November 11, 2013
If you walk into a store like Best Buy and try to find decent audio or DJing gear, you’re going to have a hard time. This assumes that you are someone in the know, and you know what is worth buying at all. It’s the same scenario for someone who is looking for good car audio gear – you won’t find it here. Most of what you see for DJs is that which is meant for beginners who know nothing about the hobby. You’ll find an array of cheap MIDI controllers which are meant for DJing, but you won’t find anything like CDJ’s or even decent turntables.
However, there is an exception to the rule. Some of what they carry from manufactures like Stanton and Numark is actually pretty damn good. If you’re lucky, you might even find a NS7 on display for people to play around with. While they …
October 2, 2013
The new NS7 by Numark was a welcomed change to those who found the first version to be problematic, but also an unwelcomed change to those who just dropped some hard cash on a new piece of gear. Numark was smart about what they changed to the gear, with no huge adjustments that could cause it to be a selling failure. Some nice details were actually changes, and some of them were so subtle that they could not be recognized until actually touched and used. This is what one DJ decided to on his YouTube page, which hosts a slew of demo videos from products that are yet to be released.
The best details are the ones that cannot be noticed until they are touched, which is mainly the actual jogwheels themselves. Instead of using the regular plastic with physical sensors atop the decks, theses have now been switched with …
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 …
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 …