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January 20, 2012

Vestax VCI 400 – First Look at NAMM


NAMM is not slouching on new DJ controllers. It has been a serious gatekeeping effort to make sure that  we show you the ones that really made an impression on us, if for no other reason than digging into all of them and looking for new/sellable features being a time consuming process.

This was not the case with the VCI 400. Vestax have really made a flexible, infinitely mappable surface here. I actually kind of walked into it because I noticed a girl was messing with video software and thought maybe I was looking at a new VJ controller. Then when I got to ask her what she was working with, she informed me that she was not a DJ, she was a specialist with her video software package. She was, in fact, mapping on the fly to her software with the VCI-400 to demonstrate just what a flexible surface it really was.

Part of that flexibility, one shouldn’t forget, is that this is the controller for all the software packages. Seriously, all these guys are compatible:

Serato, Virtual DJ, Traktor, Ableton, MixVibes, Torq, Algoriddim DJAY, Deckadance, PCDJ,MIXXX,Ultramixer3, DJDecks

The VCI-400 comes with bundles of Serato DJ intro and Virtual DJ LE 4 Decks. See that, this controller doesn’t even make you decide what you’d like bundled with it. I’ll be excited to see what packages future users manage to map it to.

Transcript:

Scott:
What is happening guys, this is Scott Magno, DJ Madflip, with uniquesqured.com.  We are here at winter NAMM show 2012.  We’re with Jerome with Vestax, exciting things popping on with Vestax.  Jerome, thank you so much for taking the time to rap with us.  You know there is a lot of buzz about he VCI 400, lets talk about it my man
Jerome:
Yeah, VCI 400 is incredible, we are really happy to introduce this unit at NAMM VCI 400 is right here, and we got a collection, why that? because VCI 400 fits to every software, so this is why we had to show with as many software as possible.
Scott:
I see you got it set up , it looks like we got it with with Algorithm, , Virtual DJ, as well as Tractor, which is like the team favorite.  but I know you that you could actually… I knew that we could probably map it to probably anything that we wanted, but lets talk about how it works and the layout differences between Algorithm, Virtual DJ, and Tractor
Jerome:
Alright, so yeah.  So the layout is pretty much universal on VCI 400, but if you look closer to the unit, there is no silk name on it, which means that you can make your own mapping and you can make it very great. For example, I can use these pads to trigger cue points or loops. Same as the upper pads here to make some slicing and all the kinds of…
Scott:
…Trigger effects and everything else.
Jerome:
Yeah, yeah, exactly.  So basically we bundled the VCI 400 with overlays for virtual DJ, Traktor, Pro Tools, and Sorta DJ intro.
Scott:
Oh, nice, very nice.
Jerome:
Yeah, so you can just lay down the overlay here, so it can match to the software functions, for example here we have some hot cues, the transport buttons, and the song flow control, so how can we control so many functions from this area? it’s just because 
here we have a select switch from the deck, so you have actually three layers, and it change the screen as well.
Scott:
Right on, very cool, very cool
Jerome:
So, the basic mods is, the hot key and transports, green mode is sampler, the third mode is video.
Scott:
And the LEDs kinda represent that too
Jerome:
Yeah.
Scott:
Very cool.
Jerome:
Yeah, so, also, what’s very clever on the 400, is we layered with LED colors, so actually, the faders have built in LED control, so you can instantly check the levels.  Basically these two channels are yellow, these two channels are red, so the transport area is switchable from B to D, when it’s red, it’s red, when it’s yellow, it’s yellow, it’s so easy.
Scott:
Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant.
Jerome:
Aside from the great layout, the VCI 400 is built with very high quality materials.  The faceplate is made from 2.5 millimeter of Aluminum, very piece of solid steel.  These roteries is part of legacy Vestax is made from Aluminum, and you can actually…it reminds of the very old gears from the early 2000.
Scott:
Like the Yuri Type?
Jerome:
Yeah.
Scott:
Exactly, big, chunky dials.
Jerome:
That’s right, it’s actually the original design we used 15 years ago in our mixers, and we wanted to input this legacy into our very futuristic units.  The corner here, dye cast aluminum it can break a window man, and the sides are made of steel.  That’s pretty much it, it’s a very, very strong piece.  If you check the rear of the unit, you have XLR balanced output with a TRS jack balanced outputs so you can plug in two MP players with a very high level.  We are the first manufacturer to provide beat perfect technology on a DJ controller which means what comes in comes out, and there is absolutely no loss on the DJ signal, which is a one is a one and a zero is a zero, and it’s perfect.
Scott:
So it’s called beat perfect technology.
Jerome:
yeah, it’s very, very knew, we spend one year to develop this technology, and we are the first to release it as a manufacturer.  Trust me some others with do very soon, but we’re the first
Scott:
well, very cool.  Jerome, thank you so much.  So the VCI 400, Jerome at Vestax, breaking it down.  VCI 400, you see it, compatible with Algorithm DJ, we got it with virtual DJ also, as well as the much lauded tractor, also with Serato intro?
Jerome:
Yeah, so basically it is shipped in the box with Virtual DJ 4 channel LE, plus Serato DJ intro, but it is awesome with Traktor and Ableton live users will absolutely love it.
Scott:
There it is, fascinating, much sought after controller VCI 400, Jerome, thanks once again, Vestax, bringing the heat: Legendary status.  This is Scott Magno, DJ Madflip.  Be you, be unique at uniquesquared.com