Posts Tagged ‘MIDI’

American Audio VMS 4.1 DJ controller

05/08/2012 Leave a comment

When the American Audio VMS 4 entered the market, many people were complaining about it. There were many flaws with it and people were selling their VMS 4’s off as soon as they were repaired. Seeing what was happening, American Audio decided to release the VMS 4.1 which in a sense was an update to the buggy VMS 4.

From the top, one thing I like about this is that it has a built-in mouse-pad! I have yet to see any controller with something like this. I could be wrong though but I have yet to come across this. besides this, it has four channels so one of the channels I used for sampling. I actually had the chance to try this controller at a club once and I was very pleased to note that the jog-wheels were pretty good. Big jog-wheels too, bigger than my Hercules ones. The controller was pretty snappy and worked like a charm.

The main features of this controller are (according to their website):

  • 4x Midilog™ Channels (Compatible with any “Midi Learn” Software or Analog Inputs – such as CD Players, Turntables, etc.)
  • DSP D-Core Inside: Studio Quality Audio Engine + Pro Stage Microphone Circuitry
  • 2x Mics with Gain, Treble, Mid & Bass Control
  • Crossfader Curve Adjustment
  • Balanced XLR Outputs (a big plus for those!)
  • Assignable Touch Strips
  • Built-in Mouse Pad
  • Built-in 4 In/4 Out Soundcard
  • Bundled with Virtual DJ LE Software

I have already said all I can about the excellent Virtual DJ software so nothing else needs to be said about it. It is a pretty affordable controller too and I think that this controller needs to get the big “thumbs up” from me.


JB Systems DJ Control 2 controller

31/07/2012 Leave a comment

There are so many makers of controllers nowadays that even I am starting to lose count. I came across this controller while looking for some turntables on the Internet. Apparently, this JB Systems controller is pretty small and it is quite a full featured controller. Searching for a distributor or even the manufacturer of this controller was fruitless. I did however find out that this particular Belgian company apparently is responsible for them and makes them.

So…a product from the country that gave us Rodec mixers, Tintin, Jean-Claude van Damme. What does it offer? Well, apparently it is pretty inexpensive, as I was able to make out. It costs about 175 pounds on a website in the UK. Egads. That works out to something less than $400 in Singapore currency. So back to what it is able to offer:

  • The perfect 2channel MIDI controller for all-round DJ-use (parties, café’s, bars, …)
  • Bundled with the latest version of VirtualDJ LE, the ultimate DJ-software
  • Controller can also be used with any MIDI DJ-software
  • Most of the buttons are backlit: easy to use in dark venues.
  • Professional mixing result guaranteed, even for inexperienced DJs
  • Can be used on any modern laptop or PC, running Windows® XP/Vista/7 or Mac® OSX
  • Built-in 24Bit/192kHz premium quality sound card for excellent sound performance
  • High resolution, touch sensitive scratch wheels with blue backlight
  • 2 Channel mixer with 3band equalizer, DJ-mic input and PFL headphones output.
  • Easy plug & play installation: no extra drivers or computer skills needed!
  • Fully optimized for use with VirtualDJ software:
    • “1-click” beat matching, automatic beat loops, instant beat detection, …
    • Beat synced samplers, very accurate master tempo, 3 cue points per track, , …
    • Video mixing: creative mixing of video clips, including video effects!
    • Plays MP3, AIFF, OGG, WAV, CDA, WMA, and many more …
    • Fully iTunes compatible
  • Upgrade to Virtual-DJ PRO FULL at a discounted price!
    Fully supported starting from VirtualDJ ver 7.0.5b PRO FULL (build 380)
  • 5V power adapter included for increased working stability.

What I like about this is that they give a power adaptor so it does not have to be USB bus-powered, or even then. I think you can make it USB bus-powered. A nice and small controller. I wonder what the price would be if I were to order from them, complete with shipping?

Allen & Heath Xone:DX

07/02/2012 Leave a comment

I had the chance to see a demo of this baby today and boy was I impressed. It can work with Serato Itch and even with Traktor and it is so flexible. The things you can do with it versus what my Hercules controller can do is simply mind-boggling. Take for instance the effects bank, the advanced looping techniques and such. I was just left spellbound. Some more info on this product:

  • Designed in conjunction with Serato
  • Includes full version of ITCH software
  • 4 channel layout with FX
  • Two dual layer deck simulators
  • Bi-colour LED layer assignment
  • 20-channel USB 2.0 soundcard
  • 24bit/96kHz audio system
  • 168 individual MIDI messages available
  • RIAA/phono inputs for external decks
  • Mix outputs on RCA and balanced XLR
  • Separate booth output
  • Built-in hardware MIDI interface
  • Professional modular construction
  • High quality faders
  • Compact slim design
  • Fully compatible with other leading DJ software
  • ITCH includes FX, looping and time-stretching

It is not the cheapest controller out there but when you see what it is capable of doing, you will wish that you had something like this in your DJ arsenal. I would love to get one but it is a bit out of my budget at the moment. Maybe a bit later.

Traktor Kontrol S4

03/02/2012 1 comment

I had the chance to play with this Native Instruments Traktor controller the other day. All I can say about it is that it is very well-built and the sound quality is awesome. That being said, it is pretty heavy and twice the size of my tiny Hercules controller. Quality like this does come at a price and I am pretty sure that it ain’t cheap! But I must say that Traktor software is incredible. It does take some getting used to, and it is totally different to the Virtual DJ software that I am so used to using. The specifications are available on the Traktor website here. The controller, by itself, obviously has more buttons and controls on it than my Hercules which means better and greater functionality and options for the more discerning DJ. While I am all for simplicity, I suppose there are others who will appreciate what this controller is capable of doing. The one I was using was hooked up to a Mac Mini but the website claims that it works fine on Windows XP, Vista and 7. Maybe next time but for the time being, I am quite happy with my Hercules DJ controller.

Numark iDJ Pro Premium DJ controller

29/01/2012 Leave a comment

The Numark iDJ Pro controller. Apparently, this was spotted at NAMM. But it seems that it is officially on the Numark homepage and that is where I got more info about this controller from. It has a space for you to slot your iPad in and it works with DJay software from algoriddim. Apparently, you can download music from the cloud and play it instantly too! There were lots of mixers at NAMM apparently, all working with the iPad as an extension of their functionality. The features of this controller, according to the Numark website are:

  • Works seamlessly with algoriddim
  • Complete dual-platter DJ system that seamlessly integrates your iPad
  • Fully incorporates iPad
  • Brushed aluminum casing with lighted controls
  • Capacitive touch-activated platters, plus Hot Cues, Loop & Effects controls
  • Large retro-styled die-cast aluminum volume knobs
  • AirPlay-compatible: send your mix to any AirPlay speakers
  • RCA inputs, 1/4
  • Dedicated music-library scroll knob

I can foresee myself not carrying a laptop bag, just a bag for this controller and an iPad chock-a-block full of MP3s and I will be ready to rock the house. Interesting device. Looks like it is gonna sell like hotcakes!

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Numark Mixdeck

25/01/2012 1 comment


I have been hearing many things about this controller from Numark. The thing is, it can play music from a variety of sources. It has a built-in CD players, no, make that two. You can hook up your iPod or iPhone to it to choose songs, and it can be hooked up to a laptop too. DJ-software-wise, it comes with Serato DJ Intro, but there are mappings for Virtual DJ and Traktor.

Output-wise, it comes with two balanced XLR connections. More details can be found here. Interesting this is. I will definitely keep this in mind.

Denon DN-MC3000 DJ controller

24/01/2012 1 comment

There are so many controllers available nowadays. the choices are just staggering. This is Denon’s offering to the DJ table. When I first got into mixing with CDs, I bought the best of the best then, a Denon DN-2000F and I loved it. It seems that Denon has carried the functionality that was so popular in their CD players over to this controller.

According to

It’s basically a two channel version of the MC6000 controller, which was praised for its plethora of I/O options and amazing build quality, so expected the MC3000 to be relatively rich in these values too, albeit with a cut-down 2-channel, more compact design.

I might get this when my Hercules controller croaks but so far, it seems to be holding up just fine. I have always had a soft spot for Denon products and this one, priced at about $800 seems to be pretty good!

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