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Quad 2 Offers Open Architecture Digital Vinyl Alternative

September 22, 2008

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We’ve got another competitor in the digital DJ realm.  This time Schaack introduces Quad 2, an open architecture Digital Vinyl System (DVS) that could prove to be a low cost rival to proprietary hardware devices such as Serato Scratch Live, M-Audio Torq, and Native Instruments Traktor.

More features and video after the jump.

Rather than using it’s own hardware interface, Quad 2 work with any ASIO compatible soundcard with enough inputs and outputs.  Another key selling point is that DJ’s wanting to add further complexity to their performances can utilize up to 4 decks rather than the standard 2 deck solution.

Notable Features:

  • Allows connecting turntables directly to Line Inputs on the soundcard
  • Nearly every parameter is MIDI controllable
  • MIDI feedback for endless rotary MIDI controllers or motorized fader MIDI controllers
  • Resizable and completely user-configurable GUI: Channels may be shown/hidden, EQ/Filter/asf. may be shown/hidden
  • Support of MP3s and WAVs
  • Tempo-synchronization of up to 4 tracks using SYNC
  • 1-deck support to mix up to 4 tracks
  • External MIDI Clock may be used as tempo sync source to sync Quad with drum machines or sequencers
  • Virtual Zero Lock Range makes pitch 0 really 0 and virtually eliminates the "resting point" at pitch 0 on old turntables
  • Recording the mix as .WAV (16 or 32 Bit) during mixing is possible
  • Keyboard shortcuts allow using Quad without touching the mouse
  • Preview Player for fast prelistening of tracks on Headphones
  • 3-band Equalizers with parametric mids from 100Hz to 10kHz
  • Tempo-matched FX (Flanger,Phaser,Echo,Delay,LFO Filter,…)
  • Tempo-matched Loop Samplers
  • Any audio material (real Vinyl/CD’s/Mic/…) may be routed from the soundcard’s inputs into Quad for mixing and FX-processing
  • Crossfader with 3 curves
  • ID3 Tags are editable
  • 4 assignable Cue Points per track
  • Compatible with Windows XP, Vista, and Mac OS.

Quad 2′s full price of 89€ (approximately $130 US) includes 4 pieces of Timecode Vinyl with replacement vinyl available for $21 each.

Head over to Schaack to download the free limited feature demo.

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haroon September 22, 2008 at 12:43 pm

When I read “open architecture” I was thinking source code available, able to run on Linux/BSD, or any OS with the right environment and available libraries.

Though I’m on OS X, a Linux compatible DVS would be majorly cool.

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Semantik September 22, 2008 at 12:51 pm

I agree… I’m a huge fan of Linux as well (although the motherboard on my laptop running Ubuntu died a couple of days ago). With the popularity of Linux and other Unix derivatives, I’m sure we’ll see an open source DVS at some point in the near future.

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