Numark NS6 WMC MobileStudio Exclusive
We have been waiting in anticipation to get our hands on a Numark NS6 and we finally got our chance at Winter Music Conference 2011. Mike Hoska from Numark met us at the Unique Squared Mobile Studio and unveiled the hotness personally.
The NS6 uses Serato Itch and allows for 4 deck simultaneous control of your mix. Couple that with an array of blazing hot effects, advanced looping functionality, and a highly responsive and accurate control surface and you have a definite game changer in the DJ Controller market. We will do an in depth demo and review when we receive our very own. Until then, put on your seat belt and check out the video.
Scott: What is going on? UniqueSquared.com, Scott Magno, DJ Madflip. We are at Winter Music Conference 2011 and we’ve got a surprise for you folks, yes, the Numark NS6 we got one here in full fledge motion and you know what? Mike is about to break it down for you. Mike tell me about the NS6. Tell me why this thing is so fly and everyone is going to be loving it.
Mike: I’ve been with Numark through the development of the NS7 the V7′s and I’m here to talk to you about the NS6. So I’ll get into some of the new features that are on the NS6. So it’s basically a MIDI controller obviously everything is MIDI, but we have a four channel stand alone mixer here.
So you can plug in turntables CD players, and you’ve also got within itch, a four deck skin and you’ve got 2 layer buttons on each deck of the controller so you can toggle between decks one and three and decks two and four on the controller.
A lot of the other functions are going to be the same, so you’re going to have all the same browser controls and you’re not going to lose anything as far as all the fun looping and auto looping and cues.
We’ve got some extra things like loop rolls and the effects parameters are built right into the unit too, so you can get into some real glitchy stuff and I’ll show you a demo with some house.
Scott: Alright let’s do it.
Mike: So all I was doing was just triggering some loop rolls. Just holding down the shift button and triggering some different measures and you know, doing a break or an effect, quick highpass filter and you can get into a really dynamic set with just playing around with one track.
I’ll show you some cool things with four tracks right now, so we’ll keep this one going.
Cool, so blindly just grabbing tracks from my crate just throwin’ em’ in, syncing them up and just layering four tracks, making some loops, making the loops shorter, longer, sliding them to the left and right, doing some EFX play as well.
One cool thing that is on the NS6 is we put in this LED here on the strip search, so you can reference where you are on the track on the front panel.
You’ve got all the controls that you would need on a mixer like your cross fader, contour adjustment, and you’ve also got your fader assign too because it’s a four channel mixer so you can assign any channel to the crossfader.
You’ve also go your headphone gain and cue mix as well. Like I said the EFX are built right into it and you can assign your EFX to any channel so you can put 2 EFX on one channel you can put 2 EFX on the master as well.
There’s also this cool skip button that allows you to move forward and backward through the track without losing the timeline of the track, so I’ll just go ahead and play it and let you hear what it sounds like.
So we’ve got the track going, I’m going to go ahead and toggle through the track that’s playing and hold down skip, and I’m actually moving through the track right now and I want to get to the breakdown quicker and there I am, I’m at the breakdown now.
So now I’ll get to the big break down, let the beat back in, move forward a little and get to the big breakdown and we stayed within the timeline of the track, so if we had a mix going we wouldn’t of lost that, we could just get through the track or backup in the track as well.
Scott: Very cool now that increment that you’re skipping around is that assigned within the loop? Like is that a measure?
Mike: It’s 8 measures basically.
Scott: Ok, very cool, very cool. Stand alone mixer, that’s one of the things that makes this really unique out there. You also have a dedicated booth out as well.
Mike: Yup, you’ve got booth and a master on top and you’ve got some view options as well so you can change the skin a little bit on itch as well.
Scott: That’s great, so you can sort of customize the look if you don’t need to have a lot of information on there or if you need some more room to scroll through your tracks, you can be really dynamic as far as changing the skin.
You know I heard the Jog wheels are really nice and you can also adjust the crossfader directly on the NS6. Crossfader curve with that, man it’s really fantastic.
Mike: I’ll let you hear just a couple quick cuts, I’ll throw up a track and load up a scratch.
So, just a couple quick intricate cuts, you’ve got a really sharp contour on the crossfader and there’s no latency either on the platter. There’s this nice rim around the platter the surface of the platter here thats got an LED under it so you can kind of reference almost like a marker on a piece of vinyl.
Scott: There it is NS6 we’ve got it now, you know, it’s going to be incredible, it’s just amazing we’re so excited to have it thanks so much to Numark and Mike Hoska for bringing it out to us. Man, Mike, thank you so much brotha’
Mike: Thanks so much for having me on.
Scott: Take us out with something super fresh. This is Scott Magno, DJ Madflip. Be you, be unique at UniqueSquared.com