Since its humble beginnings in the late 1970s, Turntablism has evolved into a deep art form, coinciding with the progression of technology and the tools with which to practice it. The turntable continues to prove itself as a versatile and flexible instrument in the hands of a skilled an imaginative user, and naturally, DJ techniques have advanced to a very high level today.
As any sound can be used for scratching, over the years DJs have experimented by using samples of musical instruments found on records, in pursuit of creating live performances with a characteristic similar to that of other live musicians. Additionally, DJs have manipulated sounds and constant tones found on records a step further by making use of the pitch ranges on a turntable.
But as performances and compositions reach complex levels of technicality, speed, and efficiency, this is often to the detriment of musicality and musical cohesion. Several attempts have been made over the years to offer solutions for DJs to perform in a more musician-like way:
Despite these previous explorations, more widely accessible and intuitive solutions were desired.
The RP-8000 MK2 is the most advanced turntable ever made, representing the perfect balance of a first-class professional DJ turntable and an innovative musical instrument with MIDI features for controlling software.
Thanks to the unique Platter Play mode, the pads can be used to control the platter's rotation speed to create melodies and authentic musical performances. It was developed in close cooperation with renowned international turntable artists.
Platter Play is a term which refers to performing musically by controlling the turntable platter speed via the performance pads. It allows you to use turntables much more like an instrument in the hands of a musician. So the traditional turntable which has historically been used to play and mix music, can now be used to create music like any other musical instrument. Through Platter Play, you are now able to play complete melodies in a wide variety of 22 scales, 34 keys over multiple octaves. Any sound that can be played back on a turntable, can now be manipulated to the highest degree ever possible on a turntable.
Turning the encoder allows you to cycle through the octaves in your selected scale, and the corresponding keys within that particular octave.
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The RP-8000 MK2 offers a whole new world of creative possibilities by combining traditional DJing with musical live composition in a more expressive and intuitive way than ever before.
Once in Platter Play mode, the function of the 33/45 RPM buttons change and no longer serve as RPM buttons. Instead it is now possible to temporarily shift the tone of the sample playing on the RP-8000 MK2 by pressing the respective Pitch Bend buttons just like with a modulation wheel on a keyboard.
In addition to the 22 scales available on the RP-8000 MK2, it is also possible to create up to 10 different custom scales comprising completely of notes of your choice. To create a custom scale, select one of the custom scales by cycling through the scale selection.
It is also possible to control Platter Play by connecting an external device like a MIDI keyboard to the RP-8000 MK2. Simply plug the USB device to the TT Link port (USB A type) on the rear of the unit. The MIDI commands of the keyboard will now be routed to the RP-8000 MK2. Depending on the deck assignment of each RP-8000 MK2, specific MIDI channels are required to be sent from the external device.
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