Every year, DJ's from all across Europe flock to the small city of Birmingham smack dab in the middle of the United Kingdom for the BPM Show held at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC). DJ legends, Grandmaster Flash and Pete Tong were on hand to impart their wisdom and skills upon the youth of the DJ world in the Gatecrasher Arena. One of the highlights of the show had to be the judging of the prestigious DJ Mag Tech Awards.
Companies competing for the highest tech honours included Numark, Pioneer, Serato, Stanton, Vestax and of course Toronto, Canada based, SmithsonMartin Inc. SmithsonMartin's first product Emulator was up against some fierce competition with the Stanton SCS.4 and the Pioneer DJM-T1, but no one could deny that the most innovative product of the year was the first of a kind, "Star Trek Like" multi-touch DJ system, Emulator.
PHOTO TAG: Alan Smithson receiving the award from DJ Mag Tech Editor, Mick Wilson
"We are so proud to be recognized by our peers as the most innovative product of 2011. Companies that win Tech Awards typically go on to do great things and we are so excited about the future of touch screen DJ'ing." said SmithsonMartin CEO, Alan Smithson "I am thrilled to announce that we will be releasing the Modular version of Emulator where users can fully customize their touch screen DJ experience for any midi software".
Introduced to the public in March 2011, Emulator has made waves being seen on some of the largest music programs around the world including the German Chart Show, several music videos and the Romanian Music Awards. "I´m definitely overwhelmed by the EMULATOR! People now can see what I´m doing, and it´s incredibly fast, all the buttons I need for my set are on one screen straight under my hands - I am addicted." said Jay Frog, producer formerly of Scooter
"Emulator is the only product in the history of DJ'ing that unites the DJ with the crowd visually. The union of music, visuals and the work of the DJ become one unlike anything else that has ever existed before." Said Emulator creator, Pablo Martin "We have been working around the clock to deliver the most accurate, flexible midi controller ever made."
Emulator Modular is scheduled for release as a beta in late October with release to the public mid-November. Modular is a 100% customizable multi-touch experience for any midi software titles.
About SmithsonMartin Inc.
Toronto, Canada based SmithsonMartin Inc. is a software developer focussed on making multi-touch applications for music production, DJ'ing and other industry applications. The flagship product, Emulator has been used by DJ's such as two time Grammy nominee, Morgan Page, Marc Romboy, Jay Frog and more. Emulator was recently featured as the DJ setup at the Romanian Music Awards. SmithsonMartin CEO Alan Smithson and CTO Pablo Martin are the principals of the company.
About DJ Mag Tech Awards
The annual DJ Mag Tech Awards allow DJ equipment manufacturers to enter new gear for different categories; Innovative New Product, Ultimate Media Player over $600, Single Multi media Player with CD, Ultimate Club DJ Mixer, DJ Software, DJ Controller over $600, DJ Controller under $600, Compact Computer DJ Interface, Audiovisual Product, Dual Multi-media player, Dedicated Itch Controller, Best Smartphone/Tablet Music App, DJ Mixer under $600, Digital Vinyl System (DVS), DJ Soundcard, Studio Sequencer Software, Best Production Equipment, Studio Monitors, Headphones. Judging will be based on Build, Sound Quality, Features, Ease of Use and Value for Money.