Surface Remix Project: New DJ Accessory

I think the dancing videos are finally starting to make sense to me, they were just a year too early.  The Verge reports:

That’s the Surface Remix Project, which is part modified Touch Cover and part Garage Band-style DJ app. It’s a simple, fun tool to play with, letting you create your own customizable controller, chop up your MP3s, and spin to your heart’s content.

Avicii I am not (even with the Remix Project’s help), but I was easily layering screaming Linkin Park vocals over a booming kick drum in no time. The Remix Project Cover, with 16 numbered buttons, three sliders, and eight keys for volume and control, is impressive — it was fast and responsive, even as I slid up and down on the sliders. Part of that is no doubt due to the Surface 2 attached to it (the Cover also works with the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2, but not Surface RT), which is itself much faster than its previous iteration. The app is barebones, black and green and gray, but makes splitting stems and mixing tracks really easy.

Microsoft won’t say when the Remix Project will be on sale, or how much it’ll cost. The company’s working with both pro and amateur DJs to seed the kit, and plans to see how the response and feedback is before the product becomes widely available. Based on our experience it’s a really fun, Traktor-style toy that’s going to make at least a few people think they’re the new house-party DJ to beat.

Source: The Verge

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  • Guest

    Sorta cool but don’t really think it’s a large market opportunity. So not completely clear on why MS dedicated time and investment to it.

    • nohone

      No, it is not a big market opportunity. But I think it was there to show what can be done. Imagine being able to buy different keyboards depending on your needs. PhotoShop designer, swap in the PS keyboard. Are you a stock broker, then use the trading keyboard. There could be different keyboard layouts for different industries that augment the touch screen and can be swapped in and out depending on the task at that time.

      • Guest

        Showing future possibilities seems less critical than proving Surface can sell in volume today, and make a profit. Do that, and getting 3rd parties to produce their own accessories faster and cheaper than MS won’t be a problem. It just seems like a questionable use of resources given everything else they need to do.

        • Bugbog

          It’s to show third-party OEM’s the sort of market they can latch onto!

          This way, for minimal outlay, they can sell minor accessories for the devices, without having to the burden of having to build their own tablets!

    • nohone

      Double post…

    • Emily the Strange

      and this shows you didnt even care to see the event or the videos from the event…. so what do you care if Microsoft wasted time on this? its not like it was your time and your money.

      and just so you might go and try to find the video and look less dumb, it was about Microsoft showing them this dj music kit thing to students from Art Center College of Design and then they started to design what they thought could be a good design for a keyboard, and while you dont find something useful about it, it can bring alot of innovation, with alot of ideas those students had.

  • Michael Gustav Schneider

    for me thats a clear “das will ich haben!!!”

    • Yuan Taizong

      ¡¡¡Ich auch!!!

  • ZappyKins

    This could be so useful if done well. How about letting me connect it to my phone to for remote operations? Plus auto fade up and fade down of songs, please?

  • Yuan Taizong

    I’ll be happy to see Microsoft Surfaces in discotheques in the future, I’m getting really sick of D.J.’s thinking Macs are the only instruments (>_<)