This time last year, we had a world exclusive look at Behringer‘s on-trend CMD modular controller series. But Behringer is a behemoth of a company and the wheels move incredibly slowly. So one year on, and after a string of tweaks, changes and improvements, the CMD controllers are ready to ship. The big surprise (certainly for me) is that they’ll come with the new Deckadance v2 from Image Line.
Behold a press release from Behringer:
BEHRINGER Partners With IMAGE LINE to Release CMD Controllers With Deckadance Software
1/24/2013 Bothell, WA — Today BEHRINGER announced the release of its much-anticipated CMD DJ controllers and an alliance with IMAGE LINE, the company behind such acclaimed producer software as Fruity Loops and Deckadance. The full-featured set of MIDI controllers consists of the CMD MM-1 Mixer Module, CMD DV-1 Digital Vinyl Control Module, LC-1 Live Control Module, CMD PL-1 Platter Control Module and the CMD DC-1 Drum Control, all of which will now come with IMAGE LINE’s Deckadance Software.
Professional features such as high quality faders, extensive MIDI feedback, and rotary encoders with bright LED indicator rings are organized into a logical layout on each device ensuring a highly ergonomic performance experience. Additionally, all CMD controllers are class-compliant so the artist can simply plug and play without the need for additional drivers. While all individual CMD components work well as rugged, portable stand-alone controllers for most popular DJ and production software programs, the series is designed to easily connect multiple controller configurations.
The new Deckadance software application provides all features that DJs need to move the dance floor. It features up to 4 software decks, allowing performers to mix different sources to energizing tracks. Smartknobs link a single knob to any number of FX and Mixer interface parameters, while the GrossBeat function in Deckadance provides 8 user adjustable FX per deck, including programmable and automated glitch, stutter and scratch functions. Additionally, Deckadance includes effects, a sampler, plus up to 8 smart panels for user configurable Loop, Cue, Grid, DVS, Key, Smart Knob and Tempo panels. The software hosts VST plugins and can act as a VST plugin in any DAW production environment.
“I am extremely excited by the prospect of working with Image Line and bundling our CMD controllers with the new Deckadance software,” stated Craig Reeves, DJ Product Manager at BEHRINGER, who continued, “The new GrossBeat and Smart Knob functionality is unique in the market, and the move to 4 decks makes Deckadance the perfect software package for modular controllers like our CMD line.”
Deckadance you say? Indeed – an unusual choice given the dominance of Traktor, Serato and Virtual DJ. But Serato’s route is closed, Traktor isn’t really bundled much anymore, and Virtual DJ is in a massive state of flux right now. But it’s when you look at the screenshot for Deckadance 2 that you realise why m’good friend Craig Reeves has plumped for it. See below:
That’s a whole heap of fun happening in the middle there that seems to be a perfect fit for the triggering, firing and otherwise wrangling of button based features. I’ve yet to see it in person, but I know someone who knows someone, so hopefully we can get the inside line to what’s happening with Deckadance v2.
It’s certainly nice to have an alternative to the big 3. That doesn’t mean that you can’t buy the CMDs and use them with the others. But I’m all for giving others a chance, especially when there are perfectly good alternatives to the standards.
All we need are prices and delivery dates on the controllers and then perhaps we can finally start making them work in the ways our minds have thought about for the last 12 months. Time to grease those wheels and get these things to us quicker Uli!