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on November 15, 2012
- Controls feel logically laid out
- Jog wheels are weighted
- Regardless of how you feel about Virtual DJ, the software and the hardware work great together
- Lots of lights on this controller. Looks great in a dark room. Lights are also useful for monitoring your mix
- Controller is bus powered, meaning it takes all of its power from your computers USB port. Amazing when you consider...
- ...it has a built in audio interface. Plug your speakers directly into it, as well as your headphones for beat matching
- Extremely portable, probably close to best in class for this, it's feature set, and price
- Already key mapped for Traktor Pro 2, and they work wonderfully together
- Light weight and plasticky feeling cross fader*, but not as bad as really early offerings
- Feels sturdy enough for the bedroom, not necessarily for crazy house parties
- Cost is low IMO, but still possibly prohibitive to the target market
- Not much else, yet, but this is my first controller so I have nothing to compare it too. And I suspect that's exactly what Pioneer has in mind
If you're thinking about starting to DJ using a controller as opposed to turntables or a CDJ, this device from Pioneer could be a great starting point. I came from using 2 Technique 1210's and a Vestax mixer over 10 years ago, to getting this on a whim and feeling like I picked up right where I left off.
It's incredibly easy to set up so you'll be spending all of your time in the mix as opposed to troubleshooting. The fact that it's bus powered is a pretty big win in my opinion. Power goes out and you can still keep it moving so long as you've got some battery powered speakers. I do...some pretty good ones from JBL and Logitech, that I usually have handy if a need arises. It's one of those things where it's really not a big deal until that one time it is....then it's amazing. Regardless of that, anything that removes a wire from my life is a good thing.
I can't speak to the durability yet as I've only had it for a short time. I can say for sure that it offers a lot for it's size and cost. Enough that it should be able to grow with me for a while until I feel I need to expand. Key word is expand, because even after I add to my rig, I can still see this serving as an FX controller for Ableton or Reason.
In short, if its your first foray into mixing with controllers, give it a shot. There are others available in this price range that in all likelihood offer similar functionality, so it could just be a matter to preference. I feel pretty good about my purchase at this point because I'm having a TON of fun.
*Edit 11/16 as the rest of the faders are pretty solid.