ADJ American DJ VMS5 Virtual DJ controller (17)

A few years ago, American DJ launched the VMS4, and subsequently the Traktor flavoured VMS4.1. It was quite a beast laden with more than most would have expected, and is quite notable in being the first four channel controller to hit the market. And after a sustained period of focussing on its core market, ADJ is back with an updated version. The ADJ VMS5 is a neat update of the originals with bigger wheels and other improvements too.


August 2015, DJ Expo Atlantic City.

American Audio will be unveiling the latest in the successful line of VMS series controllers. Known for Innovation and Value, the VMS5.0 brings more than ever to the table in an easier to use package. The VMS5.0 brings together features only found on controllers costing more expensive controllers.

  • 6 Channel Stand Alone Mixer with full Midi capability
  • New Larger Platters
  • New Browser Section.
  • New Easy View LED Mixer section.
  • Improved Button Layout
  • Virtual DJ 8 LE Included- New Software features
  • Target Street price, Under $400.00
  • User configurable soundcard, DVS Mode or 4-Deck Mode
  • 2 Pro Quality Microphone XLR Combo Mic inputs with 3 Band EQ
  • Innofader compatible.
  • 2 Phono, 4 Line, 4 USB, 2 Microphone inputs.

Stop by and check it out at booth 212.


I honestly thought that despite the name, ADJ (as they’re now named) wouldn’t be dipping its toe in the pure DJ pool anymore, and would instead choose to focus on PA and lighting. But no, here is a nice update to their successful controller. It’s also pretty cool in that with the full version of Virtual DJ 8 (that you have to buy), you get full DVS capability. And I also like the different coloured RGB knobs, but it’s unclear if the colour can be changed.

BTW I know you all love pictures of the ins and out, and despite pictures of every other angle, that picture didn’t get taken. I asked, and it’s the same as the existing one.


Have you got experience of the VMS4 and 4.1? Do you play out with one? Is there enough here to get you to upgrade?



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