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 23, 2013
It is safe to say that there are many controllers out there for DJs on the second hand market. With so many options to choose from it makes it easier to decide that one controller simply isn’t the right one for you, with another controller having a similar cost being your next best bet. Another reason that a DJ may decide to put their Novation Twitch on sale, isn’t because it doesn’t have the functionality of a layout that they desire, it has to do with what type of DVS can be run with it. When it comes to smaller DVS packages that don’t cost upwards of five hundred dollars, you are kind of limited as to what you can get. So far, Serato and Traktor are offering scaled down versions of their software to run with these controllers, as not to compete with their flagship soundcards that are meant …
December 9, 2012
Those of you that took the all-in-one DJ controller route when looking for a simple DJ setup may have previously doubted your decision. When you decided to plunk down the dollars for once piece of machinery instead of a mixer and two decks, you did so knowing that you would be stuck with a piece of hardware that was completely dependent on its firmware. For those most part, you were limited to only watered down pieces of software that came bundled with the hardware. The good part is that this intro software was created by respectable DVS companies like Rane and Native Instruments, so there would be serious consequences if they did not stand by their product.
Luckily, they have not forgotten about you. If you purchased a newer Pioneer controller such as the DDJ-Ergo, it came bundled with Serato DJ Intro, instead of Serato Itch or another Native …
October 22, 2012
A question was asked by a rookie DJ who was in the market for a new budget to midlevel controller, after his previous one bit the dust. His price range is obviously not high enough to go after a top end Vestax or Traktor controller, so he had narrowed it down to two possible options; the Traktor Kontrol S2, or the Denon DJMC2000. Having to narrow your choices down from all the different varieties of controllers out there is a challenge that can cause anxiety, but from one controller to the next – there are a few important points to look at.
One thing that needs to be considered is the DVS you plan on using. A copy of Traktor Pro usually comes bundled with a Traktor certified controller, free – and Native Instruments also offers different versions of their software, depending on if you need vinyl manipulation (Traktor …
February 13, 2012
A couple weeks ago, we got a Numark N4 into our studio and tested it out. We used the unit with both Virtual DJ and Serato Intro, which are both included in the box. What we found is that the N4 is one of the best DJ controllers for an intro DJ looking to be able to do video DJing too. Since the N4 is built for video DJs in mind, one thing we noticed that was the availability of hotcues on the mappings for Virtual DJ and Serato Intro. We really wanted to be able to have access to hotcues when using the N4 with Traktor and built a mapping with this in mind.
To start out with a structure for the mapping, we used what Numark provided on their website for mapping the N4 with Traktor Pro 2. The N4 mapping provide by Numark was great but we immediately noticed …