Keeping on with our monthly throwback series that sheds a light on what the digital DJ landscape was five years ago, it was interesting to see how much entry-level gear was released at the time, proof that digital DJing with laptops and controllers was really taking off.
We dropped by the American Audio booth here at NAMM 2015 to take a look at their new ELS Go line of rechargeable portable speakers. The smaller model is called the ELS Go 8, which has an 8" woofer 100 watts of power, and the larger one is the ELS GO 15.
American Audio has teased the next generation of VMS DJ controller, to replace the ageing VMS.4.1 in the company's DJ range, and correcting some of the issues of the previous design, such as the somewhat bizarre rubber-sheathed jogwheels.
So you want to have a go at DJing but don't want to blow hundreds on a controller? That's where controllers like the little American Audio ELMC-1 come in.
With a design apparently influenced by their endorsee, DMC champion DJ Etronik, the American Audio ETR 1000R headphones are aiming to deliver it all, on a budget.
American Audio is showing prototypes of three new controllers, all aimed at the budget-conscious DJ., the VMS DJ, ELM-C1, and VMS Jelly.
On paper, the American Audio VMS4, which the VMS4.1 that we're reviewing today replaces, looked like a real bargain. But while some loved it, for many it was ultimately - despite its metal and rubber, workmanlike externals and plethora of controls - just a bit too flaky. Does the latest version fix the issues? We find out...