August 19, 2013
If I were to go to the store right now and look for an acoustic instrument like a guitar or piano, I would definitely have an idea of the costs versus performance before even testing out a product. It would be clear to see that a thousand dollar acoustic piano will sound better than any electronic alternative. I would also be able to figure out that a guitar that is priced high would have much better features than one that is priced lower. Best of all, I can actually plug these things in and try them out before I take them home. It isn’t the same with a MIDI controller or something that takes time to play with.
Setting one up in the store the way you like it is damn near impossible, since you are using a computer that is unfamiliar to you. You also don’t have the time …
July 8, 2013
A two channel MIDI controller with jogwheels is about as simple as it gets these days. You can pick one of these bad boys up for close to a thousand dollars, or if you prefer, closer to a few hundred dollars. Looking at the front of the decks you will notice many things in common. Each device has some sort of pitch control, they each have wheels that spin, they each have faders and rotaries, and they each have a slew of buttons for song programming or cueing. Since they share all the same operations, what could be so different from product to product? The answer is simple, the quality of each part.
Not every jogwheel is the same. Some of them, like those found on the Vestax VCI series; tend to spin freely without much force applied to them. Others are more connected to the controller and give a …