Gear Lookout: EKS OTUS

Chris Macom —  December 18, 2008 — Leave a comment

Okay so this machine has got to take me to another dimension or something.  It doesn’t, but what it does do seems only a little less cooler.  Basically it is a USB midi controller that you can use for Traktor or any other DJ program.  The platter has two touch sensitive areas that can manipulate the audio similar to a CD turntable like a CDJ.  The top area allows you to perform back cueing while the sides control pitch bending.  The pitch control on the bottom right of this thing is touch sensitive and claimed to be very accurate.  I wonder about this though.  There is a touch pad similar to a laptop mouse pad on this unit that can be used like a Korg Kaos pad or as a cursor.  It has a ton of knobs and push buttons for all your triggering and tweaking desires.  It also has 4 rotaries, one in each corner, that each have a selection switch in the middle.  I would assume you could use these for browser searching and deck dropping, or effects.  The sweetest thing about the OTUS is that it is two decks in one.  There are two sets of outputs to connect to two different channels on your mixer.  With a push of a button you can switch between decks on your program using the OTUS like two units.  Oh yeah! It also fits perfectly on top of a Technics 1200 turntable and locks in place to avoid slipping.  What I would do is set the OTUS on the right of my mixer and use it for mixing between tracks and then have a turntable on my left that I would use for vinyl and scratching.  The OTUS should be coming out very soon.  It is hard to find a definite release date.  It should be under $900.

Chris Macom


Chris Macom is a DJ, producer, and writer in the Detroit Metro area. Growing up in the 90's, Chris grew fond of electronic music and started collecting vinyl and DJing. Now, as a founder of both Detroit Techno House and Lost Science, Chris hopes to share with the world his experiences through music and writing.
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