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Hercules DJ Control AIR+ Review

A Controller On AIR Hercules, one of the pioneers in USB controllers for digital DJs, continues to introduce easily transportable and ever more innovative models, like the DJ Control AIR+ with a very particular feature... read more…

Vestax VCI 380 Review

The Art of Controllerism The famous Japanese manufacturer Vestax — a major brand in the DJ world since 1977 due to the very high quality of most of its products — offers now a two-channel MIDI controller, which you can also use as a standalone mixer. read more…

Mixvibes U-MIX Control Pro Review

U-Mix and U Control Mixvibes was founded in 2003, when they started to market a product that allowed mixing and scratching digital files using time-coded vinyl records and CDs with the use of a sound card. Nowadays, Mixvibes offers two products: the VFX Control, a video mixing solution, and Cross DJ, an audio mixing solution. This review refers to a bundle that includes a controller called U-Mix Control Pro and the full version of the Cross DJ software. read more…

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It rocks! (Numark - Mixtrack Pro III)

By ish'em, 27/04/2017
I bought the mixtrack pro 3 to replace my aging Vestax VCI-100.
I intend to use it for mixing in bars and parties. I’ve owned it for a month now.
I especially like the integrated audio interface and the total integration with Serato Dj.
The jogs are nice. There are 4 cue points per song. Several loop modes, manual, automatic and a mode for launching loops.
The FX management is quite interesting. You have three switches and a touch strip to control FX levels. Assigning the FX can be done simply and there’s a tap tempo mode to control quantization. VU-meters are efficient ans headphones can be managed with the cue per deck and mixing the headphone volume.. It also has lopass and hipass filters. Sinally, the browse key is very practical – a click to go further in browsing and shift+click to go back.

Lately, a TSI allowing setting and compatibility with Traktor Pro 2 was uploaded on tracktorbible. It works sensibly the same.

Although not an experienced DJ (I’m a composer first), I believe this controller to be able to satisfy both beginners and advanced users.

A real jewel of a device.

A great device close to a pro system - Highly recommendable (Pioneer - XDJ-RX)

By Drop7, 28/07/2016
As a semi pro DJ, I use this XDJ RX daily for training.

I’ve only had it for a few days, but this was enough to conquer me.

I have tried none of its competitors so far. (I mean, no standalone device!! Only Denon and Stanton offer equivalent products, but they’re a level under! Otherwise, I come from vinyl then CD mixing…)

>> What I like best about it :

.Ergonomics and setting of all functions similar to CDJ / DJM you can find in clubs, to me that’s its #1 asset

.Ease of use – coming from vinyl/CD mixing, I found my marks while I originally feared the XDJ RX would deliver feelings closer to a PC controller. It’s not the case, you really feel like playing on a good old CD player with the feelings and way to proceed Pioneer is known for.

.Rather good sound quality

.Very good screen

.Overall product quality

.Rekordbox, an excellent music library management software

.Of course, its #1 functionality : being useable in standalone with just a USB drive that went through Rekordbox, no need for a PC

."Slip mode" is nice

.Its effects

>> What I like less

.A third channel wouldn’t be too much, if only for mixing an external source (or even 4 channels). Now, I can live with 2 channels as I’m dynamic enough in the way I play, plus I knew it beforehand so this is not a problem at all for me.

.In spite of the great quality and response of the jogs, real CDJ-style jogs would have been much better.

.Otherwise, not much to say about it on the negative side… It’s a great product which I’d call semi-pro level, one step above the DDJ controller series as far as sound quality and building quality are concerned, and well above the CDJ350/400...

.I highly recommend this device for all who dislike software + controller interfaces as much as I do and don’t want to spend $6000 for a CDJ/DJM system, as well as for all who need to work their mixes at home before mixing in clubs… This standalone is a good investment with a excellent value for money, especially when compared with a full system!

[edit : I’ve had the XDJ RX for quite some time now. I can only confirm all that I wrote above, this device is very convincing (and I’m quite picky regarding gear), very easy to use and stable, I never got any problem with it. I very highly recommend it to either a beginner willing to learn the basis of “real” mixing or an experienced pro DJ who needs to train and doesn’t want to buy Pioneer’s Nexus series as this XDJ RX provides the same functionalities for one third of the price while being just as worthy. Getting from a XDJ RX to a pro club setup is seamless, so for all those waiting for an eventual 4 channel version all I can say is you’re missing something that goes to the very essence of mixing, with more natural and real feels than any controller, including Pioneer’s DDJ, all with a better sound quality.]

Great for mobile DJs (easy to transport) (Pioneer - DDJ-SX2)

By remix974, 12/01/2016
For which specific applications or uses have you chosen this product?
For small performances and home use.

How long have you been using it?
I've owned the SX1 starting June 2014, then the SX2 since February '15

Have you tested other comparable or competing products before purchasing this one?
No other controllers, but just before I had a CDJ 1000 + DJM 700.

What are the pros and cons of this product?
Pros: easy to transport, intuitive and easy to use (except for Serato Flip but I think it's because I don't use it enough...), does what it's expected to do.

Cons: I had CDJ1000s before the SX, which I bought for transportation purpose since my live use didn't require so much, but I have a lot of regrets. The jog is too small for me, even if I don't scratch much (I love to but it's not made for it! :-D ). The controller feels like a toy at first sight (that's just my opinion), effects are not bad but it's still better on an external hardware - not with a software.

Frankly, the controller is perfect for mobile DJs who have to transport all their gear every weekend, as it's light and easy to transport (especially with the DJC-SC5 bag). But, if you like to mix/scratch and develop your creativity "as much as can be", this won't do for you.

So, all CDJ1000/2000 or SL1200 (or any other turntable, by the way) owners should think twice and skip this one, there's no enjoyment to expect from it (except the moment you put it back in its bag at the end of the evening :-D ).

Otherwise, the concept is not bad but it won't replace a CDJ/SL1200 + mixer setting.
Yet, it's a good start for beginners.

A word to the wise! ;)

News MIDI Control Surface for DJ

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Three Criteria For Choosing A USB DJ Controller

Published on 11/01/13
Three Criteria For Choosing A USB DJ Controller
Digital mixing has been democratized the last couple of years, reaching the public at large. And with it we have seen the appearance of all sorts of USB controllers on the market. There are controlle…

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