SHOWCASE: Vestax VCI-380 and Serato DJ

As reported a little while ago, Vestax‘s 2 channel controller powerhouse VCI-380 has finally got the Serato DJ upgrade. And in this Serato home-brew video, we can see Martin from the support team pulling together a number of other homebrew Serato tracks into a short demo that showcases some of the new features.

It’s interesting in that the jog wheels are touched at all, something that some of the commenters are struggling to deal with. Here’s the thing — DJing is changing. Nay, it has changed, and is now part of a constant evolution as new technology comes along. But the very basics of DJing are exactly the same in this video, and that’s playing other people’s music to an audience and entertaining them. The medium is less important than the end result, and while Martin could have used the VCI-380’s jogs, it wasn’t necessary to achieve the mix.

Vestax VCI-380 Serato DJ Demo video

A question — do you actually use jog wheels now? Are they still an integral part of your performance? Or are they just in the way in the modern DJ scheme of things?

  • Too Many Names

    As a traktor user,I use my X-ponent jogs for fx juggling.

  • Ron Maran

    A great “Musical” routine, doesn’t necessarily show he’s the next DMC world champ but it’s well composed and got into the groove of it. Regarding the jog wheel thing, I normally use jogs when given the opportunity (CDJ’s), mainly for the natural way if provides tempo nudging. That being said, I happily use my Novation Twitch to manually beatmatch when needed (badly analyzed file etc). As long as there is an intuitive way to do it I’m not fussed.

  • I am using Traktor with the Xponent to and have mapped both jogs in the usual way for nudging and cueing to. Both have a second function: left for browsing & preview and right for jog wheel fx.
    Like that they are on the back end of the controller and am still waiting for a good replacement to show up. I don’t understand that the jogs are still the main featured thing on controllers as turntable scratch heads are using DVS systems.