Instead of buying a new controller every time Serato decides to add a little extra software magic, the concept of secondary controllers came about. These tame the finer points of new features, and the new Reloop Neon aims to make sense of the expanding pad functions including the new Serato Flip. Jared Helfer does the reviewing honours.
It’s nice when there are aspirational products that people can actually afford. A pair of gold Technics is out of the question for most, but a laptop stand is definitely in the realm of saving up for. And the Crane Stand Elite is definitely an aspirational laptop stand. Once a Kickstarter project and now a reality, and it comes in a leatherette case too. Nice.
The controller paradigm is well established, and is only taking tiny steps forward with each iteration. But Numark has taken quite a leap forward by putting screens into their newest unit. The Numark NV aims to “change everything”, but can the inclusion of Serato DJ info at your fingertips really make that much of a difference? Mark Settle finds out.
When you’ve got the most revered DJ headphones in your roster, why on earth would you bring something else out? Well that’s exactly what Sennheiser has done with the HD8 DJ headphones. But they’re not just another HD25 variant and instead go for a different market. Jared Helfer wears, listens, and writes. And fails to break them too.
All in one controllers makes your DJ life a little less cluttered. But you still need something to put it in when you’re out and about. Flight cases are often overkill, so UDG has come out with the Urbanite range — large bags and sleeves designed to keep your investment just that little bit safer. Mark Settle loads expensive gear into them and potters around the Worxlabs.
The latest range of top end controllers are huge, and moving them from place to place requires something more than just stuffing them into a back pack. So UDG has come out with the Creator 2XL hard case, designed specifically for the Pioneer DDJ-SZ and Numark NS7 range. We stuffed one into the hard case and pottered around the worxlab for a while.
Combine a new product, a group of grown but trade-show tired men, and some beer, and what follows is a unique way of reviewing. Reloop’s new Fader Knobs bring an alternative take on customisation, so we logically did a group test that made a lot of sense at 11.30 in the evening in our hotel rooms.
Are you one of those DJs who has invested a serious amount of cash on DJ gear but still push the sound out through some really old plastic hifi speakers? Do you want to upgrade but don’t know where to start? Then you need to read our immense entry level studio monitors group test.
Controllers, especially smaller ones, don’t always need flight cases to keep them safe. If you’re likely to be carrying your controller at all times, then a lighter and more cost effective soft case could be perfect. Enter the UDG Urbanite medium sleeve — lightweight and ideal for small to medium controllers.
As the worlds of DJing and producing continue to collide, so do the tools that each side of the divide uses. The Riser from Air Music Technology is a plug-in designed to create amazing transitions so that you can sound just like your favourite/most hated DJ with a few simple presets. Ray Gabriel set about writing a news story and ended up with a review. That’s how he rolls.