Are Icon’s entry-level MIDI controllers more than meets the eye? Ray takes a look at the I-Creativ and the G-Board.
If you’re going to use software, it’s a safe bet that the hardware designed for it is going to be pretty hot. Such is the case with the Ableton Push. DJWORX teamster Darren E Cowley of Isotonik Studios impulse-bought one, but after the shortest play ended up boxing it up and putting it on to of a wardrobe to do house renovations. But having dug it out again, he sees what all the fuss is about. Here is his very detailed review, with a second opinion from Mark Settle.
Seems that Serato is inviting more companies to eat at their table, and Gemini has been invited to bring their own particular cost effective brand into the fold. The Slate 4 controller is a fully featured offering coming with Serato DJ Intro, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fully featured. Jared takes one for an extended spin, and writes a stable amount of opinion.
As the DJ scene has adopted software and especially the built-in effects, the need for external effects units has decreased. But that hasn’t stopped Pioneer DJ from putting out solid follow-ups to their EFX units. Last week Ray looked at the daunting RMX-1000, and this week it’s the return of the RMX-500, the effects unit for the rest of us. Ray plugs it into a corner of his epic setup and makes noises with it.
Pioneer’s EFX controllers became the industry standard effects controllers. And now we have the next generation that embraces all that is cool in the modern DJ age. The RMX-1000 is the top of the range and comes chokka with everything you could need and then some from an external effects controller. Ray gets giddy and somehow manages to squeeze an RMX-1000 into his already huge setup.
The first wave of NI’s #futureofdjing is upon us in the shape of the Traktor Kontrol S8. It’s quite the beast, so review duties were handed to Jared Helfer, who not only played at home but also out in the wild. Behold 5000 words that you really need to read and heed.
Akai Professional unveils the AMX, the first super-portable DVS-enabled mixer for Serato DJ. Is it any good? Ray takes it for a spin.
Modular controllers were supposed to be all the rage, but it’s still taking time for them to to really take hold of the DJ scene. But the Akai Professional AFX controller aims to give greater control over the finer points of Serato DJ. Ray plugs, plays, and writes words.
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.
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.