topped by two 320 X 240 resolution color display touch screens that let you scratch, loop or mix your tracks and add special effects at a simple touch of a finger.

Designed with pro DJs in mind, the Monster GO DJ unit packs an auto-sync tool for hassle-free beat matching, and if you dig deeper than meets the eye and swipe around the touch screen a bit, you’ll find a rather busy user interface with five menus on the bottom of the LCD display, each of them assigned to a different function (which translates as one display screen for equalization, another for sampling, one more for audio sequencing and so on).

Compatible with iOS and Android devices, as well as PCs and Macs, GO DJ comes with 3GB of internal storage flash memory (2GB for user space and 1GB for recording output), an integrated sound card and internal Li-polymer battery which provides for 12 hours of play time and takes around 8 hours to fully recharge via the included USB power cable or AC adapter. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your Monster GO DJ mixer and digital turntable ASAP and get ready to experience some real DJ fun – because this slick portable music controller is all the DJ booth you will ever need to mix and record your sets on the go.

Get it from Amazon here: Monster GO DJ Portable Mixer Digital Turntable

Anda Inflatable Chair By Tehila Guy

When it comes to furniture design, art and design students and graduates have proven to be a fountain of good, even revolutionary ideas. Case in point, Tehila Guy, the designer of Anda Inflatable Chair which she created for her final project at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Guy is pushing the envelope with her design, challenging our believes that upholstery is required or even essential in furniture making and showing us that flat-pack furniture made from different and unusual materials can be as comfortable and interesting as ‘regular’ furniture.

Anda Inflatable Chair has a wooden base, to ensure structural strength, and an inflatable seat which connects all the parts of the chair together and prevents the chair from collapsing when used. The air in the inflatable seat presses on the wooden rods and actually makes the chair sturdy and stable. The seat is completely transparent and reveals the beautiful wood that the chair is made from. Guy says that she wanted to design “a piece of furniture that is out of the norm in a field that can seem fairly saturated. An armchair was a challenging choice due to the fact it’s barely flat-packed.”

Being highly practical, Anda Inflatable Chair is very easy to transport and assemble. Reminiscent of the furniture design from the 1960s, the era which was considered the height of creative design, this armchair will be an elegant addition to almost any interior.

Tehila Guy adds that by combining the inflatable aspects of the design with a contemporary wooden structure she “created both a visually appealing and comfortable piece of furniture design.” Indeed, Anda Inflatable Chair is original, appealing and cozy.

Alpine Headphones

Today’s piece of good news for audiophiles is that the leading U.S. manufacturer of high-end car audio equipment and mobile multimedia Alpine Electronics finally decided to jump on the headphone bandwagon and has officially announced its first set of premium cans called simply Alpine Headphones. According to general first impression, this headphone set combines first-class aesthetics and advanced audio technology to deliver the ultimate listening experience, allowing you to perceive your music in a completely new, more immersive way. So, how does it work? Let’s find out.


Featuring an integrated 24-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC), dual 40 millimeter high-performance drivers with built-in amplifiers and digital signal processors (DSP) for supreme sound quality, Alpine Headphones sport the state-of-the-art Full Frequency Immersion technology that aim to simulate the experience of listening to a live performance, which is primarily achieved by means of the unique sound field expansion system and pulsing bass transducer fitted in the headband that allow you to feel the music beat in your core and reverberate through your entire body.

On top of that, Alpine’s first headphone set packs Bluetooth LE which lets you pair your headset with the Level Play iOS companion application that lets you fine-tune your bass and EQ settings on the go for fully programmable audio processing (customized settings are sent from your iPhone to the headset via Bluetooth Low Energy). The Level Play application also automatically scans your music library and organizes the tracks into customized playlists based on energy level for hassle-free playback in any given mood. Furthermore, Alpine Headphones come with an internal rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can provide for some 10 hours of playback and can be easily topped up via the included USB charging cable.
Design-wise, Alpine headphones live up to their well-known premium traits with iconic diamond-shaped ear cans, crisp and refined angles, smooth and precision-molded curves and emblazoned Alpine logo. Available in Apollo white or Onyx black, the Alpine headphones look pretty stylish and distinctively sharp, which means that you will both look sophisticated and feel great when toting them around. In the box with your Alpine set and the USB charging cable, you also get the iPhone- and iPad-compatible audio cable with remote and microphone and soft headphone carrying pouch.

So if you’re ready to take in some rich and deep audio you’ve never experienced before, all you need to do is pop around your local Apple retail store or order your Alpine set online, download the Level Play application from iTunes App Store℠ and enjoy the ambience of a private nightclub, live concert or dance party right there between the cans.

Holland & Holland’s The Dalmore Chess Set

“The Royal Gunmaker”, since 1835, Holland & Holland teamed up with renowned Scottish whiskey maker The Dalmore to create a bespoke chess set. Created by Holland & Holland, the limited-edition chess set was designed to display a The Dalmore’s Constellation bottle of whiskey. The Constellation collection is made up of vintages created at The Dalmore’s Highland distillery between 1964 and 1992. Each of the 21 individual releases are housed in handblown crystal decanters presented inside a bespoke lacquered presentation cabinet.

The decanter is hand engraved with The Dalmore’s emblem, a solid silver stag.
In addition to the game board and pieces, the set comes with two lead crystal tumblers engraved with The Dalmore stag.

From October 17th, this unique chess set is available at London retailer Harrods.

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