ooh ooh ooh its arrived !! [wets pants]
Unfortunately Im on nights just now so I wont get to test it till tommorow :/
Also theyre only shipping v1.1 boxes [linux] just now [presumably they need to clear the back stock of those as theyve stopped developing it for linux]. To download the 1.5 [winXP] upgrade you have to register the product and mail/email them proof-of-purchase ... anyhoo Ill get 1.1 on the go tommorow and email them a scan of my invoice so shd get the XP one in a day or two
Incidently the new 1.5 version looks like it does a whole heap of new stuff including realtime time-stretching [handy for crazy peeps like me who like to mess with tunes at 45 instead of 33 etc ]
/me goes back to dribbling over shrinkwapped finalscratch box sitting on the desk
Well I finally got my hands on the xp fs version 1.5.4 and got the little blighter up and running !!! Have to say im bloody impressed so far - there have been quite a few problems with the windows version as reported on the finalscratch forums [I guess this to be expected as its only just been ported] but I only experienced one of them in which I had no output from one deck... however a quick fiddle in device mgr and this was sorted
The latency seems pretty impressive and the pitch correction stuff is really good - I can play tunes at 45 instead of 33 and the pitch correction still works a treat ! I still need to discover what lots of the stuff does on it but there are some useful little touches, for example you can create a playlist or have it add tracks to youre playlist as you play them - pretty handy when doing mixes etc. Im gonna try and get my mp3 jukebox hooked up to it via usb next. If that works Ill be very happy as it means I can take laptop, hub, 2 bits of vinyl and an mp3 player to a gig and have a ludicrous amount of tunes at my disposal.
The set comes with 3 bits of vinyl - however theyre really chunky [old skool lp style] bits of wax which is nice for straight playing but theyre pretty tough to scratch with due to the weight. Apparently fs have released some lighter ones for manipulation/turntablism so Ill have to try pick some of these up down tottenham court road tommorow, although theyre 30quid for 2 which is a tad steep :|
One unhandy thing I discovered is that fs connects to both the line and phono inputs on your mixer [this lets u use the line/phono switch to change between fs operation and normal vinyl] however this will make Goz v.unhappy as his cdj's have been unplugged and my mixer only has 2 channels. We're gonna get round this using a 2nd mixer i think or maybe a switch-box-widget [tm] from maplin.
I might also try and get the software with my media files running on their own partition [and most likely under win2k] as quite frankly I dont trust xp as far as I can throw microsoft's market cap. value in gold ingot
Ill try and get some photos and perhaps try recording a mix on it tommorow to stick online
marc <-- chuffed as a pig in plenty of sh*t
</div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Marc @ Apr 16 2004, 12:05 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> I might also try and get the software with my media files running on their own partition [and most likely under win2k] as quite frankly I dont trust xp as far as I can throw microsoft's market cap. value in gold ingot [/quote:0179854200]
Actually, my XP box has been at least as stable as my old 2k box since I built it, and neither my desktop or lappy has BSODed since getting them.
(Well, my desktop did once when i tried out the kxProject beta drivers... *D'Oh!* But I think that can be blamed on the drivers.)
You know what a Linux zealot I am, so I can assure you no-one was as surprised by this development as I was - just turn off all the stupid graphical effects and you need *never* know you're running XP....