September 20, 2013
In my opinion, the Numark NS7 was one of the few controllers created by Numark that I would ever consider to use as a replacement to turntables. Unless you wanted to go with CDJs or a Vestax MIDI controller, there are few other choices out there that actually mimic what a turntable actually does. I can’t say that without mentioning the Numark CDX, which held their own quite well actually. The NS7 II is a remake of the first edition which was hugely popular, mainly because of how the jog wheel section of the controller was implemented.
Unlike the rest of what is out there, Numark has faithfully tried to not forget about what vinyl turntablists have been trying to replicate. The result is a spinning wheel that is much more than just an indicator of position – it actually feels like a turntable. Taking the platter apart will reveal …
January 27, 2013
From DVS programs with turntables, to controllers with spinning jog wheels, manufactures have been trying to find the sweet spot for controller design. It’s hard to please DJs, as we like to have our own gear setup the way we like it, so it takes trial and error to find out what doesn’t work. What they have learned is that there needs to be a blend of each element to satisfy the crowd as a whole. A controller like the Novation Launchpad has enough buttons to simulate the session view inside of Ableton, but they are spaced too close together and not rugged enough for those who like to drum on them.
Having spinning jog wheels is nice, but it lacks the ability to jump from cue to cue – which is inherently hard on any type of controller without solid buttons. Combing the two is the logical choice, and …