August 9, 2013
We could call this the year of the modular DJ controllers. There are only a handful of companies putting out new, all in one, DJ controllers because frankly there are very few design improvements that warrant making a whole new controller. Instead we are beginning to see more and more modular setups to accommodate a new era of DJ. A DJ that can show up to a gig with a couple of very small modular controllers and an iPad or small laptop. For the more discriminating DJ this may be seen as dark time for the craft, but for the more forward thinking performer this opens doors to a whole new level of possibilities.
Those posibilites are becoming much more streamlined as evidenced by the latest controller from Native Instruments with the Traktor Kontrol Z1. This two channel DJ mixer, soundcard, and MIDI controller can connect to your computer …
July 26, 2013
One of the first things we saw at the NAMM show 2013 was the Numark Orbit wireless DJ controller. There was a lot of buzz from the early press day on through the week about Numark’s latest DJ controller. After the initial high wore off, many bloggers and gear heads began to wonder whether or not the Numark Orbit could be used in a performance environment and be used well. Well we took it for a test drive to see if it has performance potential and we found that it actually holds up pretty well. Many DJs may scoff at that sentiment, but we found it to be quite fun and had several folks around the office, who weren’t DJs, playing with it, sounding great doing it, and having a lot of fun. We also had more skilled DJs pick it up and see the potential for dynamic MIDI mapping …
July 16, 2013
When it comes to choosing the proper controller to augment your DVS setup, your options are many – but there are some simple steps you can take to help you narrow your search down. First thing you want to ask yourself is, “Do I want to have full control over my DVS system without touching my computer?” If you answered yes to this, then you’ll want a control that has line and crossfade options, as well as some way to progress through each track (usually a jogwheel). Just because you want to have it all in a single controller does not mean that the controller needs to be fairly large either.
There are actually smaller micro controller systems that are meant for such a purpose, and these controllers are no longer than fraternity’s pledge paddle. Of course, when you go small you are going to have to give up things …
July 9, 2013
We have been covering the Behringer brand of DJ controllers which all fit under the moniker of CMD. The demand from those of you out there to want to know everything about these affordable MIDI controllers has prompted us to give you as much information as possible. We also have all of them in our possession and are surprised each and every time we grab a new controller and start playing with the controls. While our last two reviews were of the all in one controllers, the CMD Studio 4a and the CMD Micro, we decided to dive into the slimmer and more function-specific modular controllers in the CMD line.
Instead of reviewing all of the controllers in the Behringer CMD line individually, we decided to couple the MM-1 and PL-1 because they are a good representation of how these modular controllers can be linked up and it will give …
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 …