January 6, 2014
For a modular controller system to actually work, it needs to have all of the necessary pieces that a traditional controller would have. When it comes to knobs and buttons, there are four basic types. Encoders are the most obvious, which use a rotary (spinning) dial or a linear fader to change the value of some sort of sound. Other types include a momentary buttons that is traditionally used for activating clips or samples. When these types of buttons come into play on a mixer, there is little that a DJ does not have control over – and it sure beats having to use the mouse and keyboard to do the same thing.
Modular controllers have the advantage of being all things and everything to a producer or DJ; but they must be able to work the way we want it to. Mixers are usually designed with ergonomic in mind, …
October 9, 2013
Behringer product specialist Andrew Luck has run us through nearly all of the CMD modular MIDI controllers. We have been showing you these controllers with Deckadance and Ableton but have spent less time with Native Instruments Traktor Pro DJ software. If you are a Digital Vinyl System (DVS) DJ, then you should check out our video overview of the CMD DV-1 and Traktor Pro. The beauty of these controllers is their ability to work with any software that communicates with MIDI, opening the door to an immense world of possibilities for live performance applications. So while these controllers can work with Searto DJ and Virtual DJ, Behringer have provided the public with some very useful .TSI mapping files for Traktor Pro users. One of the CMD controller that works great with the Remix Decks in Traktor is the Behringer CMD LC-1.
With the CMD LC-1 and the mapping provided by …
September 6, 2013
We frequently hear of companies like Numark, Behringer, and Reloop creating the next big thing in terms of controllers – but whatever happened to the likes of Fader Fox and Akai? These are two big brands that are well known for creating quality (yet expensive) controllers. Why would someone want to go with a cheaper controller rather than buying the best one from the start? The reasons for this begin with the vicious cycle of consumerism. When people are happy with a cheaper MIDI controller, they are less likely to buy an expensive one. Gear companies simply cannot afford to keep creating a product that does not sell; therefore they make less of them. This also keeps the price high and the need for these products low.
This is why Behringer is expected to make a killing off of their modular CMD line of controllers. They are all cheap …
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 …
October 21, 2012
For any piece of equipment out there, a modular unit is quickly becoming the most popular and requested feature. It doesn’t need to a musical instrument or controller either. The one-size-fits-all strategy is no longer the king, as more and more users understand the benefits of “having things their way”. Take a look at soldier on the battlefield, with vests and rigs that can easily be modified to suit their tactical needs.
We’re not blowing things up with Traktor, or saving lives with controllers – but the desire to have your buttons and controls the way you like, is still desired. Projects like Keith McMillen’s QuNeo 3D programmable midi pad controller is a baby step towards customization at its peak. Roger Linn has been pushing the envelope in terms of design and modeling. On his website, he shows off a variety of different “shelved product” modular control surface ideas that …