Wacom today announces the launch of the second generation of nextbeat – an interface device aimed at professional DJs, that provides a new way of creating and performing music. Nextbeat MK2 will be available in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Benelux, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Finland, Romania, UAE and Lebanon from September,10.
Nextbeat MK2 is a fully integrated professional DJ system, incorporating intuitive touch sensor controls and innovative live performance functions. Its wireless portable control unit enables performers to move free from the main device, resulting in more dynamic and energetic live performances, contrasting to the traditional style of DJs performing inside booths.

Nextbeat MK2 introduces some exciting new features:
– BPM Sync
nextbeat MK2 makes the mix easier thanks to a function which provides automatic BPM matching of the 2 tracks playing.
– 16GB Storage capacity
Nextbeat MK2 allows the DJ to store thousands of tracks.
– Multi-format
Nextbeat MK2 fully supports WAV, AIFF, MP3 and AAC-LC music file formats.

Others features
All in one machine
nextbeat MK2 combines two digital players, a two channel mixer, an effects processor and sampler in a single, lightweight and record-sized unit.
Its 3.5-inch LCD panel displays information such as the track information, waveform, cue points and loop points providing all the functionality a DJ needs for playing music. In addition, nextbeat MK2 does not require a PC like many other DJ systems allowing DJs to quickly setup their gear and to reduce the necessary equipment.

Intuitive touch controls
Nextbeat MK2’s touch controls provide an intuitive and direct way to interact with the system, modify and control sounds and samples or add effects. Its circular touch sensor allows users to quickly switch between an analogue style turntable, an effects processor and a sampler.
Nextbeat also provides separate, independent touch sensors for controlling pitch fader, volume fader and crossfader.

Fully digital
All digital Audio files are downloaded to the system either directly from a computer using a USB connection or stored on CF cards. Nextbeat MK2’s sampler function can be used to directly record digital sound sources, allowing sampled sounds to be incorporated into performances and modified.
The effects processor features six types of effects, which can be assigned to channel A, B or Master.

Pricing and availability
nextbeat MK2 will be available in the network of nextbeat authorised dealers including pro-sound dealers and music stores. It is priced at 999€ (£869) including VAT and comes with a two year warranty.
More information on nextbeat can be found at http://www.nextbeat.net

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