Microsoft showcases Windows 7 powered touchscreen DJ turntables

By Tom Warren, on 27th May 11 7:15 pm with 20 Comments

Latest touch-screen tech for DJs

Microsoft is joining up with the music industry to demo the latest DJ technology.

The software giant showcased a Windows 7 powered touchscreen turntable in a blog post on Thursday. The touchscreen utilizes emulator software that is designed to work on tablets with Windows 7. The multi-touch controller, mouse and software interface are controlled with a GUI for the DJ. The interface is part of a number of new technologies that DJs and electronic musicians are using to demonstrate their work.

Chris Allen, a Canadian DJ, says the latest tech is helping musicians “bridge the gap” between nightclubs and a full-on concert experience. “Tiesto was really the first to innovate a full sold out arena show back in 2003,” says Allen. “He performed for over 25,000 people with massive video screens, live vocalists, instrumentals, fireworks: the lot. These days you have artists such as Deadmau5 and Wolfgang Gartner building impressive Daft Punk-esk light stages specifically for touring.” Allen has appeared alongside the likes of Armin Van Buuren, Markus Schulz, Sander Van Doorn and Gareth Emery and regularly DJs at a number of super-clubs in Toronto and Montreal. He also produces a DJ podcast named BOOM which showcases the latest dance tunes. “There are really some amazing things being done these days by electronic musicians,” says Allen. “It makes perfect sense though, we are the nerds and geeks of the music industry.”

One prime example of how DJs are using this type of technology is through two New York artists known as Filo and Peri. The pair have created a “Lights ‘N Loaded” tour (see video here), geared towards turning the DJ performance into an interactive experience. The tour uses the most cutting-edge, state-of-the-art audio and video technology with elements custom-built from the ground-up to immerse the audience into the experience. Microsoft’s promotion of the Windows 7 powered turntable could see high profile artists use the technology in future performances.

Microsoft’s Windows team will be on-hand at the International Mutek festival, between June 1 and June 5, to demo the latest DJ technology.

  • Andrew Stockdale

    That’s really cool. Proper, legitimate use for touch.

    Edit – be interesting to see this on a surface table instead of a tablet :P

    • Isaac Barrett

      It’s kinda big to be considered a tablet, it’s really more a custom table.  Surface might be overkill for a DJ.

  • Carlos Ribeiro da Fonseca

    Ohhh… Very Star Trekky… :)

  • Carlos Ribeiro da Fonseca

    Ohhh… Very Star Trekky… :)

    • Grannyville7989

      The very reason why I chose to study Computer Science is so that I can bring the world one step closer to Star Trek :)

      One day I will get my own personal holodeck.

    • GP007

      Will it be able to play Crysis?

      Sorry, I just had to. 

  • Sebastian Gsellmann

    Looks nice, quite usable. I don’t like how the cursor moves to where he touches though. That reminds me of crappy old touchscreens in bars or restaraunts.

    • Anonymous

      i’m pretty sure its just a visual queue, the last thing a dj doing a live set wants is to re-swipe because there was no visual representation of his interaction :)

  • Anonymous

    is it possible to play angry birds there? :)

  • Anonymous

    Thats just bad ass hahaha

  • Avatar X

    That is truly great.

  • Jimmy Fallon

    Stick this one on TV for christs sake, iWHAT?

  • Benjy91

    This is… brilliant!

  • Anonymous

    I saw a video of this last year. They didn’t say it was from Microsoft though.

    • Tom W

      Nice, that video is good too :)

  • Bart Reding

    This dude you can’t call a DJ because he is playing with synced beats.
    He doesn’t do the actual beat-matching what makes it all a little too simple and uninteresting.
    Also you can see that the touch-latency is big! Especially when he is sliding hes hand on the cross-fader.
    I’m still going for Pioneer’s CDM-CDJ-2000′s, because it’s still the real deal.
    This is just a toy for party deejays.

    • Thomas Chung

      Dude get with times, if you really want real “expierience” you scratch vinyl (or Serato Scratch Live). But whatever works :-)

  • Anonymous

    Very much like the DJ computer controller in Britney Spears new video: Till The World Ends at about 3:09.

  • Horse-Ball

    OLA uma DJs de Todos os

    Olá, sou DJ e saber q QROuando VEM ao Brasil / Brasília Demonstração Pará e Divulgação da mesa. Excelente Trabalho.

  • guest

    it really looks like hes using a mac to power that thing though, at about 3:08 you can see the laptop, def looks like a macbook :(