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Numark iCDMIX 3

12/11/2017 Leave a comment

The world of DJ controllers is so big and so vast that I only just found out today about this iCDMIX 3 controller from Numark.  It basically consists of a dual CD player and mixer together for mobile DJs. Setup and teardown are fast and easy with CDMIX systems, because you don’t spend as much time running cables and testing levels as with traditional component setups. It also features an integrated Universal Dock for iPod, enabling you to play music from virtually any docking iPod. Problem is that it is using the old kind of iPod connector so that may be an issue but tthat is easily solved with an adapter, if you want to use one. The housing also has rack ears so you can mount it in a rack for fixed installations. That is not all. The iCDMIX 3 contains a dual-deck MP3/CD player too. iCDMIX 3 plays CD, CD-R, and MP3-CD discs and also features Numark’s electronically buffered Anti-Shock™ skip protection.

One can access points within a track using the multifunction jog/shuttle wheels. The wheels are also helpful for controlling pitch bend. One can pitch tracks up and down for easy beat matching. To help with beat matching, iCDMIX 3 automatically detects BPM and also enables you to manually tap in tempo. One can also set cue points in real time. It also has Fader Start, which can automatically start cued-up playback when you move the crossfader.

This is the rear of the unit. I personally love it because it has balanced outputs. It has a three-channel mixer section, including a mic channel and a dedicated channel for the iPod, as well as replaceable crossfader and pre-fader cueing controls. For the main channels, you can switch between the onboard CD players or rear-panel RCA inputs for additional CD players, additional iPods or turntables with preamps. You can cue with headphones using 1/4-inch and 1/8-inch stereo headphone outputs with level control.

For those starting out, this would have been a cool all-in-one controller. Unfortunately, it has been discontinued.

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Numark DJ2GO2 compact DJ controller

31/08/2017 Leave a comment

I was very excited when I read about this portable Serato-compatible DJ controller from Numark, aptly named DJ2GO2. I did a post some time back about the DJ2GO, Numark’s official offering some years back. I liked it but I could not bring myself to buy it because that version did not have a sound-card built in. I am a big fan of small, portable DJ controllers and that is why I was looking at that very first offering by Numark. However, with this new and updated one, all has changed.

This new Numark DJ2GO2 is a portable and literally pocket-sized DJ controller. That means that it can go with me everywhere. It’s equipped with a built-in sound card, as I said, and Serato DJ intro (Serato DJ upgrade ready) and as of now, is the smallest DJ controller around. It can fit on top of your laptop, if that is what you desire. I wouldn’t seat it there though. However, it is perfect for using for small gigs, prepping for gigs (cue points, transitions and all), and a great backup for those “just in case” moments.

As I said earlier, the DJ2Go2 comes with a built-in sound card with master gain, headphone output for cueing and channel gain knobs. It has two channels with a crossfader and pitch faders for easy blending. One thing that I thought would be better would be to have pitch control knobs instead of sliders. They should have used sliders for channel outputs. But then again, I suppose it was for keeping the price down. But then again, those pads that are there can be useful. Those pad modes give you access to performance controls typically found on larger controllers.

The headphone and master outputs are stereo 1/8″ minijacks. I would recommend that you hook up the main output to a DI box. There should be no excuses to not carry a DI box with you guys because there is more space in your bag with this smaller controller. Oh and another thing. Make sure you get Serato 1.9.7 installed if you want to use this.

Numark Mixtrack Pro 3 DJ controller

30/10/2016 Leave a comment

Early this morning, I went to check out a friend of mine who had a gig for Halloween. When I went into the premises, I saw that was using the new Numark Mixtrack Pro 3. Awesome, I thought, as I was eyeing this new, slim controller from Numark that was Serato DJ compatible. But first of all, let us look at this controller closely

First of all, Numark has endowed this controller with 100mm pitch sliders that make it easy to perform even the finest pitch adjustments. I used to have pitch knobs on my Hercules DJ Console MK 4 and while they were quirky at first, I got used to them and now I wish I had knobs instead of sliders all the time because it was easy to fine-tune the pitch. My WeGo has pitch sliders but they are short. I have had to live with them but the long-throw sliders on this Numark are very welcome.

Next thing worth mentioning is that there are 16 multi-function backlit performance pads that can be utilised to add loops, launch samples, and control hot cues to your performance. Use the multi-function touch strip for dynamic FX control and track search operation. There are dedicated filter knobs for each channel, to give you just the exact amount of tonal control you need. So we are talking versatility here but there are other controllers in the same price range that will do the same as well admittedly.

I did mention that this Numark is thin…and looks pretty stealth. And the jogwheels…they look pretty responsive with a red halo around them. They are low-profile metal platters and they add to the controllers slim profile. Numark has stated that they are capacitive and dual-zone, giving you the ability to scratch or stop a track simply by touching the top of the platter, while at the same time allowing you to adjust the pitch by manipulating the platter from the side. Now that is awesome but my inexpensive WeGo does the same, and is no slouch.

So in a nutshell, let us look at the features of this controller:

  • All-new 5-inch high resolution metal jog wheels
  • Dedicated filter knobs for each channel
  • Multi-function Touch Strip for dynamic FX control and Track Search
  • 100mm pitch sliders for fine pitch adjustments
  • Dedicated track browsing controls for your library
  • 16 multi-function performance pads
  • Integrated class compliant audio interface with ¼-inch and 1/8-inch headphone connections
  • 1/4″ Microphone Input
  • Includes Serato DJ Intro upgrade-ready for Serato DJ
  • Includes Prime Loops remix tool kit

Most controllers, at least the lower-end ones, have mic inputs but I suspect this is for unbalanced mics with tip-sleeve connectors. This one is no exception. Outputs-wise, these come with two RCA outputs, standard on most controllers like these. Now this looks good but Decksaver has not made an covers for this controller…yet. I am seriously tossed on this and the DDJ-SB2 but I forgot to mention one thing in this review and that is my friend’s controller’s channel faders could NOT work and he was relying on his crossfader all night long. Oh well…worth a thought and I hope that everything works out well for him.

Numark Omni Control DJ controller

14/10/2013 Leave a comment

The world is inundated with controllers, both old and new, that it would be almost impossible to keep up with what is coming out or what has come out. Take this Numark Omni Control for one. This looks like a solidly-built controller, made out of steel and with its own sound module. Sadly, it has been discontinued according to what I read on the Internet. I am not saying that I should have gotten this over my excellent Hercules DJ controller but I am sure if this as available when I was looking for controllers, I would have snapped it up. I went on a Google search to find out more about this controller and this is what I found on the Numark website:

Omni Control contains everything you need to plug into any sound system and perform. This high-quality, heavyweight, rugged DJ device is not only a hardware controller for performing with the included Native Instruments Traktor LE and MixMeister Fusion Live software; it also houses a professional digital-audio interface to feed your headphones and the sound system.

This complete professional computer-DJ package consists of a hardware controller with built-in audio interface and two software titles: Native Instruments Traktor LE and MixMeister Fusion Live. Firm, reliable knobs, faders, and buttons are high quality, delivering solid and precision performance. An extremely clean, built-in 24-bit professional high-quality computer audio interface feeds pristine audio signal to two stereo outputs and your headphones. Ultra–low latency 44.1kHz and 88.2kHz audio ASIO drivers deliver solid sound. You can even plug in a microphone and talk over your mix.

Interesting and I might add, pretty advanced for a controller of its class. I do not know when it came out but I have read that it came out ages ago.

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Numark Mixtrack Edge

13/04/2013 Leave a comment

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I came across this in Engagdget. This is a new controller from Numark and is named the Mixtrack Edge. It is still in the prototype stage and this photo of the device was taken at the MusikMesse at Frankfurt. Looks like the platter are recessed and so are the faders. I also notice that there are no equalizers like HI, MID and LO on each channel either so that is gonna cause some consternation for DJs. This is very thin and it covers up in the same way like an iPad. There is also a built-in soundcard and it looks like the outputs are in stereo 1/8″ format….one for the headphones and one for the audio outs. It works with Virtual DJ too! Interesting-looking controller and a good concept. Numark said that this is going to be a low-cost controller so I wait with bated breath for this to come out, as well as the pricing.

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Numark Stealth Control DJ controller

08/08/2012 Leave a comment

This controller has been discontinued from production. Numark introduced this controller in early 2009, more than three years ago. It was a “sprayed version” of the old Omni Control controller and also had the audio soundcard removed. But one thing I like about it is that it is built tough. All-metal construction and I bet it is heavy too.

This is what it looks like in the rear. No soundcard options and only two ports: a USB port and a port for you to hook up and AC power adapter. The AC adapter is not needed as this controller is USB bus-powered. Software-wise, I expected this unit to ship with Virtual DJ but it was not the case. What you get if you buy this controller is Native Instruments’ Traktor LE and MixMeister Fusion Live. I am not too sure about the second software that is shipped with it because I have never used it before. Its features, according to the Numark website:

  • Plug-and-play USB connection, requires no AC adapter
  • Heavy, professional feel for high-energy performance
  • Rugged, stiff, rubberized knobs
  • Metallic black slate finish
  • Includes Native Instruments Traktor LE and MixMeister Fusion Live software; mapped for Traktor Pro
  • MIDI-over-USB communication

A pretty basic controller with a very good build. My only gripe would be the lack of a soundcard. But it is a good controller to learn the DJ controller basics on.

 

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Denon DN-2000F DJ CD player

29/07/2012 1 comment

It had to be about 1994. Back then, all I had to DJ with were a couple of Technics SL1200 MKIIs. And the only CD player I had was a Pioneer single-deck CD player. CDs were becoming more popular and they were easy to get. Records, by and large, if you could get them, chances are they were pretty pricey. So what I did was to get myself what the DJs back then claimed was the industry standard. Forget the Technics DJ CD-players, the SL-P1200s. They were totally lousy. I have a picture below, courtesy of Hifiengine.com

That is what DJs back then used to spin CDs with, all the way until 1993 at least till the Denon DN-2000F came into being. The beautiful thing about the DN-1200F was that you could cue the CDs accurately. Plus, they were rack-mountable, making them easy to install in a flight-case. The only thing I did not like about the DN-2000F was the fact that the control cable linking the control part to the actual CD mechanism was too short. I tried to make my own but I failed pretty miserably. There were buttons to do a pitch-bend before you mixed if you wanted to. Plus, there was a sliding pitch fader. All this made the Denon DN-2000F a winner in more ways than one.

There were comparable offerings from the likes of Numark, Hosa and other forgettable brands but this one has stood the test of time. I still have them mounted in my DJ flightcase. I do not know if they still work because it has been some time since I have played with them. But knowing Denon and their reliability, I am pretty sure that they still work fine.