Available in two paint jobs, the ETR 1000s from American Audio do all the basics at a decent price.
Full American Audio ETR 1000 Review: With a design apparently influenced by their endorsee, DMC champion DJ Etronik, American Audio’s new ETR1000 headphones aren’t quite AKG/Tiesto, but are pushing the same buttons: If they’re good enough for Etronik, we’re meant to think, they’re probably going to be good enough for me, too.
But are they? That’s what we find out in today’s review of the American Audio ETR1000R/B headphones (the only difference being the colour, the R standing for red, the B for blue).
American Audio is showing prototypes of three new controllers, all aimed at the budget-conscious DJ.
The American Audio VMS DJ is a largish controller with decent sized jogwheels and a built in sound card. Two channels, it has balanced outputs. Meanwhile the ELM-C1 comes in at under US$100, has better jogs than some of its competitors at this price point, but has no sound card. And finally, the VMS Jelly is like the VMS DJ, but changes colour to the music!
The American Audio VMS4.1 improves in at least one key area over its predecessor, the VMS4: Sound quality.
On paper, the American Audio VMS4, which the VMS4.1 that we’re reviewing today replaces, looked like a real bargain. It had more features than just about any DJ controller out there at any but the highest of prices, appeared well made, and seemed to offer a level of versatility unmatched by anything other than top-of-the-range gear from the likes of Allen & Heath.
Turned out though, that this (admittedly very affordable) controller had issues which for many were deal-breakers: The main one was average audio, but there were also reliability issues reported by a larger than normal number of users. While some loved it, for many it was ultimately – despite its metal and rubber, workmanlike externals and plethora of controls – a work in progress.
The American Audio VMS touch is a small DJ controller with a built-in audio interface and a novel control area.
American Audio has come up with something a little bit different for the latest DJ controller to be added to its range, the VMS Touch, which is being shown here at NAMM 2012.
The VMS Touch is a metal-chassised, two-deck, two-channel DJ controller with lit, touch-sensitive jogwheels, and a large control area that comprises almost entirely of touch-sensitive controls, similar to the Stanton SCS.3.
The American Audio Versadeck: Jack of all trades, but is it a master of any of them?
Compared to some similarly priced but distinctly lightweight controllers, American Audio’s Versadeck packs in a lot for your US$499: It’s a two-channel standalone mixer (with inputs for record decks or CDs/lines plus two microphones); it’s a USB playback device; it’s a Midi controller for DJ software like Virtual DJ (LE is supplied) or Traktor; and it’s a DSP (packing hardware looping, effects and keylock).
It’s also well-built in metal, with durable controls, a proper “kettle”-style power lead, and a pleasing sloping, ergonomic design. In short, for the more technical mobile DJ, it appears to be pretty much a dream controller. As always, though, the proof is in the performance. Let’s take a look…
Want to see what’s new in the world of digital DJing from this year’s NAMM show? Read on, as we’ve rounded up new controllers, mixers, software and gadgets costing from a few dollars up to thousands.
One thing is clear: With the overwhelming percentage of DJ gear being directly controller related, digital DJing is hitting the mainstream big time in 2011. Of course, you can’t get most of this stuff yet, but you can start saving for it…
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Most people get started in digital DJing out of curiosity. They tend to download a trial or limited version of one of the big software packages such as Traktor or Virtual DJ, loading some MP3s onto the screen, and having a go. Indeed, some never progress past this stage, happy to DJ with a keyboard and mouse or trackpad.