I experimented with going the CDJ / USB sticks route for a few gigs recently, and contrary to the whole “one day I’ll play on CDJs” idea, using this set-up felt like moving backwards, not forwards. Here are the five reasons why I went back to a laptop and DJ controller.
The Numark NS7III is the latest incarnation of a truly special line of DJ controllers. The NS7 was the ultimate digital take on "two decks and a mixer". The NS7II went all controllerism on us, with Akai Pro pads, four decks and a whole host of digital developments. Now, with the NS7III, onboard screens have arrived.
Member Mat writes: "I am new to DJ controllers, but not new to DJing. In the past I have DJed several wedding and school dances, using just a laptop, plugged into a mixer, into speakers. My wife and I have been endlessly researching into controllers, however according to reviews of several controllers, they sound a bit unreliable."
A year ago, we ran a story about how a club promoter refused point blank to allow a controller DJ to play at their venue, and we asked for your experiences. We got a massive range of responses, from "you gotta use the gear provided", to "anything goes nowadays"...
Numark has today announced the Numark NV for Serato DJ, the first of what we've been predicting since last year will be the next big wave of digital DJ controllers: Devices with high-quality colour displays built in, to show all critical information and leave the digital DJ free to play without ever looking at a laptop.
Make a DJ Emergency Pack filled with adapters and jacks just this once, and you'll never have to think about it again. It's one of the most basic yet powerful ways to ensure that the technical side of your gig gets covered.
To say Behringer is back would be an understatement: It has just simultaneously released seven new controller: An all-in-one, a micro all-in-one, and several modular devices. We’ll be reviewing them all, but will start today with the all-in-one: the Behringer CMD Studio 4A.