In these rapidly shifting times, talking about the Numark NS6 feels like reminiscing about a favourite old controller. It is after all almost 6 years since we took a look at it. And it looks like Numark is continuing to play to its strengths and has given the venerable controller a new lease of life. The Numark NS6II is here, and includes much of Numark’s latest hotness.
As ever, their words and then ours:
NUMARK INTRODUCES ALL-NEW NEW NS6II 4-CHANNEL DJ CONTROLLER, CONTINUING ORIGINAL NS6’S AMAZING LEGACY
World’s leading innovator of DJ solutions introduces premium 4-channel controller with dual USB ports, built-in displays, line/phono switching and full Serato® DJ
Cumberland, RI USA (March 13, 2017)— Numark (numark.com), the world’s leading innovator of DJ solutions, today announced the introduction of the NS6II, an all-new 4-channel DJ controller with a full roster of professional features and uncompromised performance at an amazing value. Just as the original NS6 broke barriers and was the first standalone professional 4-channel controller, the all-new NS6II strengthens Numark’s reputation for innovation, performance and fun by delivering a 4-channel controller with dual USB ports, two built-in 2-inch high-res display screens and the full version of Serato® DJ.
The NS6II is a Numark first—a DJ controller that enables connect two laptops to be connected simultaneously, each engaging Serato DJ, for seamless DJ hand-offs. With a push of a button, both DJs can switch between the two laptops and play at the same time between four channels. The possibilities are endless—your creativity has been unleashed!
In addition to the dual USB ports, the NS6II contains a standalone mixer to connect turntables and external media devices. Users can connect two media devices to the RCA line/phono inputs and instantly switch between them. A pair of microphone inputs with independent EQ ensure the DJ can manage their night with ease. With its audiophile-grade circuitry, the NS6II delivers impeccable 24-bit sound quality without compromise.
Its Numark-exclusive capacitive-touch technology really makes the NS6II something special. Utilizing revolutionary Numark technology, the platters are intelligent and self-correcting, sensing every motion and touch to ensure solid, reliable operation no matter what’s going on around you. No other brand of controller has this technology as well as heavy-duty platters that stand up to rigorous use, night after night. In addition, this exclusive capacitive-touch technology is also in the NS6II’s knobs, allowing for unique filter effects, instant and spontaneous effect control, as well as EQ frequency elimination simply by touch.
Rubber MPC style performance pads give users quick access to hot cues, auto loop/roll, manual loop mode sampler and slicer. Each function doubles-up with sub functions to give DJs access to a total of 16 velocity-sensitive pads.
(2) USB ports for DJ handoffs or multiple computer connection
(2) Color LCD track status displays for each jog wheel
Capacitive Touch knobs for Instant effects and EQ kills
4-channels with filter knobs and filter effects
Roll bar to protect front panel control knobs
Stand-alone digital mixing 24-bit, 44.1k audio (no computer required)
(2) Stereo RCA inputs with DVS-ready phono preamp
(2) Dedicated ¼-inch mic inputs with EQ
Balanced XLR outputs, RCA booth and master outputs
CLASS COMPLIANT: plug and play – no drivers required
Includes Serato DJ (full version)
“The NS6Il is an amazing all-new 4-channel controller with all the features, performance and flexibility any DJ needs for a great experience,” said Chris Roman, Senior Product Manager for Numark. He added, “The LCD readouts and our one-of-a-kind touch-capacitive platters give the DJ instant feedback and ultimate control. This is a sophisticated but fun-to-use controller at an incredible value that will be a hit with all DJs.”
US retail for the NS6II is $799.00* and it will be available Summer 2017.
* To confirm, original PR was sent out with a $699 price tag. This has been confirmed as a typo, and the real price is $799.
IN A BLENDER
If you could put an original NS6, a Mixtrack Platinum, an NV, and an NS7 in a blender, to me this is what would come out the other end — a Numark smoothie that includes all the best bits to create something that pleases many different palettes.
Like the original, the new NS6II appears to be a jack of all trades. It is a regular Serato DJ controller essentially an NS7III without the heft and direct drive platters. In their place are the large capacitive touch jogs from the NVII but with big centre screens like the Mixtrack Platinum. One key difference that I don’t see as an issue is that the NS6II has inputs on channel 3 and 4 only, whereas the original had inputs on all channels. I suspect that people buy controllers to be controllers, not 4 channel mixers, so I don’t see this as a downside at all.
Like the old NS6, the new one feels like the sort of unit where anyone could walk into a DJ shop with a list of needs, and NS6II would tick most of the boxes. As I recall, I felt that the NS6 did a lot very well.
The upshot of all this merging and honing is a new lower price. I know we’re in entirely different times now, but the original was launched at $999, and sold a boatload. The new NS6II however is $799 (I checked and the original PR had the wrong price), which I expect will put it right into the NV2/DDJ-RR/Kontrol S5/Reloop Mixon 4 range. It’s going to be interesting to see the direction that people go, and if features like dual USB or centre screens will be deal breakers.
Given the amount of time between the original and the update, I reckon that existing owners should consider this a worthy update. And given the price, it’s not quite the reach it once was either.
The NS6II will be available in Summer for $799/€749.