Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pixels Mixed with Paper Sculpture: Amon Tobin-Inspired Audiovisual Projection

Pixels Mixed with Paper Sculpture: Amon Tobin-Inspired Audiovisual Projection:re-blog from Create Digital Motion

In a spectacular, sculptural work, forms built from paper become organic backdrops for undulating pixels in an audiovisual work by Daniel Schwarz. I like that he describes this as partially “non-mapped.” That is, if projection mapping is the use of software to create calculated virtual geometries on which to project, you can also just point a beamer at something that isn’t flat and see what happens. The appeal of projection mapping is to me really about getting away from flat rectangles – not that there’s anything wrong with them, but because it expands the canvas on which digital projection can work. Sometimes, you want perfectly-tuned mappings, but sometimes you actually want distortion and imperfection. It’d be a shame to lose sight of the latter just because of the novelty (and now ease) of the former.

What makes this work beautiful to me is the transformation of imaginative forms in space. Daniel describes the work:

I used mapped and non-mapped audio-reactive projections on paper sculptures and filmed it with a [Canon] 5d mark II. It’s kind of a journey through a dystopic landscape to the music of Amon Tobin.

Programming was all done in vvvv, editing in Final Cut Pro 7.

I also want so say a big thank you, because i basically made this video thanks to your blog post concerning the Amon Tobin Fan Video


Hey, thank you! (Curious to see more results of that project.) And here’s another case where you might still want to keep those SLRs around, not just the fancy new iPhone. (I’m also glad I don’t have to deal with mobile carriers to buy cameras.)

Epic Space Invader Audiovisual Installation, a Profile in MadMapping

Epic Space Invader Audiovisual Installation, a Profile in MadMapping:re-blog from Create Digital Motion

- AV INVADER - 8 bits and light - Optikal Ink Lab. from Optikal Ink Lab on Vimeo.

The MadMapper blog this week looks at a brilliant Space Invader-themed project from this Bogota, Colombia-based artist:

One of my favorite and iconic projects done with MadMapper to date is the Space Invader project directed by the Bogota based A/V Director and VJ, Laura Ramirez Leal l (aka Optika VJ). The simple concept of the classic icon of a Space Invader reproduced on a grand scale screams fun for the eyes.

The technical specifications of the Invader:

- 2 x 20K Christie projectors stacked

- Modul8 and Madmapper

- 20 mts wide – 14 mts high and 6 mts deep in scaffolding covered with material

- Public : 90.000 people

Full interview below; wanted to get this up there, but if you’d like more on Laura’s work and process, let us know your questions and we’ll talk to her soon!

In the meantime, tons of details:

MadMapper Powers [an] 8-bit Invader

Photos courtesy GarageCube.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Monica Grzymala tapes up Sumarria Lunn

Monica Grzymala tapes up Sumarria Lunn:re-blog from CRBlog

Artist Monika Grzymala has created this dramatic installation, made entirely with black tape, within the Sumarria Lunn gallery in London...

The show sees Grzymala take over the entire gallery with the installation, changing the way visitors interact with the space. It is the latest in a series of site-specific tape installations by the artist, who has previously exhibited at galleries including MoMA New York, the Tokyo Art Museum and the Drawing Room in London.

Grzymala, who is based in Berlin, describes her art as being more akin to drawing than installation, viewing the works as complex drawings that leave the walls to take over the surrounding space. She also stresses the performative nature of the work, with each piece requiring a huge physical effort to create. "Whenever I leave a work, I feel as if I leave a part of me, a part of my body behind," she says. "There's a connection – an invisible line from Berlin to London to New York."

While previous pieces have featured coloured tape, Grzymala has decided to work entirely with bold, black lines at Sumarria Lunn, resulting in a stunning installation. The exhibition is on show until November 11, and more info is available at All the photographs shown here are by Monika Grzymala and are shown courtesy of the artist.

Holy Flying Circus animations

Holy Flying Circus animations:re-blog from CRBlog

I really enjoyed last night's Holy Flying Circus on BBC4, the part-fact part-surrealist dramatisation of the furore surrounding the release of the Monty Python film, Life of Brian. It had some great animated sequences, too, that paid homage to the pioneering work of Terry Gilliam. Here's how director Jim Le Fevre made them...

Le Fevre, a freelance director also repped by Nexus Productions, created the opening titles based upon his own ‘Phonotrope' machine. This technique sees a sequence of pictures laid out around the circumference of a record player which, when spun at a fixed speed of 45 RPM, is then filmed by a camera running at 25 frames per second, creating the illusion of animation.

In Le Fevre's ‘making of' film, shown below, the opening titles begin around the two minute mark, though are "an early rough cut to show the sequence in context," he says on his blog about the project at "The eventual edit of the film had different book-ends which also meant losing the final cloud sequence."

Approached to work on the project by Polly Leys, Kate Norrish and Owen Harris of Hillbilly Films last year, explains Le Fevre, he welcomed the fact that "the budget was extremely low which meant that the passion (from both sides) needed to be extremely high." Also significant was that it was to be "a drama that had at its roots a powerful starting point in animation, namely that of Terry Gilliam who, although he never understood it at the time, was creating a new chapter in the use and technique of animation."

Le Fevre says that his work aimed to mirror Gilliam's "passion, craft and approach" that had "created an utterly ground breaking new form of animation (and comedy) through necessity on minimum budget and found something through problem solving. Well, we had the minimum budget box ticked. That was when I realised the Phonotrope technique was ready to be used."

After designing a new, large-scale Phonotrope on the computer in 3D Studio Max and creating the animated loops in After Effects, the sequences were laid out onto A2 sheets and printed onto heavy stock.

Then, the outline frames of the sequences were laser cut (by Ewen Dickie at Laser Make) with over 2,000 produced in all. "Gordon Allen and Gee Staughton from We Are The Art Department took up the reigns to physically build the structure of the Phonotrope," Le Fevre explains, "with Gordon carefully spending time figuring out a system to be able to revolve the structure at a fixed (and constant) speed."

The eventual structure was 1.2 metres wide at the base and 2.1 metres tall. "We had to use a combination of a motion control rig and a 14" ball-bearing ring to be able to spin the Phonotrope," says Le Fevre, "and due to the weight of the tower it took around ten seconds to get up to speed and, more importantly as we discovered to our cost, about 16 seconds to ramp down to a stop.

"It should be noted that the final stage of the Phonotrope, the clouds and tower, never made it into the film as the linking scene involving chewing gum and a foot that followed it got cut, so you will probably have to wait for the DVD extras to see that!"

The final Phonotrope that was used in the film is currently in the foyer of Nexus Productions' London offices. For the full story of Le Fevre's work on the animations for Holy Flying Circus, visit Holy Flying Circus is on the BBC iPlayer, here.

Friday, October 21, 2011

In 36,000 Photos, Melting Ice Animations Set to Silky-Smooth Mimi Goese + Ben Neill Music

In 36,000 Photos, Melting Ice Animations Set to Silky-Smooth Mimi Goese + Ben Neill Music:

It’s hard to say enough good things about the music video for “Persephone” by Mimi Goese and Ben Neill, so let’s keep it short:

40 blocks of ice (25 L of water), in 40 timelapses of four hours, are strung into some 36,000 photos of stop-motion animation. Stop motion might just rest on its visual spectacle, but in the hands of director Christophe Thockler, the results are positively cinematic, too, and oddly poignant.

With sound on mute, that would be wonderful to watch, but instead, you get to enjoy the music of trumpet player/technologist Ben Neill and vocalist Mimi Goese in a silky, sexy-smooth track that might melt you like so many blocks of ice.

The artists:

On that video – Oberon by Mimi Goese & Ben Neill, available on the special edition of “Songs for Persephone,” along with, of course, the track in the music video.

Plastikman Visuals, Condensed to 60 Seconds

Plastikman Visuals, Condensed to 60 Seconds:re-blog from Create Digital Motion

Pacing live visuals over the course of a performance can be a key to its success, so it makes this 60-second timelapse of the Plastikman (Richie Hawtin) show all the more compelling to watch. You have a sense in this condensed version of how color and imagery are mapped to the flow of the performance, and the amount of constraint required to make that consistent. (Style differs – I’ve seen plenty of visual performers get more hectic than this in 60 real-time seconds. It works for some, not as much for others.)

Ali Demirel & Jarrett Smith of Canada-based Derivative Inc., using Derivative’s TouchDesigner application, designed the visuals in the show.

I would say more, but then it might take you longer to read this post than to watch the vi


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Panoramic ball camera; toss to snap a picture

Panoramic ball camera; toss to snap a picture:re-blog from Hack A Day!

This odd-looking ball can automatically take a panoramic image whenever you throw it up into the air. Seriously, that’s then entire set of operating instructions for the device. Inside, a 3D printed frame hosts an array of 36 cellphone cameras, each capable of taking a two megapixel image. Also included is an accelerometer. When it senses the change in momentum associated with the apex of its vertical trajectory it snaps an image with all of the cameras at the same time. The result is a spherical image with no obstructions-like a tripod or other support mechanism. The images are automatically stitched together and displayed on a computer which allows the user to pan and zoom.

The whole story is told in the video after the break. The example images shown are quite good, although there are a few artifacts where the segments meet. Most notably, color variances between the images captured by different CCD modules. We’d image that this can be fixed automatically in software if a talented programmer were willing to put in the time. The thing about spherical photos is that methods using post processing to unwrap an image always have some distortion to them. With that in mind, we think the ball camera is as good a solution as we’ve seen.
[Thanks Gregory and Hans]

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs Has Passed Away

Steve Jobs Has Passed Away: re-blog from MacRumors

Apple's website announces the sad news that Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs has passed away. Jobs was 56 years old, and had been struggling with complications related to pancreatic cancer over the past several years. Apple leaves the following message on their website in tribute to Jobs:

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences, please email
Steve Jobs narrated this unaired version of Apple's famous Think Different ad in 1997:

Apple's board of directors released this statement:
We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.

Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.

His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.
From Robert Scoble: "Flags half staff at Apple headquarters. Sad day in Cupertino."

Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech, where he addresses his mortality. An inspiring speech, excerpt from
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Statements and Reactions

Steve Jobs' family has issued a statement:
Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family.

In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve's illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories.

We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief.
Tim Cook

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

We are planning a celebration of Steve’s extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email

No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Laurene and his children during this difficult time.
President Barack Obama
Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators - brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.

By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.

The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.
Microsoft Cofounder Bill Gates

I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work.

Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.

The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.

For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.
Warren Buffett
He was one of the most remarkable business managers and innovators in american business history.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg
Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.
Disney President Bob Iger
Steve Jobs was a great friend as well as a trusted advisor. His legacy will extend far beyond the products he created or the businesses he built. It will be the millions of people he inspired, the lives he changed, and the culture he defined. Steve was such an "original," with a thoroughly creative, imaginative mind that defined an era. Despite all he accomplished, it feels like he was just getting started. With his passing the world has lost a rare original, Disney has lost a member of our family, and I have lost a great friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Laurene and his children during this difficult time.
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt
Steve Jobs is the most successful CEO in the U.S. of the last 25 years. He uniquely combined an artists touch and an engineers vision to build an extraordinary company... one of the greatest American leaders in history.
California Governor Edmund Brown
Steve Jobs was a great California innovator who demonstrated what a totally independent and creative mind can accomplish. Few people have made such a powerful and elegant imprint on our lives. Anne and I wish to express our deepest sympathy to Steve's wife, Laurene, and their entire family.
Dell Founder Michael Dell
Today the world lost a visionary leader, the technology industry lost an iconic legend and I lost a friend and fellow founder. The legacy of Steve Jobs will be remembered for generations to come. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to the Apple team.
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Steve lived the California Dream every day of his life and he changed the world and inspired all of us.
Former Yahoo and Autodesk CEO Carol Bartz
It’s the ultimate sadness. First of all, it’s a young person who was revered, sometimes feared, but always revered. In a way, it’s kind of prophetic; everyone was hoping he could be on stage yesterday. He was a very special person, and he didn’t get to where he was by having people like him all the time. He got to where he was because he had a vision and a purpose. It’s easy to try and please everyone, but he kept to his principles.
Google Cofounder Larry Page
I am very, very sad to hear the news about Steve. He was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance. He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it. His focus on the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me. He was very kind to reach out to me as I became CEO of Google and spend time offering his advice and knowledge even though he was not at all well. My thoughts and Google’s are with his family and the whole Apple family
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Tonight, America lost a genius who will be remembered with Edison and Einstein, and whose ideas will shape the world for generations to come. Again and again over the last four decades, Steve Jobs saw the future and brought it to life long before most people could even see the horizon. And Steve's passionate belief in the power of technology to transform the way we live brought us more than smart phones and iPads: it brought knowledge and power that is reshaping the face of civilization. In New York City's government, everyone from street construction inspectors to NYPD detectives have harnessed Apple's products to do their jobs more efficiently and intuitively. Tonight our City – a city that has always had such respect and admiration for creative genius – joins with people around the planet in remembering a great man and keeping Laurene and the rest of the Jobs family in our thoughts and prayers.
New York Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.
Steve Jobs was a visionary and a wonderful friend of The New York Times. He pushed the boundaries of how all providers of news and information interact with our users. I am among the many who deeply regret his passing.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson
We are saddened by the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was an iconic inventor, visionary, and entrepreneur, and we had the privilege to know him as partner and friend. All of us at AT&T offer our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife, family, and his Apple family.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
Steve Jobs was a visionary who changed the way we live, an innovator whose products brought joy to millions, a risktaker who wasn’t afraid to challenge the status quo, and an entrepreneur who led one of the most creative companies of our time.

His sage advice was respected by policymakers on both sides of the aisle. His courageous fight against cancer brought strength to many. I hope it is a comfort to those who loved him, especially his family, that so many grieve his loss and are praying for them at this sad time.
News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch
Today, we lost one of the most influential thinkers, creators and entrepreneurs of all time. Steve Jobs was simply the greatest CEO of his generation. While I am deeply saddened by his passing, I’m reminded of the stunning impact he had in revolutionizing the way people consume media and entertainment. My heart goes out to his family and to everyone who had the opportunity to work beside him in bringing his many visions to life.
Google Cofounder Sergey Brin
From the earliest days of Google, whenever Larry and I sought inspiration for vision and leadership, we needed to look no farther than Cupertino. Steve, your passion for excellence is felt by anyone who has ever touched an Apple product (including the macbook I am writing this on right now). And I have witnessed it in person the few times we have met.

On behalf of all of us at Google and more broadly in technology, you will be missed very much. My condolences to family, friends, and colleagues at Apple.
Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son
I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was truly a genius of our time, a man with a rare ability to fuse art and technology. In centuries from now, he will be remembered alongside Leonardo da Vinci. His achievements will continue to shine forever.

Ed Catmull, Steve Jobs, John Lasseter

John Lasseter, Pixar and Ed Catmull, Disney
Steve Jobs was an extraordinary visionary, our very dear friend and the guiding light of the Pixar family. He saw the potential of what Pixar could be before the rest of us, and beyond what anyone ever imagined. Steve took a chance on us and believed in our crazy dream of making computer animated films; the one thing he always said was to simply 'make it great.' He is why Pixar turned out the way we did and his strength, integrity and love of life has made us all better people. He will forever be a part of Pixar’s DNA. Our hearts go out to his wife Laurene and their children during this incredibly difficult time.
George Lucas
The magic of Steve was that while others simply accepted the status quo, he saw the true potential in everything he touched and never compromised on that vision. He leaves behind an incredible family and a legacy that will continue to speak to people for years to come.
Steve Wozniak

Some are leaving flowers at Apple Stores in tribute:


At Apple HQ:

Neighbors leaving messages:

From Cupertino (thanks H.P.)

Good Reads

- A nice article by Walt Mossberg of his relationship with Jobs.

- Article by Brian Lam on the lost iPhone 4 and his conversations with Jobs.
I thought about the dilemma every day for about a year and half. It caused me a lot of grief, and stopped writing almost entirely. It made my spirit weak. Three weeks ago, I felt like I had had enough. I wrote my apology letter to Steve.
- John Markoff writes the NYTimes' Steve Jobs Obituary

- Harry McCracken pens Time Magazine's Steve Jobs Obituary

- Steven Levy writes about Steve Jobs for Wired

- My Neighbor, Steve Jobs - A great piece written before his death.
While Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal and CNET continue to drone on about the impact of the Steve Jobs era, I won’t be pondering the MacBook Air I write on or the iPhone I talk on. I will think of the day I saw him at his son’s high school graduation. There Steve stood, tears streaming down his cheeks, his smile wide and proud, as his son received his diploma and walked on into his own bright future, leaving behind a good man and a good father who can be sure of the rightness of this, perhaps his most important legacy of all.
- A great video retrospective of Jobs' career:

- Palo Alto's Patch site has photographs from the growing tribute outside Jobs' Palo Alto home, including one of this small flower pot which Jobs' wife Laurene placed on the fence outside their home:

Adrien Merigeau: Villagers’ “Cecelia & Her Selfhood”

Sunday, October 2, 2011

An Entire Airport with Working Planes, in Miniature, is a Triumph of Real-for-Real

An Entire Airport with Working Planes, in Miniature, is a Triumph of Real-for-Real: re-blog from Create Digital Motion

Even as studios abandon cell animation and all the attention in effects tends to go do digital rendering, there’s something to be said for real-for-real — photographing real-world things, making real things in miniature, and setting the real world into motion. While it runs afield of our usual subject matter, this video definitely qualifies as creating digital motion: marvel as an elaborate set of computer-controlled electronics makes tiny airplanes taxi, ad flags on the road flutter in miniaturized wind, choreographs intricate sets of perfect lighting, and even launches a plane on “takeoff.” These German engineers seem bright enough to put that Space Shuttle model into orbit and start servicing the ISS if they had to.

The project is the latest addition to the make-anyone-a-kid-again magic at the aptly-named Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany. Blog post announcing the news on their official site:


Below, a video of the painstakingly, achingly-delicate construction process – with a lot of the electronic wizardry that goes into this place.

It’s a reminder in all motion graphics and digital motion of the power of the physical – a revelation that could be applied as much to the production of abstract or imaginary imagery as, for those with these kinds of chops, real-world locations.

Thanks to Thomas Paulsen, whose work you’ll hopefully soon on our sister Music site. (Old news to some of you, I imagine, but certainly nothing we or similar sites have covered! Now I have to get back to Hamburg.)

Vestax VCI-400: Exclusive Video and Photos!

Completely grabbed from

Vestax is back! After a solid year of limited traction in the DJ world and a lack-luster response to the VCI-100Mk2, Vestax comes back with a solid offering that should have plenty of you drooling. Its sexy, well built, full of great features and certainly “pro” quality. Can they make it in time and at a price you are willing to pay? We shall see! Check out lots of photos and an exclusive walkthrough video after the break.
  • Product: Vestax VCI-400
  • Price: $999 (MAP)
  • Communication: MIDI over USB (Requires Power Supply)
  • Available: Late This Year (Sign Up to Get Notification)
  • Ships with: Virtual Dj (4 Decks) + Serato DJ Intro (2 Decks)
  • Sound Card: 4 IN/4 Out

Vestax appeared to have learned their lesson with the VCI-100MK2 and came back with a controller containing:
  • Strong, well built components
  • Improved, high quality sound card
  • Neutrik inputs and outputs
  • Innovative control zones
  • a layout and design that is mapping and controllerism friendly
  • a slick black, red and grey look that is way more “pro”


At about two inches shorter than the S4, the VCI-400 strikes a nice balance of being well spaced but looking reasonably portable. It will fit in more backpacks and conveys a nice solid look that feels at home next to turntables and mixers. Most other plastic controllers do seem a bit out of place in the rugged and utilitarian DJ environment.


One thing you cant help but like is that Vestax has provided a large palette of performance buttons and controls with no markings or pre-defined use. You, and of course we, can take these and make some really bad ass mappings without being constrained by typical DJ controls.

VCI-400SE ?

As you can probably expect, we are amped to make a hot-rodded version of this controller complete with a mind-bending mapping.
  • The good news: It is in the works. Sign up on this email list to get updates on the project! 
  • The bad news: The regular VCI-400, and our version as well, wont be available for a while. 
Here is the release schedule we have from Vestax:
  • Europe (Some time late this year)- December?
  • US (Early next year) - February?
Vestax has to overcome two big obstacles:
  1. They take a long time to build things and in today’s  “I want it now”-environment, throw away consumers are fast to move on to the next big thing.
  2. They are in Japan and due to a 10 year drop in the YEN, everything that comes out of Japan is very expensive for the rest of us.
Fortunately, Vestax makes some great DJ gear and as I was recently reminded sometimes DJs ARE willing to pay and wait for a better product. We recently sat down with Toshi (the CEO) and the rest of the Vestax crew to learn more about the 400 and discuss the possibility of me creating another special edition version. Toshi reminded me of another similar time in DJ history when the market was flooded by lots of low cost, me too, 2 channel DJ mixers that were priced in the $300 range. Vestax, in collaboration with Q-bert and others designed a mixer to beat them all – the PMC-07. While being vastly superior in production quality and performance, it was three times higher than anything else – $1000! Still, DJs bought them in droves for the performance difference it provided. Is the VCI-400 the new PMC-07? Probably not, but based on first impressions it’s probably the best 4-channel DJ controller out there, and thats pretty damn good.


This was posted by my student. It's sooo good!