EKS released its next generation USB DJ controller OTUS in March at Musikmesse 2008. Otus is a professional 2-in-1 controller, built on a revolutionary virtual audio technology enabling the use of two audio channels simultaneously with just one controller.
EKS Otus’ stylish physical appearance, clever design and the solid touch and feel will make any professional DJ feel at home from the very fist encounter. The sturdy aluminum frame is built to withstand the physical abuse of DJ’ing and the hazards of travel.
The heart of Otus is its illuminated, high resolution 7.5″ jog wheel which offers both physical and virtual sensitivity adjustments. Otus has been designed to fit firmly in the place, or on top of, standard DJ turntables, with vibrations substantially reduced due to its unique sharp cloves (feet).
All of the controls onboard the Otus are of the highest professional standards and are illuminated by LED indicators for maximum usability in a club environment.
Independent by spirit, Otus gives DJs the freedom to work with software combinations of choice. It feels at home next to a mixer, external soundcard or another controller, but can also replace them all if needed. The advanced MIDI mapper & Asio software makes creating different setups a breeze.
Otus is also customizable to suit individual preferences or mood. The smoked glass surface along with the feet of the controller can be switched making Otus a truly personal instrument.
Otus offers a wide range of controls enabling the user full control – no mouse or keyboard needed. The placement of each control has been optimized for usability and for show factor. All of the key functions are placed closest to the DJ, while effect orientated controls are placed further away. This allows the club audience a better view of the DJ tweaking knows or performing with the revolutionary Near Field Motion sensor beams.
The Future Proof Ideology of the control layout allows the use of future software features. Assignable buttons, knobs, push-and-rotate selectors and capacitive touchpad enable advanced creative freedom, while the relative touch sensitive slider allows very accurate pitch adjustments.
To top it off, all of the controls can be virtually doubled via a color indicated layer selection switch or shift button. The second layer, indicated by LED color changes, offers the option to control two virtual decks with one Otus or even other software like MIDI controllable VJ programs.
A professional level audio/headphone output allows direct connectivity to a DJ system or the possibility for headphone preview.
Otus will be available in July – more info can be found at http://eks.fi/
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