Our initial impression of the Pioneer RMX-1000 (now also available in white as the Pioneer RMX-1000-W) changed once we were demoed it at Musikmesse 2012, in the video you can watch here. While it is still relatively expensive, you can use it in ways that mean for the serious DJ, even the digital DJ, there’s a case to be made for including something like this in your workflow.
Put aside the fact that you can use it as a VST plugin, with the hardware becoming basically a Midi controller for all the functions (which you have to admit is nice). What we liked most about it was that you can configure it in software, and take those settings to a gig with you.
DJing with iOS devices is great, but also hampered by some annoying limitations. Apart from the big obvious drawback (the need to mono-split the audio for headphones cue, something that until Apple changes the spec, we’re all stuck with), there are other drawbacks.
The first is that there’s no obvious way to plug Midi USB controllers in, and the second that once you use the bottom connector to attempt to do anything (better audio ins/outs, Midi etc), you lose your power supply. Enter Vestax’s forthcoming V-MIDI, which has a solution for both, as shown in this video from Musikmesse 2012.
The Reloop Terminal Mix 2 was announced a few weeks ago but was only on show for the first time at Musikmesse 2012. The Reloop Terminal Mix 2 is a two-channel version of the previously announced Terminal Mix 4.
In today’s exclusive video from the show floor, we get to take a first look at it upfront and close.
It can be used to control timecode software (eg Serato Scratch), as a USB DJ device, as a straight Midi controller, or with an iPad and Denon’s new Engine software. Oh, and if you really want to you can play CDs on it too.
Virtual DJ certainly does things differently; whereas other companies might keep things out of the public eye until they’re totally ready, Virtual DJ’s team is happy to share its thinking and thought processes with us. As such this video is not for the casual viewer; it goes into a lot of detail at nearly half an hour long.
Today we bring you a talkthrough of a new controller from Musikmesse 2012, namely the Stanton DJC.4, a controller that packs a lot in for your money – if you’re a fan of Virtual DJ, that is.
Considering Stanton says it will be priced in the “mid 300s” – around US$100 more than the cheap and cheerful Reloop Beatmix which is another new Virtual DJ controller but has considerably less in the way of features – it’s easy to see what your extra money will buy for you.
Designed for Serato ITCH but with an open architecture so it can be mapped to any Midi-learn software, it is probably best described as a hybrid of the company’s VCI-300 and the Novation Twitch. However, having seen it “in the flesh” we were particularly impressed with a couple of its features, more so than just from the press release.
Hall 5.1 is where most of the DJ stuff happens at Musikmesse, although we trawled the whole show too for you...
Over the past week we’ve been bringing you preview and reviews of new gear from this year’s Musikmesse trade fair in Frankfurt. We have a lot of video material that we’ll post over the next week or two as well.
But today is our round-up of the best of the rest: Stuff that we haven’t got room to feature separately but which nonetheless caught our eye at the show. We trawled the halls (and believe me there are lots of them as well as the “remix” hall where most of the DJ gear is) and our feet bear the scars…
Virtual DJ 8's new timeline feature is the biggest of a whole host of new additions in this rewritten version of the program.
Digital DJ Tips has seen a sneak preview of Virtual DJ 8, which we can confirm has had an extensive rewrite and comes with a massive list of new features including audio/video timeline DJing, vastly improved sample decks, far easier mapping, auto audio configuration, and completely new effects.
As well as the headline features in the alpha version we saw, there are improvements to windows and window resizing including for video, editable EQ bands, multi-field search, and a host of advanced configuration options that were previously only available by editing your registry – and it’s only “60% finished” with many more features yet to make it into the software.
The Stanton DJC.4 is a mid-level Virtual DJ controller; well built, with lots of decent features.
Stanton has debuted its latest DJ controller, the DJC.4, which like the Reloop Beatmix that we announced earlier today, is designed specifically for use with Virtual DJ.
The controller is built to a higher level of quality than, say, the company’s own SCS.4DJ (and the Reloop controller), being finished with decent rubberised controls, lots of metal and higher-end features such as a replaceable crossfader, standalone mixer capability (phono/line) and balanced master outputs (no booth though) – and is to be priced keenly at “mid 300s” in dollars.
The Reloop Beatmix promises plug-and-play DJing for Virtual DJ.
Reloop today launched its latest controller, the Beatmix – a two-channel model designed specifically to work with Virtual DJ.
Its focus is “plug and play”, aiming to help DJs to get up and running with the minimum of fuss. But while it is stripped back to basics, it still manages to pack in a pretty solid feature set. Features include individual filters, a microphone input, 14cm aluminium dual-function jogs, channel EQs and gains, and a “beat mash” mode.
The Vestax VCI-380: Compact, powerful and pro-quality. Looks like the ultimate two-deck ITCH controller to date. (Click to enlarge.)
Vestax has today announced its latest DJ controller, the Vestax VCI-380 – a two-deck, Serato ITCH-powered performance Midi controller and audio interface.
It takes some of the best features of Vestax’s popular but ageing VCI-300 ITCH controller, incorporates elements of the spec of the company’s flagship VCI-400 model, and adds a healthy dose of the innovative Novation Twitch to boot. In doing so, Vestax seems to have created the ultimate two-deck Serato controller. Read on for full spec, video, press release and photo gallery.