M-Audio – Torq Conectiv DJ Mixer2019-01-02T21:39:38+00:00

Project Description

Torq Conectiv DJ Mixer


Industrial Design, Mechanical Engineering, Consumer

Background and Challenges

M-Audio, a leader in audio technology and a business unit of inMusic Brands, designs and markets digital audio and MIDI interfaces, keyboards and MIDI controllers, synthesizers, loudspeakers, studio monitors, digital DJ systems, microphones, and music software. The company gave Nectar the assignment to create the next advancement in the digital DJ experience by developing an efficient, instinctive audio interface for its Torq DJ software.

Interfacing Audio Effects with the DJ Performance

The challenges associated with developing the world’s first bus-powered 4 x 4 USB audio interface for DJs who perform and produce tracks with a laptop were many. The system had to utilize different audio media—including vinyl records, CDs, and digital files—to produce high-fidelity audio while enabling the ability to mix, beat-match, and cue digital files with ease. It had to support a completely digital solution, including MP3, WAV, WMA, and AAC file formats, as well as process vinyl and CDs on the fly.

An Interface that Rocks Like a DJ

Nectar developed the Conectiv interface to provide a range of real-time progressive DJ effects, such as vinyl/CD emulation, multiple sampler options, built-in effects, and advanced time stretching. While designed to operate with M-Audio’s Torq software, the Conectiv DJ Mixer Interface also works with other third-party software.

The system enables DJs to create a hybrid digital/vinyl rig by using Conectiv and Torq with specially encoded control vinyl discs or CDs. Conectiv supports seamless integration of turntables or CD players for true digital/vinyl/CD performance in real time.

Conectiv Brings the Total DJ Experience Together

The combination of M-Audio’s Torq DJ software and Conectiv interface really brings the complete DJ experience together by providing DJs with the tools that they need to perform at a high level. The portable, powerful Conectiv interface, with two pairs of stereo inputs and outputs, easy USB connectivity and included Torq DJ software, can turn any compatible Mac or PC into a powerful DJ rig.

The system’s two large knobs let DJs seamlessly mix between the incoming audio from a turntable or CD player with the output of a connected Mac or PC. Conectiv also supports standard DJ cueing capabilities, so DJs can listen to any track in headphones before sending out live to get the house rocking.