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THE CHOSEN ONES

05 June 2011
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THE CHOSEN ONES

Best Traktor-friendly mixer
Pioneer DJ MT1

The MT1 is a Traktor Scratch controller, sound card and two-channel mixer. You can use it with or without decks, but if using control vinyl the built-in soundcard makes connecting simple. It comes with a copy of Traktor 2.0 Duo and its layout combines the Traktor screen and the easy-to-
use layout of a normal mixer. Pioneer’s usual sonic excellence, robust design and steep price tag also apply.
£1,279, www.pioneerdj.com

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Best Max For Live app
Instant Haus

Max For Live is an app for creating your own Ableton plug-ins. Already, Hawtin and Henrik Schwarz have contributed to the growing number available, and our current favourite is Alex Kid’s Instant Haus. It lets you construct beats using pre-written drum patterns, making songwriting on the fly super-quick.
£free, bit.ly/kidhaus

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Best in-ear headphones
Allen & Heath XD-20

In-ear headphones can sound pretty limp. Not great if you listen to dance music, right? The XD-20s are designed to give bass-heavy sound at an affordable price. You can’t produce with them, but they’ll make any bus journey sound like you’ve still got your head in Saturday night’s bass bin. £55, www.dv247.com

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Best Cubase sampler synth
Halion 4

No not a shoot ’em up game. Sonic weapon Halion gets a big revamp with its fourth update and is now a combined sampler and soft synth monster. Designed by the makers of Cubase, it comes with 44 effects and a sound library of 1,600 sounds. It’s easy to drag and drop samples for instant effects, and is a powerful sound creation plug-in.
£295, www.steinberg.net

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