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 …
January 28, 2013
The ability to use your MIDI controller to wireless trigger a function within your DVS has been discussed and attempted before. In theory it sounds like a great idea. You rid yourself of extra wires floating around your setup, and you are also able to place the unit wherever you like, in the booth. The only practical problem with this idea (which still exists), is latency. Even with wires, some will complain that there is just too much latency between the touch of a button and the action on the screen. Once you add a few milliseconds into the situation, you may have missed your phrase completely. Not everybody uses auto quantize features in their DVS.
The Numark Orbit is a fun looking device which looks to fill this incessant need for a wifi MIDI controller. The most striking feature of the unit is its layout, which was obviously meant …