Novation Dicer Cue Point and Looping Control
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- Performance buttons with visual feedback.
- Locks straight onto the Technics SL 1200 series, and similar decks.
- A Fully class compliant MIDI device
- Default set-up for Serato Scratch Live and works with all major DJ software titles.
- USB bus-powered. Novation now offers a 3-Year Warranty on this and all other Novation products.
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Novation's Dicer is an ultra-compact controller for Digital DJs that fits directly onto the turntable, CDJ, mixer, or laptop. It has been designed with Serato to integrate into their 'Scratch Live' Digital Vinyl System. However, it also works with Native Instruments' Traktor Scratch Pro, and any other software using standard MIDI messages. Serato Scratch Live has a new partner: The Novation Dicer. Developed with Serato, this palm-sized cue point and looping controller has been designed to fit exactly where you need it: on your turntables, CDJs, mixer, or laptop. Dicer always ships in pairs-one for each side. So what does it do? Plug Dicer in, slot it on your turntable/CDJ, and you can instantly set cue points and use them to trigger Hot Cues. Or, flip Dicer into Auto Loop or Loop Roll modes to trigger loops, or roll sections of the track to create climaxes, drops, and glitchy breaks. Each mode illuminates Dicer's pads a different color, so you can instantly see what mode the pad is in, which is extremely advantageous in the usual dark clubs and venues. The forthcoming Scratch Live 2.1 update will automatically map the Dicer to these functions and provide full LED feedback-red for Hot Cues, green for Loop Roll, and amber for Auto-Loop. Dicer can control all cue-point and looping functions in the current version of Serato Scratch Live 2.0. This requires you to simply learn cue-point and looping to Dicer's pads, using Scratch Live's MIDI-learn function. The public beta of Scratch Live 2.1 is available now. Dicer's buttons can also learn other software functions. You can assign different FX to the pads, trigger samples over the top of your mix, or even browse tracks in your iTunes library. Dicer was designed by Novation in collaboration with Ean Golden-DJ and curator of DJ Tech Tools. Ean came up with the concept of a controller that fits on the turntable, and his contribution has been crucial in helping Novation design and develop Dicer.
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When you're finished with them, you're supposed to unplug the USB first, before disconnecting the 1/8" cable that connects the two dicers together. And vice-versa during set-up (connect 1/8" cable first, before plugging USB in). It's written in the instructions somewhere but I feel like it should be in bigger print. If you don't follow that procedure, the power from the USB will fry the dicer that isn't connected via USB. This may have been the cause of mine dying after a year and I've heard this is commonly experienced by other dicer owners. A better, more secure way of linking/connecting the dicers would be a huge improvement. The 1/8" cable gets unplugged very easily.
Other than that, I love the dicers. Sad they didn't live very long and frustrated that I have to a buy a new pair.
Cue points and loop rolls are extremely useful. Dicers can set canned loops based on the five displayed loop controls on each deck in scratch live for example 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1, 2 or 1/2, 1, 2, 4, 8 for the buttons 1-5 respectively, you get to choose the loop size for each dicer control per deck.
These work great with CDJ or turntables, for the turntables they come with a mount that fits in the 45rpm adapter slot of a Technics 1200 DJ turntable. CDJ users can remove the dicer 45 adapter and use the supplied DJ Putty to place them securely on the CDJ top.
Delivery was faster than expected. Ordered them one morning, came home the next afternoon and they were there.
I use these with CDJ-800s, and while they work perfectly, they are a little hard to position. I decided putting them over the CDJ screen is the best spot, so I don't bump the buttons while I scratch.
It would be nice if they made a square or rectangle version for mounting on CDJs or mixers. Even a mounting bracket of some type would be cool.
Otherwise, these things are a really nice (and inexpensive) addition to my setup.
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La conexión es simple y muy cómoda, requiere 10 segundos. Para su uso acoplados en giradiscos, su base se acopla perfectamente de manera estable en los cubículos de los pesos para los discos de 45rpm, localizado normalmente en la esquina superior izquierda de los platos. Al acoplarlos de esta manera, los controladores disponen de sus bordes terminados en goma, para no rascar ni deteriorar la pintura del giradiscos en ningún sentido y aportando estabilidad al anclaje del mismo.
Para su uso con software Serato, su mapeo midi por defecto es automático, pudiéndose por supuesto personalizar.
Para su uso con Traktor, es necesario de un mapeo midi a medida, pudiéndose encontrar multitud de ellos online y siendo muy fácil realizarlo uno a su manera en el propio programa mapeando los botones para las funciones deseadas.
Las funciones más usadas por defecto y que se incorporan en el mapeo por defecto para Serato son:
-Modo1 (botones en rojo): manejo de puntos cue (5). Permitiendo su marcado mientras se reproduce la música y su disparo.
-Modo2 (botones en verde): loop rolls.
-Modo3 (botones en amarilo): loops convencionales.
En resumen un dispositivo económico, práctico y útil, para funciones sencillas, sobre todo para anclaje en giradiscos.