1. Richie Hawtin and Allen & Heath New Tech Collaboration: PLAYDifferently

    News and details first broke of the collaboration with Richie Hawtin and Allen and Heath during NAMM week earlier this year. Since then teaser videos have been released and it has become clear the project is some sort of mixer.

    The partnership behind this project, Play Differently, is Andy Rigby-Jones, who previously worked in the Xone division at Allen & Heath, and Richie Hawtin, who has been expanding his own brand, ENTER.

    Since 2014, when Andy left Allen & Heath and the partnership formed, they began developing and testing their first prototype of musical hardware, working with Allen & Heath and its parent company Audiotonix. The instrument has apparently been tested over the past year at various events and locations, such as Glastonbury and Ibiza.

    The project has come about in the hopes of expanding the creativity in today's generation of electronic music artists, producers and DJs, in addition to being useful to all types of DJ.

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  2. Wild Life Festival Is Back! Line Up Announcement Here

    At 9am Tuesday 9th February Wild Life Festival , curated by Disclosure and Rudimental, Line Up was announced.

    The sold out, Best New Festival status from the UK Festival Awards, took place at Brighton City Airport last year, welcoming 70 thousand people. The lineup consisted of major acts such as, Rudimental, Disclosure, Years and Years and Mark Ronson.

    This year the festival is set to return to the South Coast for its second year with a bigger and better selection of today's music industry's leading lights. Acts confirmed to play at the four stage festival include Hip Hop Kings Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes and Pusha T, Ibiza club icon Car Cox, grime artist Skepta, drum and bass figureheads Andy C and DJ EZ and chart toppers James Bay and Bastille.

    The festival will take place over the 11th and 12th of June at Brighton City Airport.

    Tickets go on sale Thursday 11th February.

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  3. KS32 Midi Control Surface by Smithson Martin Announcement

    Ahead of this years NAMM festival, touchscreen console specialist Smithson Martin announced the KS32 Midi Tabletop Controller.

    The Kontrol Surface 32 is a fast response, full HD spec, 32” wide mappable touchscreen controller. The KS32 can be programmed in a variety of ways to suit the desired software the user wishes to control. It can be changed to configure and mimic a wide selection of current controller, such as Pioneer and Denon as design templates.

    The Emulator 2 software used to power the unit currently works with PC and soon to be Mac.

    The controller is set to be on sale later in the year.

    Is this the future for the new modern DJ or would we all miss the real controls?

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