Numark and Genius Bring Turntable To Video Games

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News Posted: Fri, May 29 2009 11:37 AM

A few years ago, turntables were reserved for hardcore DJs and beat-mixers. Today, they're everywhere. In cellphones, in homes and now, in video games. And we're not talking about no-name third-party manufacturers, we're talking about big names in the industry. For example, Numark and Genius just announced Scratch: The Ultimate DJ Videogame Controller, which will be the newest peripheral on Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3.



Naturally, the scratch deck will be showcased next week at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, and it will basically be the first realistic turntable for videogame use. The device itself will be called SCRATCH DECK, which will combine two elements of the DJ and hip-hop experience - a free-spinning, touch sensitive turntable with a crossfader and 5 Akai Pro MPC-style drum pads. We told you this was no toy, didn't we?



The turntable allows players to add their own style and manipulate the songs in real time, while the MPC-style drum pads give players the opportunity to perform and customize tracks by triggering samples using the very same pads that are the cornerstone of professional hip-hop beat production. Samples can be pre-loaded into the accompanying game using 60 records that will ship with the software, or players can record and upload their own samples using a compatible USB microphone. Oh, and it's designed to handle scratches from both right- and left-handed players.

The SCRATCH DECK will be available this fall for an undisclosed amount.



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3vi1 replied on Sun, May 31 2009 12:20 AM

I used to DJ in a nightclub, back in college.

It seems that this game is built around the one thing in that job that doesn't totally kick ass: crossfading records. They really should have concentrated on the drinking, flirting, and getting in fights with the drunk soldiers from the nearby military base aspects of the career.

I wonder if you can control the lightshow?

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3vi1:

I used to DJ in a nightclub, back in college.

It seems that this game is built around the one thing in that job that doesn't totally kick ass: crossfading records. They really should have concentrated on the drinking, flirting, and getting in fights with the drunk soldiers from the nearby military base aspects of the career.

I wonder if you can control the lightshow?

^That would be more interesting. Big Smile

 

My friend plays a game like this, except it's a japanese game called Beatmania.  Which he'd claim would be the original of all of these button based music games.

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3vi1 replied on Sun, May 31 2009 3:28 PM

That's the first thing I thought of when I saw it too. There have been dozens of Beatmania games released since the late 90's... I wonder if these guys will get sued.

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Probably not, although the controller is very similar, however this one looks larger.

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