QBert’s Tiny Chip Replaces Laptops for DJ’s


In technology, as ideas get bigger and bigger, the hardware becomes smaller and smaller. The Edison microprocessor is a perfect example of that process. In a collaboration between his own company, Thud Rumble, and Intel, noted turntablist QBert, whose sleeve of his recent Extraterrestria LP doubled as a DJ controller, created the Edison to take the place of a laptop in the modern DJ’s set-up. The device is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, but its optimized technology is powerful and smart enough to work as an interface with turntables, synthesizers, samplers, drum machines, and whatever else the DJ dares to throw at it.

Besides making a DJ’s gear a hell of a lot more portable, it could also turn out to be the great equalizer in terms of making DJ equipment more universally accessible.

Those who might have balked at the extra expense incurred by bringing a laptop into their set-up will now have a much more affordable alternative (the Edison goes for about $55). So ultimately, it puts more power in the hands of the people.