The Numark Orbit wireless Midi controller now comes with Orbit DJ software, so you can play with your music using the controller right out of the box.
Announced at the NAMM show but still forthcoming, the Numark Orbit is a technologically neat little product. But being a box of coloured buttons connected via Midi wirelessly to DJ or music software, I think it’s fair to say that a lot of people who like the look of it at the same time have less of an idea of how they might use it than Numark would ideally like.
Maybe that’s why Numark has added software to the unit now. This helps the company to show the Numark Orbit off, but also ought to give people ideas about how to map it. So in this video, Numark’s Chris Roman dials some tunes up and shows off what the unit can do.
Mum and baby behind the decks at the American Audio booth. Below is the video we made. Top marks!
Best fun we’ve had at Musikmesse 2013 so far was when we spotted this brilliant DJ (DJ Freshfluke) and her baby rocking it on the American DJ booth.
Don’t know if it was the whole idea, the dubstep reggae she was spinning, or the look on the little dude’s face when mum dropped the bass, but we loved it… and can’t stop laughing every time we watch the video! Oh, and look closely – the baby is wearing earplugs… Enjoy the video below… Read more
The new Numark Mixtrack Quad has a bit more going on than just two extra channels, as we find out in this exclusive video walkthrough from Musikmesse 2013.
Having exclusively brought you the news of the new Mixtrack Quad at the weekend, we’ve now tracked one down here at Musikmesse 2013, and have a video talking you though this new controller from Numark.
In a nutshell it’s a four-deck version of the Mixtrack Pro 2, with Virtual DJ LE in the box instead of Serato DJ Intro – but there’s a little more to it than that, as you’ll see.
The Gemini GMX Drive adds twin CD decks to the revised spec of the GMX, which now includes two sets of eight performance pads.
Back at the NAMM Show 2013, Gemini first showed a prototype of a new controller it was working on, then called the Gemini GMX Pro. Having taken on-board early reactions to that model, the company has gone back to the drawing board to make improvements, and come back with not one but two controllers – the GMX, and the GMX Drive.
Aimed at USB/flash drive DJs, but capable of Midi control of DJ software too, these budget DJ devices are differentiated from the NAMM prototype mainly by the addition of a set of (almost obligatory nowadays) performance pads, eight for each jogwheel. This would bring some of the possibilities of this type of button-pushing DJing to a new user group.
Reloop’s forthcoming RHP-30 headphones are the top of the company’s range, with luxurious leather and decent metal/rubber construction.
Reloop has a new pair of headphones in its range, the Reloop RHP-30s. The new flagship in Reloop’s headphone line-up, the RHP-30 design boasts quality metal/rubber construction, a smart and modern look, and a high level of comfort.
Of particular note are the extraordinarily comfortable leather ear-pads, which are deep and luxurious. We loved the way they isolated background noise while not subjecting the wearer to “head clamp”, as is often the case with DJ headphones.
The new Vestax VCI-400TKT is basically the Vestax VCI-400 with a smart Traktor-centric faceplate and an optimised mapping, so those who want to use the VCI-400 with Traktor can now do so more easily out of the box.
The Vestax VCI-400 controller is on show at Musikmesse 2013 in three new editions, with faceplates and mappings for Traktor (VCI-400TKT), Deckadance (VCI-400DK) and djay (VCI-400djay).
The new editions match the Serato DJ Edition (VCI-400DJ) that was previously announced at the NAMM Show, and brings the total number of variants of this controller to five (or six if you include the DJTechTools version).
The iPad-sized Mixtrack Edge is potentially going to find its own niche, because nobody has made a controller with a built-in audio interface in this form factor before.
The size of an iPad or a QuNeo, with a built-in case, built-in audio interface and all the controls you need for two-deck DJing, the new Numark Mixtrack Edge looks set to carve out its own niche at the ultra-portable end of the DJ market.
Announced in time for this week’s Musikmesse show (from where we’ll bring you a closer critical appraisal of the unit) the USB-powered Mixtrack Edge comes with Virtual DJ LE and Algoriddim’s djay LE in the box, has a built-in protective case, a brushed aluminium control surface, metal platters, and backlit buttons.
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.
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…
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.
All of the company’s digital gear – from the SCS.1 full-sized motorised digital set-up, to the SCS.3 touch control miniature DJ separates, has shown originality and vision, and that’s also the case with the SCS.4 DJ, as will become apparent when we take a closer look…
The Pioneer DJM-T1 two-channel Traktor Scratch mixer is given its first public outing at the Musikmesse show.
Frankfurt’s Musikmesse / Pro Sound & Light show is the biggest music fair in the world. In among the bassoons and concert PA systems, just about every DJ equipment manufacturer and software house has their latest wares on show. We spent three days there to check out all that’s new and good.