October 9, 2013
Behringer product specialist Andrew Luck has run us through nearly all of the CMD modular MIDI controllers. We have been showing you these controllers with Deckadance and Ableton but have spent less time with Native Instruments Traktor Pro DJ software. If you are a Digital Vinyl System (DVS) DJ, then you should check out our video overview of the CMD DV-1 and Traktor Pro. The beauty of these controllers is their ability to work with any software that communicates with MIDI, opening the door to an immense world of possibilities for live performance applications. So while these controllers can work with Searto DJ and Virtual DJ, Behringer have provided the public with some very useful .TSI mapping files for Traktor Pro users. One of the CMD controller that works great with the Remix Decks in Traktor is the Behringer CMD LC-1.
With the CMD LC-1 and the mapping provided by …
October 4, 2013
The Behringer CMD DV-1 is a modular MIDI controller designed to be used with digital vinyl systems (DVS). There are controls to select between 1 of 4 decks with the A-D buttons, making it easy to load tracks and switch between control of each deck. There are controls for looping, FX control, hot cue assignment, and deck focus among others. DVS DJs will find this to be a nice low profile and low cost solution for extended control over software functions that may not be available on a CDJ or turntable.
As with all the Behringer CMD modular controllers, every function on the CMD DV-1 is MIDI mappable meaning you can assign any of your software’s functions to whatever physical control you desire. While the CMD DV-1 ships with Image-Line’s Deckadance DJ software, the DV-1 and all the other CMD controllers can be mapped with the software of your choice. …
August 9, 2013
We could call this the year of the modular DJ controllers. There are only a handful of companies putting out new, all in one, DJ controllers because frankly there are very few design improvements that warrant making a whole new controller. Instead we are beginning to see more and more modular setups to accommodate a new era of DJ. A DJ that can show up to a gig with a couple of very small modular controllers and an iPad or small laptop. For the more discriminating DJ this may be seen as dark time for the craft, but for the more forward thinking performer this opens doors to a whole new level of possibilities.
Those posibilites are becoming much more streamlined as evidenced by the latest controller from Native Instruments with the Traktor Kontrol Z1. This two channel DJ mixer, soundcard, and MIDI controller can connect to your computer …
May 12, 2013
Simply using Serato or Traktor to make a performance piece has its up and its downs. What IS good about just using the lightweight DVS on its own is that it doesn’t eat up very much processor or memory. You can feel a bit secure when you notice that your laptop doesn’t lag too much when many tasks are thrown at it. The downside it is that it is difficult to compose a song or a performance with just Serato alone. Allowing only six different cue points per each song has its inherent limitations; many of them simply cannot be worked around.
Using Ableton as your main source music and sound is a better option here, but it lacks the inherent control and familiarity of using two decks (turntables or CDs) with a virtual display of everything that is going on in front of you. The bridge was meant to …
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 …