Numark debuts NS6, 4-channel DJ controller with built-in mixer for Serato ITCH

Numark NS6

Numark has introduced the NS6, a DJ controller for Serato ITCH which delivers massive control, mixing and I/O capabilities.

NS6 is a 4-channel Digital DJ controller with complete built in mixer and 4 decks of software control. This easy to use dual-platter system has been designed in collaboration with Serato to deliver powerful breakthrough performance to a broad range of DJs.

NS6 borrows from the popular designs of Numark’s award-winning NS7FX and V7 controllers and delivers substantial new features including the most responsive, high-resolution touch-activated platters ever produced in a DJ product. The wheels on NS6 deliver 3600 ticks of resolution per rotation; when combined with NS6’s automatically adjusted platter sensitivity the result is ultra-precise, high definition turntable control.

NS6 features

  • Built-in 4 Channel DJ Mixer that works with or without the computer.
  • Inputs for 4 line, 2 turntables, 2 microphones.
  • Serato’s Itch 4 Deck DJ software included.
  • Built-in professional 24-bit audio interface with balanced XLR outputs.
  • Touch sensitive illuminated wheels with 3600 ticks of resolution per rotation.
  • Strip Search with track position indicator.
  • Channel assignable effects controls.
  • Mouse-less library navigation with view options.
  • Deck Controls include: Key Lock, Pitch Control, Manual and Instant Looping, Hot Cues and Beat grid.
  • NS6’s uses standard MIDI protocols enabling DJs to use it with a variety of MIDI software.

Numark will showcase NS6 at the 2011 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, Booth #6400, January 13 – 16.

More information: Numark / NS6

Numark debuts NS6, 4-channel DJ controller with built-in mixer for Serato ITCH

Numark NS6

Numark has introduced the NS6, a DJ controller for Serato ITCH which delivers massive control, mixing and I/O capabilities.

NS6 is a 4-channel Digital DJ controller with complete built in mixer and 4 decks of software control. This easy to use dual-platter system has been designed in collaboration with Serato to deliver powerful breakthrough performance to a broad range of DJs.

NS6 borrows from the popular designs of Numark’s award-winning NS7FX and V7 controllers and delivers substantial new features including the most responsive, high-resolution touch-activated platters ever produced in a DJ product. The wheels on NS6 deliver 3600 ticks of resolution per rotation; when combined with NS6’s automatically adjusted platter sensitivity the result is ultra-precise, high definition turntable control.

NS6 features

  • Built-in 4 Channel DJ Mixer that works with or without the computer.
  • Inputs for 4 line, 2 turntables, 2 microphones.
  • Serato’s Itch 4 Deck DJ software included.
  • Built-in professional 24-bit audio interface with balanced XLR outputs.
  • Touch sensitive illuminated wheels with 3600 ticks of resolution per rotation.
  • Strip Search with track position indicator.
  • Channel assignable effects controls.
  • Mouse-less library navigation with view options.
  • Deck Controls include: Key Lock, Pitch Control, Manual and Instant Looping, Hot Cues and Beat grid.
  • NS6’s uses standard MIDI protocols enabling DJs to use it with a variety of MIDI software.

Numark will showcase NS6 at the 2011 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, Booth #6400, January 13 – 16.

More information: Numark / NS6

WINTER NAMM 2011: Numark legt im DJ-Business nach

Die Gerüchteküche hatte den richtigen Riecher: Numark kommt mit neuen DJ-Controllern um Ecke. Hallo, NS6 und DJ2GO.

Das Highlight am Numark Stand ist zweifelsohne der NS6 4-Deck DJ Controller. Das neue Controller-Schlachtschiff kombiniert modernste Steuerfunktionen mit einem hochwertigen, digitalen 4-Kanal DJ Mixer, einem USB Audio Interface und edler Verarbeitung. Die beiden berührungsempfindlichen Platter mit einer Auflösung von 3600 Ticks pro Umdrehung ermöglichen die exakte Steuerung der Tracks. Numark hat beim NS6 die Strip Search Technologie um Track Position Indikatoren erweitert. Der NS6, der zusammen mit Serato ITCH ein modernes intergriertes DJ System darstellt, besitzt wie auch der NS7 separate Bedienelemente für die mauslose Navigation innerhalb der Musiklibrary, damit sich DJs beim Gig voll auf ihre Performance konzentireren können. Dank zahlreicher Audioeingänge lassen sich konventionelle Abspieler, wie Turntables und CD-Player problemlos anschließen und in das Set integrieren. Die umfangreiche MIDI-Funktionalität garantiert ein optimales Zusammenspiel mit nahezu jeder DJ-Software.

Der DJ2GO kommt deutlich kleiner daher und setzt vor allem auf portablen Komfort.

DJ2GO ist ein Controller, der trotz seiner ultrakompakten Ausmaße eine Vielzahl sinnvoller DJ-Funktionen bietet. Zu einem günstigen Preis enthält das Gerät 2 Platter, Crossfader, Pitch- und Levelregler, sowie diverse Lautstärkeregler. Leicht und transportabel ist der DJ2GO das perfekte Gerät für ortsungebundene DJ Performances.

Numark hat außerdem neue Mixer im Programm. Der iM9 (im Bild zu sehen) bietet vier Kanäle mit 3-band-EQs, einer Effekteinheit, die synchron zum Tempo der Tracks läuft und verfügt außerdem über ein iPod-Dock. Dazu kommen zwei kleinere 2-Kanalmixer: M101 und M101USB. Letztere kann via USB Tracks vom Rechner direkt über den Mixer routen. Beide Kleinen verfügen über 2-Band-EQs.

Preise und Verfügbarkeit der neuen Geräte stehen noch nicht fest


Pioneer and Serato Audio Research introduce DDJ-S1, DJ controller for Serato ITCH software

Pioneer DDJ-S1

Pioneer and Serato Audio Research have introduced the DDJ-S1, a new DJ controller for Serato ITCH software.

Combining Pioneer’s renowned DJ hardware design with world leading software development by Serato, the DDJ-S1 offers familiarity, innovation and pure controllerism in one inspired package.

DDJ-S1 features

  • Professional Pioneer hardware design for familiar layout and enhanced control.
  • Effect control area to access Serato ITCH DJ FX..
  • USB powered for a “plug and play” connection.
  • Tight integration with Serato ITCH, offering 1-to-1 software to hardware mapping.
  • Slip mode for looping, reversing, and scratching without changing the song tempo.
  • Multiple input and output options, including balanced XLR input/output.
  • Built in audio interface.
  • Talk-over function to lower the music volume when receiving voice input from the microphone.
  • Pioneer mixer audio circuitry ensuring a clear and powerful DJ sound.
  • Laptop dock under the controller for a compact DJ setup.

More information: Serato

WINTER NAMM 2011: Pioneer stellt DDJ-T1 und DDJ-S1 vor (UPDATE: Video!)

Pioneer will es augenscheinlich nochmal wissen, nachdem sie in den vergangenen Jahren mehr und mehr als Clubstandard von Allen & Heath verdrängt wurden und stellt zur NAMM die DJ Controller DDJ-T1 und DDJ-S1 vor. Der DDJ-S1 ist ein zweikanaliger DJ Controller für Serato Itch mit integriertem USB-Audio Interface und neben Cinch auch symmetrischen XLR-Ein- und Ausgängen. Der DDJ-T1 ist ein DJ Controller für Traktor mit vier Decks, integriertem USB-Audio Interface und sechs Effekten. Beide sollen im Februar auf den Markt kommen.

Preise:

DDJ-S1: 1099 Pfund (ca. 1255 Euro)

DDJ-T1: 899 Pfund (ca. 1026 Euro)

Pioneer

UPDATE:
eine amtliche Portion Werbefernsehen gefällig? Checkt das Video!


UltraMixer 3 released, professional digital DJ solution

UltraMixer 3

UltraMixer Digital Audio Solutions has released UltraMixer 3, a cross-platform professional digital DJ solution for Windows.

UltraMixer 3 is the third generation of the reliable digital deejaying software which enables you to mix digital music in various formats such as MP3, WMA, AAC, OGG, WAV, FLAC or CDs in real time. All you need is a sound card.

The DJ’s turntables are replaced by two digital SoundPlayers, the “vinyls” are available within seconds through the integrated FileArchive. No matter whether you want to use UltraMixer for a professional gig or at a private party or as virtual jukebox in restaurants, hair studios or medical surgeries – it will prove the right choice!

New in UltraMixer 3

  • [FileArchive] Function to export playlists as CSV file for import and print from Microsoft Excel / Open Office / Apple Numbers.
  • [FileArchive] Hierarchical table sort according to Artist, Title and Album.
  • [MIDI] Accessing loops with Hercules DJ Console MK4 und Hercules DJ Control MP3 e2.
  • [MIDI] Hercules MP3 e2 LED support.
  • [MIDI] Support of Hercules DJ Console 4-MX.
  • [Preferences] Option to disable the automatic beatmatching of loops.
  • [Preferences] Option to enable automatic Beatmatching of Cue Points (only for MIDI controllers).
  • [Preferences] Support of additional languages.
  • [Sampler] Drag’n’Drop for Sampler-SlotButtons.
  • [User Interface] Optimized function to show tracks in Explorer/Finder.
  • [User Interface] Volumefader in Previewplayer integrated.
  • [Waveform] Hot Cue position should be visualized in the Waveforms in addition to the saved Cue points.
  • Many improvements and fixes, details here.

UltraMixer 3 Professional for Windows, Mac and Linux is available to purchase for 229 EUR / $299 USD / £229 GBP (TAX/VAT included).

More information: UltraMixer

Free Virtual Dj Mixer (VST/PC)

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Free Windows Music Software: V-DJM 2ch is a virtual 2ch mixer with dj functions for Windows. According to the develoeprs, the free virtual DJ mixer is designed to reproduce the best features of the professional dj mixers in any audio host application.

V-DJM can be used as an internal mixer in your host audio applications with the sound and the feeling of a dj consolle. All controls of V-DJM can be midi-mapped and automated.

V-DJM 2ch is available now as a free download.

Note: MAFFIALIFE V-DJM 2Ch is free for non-commercial use. 

Features:

  • 2 Ch-Line mixer with slider and eq
  • 2 Ch-Mic mixer with eq
  • 4 Great Dj Effects for Line channels
  • – Reverb
  • – Sweep
  • – Delay with feedback knob and bpm-sync selector
  • – Filter with Cutoff and Reso Knobs
  • – LCD display with host bpm
  • Cue function for pre-listening
  • Cue Level Knob and Cue Mixing knob (Cue/Master)
  • MIC-Line and MASTER Led-meters
  • 2 Ch-line Bypass switches
  • 2 Ch-line Equalization Bypass switches

Input/Output:

  • 2 virtual Line Stereo Inputs
  • 2 virtual Mic Stereo Inputs
  • 1 Stereo Master Output
  • 1 Stereo Cue Output

Behringer Announces X32 Digital Mixing Console

Behringer has announced the X32, a new digital mixer that, according to Behringer, represents the company’s ”domination strategy in the digital mixing tournament of champions.”

We hope that their “domination strategy” includes reliability improvements for their mixers, not just more features.

The Behringer X32 digital mixer is expected to be delivered 2-3rd quarter 2011, at a projected price of $2,500 USD.

Details on the Behringer X32 below.

Features:

  • Total recall.
  • 32 channels with inserts.
  • 16 mix busses with inserts.
  • 6 aux sends and returns.
  • 8 stereo FX returns.
  • 6 matrix mixers with inserts.
  • 6 mute groups.
  • 8 DCA groups.
  • Full-recording / multi-channel networking via FW/USB expansion cards*.
  • 48-channel “digital snake” via ultra-low latency AES-50 ports*.
  • Fully programmable, high-end mic preamps.
  • 25 low-noise 100mm motorized faders.
  • Super-easy user-interface with direct access.
  • No confusing menus.
  • High-resolution 7? colour TFT display.
  • Individual LCD displays per channel, DCA and Bus.
  • Full dynamics and EQ per channel, busses and matrices.
  • Adjustable line-delays on all inputs and outputs.
  • Virtual FX rack with 8 FX slots.
  • Powerful scene management for shows.
  • On-board recorder for uncompressed WAV files on USB flash drive.
  • Remote editor software to control via USB or Ethernet.
  • Extensive channel strip controls with user-definable control sections.
  • Connections to BEHRINGER P-16 personal monitoring system.
  • AES/EBU stereo digital output and full MIDI implementation.
  • Super-compact and lightweight.

Allen & Heath Xone:DB4 DJ Mixer: Hands-on Preview with Ambivalent (Minus)

Ambivalent gets his hands on the DB4 for the first time – and doesn’t want to let go. Photo courtesy Allen & Heath, who snapped this while he was testing it out.

Can a digital mixer change how you work and perform? After getting a hands-on introduction to one, globe-trotting electronic DJ Kevin McHugh, aka Ambivalent (on m-nus), thinks so. I’m pleased to welcome Kevin to talk about why he’s so excited about this particular kit, not only for DJs but potentially as a useful tool for anyone who needs live mixing. And we hope he’ll come back and talk to us regularly, in the midst of that jet-setting routine. In the meantime, we’ll see if he starts a Pioneer/Allen & Heath flame war. Side note: yes, in response to those in comments, we have to get someone to have a look at the Rane / Serato Sixty-Eight, too. -Ed.

The art of DJing has changed quite a bit in the past decade, giving us a ton of new playback and effects options with digital technology. But strangely, the central instrument of any DJ, the mixer, hasn’t fully stepped into the digital age. If there’s a solution, I got a brief introduction to it at the BPM trade show in Birmingham a few weeks ago.

Allen & Heath unveiled the working prototype for their new digital DJ mixer, the Xone DB4. They invited me and a few others to take it for a few laps around the track in their booth at the show, so I figured I’d share what I learned. I played with a prototype model that is still in the process of being finalized, so please don’t take this as the final word on the DB4. Things change, and it’d be unfair to award or deduct points for something it might or might not be when it is available. Also, the ultimate test of a mixer is how it sounds. While I know that A&H mixers have always sounded better to my ears than any others, I was unable to judge in a convention hall.

That said, I got a pretty decent taste of what it should offer when it’s out. Here’s the key stuff to know about the DB4.


Full disclosure: I’m an Allen & Heath fan both in the studio and in the DJ booth. I love the Xone products, and the Xone 92 has been the essential piece of every technical rider I’ve had in the last 4 years. It’s packed with useful features, great routing options, and sounds fantastic. Before I saw the DB4, I was just expecting to smile and nod politely, as the 92 is a monumental classic, and nearly impossible to improve upon. Like a Deadmau5 remix of the Factory Records catalogue, some classics are just better left alone. I figured I’d make some curious facial expressions, tap some buttons, and make some clever observations about “the future” while remaining firmly planted in the present. What I didn’t expect was to go home completely rethinking my approach to routing, FX, and gear, or that I’d be anxious for more time with one of these freakboxes.

First impressions

The DB4 is fashionably black, and every single centimeter of it is covered with buttons, knobs, displays and lights. If the Death Star had a DJ booth, Vader would be rocking this one. They’ve stayed mostly true to the 92′s layout, with a portion of the real-estate shared for the digital effects section (more on that later).

Let’s start with routing, since that’s where any DJ will first encounter the new options offered by the DB4. The four main channels can be accessed using one of three different methods:

  1. Standard analog inputs with phono or line impedance
  2. Digital inputs via four S/PDIF connections
  3. USB 2.0 connection to the mixer’s internal, 24-bit/96kHz soundcard.

Inputs

This is where the mixer gets interesting. Yes, a digital DJ can solve all their cabling and I/O hassles with just one USB cable — that’s something offered by other solutions. But after you’ve done that, the DB4 still leaves room to be connected simultaneously to several of your closest friends, rivals, or strangers. I have to say this is one part that makes my heart spin. The stress of cabling and re-cabling, navigating the input, output, channels or effects of other cohorts can make a cozy DJ booth into a claustrophobic scavenger hunt. If you’ve ever had to decide how to route a vinyl setup on top of a digital rig without a break in the music, using only a flashlight, you know what this means.

Where A&H have gotten really clever is how to treat these inputs on the top of the faceplate. Each channel has the option to select which source it’s using. Select the source type, then which input you’re assigning and you’ve just rerouted without touching a cable. This means channel 1 could carry analog input 4 and switch to USB input 2 in two shakes. It also means I don’t have to memorize the schematic of this mixers connections or fumble in the dark for the proper insertion point. (No jokes here; we’re keeping this clean.)

Output

The outputs are pretty standard, with analog booth, main, and record outputs. The nice surprise is a digital record out, making it easy to hook up to any ADAT or other S/PDIF-equipped interface. Pioneer users might also like the four deck starts offered. Having never used them, I can’t offer much insight about them, but it may give the DB4 a shot at winning over Pioneer users who haven’t already seen the light. (Hear that? That’s the sound of my inbox bursting into flames…)

EQ

The next thing I noticed is a difference in the EQ section. Here again, I was in for a big surprise. My initial disappointment at the loss of my Xone 92′s classic 4-band EQ was replaced with shock at how many new options were in its place. The three bands each have 3 separate functions, switchable between standard 3-band EQs, isolators, or a filter section with Hi-pass and Lo-pass, with the Mid frequency knob shifting to a resonance pot. What’s more, the knobs have a special backlight, so that the white position-indicators glow in a dark club. The thought of all these different options gives me dry mouth and heavy eyelids. Imagine Homer thinking about donuts…

Loopers

Each channel has its own looper with BPM detection that automatically records a 4-bar loop. The loop length can then be played back anywhere from 1/16 to the full 4 bars. For Traktor users, this won’t be necessarily a revolution, but other setups could really benefit. Somebody clever will no doubt find a way to combine this feature with the routing matrix and/or the effects to tap some options that aren’t obvious at first sight. That clever individual will never thank me, and pretend he or she never read this, but will think of me when they lie awake at night. It’s okay. I’m used to it.

FX

Other digital mixers so far have ended up being combination controllers/audio interfaces, which is fine. To be honest, that’s about what I expected out of this unit before I saw it. But the FX section is where this thing becomes a wrecking machine. Powered by a quad-core DSP engine, linked to the BPM detector, and inserted on each channel, there is a big beefy ton of readily-accessible power here. Steroid-abuse level power. Sounds hot, right? Gets hotter. It’s actually the effects themselves that are so damn sweet. These are literally studio-quality effects. I’d normally use a UAD2 Quad to run an EMT 250 reverb emulation in my studio. Now it’s available across up to four instances on a DJ mixer. That’s one of a huge batch of reverbs and there are even more delays (ping pong, hi-pass or lo-pass filtered, matched to bpm or delay in milliseconds), resonators, modulators and damage (distortion, bit-crushing).

One of my favorite features of the effects is how the Dry/Wet knob’s maximum position transforms it into to a Kill Send mode. This is great for building a nice big rush, and then dropping it off by killing the signal while the effects decay out. Another enterprising reader will note this feature, and also never thank me. They will think of me when they are posing, arms spread, Tiesto-style on a festival stage in front of 50,000 people. It’s okay. I’m used to it.

MIDI

Add to this the fact that nearly every device on the unit can function simultaneously as a USB MIDI controller, making your faders and knobs into encoders, assignable to any software you’re using, and you’re into some serious hot cocoa. The MIDI Shift button also disconnects the FX controls from the effects and the loop encoders from the looper, adding more MIDI-assignable functions.

Ed.: Allen & Heath sends along some additional details on just how MIDI works on this mixer.

MIDI Shift mode disconnects the FX buttons from the FX units so they can be used to launch clips in Ableton, or control transport in Traktor (or whatever the user requires). It also disconnects the loop encoder from the looper enabling this to be used for browsing etc.

Pretty much all of the other controls on the surface (there are a few exceptions) permanently send MIDI (this even includes the EQ Mode, X-fade assign and filter assign switches).

Specs

From Allen & Heath:

  • Quad FX Core DSP, providing separate effects bank, BPM detection and tempo adjustment on each channel
  • Five FX types – delays, reverbs, modulators, resonators and damage – plus variations, expression, wet/dry
  • One looper per channel, loop length from 1/16 beat to 4 bars
  • Xone dual filter system.
  • Sources: analog Line 1-4 (switchable to Phono on 2 – 3), Digital 1-4, or USB 1-4.
  • 3-band EQ, configurable as standard asymmetric EQ (+6/-25dB), Isolator (+6dB/OFF with a 24dB/octave slope), or reconfigured as a High-Pass/Low-Pass filter system with adjustable resonance.
  • Mic/Line input with 2-band EQ, gain, cue, and mix level, routable to channel 1 for adding FX.
  • Sound card: 24-bit / 96kHz, multi-channel, fully patchable USB2 soundcard ,4 stereo sends and 4 stereo inputs
  • USB patch storage: Meter mode, BPM range, USB audio routing scheme and display brightness can be saved to a USB key for recall on another :D B4.
  • MIDI control without changing mixer settings
  • Output: Booth, record and phones – source selectable and level trim. Booth and main – phase and level trim controls.
  • OLED display, visible even in bright sunlight
  • Lightweight aluminium chassis

Ambivalent, doing his thing. Courtesy the artist.

Bad Cop

Here’s the part where I act real mean and try to break down the witness by showing them scary pictures and punching the table. Okay, I can’t really do that. Most of the differences between the DB4 and my beloved 92 are a positive improvement, or an worthwhile compromise, given what’s offered in return. There are definitely going to be risks in using a digital mixer. Digital devices can crash. But analog devices have their issues, too. It’s what Depeche Mode says, a question of lust, a question of trust. If you lust for serious options and DSP firepower, and trust that Allen & Heath have it worked out, you’re ready to start a beautiful relationship. Of course, there’s also a question of cost. This is definitely not priced for entry-level incomes, but chances are no one serious enough to consider this unit will be able to find something comparable.

I think it’s fair to say I’m enthusiastic about the possibilities created by this mixer. Much of it comes from the fact that it crosses beyond a passive audio summing device, and into a performance tool. Like any great design, it solves problems and opens doors. But even more than that, it moves us in the direction of a common platform where any DJ setup can cooperate and where the booth gains some of the power of the studio. Some DJs might blanch at the idea of having so many options and such a complex tool. I’d counter that if you believe DJing is performance, why would you limit the power of your instrument? And if you’re serious about meeting the musical future, you’re going to be looking right down the barrel of a device like this sooner or later.

I, for one, welcome our digital overlords.

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XONE:DB4 Mixer [A&H Product Page]

Allen & Heath XONE:DB4

Seinen neuen High-End DJ Mixer XONE:DB4 mit integriertem 24-Bit Audio Interface hat Allen & Heath auf der BPM 2010 vorgestellt. Vier Kanäle (wahlweise analog, vom Rechner oder auch gemischt) mit je einem dezidierten Looper und der Quad FX Core DSP Engine, die jedem Kanal eine Effektbank zur Verfügung stellt hat der XONE:DB4, die Effekte sind dabei automatisch zum Tracktempo synchronisiert. Im Dezember soll er ausgeliefert werden.

Preis: ca. 2200 Euro

Allen & Heath