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 Vestax VCI-380 with Serato DJ running: This upgrade from ITCH will be available imminently.
The Vestax VCI-380 is on show here at Musikmesse 2013 running Serato DJ, the successor to the Serato ITCH software that it has previously been supplied with.
No doubt an official press release and confirmation of availability are coming from Serato, but we’ve seen it, it works, and so today we can confirm that the wait is definitely over for all you patient VCI-380 users.
The Vestax V-Midi is a small audio/Midi interface for use with iOS devices.
Vestax V-Midi review: When Apple produced the Camera Connection Kit (CCK) to patch the hole left by lack of USB support with the iPad, digital DJs, musicians and software companies jumped on it as a means to transport CoreMIDI data to/from the iPad for hooking up external gear such as DJ controllers and keyboards.
Unfortunately, the same loophole wasn’t available for iPod Touch and iPhone users, and as such they were left out of the Midi connectivity scene. But now the Vestax V-Midi has come along to change all that…
The Vestax PBS-4 allows anyone to broadcast a mixture of audio and video directly to the web. Great for DJs wanting to play live sets to a global audience, either from their clubs or their bedrooms!
Vestax PBS-4 preview: In today’s online world, there are more ways than ever to showcase your DJing and VJing talents. Podcasts, videocasts and DJ performances can all be broadcast to the world from your bedroom, giving you a chance to build a following and develop your skills “in public” that didn’t exist a decade ago.
And, of course, if you’re a clever up-and-coming DJ who’s already playing out, you can also broadcast live from your venue. It’s now perfectly possible to broadcast a DJ set on the web using cheap cameras (maybe one over your decks, and one on the crowd), a sound feed from your mixer, a second laptop, and a broadband connection. The Vestax PBS-4 is designed to help you do just that…
For a one-off fee of $199 (although there’s an opening offer – see below) owners of any Serato DJ Intro-compatible controller can upgrade to the new software. Serato DJ will begin to become available from November 1, and be rolled out to all compatible DJ controllers over the winter.
The Vestax VCI-380 is the most fun we've had on two decks for a long time. Read on to find out why...
The Vestax VCI-380, which was released today, could just offer the most fun it’s possible to have on two decks with Serato ITCH. It takes the best bits from the highly innovative Novation Twitch, and adding some of the dependability and usability of Vestax’s previous Serato effort, the VCI-300.
We’ve had one for a week and so had time to scratch under the surface of this new Serato ITCH device. It turns out that not only does it combine the best parts of both of those controllers I just mentioned, but throws in an effects twist all of its own, and rounds everything off with some standalone mixer goodness. High time we took a closer look, in this, our full Vestax VCI-380 review and video.
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.
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.
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.
The Vestax VCI-400: Serious, made of metal, festooned with buttons: Is this the natural successor to the VCI-100?
Professionally constructed in metal with top quality components, and packed with more buttons, knobs and faders than practically any other DJ controller, the Vestax VCI-400 already has many serious digital DJs salivating at mere sight. (Update: There’s now also a VCI-400DJ version for Serato DJ).
We’ve had a week to play with an early production model that Vestax sent to us straight from Japan, and this review and video document our first thoughts on this monster of a controller. Expect us to revisit it later when we’ve had more time with it.
The Vestax Spin DJ controller and iPad now play nicely together, along with djay 1.4 for iPad
If you love digital DJing but think having to set up your laptop just to see your waveforms and navigate your library is a bit of a pain, now you have an alternative – if you’re a Vestax Spin owner, that is.
Because it’s now officially possible to use the Vestax Spin to control djay for iPad, meaning you can take your iPad, your Spin and your headphones to the party with you… but leave your laptop at home.
I managed to grab product supremo Reishi Mizumoto from the heaving Vestax stand at the BPM show last week, and escort him to a quiet room, prototype VCI-400 in hand, to talk me through some of the finer details of this new all-singing, all-dancing controller.
We particularly liked the VU meters built into each channel fader (a truly cool way of keeping an eye on your gain staging, and a way for anyone else in the DJ booth to see if you’re driving into the red at a glance!).
Vestax will today launch its latest DJ controller, the VCI-400, here at the BPM Show. But we have an exclusive: The official video from Vestax themselves introducing the new controller.
Below we run through the controller’s main features, the software it comes with, and offer early analysis of who it will appeal to and where it fits in alongside other controllers, in order to help you decide if this high-end button-fest is going to be the controller for you. Watch and read on…
Vestax VCI-100 Mk II - is it enough at its new price for you to get your wallet out?
About this time last year, when everyone was talking about four-channel controllers, Vestax almost it seemed apologetically slipped out the VCI-100 Mk II, its follow-on controller to the emblematic VCI-100 – the controller that really started it all.
The VCI-100 Mk II was instantly compared to the VCI-100, a controller that had become the became the darling of a relatively small number of nonetheless influential controllerists. Because the VCI-100 Mk II was no longer as modifiable, no longer a heavy metal box, and because – well – it was more appealing to the everyday DJ, it had a section of the modders and button-punchers up in arms. How dare they not release another controller aimed at that small community?
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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.