April 16, 2013
There’s no denying that Numark are at the forefront of the affordable/entry-level DJ controller market. Their Mixtrack series of controllers sparked many other companies to follow suit with their own designs to reach a mass market. While the Numark Mixtrack Pro 2 may not have all the features and cachet of the more popular, expensive, and professional DJ controllers, it does have a solid build quality, all the functionality you need to hone your craft, and it’s gig ready.
There are some great features on the Numark Mixtrack Pro 2, but there are also some limiting attributes which make it best suited for a particular DJ.
The overall build quality of the Mixtrack Pro 2 is plastic. The knobs, faders, platters (except for the brushed metal Numark logo), and buttons all have the same hard plastic feel from the first generation Numark Mixtrack Pro. The one exception are the MPC …
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 …
January 23, 2013
Another year, another NAMM, and we’re back at it. Today was the Media Preview Day. If you don’t know what that means- today is the day to get the first scoop on products at the show, and also a great day to go ahead and get through the whole “hey, bro, where’s my badge at?” situation. Currently, my badge is secured, and I have been and seen a few things worth mentioning.
My first stop was to meet up with Ben from Dubreq, who announced their new Stylophone S2 with a cool video from Brett Domino recently. We got to talk to Ben a bit about how he and his father (who designed the original) came to realize they needed to release this all analog, British powerhouse into the world. Having gotten my hands on one, I can self-assuredly say I am getting the hell out of one ASAP.
December 12, 2012
inMusic, the parent company that owns Numark, Alesis, and Akai, has been pretty busy this year. All three of their leading companies have been releasing much of the gear featured at Winter NAMM 2012 and teased through YouTube videos and company press releases. Gear like the Numark 4TRAK, the Alesis QX line of MIDI keyboard controllers, and the very popular Akai Synthstation 49 and MPC Renaissance. In addition to releasing tons of new gear this year they also acquired formerly AVID owned M-Audio to round out their line of professional audio equipment. We will likely see more from inMusic this year at Winter NAMM 2013 in January and we will have plenty to report from the show room floor.
We first saw the Akai MAX 49 almost a year ago at Winter NAMM 2012 and our first impression was that the MAX 49 was a collection of improvements …
October 31, 2012
With only a few months left before Winter NAMM many companies in the DJ controller market have decided to hold off before releasing anything new and fresh. The exception of course being Pioneer who will be releasing the Pioneer DDJ-SX in November. You can expect a full review of the DDJ-SX as soon as we get our hands on it. In addition to the DDJ-SX, Pioneer has also released a controller that fits into the affordable and portable DJ market with the Pioneer DDJ-WeGo.
For this reason we decided to compare Pioneer’s latest addition into the affordable DJ controller market with some of the more popular DJ controllers within the same price range. It seemed appropriate to compare it to the ever popular Numark MixTrack Pro and the Hercules RMX 2 as these were in the same price range and come bundled with the same software. While all three controllers lock in …