American Audio has announced
a major breakthrough in digital scratching. The company has
unveiled the Digi Pro Professional Digital CD Scratching System, a
revolutionary audio system that makes it possible to scratch on a
vinyl record -- and have the "scratching sounds" emit from
a digital CD.
The amazing Digi Pro is the
first DJ scratching system to combine the turntable with the CD
player, to achieve a new level of authenticity in digital scratching.
The system consists of three components: the Digi Pro Professional
Dual CD player; a Scratch Box; and a Vinyl Record that contains no
audio signal and produces no music.
When a DJ scratches on the
vinyl record, the actual scratching manipulations that he or she
creates are transmitted to the CD. The"scratching sounds"
are then exactly reproduced in the music that's playing on the CD.
The secret to the Digi Pro's
magic-like ability to transform vinyl scratching into CD sounds lies
in its unique Scratch Box. The Scratch Box features a
revolutionary interface technology that allows the analog
manipulation of a digital signal.
The process can be likened to
a remote control unit controlling a TV, explained John Brown,
national sales manager for American Audio. "Just like
there's no tuner in your TV remote control, there's no audio signal
in the vinyl record," said Brown. "The vinyl record
is just a vehicle for producing audio sounds on the CD.
"Simply put, the
Scratch Box takes the 'scratching' that's being performed on the
vinyl record and uses it to manipulate the digital sounds of the
compact disc," Brown added. "Thanks to this breakthrough
technology, digital scratching on vinyl has become a reality."
With the Digi Pro system, DJs
get the true analog sound -- and feel -- of turntable
scratching. Yet, at the same time, they enjoy the convenience
and economy of using digital CDs, as opposed to vinyl records, which
are more expensive, harder to obtain and more bulky to transport.
As the first product to
"marry" vinyl scratching with a CD player, the Digi Pro has
been hailed as a breakthrough by leading club DJs across America,
including nationally-known DJ Skilz, the host of Las Vegas's
top-rated Club Rio. "For CD jocks that literally want the true
feel of vinyl, the Digi Pro offers a long-awaited solution,"
Although its ability to
provide vinyl scratching on a CD player is truly remarkable, this
isn't the Digi Pro's only cutting-edge innovation. The Digi Pro
is loaded with today's hottest features and effects, making it one of
the most advanced and complete professional dual CD players on the
market . . . even if it didn't have digital scratching!
Among the great features on
the Digi Pro are: Tempo Lock (allows speed of track to be changed
without altering vocals); Seamless Loop; Anti-Shock Memory (20
seconds per side); Fader Q Start (when used with an American Audio
Q-Series Mixer); and Flip Flop (automatically switches from one CD
player to the other). There are also some terrific on-board
effects, including Filter, Coast, Reverse Play and Bop. What's
more, the Digi Pro features DSP Technology (Digital Signal
Processing), a multi-tasking capability, which allows DJs to call up
features and add effects on the fly.
Additional features include:
Digital Output, Instant Start, Tap Sync, Beat Counter, 30
programmable tracks, Frame Search, 4 programmable cue points with
instant start, and 8x Oversampling, 1 bit D/A converter.
Suggested retail price of the
complete Digi Pro Professional Digital CD Scratching System is
$1,149.95. This price includes the Digi Pro Professional Dual
CD Player, the Scratch Box, and the SB-12 Vinyl Record that contains
no audio. A stand-alone Scratch Box Kit containing a Scratch
Box and SB-12 Vinyl Record is also available for a suggested retail
price of $149.95.