DJ Controllers Reviews
The new Traktor Pro 2.8.0 update is now released and with it comes support for the new Traktor Kontrol D2, support for the new Rane MP2015 Mixer, 64-Bit Architecture, and a host of other improvements. The Pioneer XDJ-1000 and CDJ-900NXS players also receive full HID support.
The Serato team has just announced a new update to their free software that will allow owners of the new Numark Mixtrack Pro 3 and the Hercules DJControl Jogvision controllers to work with Serato DJ Intro. This means that owners of these new controllers can now download Serato DJ Intro 1.2.5 which will give users access to Serato features like sync, cue points, loops, library navigation, and more.
UDG has been protecting DJ equipment for years now with their excellent cases and bags that make it easy for DJ’s to take gear with them on the go. Last week UDG has announced its new MIDI Controller Backpacks in Large or Medium sizes which will fit all types of new controllers that are out on the market today. UDG has also revealed its new Ultimate DIGI Headphone Bag that can carry almost any DJ headphones and other small DJ accessories.
The Epsilon Quad-Mix four-channel DJ controller is a very capable device that comes bundled with VirtualDJ LE, has aluminum knobs, and two RCA inputs to add extra turntables or CDJ’s to the performance. The Quad-Mix is now available in white and black editions for the slim price of only $350. Check out our full video review to see if this controller is for you.
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.
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