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The Next Beat for Wacom

The Wacom is a brand that is usually identified with image and design, with their pen tablet technology that dominates the professional design & 3d markets, until now…. Introducing the Next Beat, a “Interface” product for the music industry.

A professional DJ device, the nextbeat NXT-1000 is creators of dance music, one of the few music genres that are continuing to evolve.

The official announcement from Wacom reads,
“Wacom has been providing tools such as pen tablets mainly for digital content creators. The audience extends from professional digital artists who design and illustrate to general consumers who enjoy drawing and editing photographs on their computers. These tools have also been used to produce artworks of music records and to work music software. Thus, the company brand is well recognized also in the music industry. This led us to taking the newly developed sensitive touch detection technology to break into the music industry which is familiar with. nextbeat NXT-1000 will be the first step in this direction. nextbeat-1000 is an optimized interface for producing music and for DJs to perform in night clubs. The device does not require any external computers. It is as compact as a 30x30cm record sleeve with two music sources, a mixer, an effecter, and a sampler all built in, allowing optimal playability and durability for a professional DJ performance. Especially, the touch sensor with Wacom’s advanced sensing technology enables high speed detection of finger pressure and finger pointing accuracy to convert the players’ feelings into music and to fully bring out the creativity of musicians.

In addition, the portable control unit with a wireless function allows performers to move around with
free from the main device. In contrast to the traditional style of DJs performing inside booths, being able to move closer to the audience creates a dramatic change, enabling the audience to feel more relation with the DJ.

The website for nextbeat NXT-1000 at “www.nextbeat.net” will be launched on the18th of March. The product will be presented to the public in Miami, U.S., during the Winter Music Conference scheduled through March 24th to 28th and the Musikmesse from April 1st to 4th in Frankfurt, Germany. nextbeat NXT-1000 will be shown at different events and details will be announced as schedules are set.”

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About Jomar Reyes

Jomar Lectures in Creative Industries as well as Digital Media in Marketing at the Danish Institute of Studies Abroad. He also runs the Strategic Media Company, a corporate consultancy agency based in Copenhagen.

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