Amidst all the chaos of NAMM, we were definitely drawn to the big video DJ display at American Audio, running everyone’s favorite pop videos. When we approached, the first thing we were greeted with was the inevitable hotness in the rave scene, the unfortunately named Jelly. It’s a two channel MIDI controller that will be coming with Virtual DJ LE (as will all of the American Audio units).
It has 6″ touch sensitive jog wheels, balanced XLR outputs and will be available in either black or jelly. What is “jelly”, you ask? It’s a white controller with LEDs built into the base, which will cycle through colors with the use of a remote control, or tied to the beat of the music.
We also saw the ELMC1 and the VMS DJ, both small format, two channel DJ controllers. The ELMC is a few inches shorter than then VMS DJ, and they are definitely geared more toward the mobile DJ department, which is to be the direction American Audio has been pushing their products for a while.
Keep in mind, these three were all hand made prototypes. Nothing was final for release, and we were told they should be getting shipped out in around 3 months.
We also saw the ETR 1000(R/B), Etronyc’s signature headphones in either red or blue. They seemed comfortable, had okay isolation and had a good sound to them. It’s hard to gauge headphones at NAMM, what with the chaotic, awful noise. Hopefully they will be nice enough to get us a pair or two for review.
To follow up with what was announced a few months ago, we saw the three new DJ mixers from American Audio all compatible with timecode in Virtual DJ. The buttons and control were definitely a step up from the old VMS 4 controls, and everything felt decent. We will have much more to say as we recently received one for review.