June 18, 2013
We have all felt the technology catching up to our 21st century demands across multiple platforms and applications. For DJs, they now have the ability to prepare a set, experiment with new mixes, or hone their craft just about anywhere. Everything from tablet technology to smart phone crate organization has been streamlined to give DJs a sense of freedom when getting in the mix on the go. While all these touch screen applications are great, sometimes you want a piece of hardware to grab and mix with, but still keep a low profile when traveling or when kicking back on the couch. Certainly one of the smallest DJ controllers to hit the market was the Numark DJ 2 Go with its 2 deck control and proprietary Virtual DJ LE skin. The DJ 2 Go had all the form for portability but lacked some key features in terms of functionality.
The Behringer CMD Micro picks up where the Numark …
May 29, 2013
The long awaited and highly anticipated Behringer CMD controllers have finally arrived at our offices, and we got a chance to take them for a test drive. We immediately set our sights on the Behringer CMD Studio 4a as this has been the most talked about DJ controller in the line. Its a four deck DJ controller that comes with an access code to download the new DJ software from Image Line, Deckadance 2. We have reported extensively on the updates and changes to the CMD line since we first saw it back in January of 2012. You can read about the evolution of the CMD line on an earlier blog post. In addition to Deckadance, you can also use the CMD Studio 4a with other DJ softwares.
Behringer are fully aware that not all DJs want to be limited to one proprietary software. If you are savvy enough …
February 4, 2013
NAMM 2011 and 2012 saw the unveiling of a whole host of DJ controllers from some of the top manufacturers including Pioneer, Numark, Denon, Vestax, and even the illusive Native Instruments unveiled their Kontrol F1 at an off site location in 2012. NAMM is also the place where a lot of companies allow the public to play on their new designs in an almost faux test market to see how people react and then subsequently make a few last minute adjustments. NAMM 2013 was no exception in this regard but Numark was really the only company unveiling a high performance controller with the Numark NS7 2. Nearly every other DJ controller manufacturer was unveiling low cost, portable, and lets face it, entry level controllers this year. This may have come as a surprise to most of you expecting to see the latest and greatest improvements to the DJ …
December 19, 2012
Although DJs have the option to add a few controllers here or there, or to remove a deck if they wanted by replacing it with a virtual deck – there really isn’t much going on in terms of modularity. As it stands, there is no real “modular” solution for DJs, where one piece of hardware, that has one simple purpose, can be added or removed to an existing setup.
With that said, there are plenty of external controllers that can be programmed to do specific things, like the QuNeo, but nothing quite as modular as something you’d see attached to a modular synthesizer or effects setup.
Those of you that own a Eurorack already know the benefits of modularity. In the war of synthesizers you can strap on as many extra panels as you’d like only to remove them when you find them slowing you down or getting in …
December 13, 2012
The Apple iPad has quickly become more than just a tablet for reading books and watching video. It is now a fully functional tool for doing all sorts of things including controlling your home security system, creating music, or having control of your home entertainment system. The pro audio world has found new and interesting ways of incorporating the iPad as well. Keyboard controllers, audio interfaces, DJ controllers, and live sound mixers are all getting a tech facelift with the application of the iPad. One of the more practical and prominent uses has been the iPad’s ability to sync with digital mixing consoles to control everything from monitor mixes to EQ settings. We first saw this with the introduction of the Presonus StudioLive and the StudioLive Remote application.
Since we first saw this at Winter NAMM 2011, more mixing consoles have been showing up which allow for intuitive and wireless control …