May 5, 2013
Behringer’s modular line of CMD controllers will likely get a bad reputation before they are even in the hands of DJs or controllerists. Behringer doesn’t exactly have a good reputation of making original products (specifically mixers), and their price point does tell us that they are created with longevity in mind either – but we could all be wrong. Any company who has received criticisms in the past will not be around for very long if they do nothing about it. Because of this, Behringer has actively been getting their heads together for the next generation of DJ products.
I will say that they just judging on looks alone, these controllers look superb. They have an all black layout with orange buttons. It speaks for its simplicity, and the amount of design variations are actually very exhaustive. I can think of three or four of these controllers that I could …
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 …
January 28, 2013
There are more than ten different well-respected gear manufacturers that are producing controllers right now. Regardless of how they are configured or how well they are made, they all serve a similar purpose: to control some sort of function within a software or DVS. The difference, as mentioned above, is how well they can do this. Some controller need little more than the bare minimum; perhaps a row of 8 buttons to change the scenes or select options within Serato. Others are more complex with faders and rotary knobs that can control the intensity and magnitude of a function.
Behringer is not the most well known, when it comes to creating controller. But they are unique. Their line of CMD controllers aren’t meant to solve every issue with one device. Instead they are meant to act as modular devices, so a DJ can add and remove whatever he/she sees fit. …