Vestax today announced that its flagship DJ controller the VCI-400 can now finally operate as it always should have done – as a standalone mixer as well as as a Midi controller. Users can upgrade to the latest v2.0 firmware for free, in order to enjoy the ability to mix external inputs such as CD players through the mixer alongside their software sources.
This is particularly good news in the case of the VCI-400, because it has high quality EQ circuity (the same as on Vestax’s acclaimed PMC-55 mixer), and external sources also get use of the dual hi/lo-pass filters built in to every channel on the controller.
Mixing Midi and analogue
The VCI-400 can still be used as a Midi controller even when mixing external sources. Vestax says:
“With Traktor Pro, users can mix a total of six decks, while still being able to trigger loops, hot cues and control effects with the VCI-400. For example, with Traktor Pro, users can mix a total of six decks (two Traktor Pro decks, two Traktor Pro sampler decks, and two CD players) while still being able to trigger loops, hot cues and control effects with the VCI-400.”
This long-announced improvement should mean that the VCI-400 strengthens its position as a go-to controller for those who want something they can use in varying circumstances, and who aren’t afraid to roll their sleeves up to do some customising at the heart of their own unique set-ups.
Have you been looking forward to this moment so you can finally feed your external sources properly through your VCI-400? Is this the final piece in the jigsaw you were waiting for before buying one? Please share your thoughts in the comments.