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May 25, 2012

American Audio VMS4 Traktor Controller Review

American Audio is breaking into the Traktor game and they are getting it done with their new controller the VMS4 Traktor Controller.  Drawing off of the success of its Virtual DJ cousin, the VDJ VMS4, this version has been given an updated paint scheme and comes with a specal version of Traktor that is mapped perfectly to the controller.  It’s a four-deck mid-range Traktor controller with some pretty cool features. We are going to break down the controller piece by piece to see how it stacks up against its Virtual DJ counterpart.

Construction

Construction wise this controller is a beast, it is made of solid metal and has four rubber corners that give it good traction on the DJ table.  The rubber edges elevate the controller slightly off the table which is nice because DJ tables have tendencies to become soaked with beer or other foreign liquid substances and …

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January 24, 2012

Numark Mixdeck Quad and Mixdeck Express at NAMM 2012

So, apparently the folks at Numark have met some DJs with pretty poor planning. I personally keep my set all on a hard drive alongside the rest of my library, but Numark picture DJs showing up to a show with their set spread across a series of thumb drives and iPods and CDs. This seems to have been the driving force behind the Mixdeck series and its capabilities. Now, I would take some kind of indignant stance and say “Hey, Numark, give us some credit, we put our iTunes on one drive at a time just like anyone else.” As it happens, the MixDeck has been very popular; so much for my indignation. It turns out a sizable amount of folks do have these kind of multimedia situations happening on the fly during their sets. I like to picture a DJ being fed his tunes like he/she works for a …

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January 21, 2012

Mackie DL1608 16 Channel Live Sound Mixer with iPad Control

If anything, Namm 2012 will likely be remembered as iPad heavy. With so many iPad apps and hardware add ons on the floor it begins to all run together. With a lengthy mixing pedigree, it is no surprise that one of the standout iPad related products was from Mackie this year.

The Mackie DL1608  is a 16 channel digital mixer for the iPad. It is very impressive in terms of hardware. 16 Onyx mic preamps and Cirrus Logic A/D converters make this an impressive I/O regardless of the iPad functionality. The addition of an iPad and the Master Fader app bring a very intuitive and visually impressive functionality to these specs. EQ and compression options are plentiful; with dedicated 4-band EQ and compression for every input as well as 31-band GEQ and a compressor/limiter on the outputs. The interface on the iPad is comprehensive and impressive and makes it seem quite …

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November 25, 2011

Holiday Buying Guide: DJ Bundle

With so many DJ controllers available on the market, it’s hard to figure out which one to select for the holidays. Deciding between 2-Deck and 4-Deck controllers is tough, then there’s the decision whether to get a controller that works with Traktor, Serato, or Virtual DJ. The options are abundant and no controller is the same as another. We’ve put together these three bundles to help make your decision easier.  They are divided into three categories, starter, bang for you buck, and our editor’s choice. Check it out.

STARTER PACKAGE – Hercules MK4 with  Dennon HP500 Headphones

For those of you just starting out in DJing, you need not look further than Hercules and their MK4 DJ controller.  Hercules is credited with creating the first DJ controller and they are absolute experts in controller creation as this controller has all the features you would need.

The Hercules MK4 controller is great for …

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October 17, 2011

Pioneer DDJ-ERGO First Impressions

Pioneer dropped off the DDJ-ERGO today and I wanted to take a few brief moments to write down my first impressions, or my first five impressions.

Even before I opened the controller I was struck by its looks, its called ERGO for ergonomic not “therefor” ergo. The ERGO places a high level of focus on the ergonomics of its operation and design.  The controller is unlinke anything Pioneer has ever done before, its got a white shell on the outside and a very consumer friendly take on the CDJ in controller form.  Much like the S1 and T1 controllers in the series, the ERGO is laid out like a CDJ. This is great for people that are comfortable with that style of layout but for some controllerists, the lack of a mirrored set up will have you mashing buttons that look like they share functions, but are actually effecting something completely different. …