DJ Controllers Reviews
The new Akai AFX & AMX Serato DJ controllers are finally in the DJbooth lab for the full review treatment.The Akai AFX is a small controller that lets users perform with multi-color performance pads, effects, hotcues, slicer, loops, navigation, and the new Serato Flip expasion while the Akai AMX is a mixing console & Serato DJ interface that controls the EQ, filters, headphones, volume linefaders, a mini-innofader crossfader and DVS Capable RCA inputs and outputs.
We recently reviewed the new Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S8 which is a very powerful DJ controller for Traktor while also working as a DVS enabled mixer for external turntables and CDJ style control. The legendary DJ Shiftee has just completed a pretty sick turntable timecode DVS performance along with using some of the new cool features on the Traktor Kontrol S8 such as Freeze Mode. Check out this dope performance video to see what’s possible with the new S8.
Native Instruments has officially announced the arrival of their newest compact DJ controller for Traktor called the Traktor Kontrol D2. The Traktor Kontrol D2 is essentially the “deck” section of the recently reviewed Traktor Kontrol S8 DJ controller and it sports the same hi-res screen and heavy remix deck control with multicolored backlit pads and volume controls. The D2 and the S8 will also use these remix deck controls to manipulate the new Stems file format.
I’ve been personally using Odyssey flight cases for my DJ equipment for over twenty years now! Odyssey always seems to bring out new cases and bags to protect DJ equipment almost as soon as the piece is released to the public. The newly announced Pioneer XDJ-RX all-in-one DJ Rekordbox system was recently released to the masses and Odyssey has already produced new flight cases and bags to accommodate.
The new Magma CTRL-Case hard shell cases are a perfect way to protect DJ gear and controllers from dings, drops, and spills. The CTRL-Case hard shell cases have very durable material, handles to for carrying, and lots of interior foam padding to protect the DJ’s investment. Magma has just released the new CTRL-Case Hard Shells for the Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S8, the Numark NV, and the Akai AFX/AMX controllers.
We reviewed the Hercules RMX 2 Digital DJ Controller over two years ago, but this new video by DJ Timm United lets everyone know that this compact and powerful controller can still rock the stage quite well. The Hercules RMX 2 has a solid metal chassis, velocity sensitive pads, and a true standalone mixer mode that can be used with external timecode turntables or CD decks for DVS playback. Check out our full video and written reviews of the Hercules DJConsole RMX 2 then watch DJ Timm get busy.
Epsilon continues to produce great DJ gear at a great cost with the release of its newest four-deck DJ controller called the Quad-Mix. The Quad-Mix is a very capable controller that comes bundled with VirtualDJ LE, has aluminum knobs, and has all the controls necessary for today’s DJ needs. The Quad-Mix is now available in white and black editions for the slim price of $350. Check out our quick Unboxing & First Impressions Video after the jump.
The Epsilon company puts out great quality DJ gear at extremely affordable prices. I can easily vouch for these claims as we’ve recently reviewed their Epsilon INNO-PROPAK turntable/mixer package and the Epsilon EPS 8.0 active studio monitors with great results. It looks like the masses are also in agreement as everyone was on hand at the NAMM 2015 Epsilon Booth to see their new offerings up close and personal.
The Traktor Remix Decks allows DJ’s to perform like producers in real-time while beatmashing and remixing with different sounds, loops, hotcues, and effects using different controllers like the Traktor Kontrol S8 and F1. Traktor Pro 2 comes with a few Remix sets to get users started, but NI has made sure to keep releasing Fresh and New Remix Sets for users to play with, all for a small fee. Check out the seven new Remix Sets created by various artists and record labels after the jump.
We’re big fans of the Decksaver Covers which we use to protect DJ and Production gear here at the DJbooth Labs. We have Decksavers for the Stanton ST.150’s, the Traktor Z2 mixer, the NI Maschine Studio, the Vestax VCI-400, and more. Decksaver continues to add to their lineup with new covers being released for various DJ & Production pieces that has been released in the last year including the Pioneer XDJ-1000, Numark NV, and more.
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