While Vestax has had a relatively subdued showing this NAMM, that hasn’t stopped them from putting some pieces of kit out that caught our eye, to say the least. The first thing we noticed while wandering past their booth was the super bright-red paint job on the VCI-380. While it is definitely not for everyone, and reminds us of either a Ferrari paint job, a firetruck, or an experimental art piece, and just looks fun to play with. We couldn’t get them to give us a release date or anything, but we can always hope.
On the Vestax VCI-400 front, though, we got to see the beta of Serato DJ and the brand new faceplate. It looks like this unit is finally getting the attention it has long deserved, being filled with the features that allow us to actually take advantage of all of the controls Vestax has provided. The scratching is incredibly tight, and overall it feels like the the VCI-400 was made for this software. We also weren’t given a release date, and we got no confirmation that current 400 owners can get the new faceplate, once Serato DJ goes live they will be able to take advantage of the new software and features.
For better or worse this is what the VCI-400 should have been from day one. Once we are able to get our hands on Serato DJ for review you can rest assured this will be one of our controllers to focus on.