HOT GEAR Pioneer DJ DJM-250MK2 Mixer TASCAM Track Factory Audio Production System TASCAM has released the Track Factory complete audio production system. The bundle is built around an Intel NUC mini-computer that has been preconfigured for music production and includes everything needed to quickly start recording, including software, a microphone, interface, and headphones. Built with hand-selected hardware components and equipped with a 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5-5250U processor with 3 MB of cache, 8 GB of RAM, and a 256 GB M.2 solid-state drive, the Track Factory's customized Intel NUC mini-computer delivers the power of a desktop PC in a compact, 4x4-in. form factor. It has four USB 3.0 ports, a Mini Display Port 1.2, a MINI-HDMI 1.4a port, gigabit Ethernet, WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.2. It runs a version of Microsoft Windows 10 Home Edition that has been streamlined and optimized by PC Audio Labs for digital multitrack recording and editing. Cakewalk's SONAR Professional DAW comes preinstalled and configured for the bundle's TASCAM US-2x2 USB 2.0 audio/MIDI interface. Rounding out the package is a TASCAM TM-80 medium-diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone and a pair of TASCAM's closed-back TH-02 headphones. For more information, contact Erikson Audio: 514-457-2555, FAX 514-457-0055, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.eriksonaudio.com. 72 • C A N A D I A N M U S I C I A N Pioneer DJ has released the DJM-250MK2 two-channel DJ mixer, the entry point into the DJM series. The clear layout of the DJM-250MK2’s lower half makes it easier to perform complicated scratch techniques. The Magvel crossfader, inherited from the flagship DJM-900NXS2 mixer, is designed to feel accurate and assured and is durable, capable of approximately 10 million movements. The upper half of the mixer features three-band isolators, which can be used to completely eliminate a chosen frequency range. Each channel has its own filter inherited from the Sound Color FX on the DJM-900NXS2, which can be applied by twisting the dedicated knob and then adding texture with the separate parameter knob. The built-in sound card means users can connect the mixer to a Mac or PC via USB and use the bundled rekordbox dj application to mix music files stored on their computer. For more information, contact SFM: 514-780-2070, FAX 514-780-2111, email@example.com, www.sfm.ca.