There have been landmark products that have turned up on the pages of skratchworx and DJWORX over the years. The CDJ-1000 was a true game changer that ousted vinyl from the DJ scene, but was just before we sprang into life. We did however see Serato Scratch Live land at NAMM 2004, which went on to revolutionise the DJ industry as well. And back in January 2007 (NAMM to be exact), Vestax unleashed what was to become (for me anyway) the defining point of controllerism. The VCI-100 set the blueprint that everyone else to this day has often slavishly followed. This is what I thought about it at the time. Oh how things have changed.
And recognising this solid heritage, Vestax has put together a retrospective of the venerable VCI-100. Such is the speed of evolution in the DJ industry, here we are just 7 years later talking about it like it’s a museum piece. But it really is worth talking about, because the impact is still being felt today. Other MIDI controllers existed before the VCI-100, but none had the flair and quality that DJs needed.
So we doff our collective caps in Vestax’s general direction for the awesome, and most probably soon to be legendary VCI-100.