DJ Controllers

Pioneer DDJ-SZ Unboxing & First Impressions [Video]

The new Flagship Pioneer DDJ-SZ Serato DJ Controller has more real estate for a bigger and more professional footprint, bigger full “CDJ-sized” jog wheels, Multi-Color Backlit Performance Pads, Dual USB Ports for seamless transitions, a magnetic MAGVEL crossfader, and a full-blown DJM mixer section with Sound Color FX and DVS capability.  We finally have the SZ in the lab for the full out review treatment, but first check out the unboxing video to see it up close.

Optimize Your CPU for Serato DJ [Video]

Sometimes computers don’t always cooperate with DJ software straight from the factory because there are lots of other processes and programs that are battling it out for precious CPU resources.  The Serato team has recognized this trend and decided to release a few short videos to help both PC and MAC users run their Serato DJ software more efficiently and effectively by following some simple CPU optimization steps.

Numark NV Unboxing & First Impressions [Video]

The Brand new Numark NV Controller promises to change the game by adding two 4.3-inch full color displays above each jog wheel deck so that users can see waveforms, cue points, loops, music libraries, effects, and all the other important visual information in Serato so that DJ’s can put the laptop away for good.  Check out our quick unboxing & first impressions video to see all that comes with the NV before our official Review.

NI Traktor Kontrol S8 Official Launch [Video]

The new Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S8 DJ controller has now officially been announced and all the details have been released by the NI team.  The S8 was already teased and leaked about a month ago, but with little details.  We now know that the Kontrol S8 will operate as a completely Stand-Alone 4-channel mixer, it has touch sensitive knobs, high quality user-replaceable faders, and dual high resolution screens for all the Traktor information one could need.

Serato DJ 1.7.1 Update with Akai AMX Support

Serato has just announced that its new Serato DJ 1.7.1 update has been released to add support for the new Akai AMX modular mixing controller and for regular housekeeping bug fixes.  Check out our quick first impressions video of the Akai AMX that we completed at the 2014 DJ Expo two months ago and the full press release including all of the new improvements in the Serato DJ 1.7.1 update.

Pioneer DDJ-WeGO3 Serato DJ Intro Demo [Video]

Pioneer has just released the third iteration in their entry-level DJ controller called the Pioneer DDJ-WeGO3.  Long ago, we reviewed the original DDJ-WeGO and it was a great controller for any new DJ and it had versatility to work with many different software.  The DDJ-WeGO3 continues where the original left off with a new sleeker design, stronger construction, and an included iOS lightning cable that also charges the iOS device while in use.  Check out the new Serato DJ Intro performance video with the DDJ-WeGO3.

New UDG Creator Controller Hardcases

UDG has followed up the release of the new entry-level Urbanite series with a new entry-level line of DJ controller hardcases that will protect many different devices while still coming in at a great price point for the end user.  The new UDG Creator Controller Hardcases are very similar to the smaller Hardcases by UDG that we reviewed in the past, but they come in four different sizes to fit almost every DJ controller on the market.

[Review] Allen & Heath Xone:K1 MIDI Controller

Allen & Heath’s newest modular MIDI controller called the Xone:K1 is essentially a Xone:K2 MIDI controller but without the built-in stereo soundcard interface and MIDI layering capabilities.  The Xone:K1 is a universal MIDI controller that can be mapped/programmed to work with any DJ software and it has six push-button rotary encoder knobs, 12 knobs, four faders, and 30 three-color backlit performance buttons to take precise control over specific software functions.  Check out our full Video review to see the features of this modular MIDI controller.

NI Traktor Kontrol S8 Preview [Video]

The Traktor Kontrol S8 was leaked by Amazon and various other sources earlier this month and even though we already knew what this was, we decided to keep quiet until NI themselves let the cat out of the bag.  They did so yesterday with a new Teaser Video showing various parts of the new Traktor Kontrol S8 and the shiny new screens that DJ’s can use for playback rather than looking at the computer screen.

New UDG Entry-Level Urbanite Series Sleeves & Bags

UDG has been protecting DJ’s gear and accessories for quite a long time now and they have introduced a new entry-level line of sleeves and bags that come in at a great price point.  The new UDG Urbanite sleeves and bags are made of heavy duty nylon and contain a good amount of foam and padding to protect many different size controllers and gear that are popular with today’s DJ’s.

 

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