The StikAx is a lot of fun, especially if you enjoy playing with music and sounds. I can think of more applications for it than just mixing music and video and the addition of new software to take advantage of new ideas would be a wonderful idea. Itís easy to mix sounds with the StikAx and come up with new ways to put things together. It is not, however, a musical instrument or a full blown replacement for a serious mixing studio by any means. But for a small bit of change it does put some control into your hands and frees you from the keyboard to a degree. I found that the device was the most fun to use when I combined it with other mixing software such as Magix Music Maker and Frooty Loops. This gave me the ability to create my own sounds and loops then throw them onto the StikAx and lay down some awesome grooves. For an example of the kind of things I was able to do with this device, have a listen to this MP3 file. The loops and sounds are my own creation and have no copyright so you can pass this around if you like it.
The fact that HighAndes plans to take the problem with the media scan seriously and provide a solution to it is promising and once that is done itíll be a killer program and mixing tool. Iíve used several devices of this nature, including a dual turntable type of device that promised to do similar things but didnít quite deliver. It was too bulky and didnít really feel right. The StikAx is lightweight and does have the feel of a game controller but that doesnít detract from its usefulness. It could have a somewhat more solid feel and the buttons could have a better response time but that would drive the price up a bit. For the cost itís worth every penny and I think anyone whoís experimenting with doing their own mixes would enjoy using this device. ThinkComputers gives the StikAx a 9 out of 10 score.
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- Fun to use.
- Easy as pie to throw loops onto the device and fly with it.
- Convenient design
- Needs to have a more configurable media scan.
- Buttons could be more responsive
- A little more heft to the device would be nice