It’s big, bold and expensive… and it also might just be the best fun you ever have with a digital DJ controller. Find out if it’s for you in our full Numark NS7 II review.
Full Numark NS7 II review: Numark is marketing the NS7 II as the “best DJ controller ever. Period.” If by “best” Numark means “biggest”, “heaviest”, or “most similar in look, feel and weight to two real motorised turntables and a mixer”, well – there’s absolutely no arguing.
But of course, one man’s “best” is always going to be another man’s “not for me”. For instance, if you want to carry this thing any distance, or set it up in a crowded DJ booth, or use it with Traktor, or remap some of its buttons that you’ll never use to suit your needs, or some other stuff that we’ll get to… well, you’ll find it falls short of your personal “best”. Saying “best” is always risky…
The Numark Mixtrack Quad is a slightly larger take on the Mixtrack Pro 2, with as you might expect, four channels of software control.
A four-channel DJ controller for this price? It’s certainly the selling point of the Numark Mixtrack Quad, which does indeed have four physical channels for true four-deck software mixing. It also had 16 colour-coded control pads, and nice jogwheels inherited from the Mixtrack Pro 2 (which it is basically the four channel version of).
But without Serato DJ Intro in the box and thus the Serato upgrade path, as provided with the Mixtrack Pro 2 (this comes with Virtual DJ LE, due to the latter supporting four decks which the “Intro” version of Serato doesn’t), does it add up to value for money? Let’s find out…
Styled in white, grey and flashes of blue, the bulky Numark Electrowaves certainly go for a bold look, that just screams ‘DJ!’…
Full Numark Electrowave headphones Review: Headphone opinions tend to be subjective, don’t they? And the Numark Electrowave headphones will certainly divide opinion on looks alone. In white and grey with flashes of blue, they have a kind of trance-meets-retro look, and they’re also really very big and bulky.
At the same time, they’re highly specced for DJs – big, isolating ear cups, fold up nice and small when not being worn, coiled and straight detachable cables, loud drivers, rugged build. So let’s find out how they stack up overall and put them through their paces…
Everything changes when you get it in your hands: The beautifully conceived Numark Orbit makes more sense when you actually use it.
Numark Orbit Full Review: Looking like a kid’s toy and a game controller rolled into one, the Numark Orbit Wireless DJ Controller has people thinking “gimmick!” as soon as they see it. Which, it turns out, is a monumental error of judgement, as I’ve discovered over the last few days testing the unit for our Numark Orbit review.
It turns out that the Orbit is a brilliantly conceived, well-built wireless Midi controller that has been aimed by Numark at not only button-pushing DJs, but all sorts: Avant-garde lighting artists looking for a performance controller, all the way to jobbing “jocks” who are tired of having to plug in a separate Midi controller just to do their cues and library browsing – and just about everyone in-between.
The Numark iDJ Flex adds iPad options to the mix, meaning it can work with iPad software or with PC/Mac DJ software as required.
iPad controllers were everywhere at Musikmesse 2013, and Numark slipped a new one under the radar, showing the Numark iDJ Flex for the first time.
“Flex” stands for “flexible”, and this controller is designed to work with both iPad and PC/Mac DJ software. They were demoing it with Algoriddim’s djay software, but it’s not clear which PC/Mac software – if any – it will ship with.
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.
The Numark Mixtrack Edge breaks new ground at the portable consumer end of the DJ market, and is surprisingly fun to use.
I got my hands on the Numark Mixtrack Edge today, a DJ controller in a form factor nobody else has attempted yet – that, basically, of the iPad. (Indeed, with its built in case, this looks a lot like the iPad with Smartcase attached.)
I confirmed that the unit uses 1/8″ jacks for its headphones and master outs, and has a micro USB to connect to a laptop (wouldn’t it be great for it to connect to an iPad? Surely that’s coming…), and was working with Virtual DJ on the Numark booth.
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 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 Numark Mixtrack Quad is a four-channel take on the Mixtrack Pro 2. Numark claims better LED feedback and build quality, although the unit loses Serato DJ Intro as an option, going instead with Virtual DJ LE.
Numark will announce the Mixtrack Quad – a full four-channel version of its Mixtrack Pro 2 controller – at the Musikmesse show this week, we can reveal in our second exclusive Numark story today. The Mixtrack Quad will ship with a four-deck version of Virtual DJ LE, but will also be compatible with Traktor, djay and MixVibes via built-in or downloadable mappings.
As well as the option to simultaneously control four software channels, the unit offers “a stunning array of colours on its platters and pads”, according to Numark, including user-definable colours. The company also says that the Mixtrack Quad will feature a higher grade of components that the Mixtrack Pro 2, resulting in its build quality approaching that of higher-end DJ devices.
To the age-old dual CD/MP3 player, Numark has added a new twist… Bluetooth streaming audio.
Musikmesse, which starts this week in Frankfurt, Germany, is the biggest music show in the world. All the DJ gear manufacturers will no doubt have announcements to make, and getting the ball rolling this year is Numark, which we can exclusively reveal is launching a dual CD/MP3 player with a twist – the CDMix Bluetooth.
Now, while our core readership of laptop DJs won’t be anything more than curious about this (they’ll be more interested in the Mixtrack Quad, which we can also exclusively reveal today), believe me there are millions of DJs all over the world heavily invested in DJing with CDs. I’m talking here especially about the mobile guys, the wedding DJs – working people whose DJing lives and livelihoods rely on CD units very much like this one.
The Numark M101USB is a traditional two-channel mixer, but the USB means you can also run two digital sources through it.
Digital DJ Tips reader Brad writes: “I’ve been in the market for a new set up to replace my current budget kit (Mixtrack). I stumbled upon this Numark M101USB two-channel mixer for cheap!
Can I use this mixer in combination with the Traktor Kontrol X1 (as I have no use for jogs) for a better yet cheaper alternative to my Mixtrack? Does USB mean that it can map to Traktor? And will I need a sound card?”
The Mixtrack Pro 2: Those performance pads look nice, but in reality don’t offer a massive amount of extra functionality over the original model, so if money’s tight, we can still recommend Mixtrack Pro.
Digital DJ Tips reader Rhowell writes: “I’ve been following your free digital DJ course for a time now, and I thought now it’s time to buy a controller and start for real. I’m on a very tight budget, and was looking for something decent for a low price.
“I’ve read your review on the Numark Mixtrack Pro, and was considering to buy that one, but now that the Numark Mixtrack Pro 2 is out, I’m not really sure what to do any more. I was wondering what you will recommend me doing, and if the Mixtrack Pro would be a decent enough controller to show up at a small gig with.”
We liked it – it’s appreciably better looking, the pads especially feel nice. It’s got an almost Apple-esque feel with the bevelled edges, and it’s certainly a lot more attractive that its predecessor, the rather boxy Mixtrack Pro.
The Numark 4Trak is a substantial Traktor controller, that comes with its own custom version of the software and a distinctive FX and filter strip that attaches to the back of the unit.
The Numark 4Trak is a big, chunky, semi-portable four-channel Traktor controller and standalone mixer, with a distinctive detachable filter and effects strip along the back edge, that’s tilted towards the user.
Roughly the Traktor equivalent of Numark’s NS6 Serato controller, which is itself roughly the non-motorised platter equivalent of the Numark NS7, the 4Trak is finished to a professional standard, with high quality faders, knobs and jogwheels, and a similarly impressive specification to boot. Let’s take a closer look…
First introduced in 2007, Avid's Torq hardware has never been upgraded, and looks likely to have now reached the end of the road. But what about the software?
As first reported on Digital DJ Tips, Avid has officially announced it is to drop its Torq DJ software and hardware. All of its consumer electronics operations including Torq are to be sold on to inMusic, the parent company of Numark, who get “M-Audio brand keyboards, controllers, interfaces, speakers and digital DJ equipment and other product lines”.
That, however, raised the intriguing question of whether Torq software will continue to be developed.