• AudioMojo

    I agree the VCI-400 has very good specs but it’s essentially a straightforward mixer/controller (i.e. no breakthrough innovation or expensive motorized parts), with better build quality and some extra controls. At $1000, it seems over priced to me and I question how many DJ’s can or would spend that much for that type of controller. Cut it the price in half, and objections and doubts fly out the window ;-)

  • DvlsAdvct

    I think that you have missed the point of the SCS4.  It’s supposed to be for beginners.  To critique it for being what it is meant to be used for seems rather disingenuous.  the 

    • DvlsAdvct

      Damnit, it posted too soon.

      Regardless, yes, seems rather disingenuous.  The purpose of this unit is to be an all in one, so if they did that well, wouldn’t that earn the unit high marks as opposed to a critique?  This isn’t the perfect unit, but damn if it’s not a HUGE step in a direction not a single other major manufacturer is going in right now.  That should get them some sort of credit beyond the sentiment I got which was “Well, at least it doesn’t suck.”

      :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/skyguy50 Sam Bell

    Where is this being held?

  • http://www.facebook.com/skyguy50 Sam Bell

    Where is this being held?

  • http://www.facebook.com/skyguy50 Sam Bell

    Where is this being held?

  • Miguel

    I was also disapointed with the S2 in terms of features and price tag. The 2 faders and “2+2 deck” concept is good (2 full decks and 2 sample decks), BUT… loosing the dedicated Filters and the Loop Recorder was not a clever idea (and now you’re also not able to scratch the samples anymore). I would prefer to have a deck “switch” concept (i.e. A/C or B/D), as found in the DDJ-T1 or Numark NS6. This wouldn’t have taken more space. Last, the jog wheels: …no doubt that they are very responsive, but the lack of some sort of visual representation (as found today in so many controllers out there…) worries me, as this would enable me to actually see where I am without having to constantly look to the computer… also, the type of magnetic jog wheels used in S2 (and S4) does not enable DJ’s to do a “back spin” properly (btw, this is one of DJ’s favourite tricks…) So, for around 500 USD, my question is: is it so difficult to build a decent & simple controller for Traktor Pro 2? Reloop Digital Jockey 3 has problems with jog wheels sensitivity, NS6 jog wheels are great but do not work well with TP2, Denon DN-MC6000 layout is far too complicated and does not have independant sample buttons, DDJ-T1 is too expensive and also does not have dedicated sample functions. So, question to all brand manufacturers: why to spend so much in designing and building hardware that just doesn’t suit our needs? Does it sell? Need help from EanGolden to come up with a new design for a better & smaller TP2 controller? I think he helped with the S4 and the results were very good. But we now need something more portable without loosing important software features. The S2 just doesn’t fill any GAP (budget or function wise). I think I have no other option than to go to Toys’R Us and buy the new Pioneer DDJ-Ergo…

  • Miguel

    I was also disapointed with the S2 in terms of features and price tag. The 2 faders and “2+2 deck” concept is good (2 full decks and 2 sample decks), BUT… loosing the dedicated Filters and the Loop Recorder was not a clever idea (and now you’re also not able to scratch the samples anymore). I would prefer to have a deck “switch” concept (i.e. A/C or B/D), as found in the DDJ-T1 or Numark NS6. This wouldn’t have taken more space. Last, the jog wheels: …no doubt that they are very responsive, but the lack of some sort of visual representation (as found today in so many controllers out there…) worries me, as this would enable me to actually see where I am without having to constantly look to the computer… also, the type of magnetic jog wheels used in S2 (and S4) does not enable DJ’s to do a “back spin” properly (btw, this is one of DJ’s favourite tricks…) So, for around 500 USD, my question is: is it so difficult to build a decent & simple controller for Traktor Pro 2? Reloop Digital Jockey 3 has problems with jog wheels sensitivity, NS6 jog wheels are great but do not work well with TP2, Denon DN-MC6000 layout is far too complicated and does not have independant sample buttons, DDJ-T1 is too expensive and also does not have dedicated sample functions. So, question to all brand manufacturers: why to spend so much in designing and building hardware that just doesn’t suit our needs? Does it sell? Need help from EanGolden to come up with a new design for a better & smaller TP2 controller? I think he helped with the S4 and the results were very good. But we now need something more portable without loosing important software features. The S2 just doesn’t fill any GAP (budget or function wise). I think I have no other option than to go to Toys’R Us and buy the new Pioneer DDJ-Ergo…

  • Miguel

    I was also disapointed with the S2 in terms of features and price tag. The 2 faders and “2+2 deck” concept is good (2 full decks and 2 sample decks), BUT… loosing the dedicated Filters and the Loop Recorder was not a clever idea (and now you’re also not able to scratch the samples anymore). I would prefer to have a deck “switch” concept (i.e. A/C or B/D), as found in the DDJ-T1 or Numark NS6. This wouldn’t have taken more space. Last, the jog wheels: …no doubt that they are very responsive, but the lack of some sort of visual representation (as found today in so many controllers out there…) worries me, as this would enable me to actually see where I am without having to constantly look to the computer… also, the type of magnetic jog wheels used in S2 (and S4) does not enable DJ’s to do a “back spin” properly (btw, this is one of DJ’s favourite tricks…) So, for around 500 USD, my question is: is it so difficult to build a decent & simple controller for Traktor Pro 2? Reloop Digital Jockey 3 has problems with jog wheels sensitivity, NS6 jog wheels are great but do not work well with TP2, Denon DN-MC6000 layout is far too complicated and does not have independant sample buttons, DDJ-T1 is too expensive and also does not have dedicated sample functions. So, question to all brand manufacturers: why to spend so much in designing and building hardware that just doesn’t suit our needs? Does it sell? Need help from EanGolden to come up with a new design for a better & smaller TP2 controller? I think he helped with the S4 and the results were very good. But we now need something more portable without loosing important software features. The S2 just doesn’t fill any GAP (budget or function wise). I think I have no other option than to go to Toys’R Us and buy the new Pioneer DDJ-Ergo…

  • Anonymous

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  • djerikt

    great article, it does help me narrow the field of what to research for spending my dough.  I am surprised by the lack of video dj related advancement.  The video software products by Serato, Virtual DJ and/or hardware products by Pioneer and Mixvibes have gone untouched for a while, I was hoping for some announcements related to this.

    • djerikt

      YEAY! I said the magic word “video” and I didn’t get endlessly flamed!!!! whoo whoo!!

    • djerikt

      YEAY! I said the magic word “video” and I didn’t get endlessly flamed!!!! whoo whoo!!

  • Matthiasfranke

    Nice article! helps me a lot do decide which one of these will be my next dream ;D

  • http://twitter.com/WooDzMuzik Anthony Woodruffe

    That DB2/K2 just looks so right….  Will have to try very hard to fight the ‘want over need’ impulses next year…  I have what will be regarded as the old skool version already (Xone:92/1D). I’ll be certainly checking out the DB2 at the Frankfurt Musikmesse in March 2012.  I bet Hawtin had his hand in the making of the K2 after playing around with the X1 for a year.

  • Ryan

    How do you think the Novation Twitch stacks up against this current (future current?) range of controllers?

    • TS11

      for the price point, build and portability alone it is amazing. i love mine.