So, here it is. Everyone knew eventually that a digital dj controller with visual screens was going to arrive and Newmark are the first to produce. It comes bundled with the full version of Serato DJ and from the pictures the controller looks to have a nice layout. Will this mean that all manufacturers will follow? I really do think so, if they can get the combination of screen size and information shown on screen just right I think it could be a winning combination. This may be a real game changer and I would say that if it takes off manufacturers with big R&D budgets will push the bounderies even further.
Please post your thoughts as it would be interesting to see how many DJ’s actually are wanting built in screens on a controller.
One area where Numark have cut back on to keep the price down is the lack of a stand-a-lone mixer, it only has one aux port on the rear for the connection of an external device using twin rca’s. Would that be a deal breaker for you or will you be waiting to see what the mighty Pioneer follows with, after all we all know that their R&D budget is pretty much open ended to get a product right for market. I have always thought that given time and as technology advances Pioneer would commission a CDJ like player with screens and the ability to play directly from USB, Hard Drives and even the cloud, only time will tell.
COMING SOON TO A STORE NEAR YOU – £559.00 inc. VAT
FEATURES (From Numarks website)
4-decks of Serato DJ software control in a sleeklow-profile design Integrated displays let you focus on the music, not the computer
Full-color displays provides 1:1 real-time visualization of Serato DJ Dedicated hardware controls for all critical software functions Intelligent touch-activated knobs provide groundbreaking control of filters, EQ and more Dual 5-inch hyper-responsive metal platters with search and scratch modes Adaptive learning platter technology for optimum response in any environment 16 velocity-sensitive trigger pads with backlit RGB feedback 10 pad modes for hot cues, loop slicing, and sample triggering Dedicated 3-Way Touch-activated Filter knob on each channel 12 powerful iZotope® effects with dedicated touch-activated controls Mouseless library browsing controls with dedicated on-screen feedback Integrated BPM metering for manual beat matching; Sync button for an instant match Pro-grade crossfader with Fader Start and curve adjustment Built-in professional 24-bit USB 2.0 audio interface Aux and balanced mic inputs seamlessly integrate additional audio sources Zone/booth outputs and balanced XLR outputs for club use Plug and play with Serato DJ (included) – no upgrade purchase required Toolroom Records artist launch packs included (download)