Casio XW-J1Although not new for this year, the smaller DJ and desktop musician products that Casio has in their product lineup are striking the right notes.

The Casio XW-J1 has the integrated faders and components from VESTAX, a manufacturer that has been producing professional DJ equipment for more than 25 years. DJ features such as crossfaders, EQ, filters, effects and even auto loops and cue points are available. The integrated sound card means that amplifiers and headphones can be connected directly to the controller — no additional equipment is required.

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I'm a film / TV composer based in Vancouver BC. Music has always been part of my life, but my first career was in the technology industry as a consultant and project manager. I helped to build and open the Experience Music Project – a rock and roll museum in Seattle. I hold a Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Business Administration degree from McMaster University. I also hold a diploma in Audio Engineering from the University of Washington and I’m a graduate of Hummie Mann’s acclaimed Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program.