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Musikmesse 2012: Cyberstep KDJ-ONE

 Okay we saw this at NAMM, but didn’t get a chance to take a really good look at it. I’m not sure whether ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’ is quite apt but I was certainly looking forward to seeing the KDJ-ONE at Musikmesse and I’m not disappointed at all – in fact, I’m quite enamoured with it.

Basically, KDJ-ONE is a portable DAW in a box: synthesis, sampling, sequencing, effects… it’s all there, in a little retro looking almost video game console looking unit. The specs are way more interesting than the styling would suggest, and my early play was really positive. Things are still pretty early on, but it’s already quite easy to use and sounds pretty good. One of the coolest things is the USB MIDI hosting – plug in a keyboard and you can jam away, but if you do want to get back into your home studio on your computer you can load the project in in its on VSTi or AU… all very impressive.

We’ll have more info soon (we’ve been promised a beta unit soon, right Cyberstep?!) but for now take a look at the specs and let us know what you think: is this a nice departure from yet another iPad app?

Hardware

  • CPU: Intel ATOM E640 1.0 GHz
  • Display: 5.0 inch WVGA ( 800 x 480 ) with Multi-Touch Panel
  • Main Memory: 512 MBytes
  • SSD: 4.0 GBytes
  • External Storage: microSD, USB Memory
  • Battery: Lithium ion battery 2000 mAh x 2
  • Connection: USB 2.0 host x 2, slave x 1, wireless LAN
  • Audio I/O: Mic/Line in, Line out, Built-in mic
  • Speaker: 0.5 W (0.25 W+0.25 W Stereo) 120 Hz – 20,000 Hz
  • QW Body Sonic Vibrator

Synth

  • Max. Polyphony: 64 voices
  • Waveform Memory: 14 MB (Extendable)
  • Waveform: 240 Types (Multi-Layered)
  • Oscillator: 2 Units 10 algorithms
  • Filter: 7 Types
  • Modulator: 4 Units, 10 Algorithms (Including Step Modulator)
  • Num. of Programs: Preset: 200 Synth Patches, 100 Drum Kits, 100 Audio Clips
  • Max. Audio Volume: 1 GB Per Project
  • Effects: 20 Types, 2 Systems for Each Track, and Master Effect

Sequencer

  • Tracks / Pattern: 6
  • Patterns / Song Play: 4
  • Resolution: 384 tick / Quarter Note
  • Tempo: 40 – 400
  • Recording Mode: Loop (Real Time) Recording, Step Recording, Automation Recording
  • Score Editing Mode: Piano Roll
  • Pattern Length: 999 Bars
  • Song Length: 9,999 Bars
  • Number of Patterns: 999 Per Project
  • Number of Songs: 99 Per Project

Data Link

  • Read: WAV including ACID tempo data, OggVorbis
  • Write: WAV including ACID tempo data, OggVorbis, SMF
  • DAW Plug-in: VST-i, Audio Unit
  • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X 10.5 or later

Appearance

  • Keypad: 16 keys with LED Light and Octave Up/Down
  • Controller: D Pad, Button x 6, LED lit button x 3, Jog Dial x 1, Sampling Button, 2 Sliders for Volume and Vibration controls
  • Vibration: QW Vibrator
  • Case Size: 126 mm x 150 mm x 27 mm
  • Weight: 380 g
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