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Top 6 DJ Controllers to look for in 2013

Pioneer DDJ SX

The DDJ SX is one of the most advanced Serato controllers available today.  The  DDJ SX features eight hot points per deck and vertical waveform display for fast tempo syncing.  The DDJ-SX enables two tracks to be controlled at the same time with dual deck mode.  This allows scratching or setting and recalling hot cues on both tracks as if they were performed on a single track which is a very handy tool for simplifying complex mixes.

Pioneer XDJ Aero

Finally the wireless DJ Controller is here with the XDJ Aero from Pioneer.   The Aero takes advantage of Wi-Fi technology to sync to Wi-Fi enabled media players such as iPod and iPad.  The can be used as a stand-alone 2 channel mixer and player as well as recording capabilities to a USB storage device.  Aside from the convenient Wi-Fi features the Aero is ascetically beautiful with a space age feel and sleek stream line profile  the XDJ Aero is sexy!

Numark NS7 II

The newest Flagship of the Numark family of controllers the NS7 II doesn’t disappoint with the new Serato optimized second generation of the NS7.   The NS7 II features 16 velocity sensitive pads as well as four decks.   Like the DDJ SX the NS7 II features iZotope effects processing as well as a durable all metal construction.  The  Sample, Loop, and hot cue controls are familiar and laid out in an intuitive and ergonomic  fashion  as well as the same 7” motorized platters with 3600 ticks of resolution.

Behringer CMD Series

The CMD series of controllers from Behringer are an exciting line of modular DJ solutions that allow for a customizable DJ system for every DJ style and set up.   The CMD DJ controllers allow for customizable setups with the modular components including:  the MM-1 four channel mixer, the PL-1 platter transport and four deck controller, the CMD LC-1 Ableton Style controller, CMD DV-1 effects controller, and the DC-1 sample pad controller.   All these modules can be used in addition to the comprehensive Studio 4A and Micro controllers.

Terminal Mix 4

The Terminal Mix 4 is the new flagship controller from Reloop and doesn’t disappoint as a feature packed 4 deck Serato controller.   The Terminal Mix 4 can also be used as a as a stand-alone mixer with RCA ins  built in sound card and a phono preamp for turn tables.   The Terminal Mix 4 is designed to be used with Serato but can be easily mapped to your favorite software.

Gemini G4V

The G4V from Gemini is a cost effective alternative to the higher priced 4 deck controllers on the market without sacrificing functionality.   The G4V is nicely equipped with 16 velocity sensitive sample pads advanced sampling controls auto loop roll modes that can be moved on the fly.  Each channel has dedicated gain eq and filter controls.   The G4V from Gemini is a Bang for your buck alternative for a feature packed pro controller.



Whats New with the Numark NS6

Numark NS6

At a glance you may notice the Numark NS6 is a sexy compact Serato controller with all metal construction and sharp gun metal black finish and chrome platters but beneath the durable finish lies the unique components that make the NS6 one of the most advanced controllers of all time.

The Numark NS6 is designed to work with a new 4 deck version of Serato ITCH. You are able to control 4 separate decks in Serato, but that’s not all. The NS6 also functions as a stand alone 4 channel DJ mixer with 4 independent phono amps in the back for stand alone cd players or turn tables. You may also notice a new crossfader design in the cp pro slimline crossfader designed specifically for controllers to be durable enough for blistering fast mixing, yet ultra-responsive.

Numark NS6Keeping with the standard set by the Numark NS7 the Virtual Needle Drop application is improved with a new Strip Search function that features an LED indication of needle position on your tracks. In combination with the mouseless navigation controls, the user can keep his or her eyes on the controller rather than navigating a laptop screen allowing for flawless execution of your mix.

The Numark NS6 features a new Skip control allowing you to fast forward tracks to the beat and tempo of your mix adding a whole other level of control and convenience for beat matching on the fly. Dual FX engines in the NS6 can be assigned to any of the 4 decks in Serato with 12 track warping effects including Delay, Crusher, LPF, HPF, Braker, Phaser, Reverb and More. All effects can be assigned effortlessly with the flick of a wrist.

The platters feature the same mechanism as the Numark NS7 allowing for 3600 ticks of resolution per rotation for ultra precise control. Unlike most controllers that operate on a forced depression mechanism the NS6’s platters are touch sensitive giving you an unreal level of precise control. The combination of the Numark NS6, Serato ITCH, and You will blurs the lines between man and machine.


American Audio VMS4 MIDI Controller

American Audio VMS4 MIDI Controller

There are not too many old school DJs now-a-days, I mean, how often do you see a DJ at a club spinning vinyl records? With technology these days, there is no reason to lug around those bulky records in milk crates from venue to venue. The digital DJ has taken over the scene, most of them keep all of their mixes and music on laptops or iPods, so manufactures like American Audio create products that make a DJs job a bit easier. One of those products is the VMS4 MIDI Controller.

The VMS4 is a 4-channel table top MIDILOG controller and is American Audio’s top of the line controller. This controller fuses both MIDI software and analog audio control into one unit, hence the “MIDILOG” reference from above. A new feature that American Audio has incorporated into this controller is the built-in USB port, this provides plug-n-play right out of the box and allows the VMS4 to be used with any MIDI audio software titles. This controller is equipped with two velocity touch sensitive jog wheels, a full function mouse pad, two 10- bit resolution pitch sliders, 62 assignable MIDI buttons and switches (50 with LED illuminations, 18 with dual blue/red LEDs), 4 assignable rotary encoders, 34 assignable rotary controllers, and 5 assignable linear fader controllers. All audio control faders, knobs, switches, and buttons have been smoothed to eliminate popping, wiper noise, and zipper noise. One cool feature that really caught my eye was the built-in soundcard, now there’s no need for additional interfaces between the controller and a computer.

The VMS4 MIDI Controller includes the very popular and easy to use Virtual LE DJ Software so you can start playing right out of the box. However, this is only the special edition software, so if you plan to use this product professionally, you should consider upgrading to the full professional version. Virtual DJ has made it real easy to do so, there is a link to upgrade at the top of its page, so in just one click, you have yourself the full version. If you’re not a professional though, the special edition will be just fine for you.

This all in one DJ controller has everything you need to create your own personal mixes, so whether you’re a professional, or just doing it for fun, the VMS4 will suit your needs.


Gemini CTRL-SIX DJ Controller

In todays world of crazy technology, most DJs have their whole music library stored on a computer, so manufacturers had to produce products to keep up with the times. Well Gemini is one of those manufactures that didn’t miss out. They have created products that make it simple to produce and manipulate music straight from your computer. One of their products that allow you to do such is the CTRL-SIX.

Gemini’s CTRL-Six is a professional USB/MIDI DJ controller that allows you to access the music stored on your computer and create your own mixes with simplicity and quickness. This controller is equipped with a built-in mixer, audio input and output jacks, and all the necessary tools you need to be a creative with your music as you can get. The CTRL-SIX features an interface that is familiar with most DJs giving them the feel of their traditional turntables and decks. It has 2 individual mixing channels with 2 large touch-sensitive jog wheels for scratching, cueing, and other assignable parameters. To make this controller even easier to use, Gemini has made it switchable between USB bus-power or a DC adapter, giving you, the DJ, the option of what power source suits you best. The CTRL-SIX also features 46 buttons, 5 faders, 18 rotary knobs, cross fader with adjustable X-Y slope, adjustable channel faders, brightly illuminated buttons, and a soundcard.

Wait, that’s not all, I know you’re wondering about the inputs and outputs, one of the most important features on any DJ controller. Gemini’s CTRL-SIX controller has all the jacks you need to slide confortably in to any setting including two-channel switchable line/phono inputs, rec, master, and booth RCA outputs, balanced XLR output; 1/4” and 1/8” headphone output with volume control; and XLR and 1/4” mic inputs with mic volume control.

This Gemini controller also comes with the very popular and much needed Virtual DJ LE Software. This DJ software is used by beginner DJ’s all the way up to professional DJ’s. It features BeatLock engine, which allows songs to always stay in beat and lets the DJ works their mixes faster than ever before.

The CTRL-Six is a perfect controller for all you beginner DJ’s, and has enough features to satisfy a top notch professional DJ all for a very reasonable price.


Numark NuVJ Video Mixing Console

Numark NuVJ Video Mixing Console

Numark is known for producing top notch DJ equipment that usually focuses more on the audio side of DJing. But if you’re a DJ who needs or likes to use video in your mixes and performances, then Numark has made the perfect product for you with the NuVJ intuitive video mixing console and performance controller.

The Numark NuVJ is a versatile DJ style video mixer that allows DJs to integrate images and video clips basically the same way you would mix music. This video mixer will add effects to images and video, mix them through the built-in crossfader, and allow you to create your own spectacular video shows. The great thing about this controller is that it is compatible with most of your existing gear. Also, the Arkaos v1.50 DJ software that is included will work with most computers and laptops, providing simple integration when using this product.

NuVJ has a layout that most DJs will be familiar with; there are two decks with each side featuring its own jog wheel with a scratch button, 6 parameter knobs, 9 trigger buttons, crossfader, and a speed vertical fader. The 3 function buttons that are located next to the parameter knobs will light up blue when in use. The top of this controller is equipped with a backlit blue dot matrix LCD display which makes it easy to see what you are actually doing. The front of the NuVJ features a fader mode A-B-C selector switch for the fader start, an auto fade speed knob that will adjust the crossfaders mixing speed, and a fader On/Off button.

Some other cool features include automated play for stand–alone operation, synchronization to audio-in or internal BPM generator, library of small movies, pictures, and graphic sets. The NuVJ connects to the USB port of Windows and Mac based computers and is an ideal performance tool for nightclubs, mobile DJs, stage performances, and other venues you might use it for.