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After reading nothing but bad reviews by people who know nothing about Djing or being a turntablist, I decided to write a more informative non-one sided review. First of all I have been a DJ for over 15 years now. First spinning on turntables back in the late part of the 90's, now moving on to digital DJing with controllers and time code vinyl. I believe I have had enough experience to set a lot of the negative comments about this particular product to rest. There are positive things about this controller, as well as negative. I won't be giving a one sided view on this, just because I spent a lot of money on it, and want others to do so also.
I tested this controller on all three of the top brand DJ software programs out there. Traktor 2.6.8, Serato DJ 1.6, and Virtual DJ Pro 7.4.453. I used these programs as they are the most common among digital DJs out there right now. I use two of them myself (Traktor and Serato). All have their upsides and downsides. That is not always the controller's fault. Virtual DJ, for instance, is the worst most overpriced software one can make the mistake of purchasing. For any controller. Not just in my opinion, but anyone who knows anything about what makes a good mixing program. The beat grid analysis on VDJ is horrible. I've seen it mismatch a simple four on the floor sample before. As well as having a limited, almost childish effects section. It used to have a notch ahead of the other two programs by offering video mixing. Now though, Serato 1.6 has added that feature also. This software is geared more towards the beginner, novice, or mobile DJ. The other two programs are fully customizable, and midi mappable. Allowing you to setup more than one midi device and change the entire setup of what button, fader, or knob does what. They also tend to analyze tracks more accurately. Meaning you don't have to edit the beatgrid later (or on the fly).
Now that is cleared up, lets talk about getting software updates. Any controller, like the N4, is a plug and play audio device for Windows and Mac OSX. You just need to know what you're doing with the operating system that you're using in order to use things like these. Make sure, and I can't stress enough, to turn on the device before plugging it in to the USB port. Otherwise Windows might not recognize the device and you will have to uninstall and re-install it with device manager. Also, for people with software not working with it, look at the Numark webpage. There are updates for VDJ that will patch and fix the issues with it. If you need help making it work with Traktor, make sure you have the latest version installed. Download the mapping .tsi file, go into Traktor and open settings, click on import, and import the file. Set up the audio outputs and you're off! Serato is plug and play, no problems at all.
Ok...on to the pros and cons. PROS - Feels familiar if you've ever used a Mixtrack, Mixtrack Pro, or NS-6. Some say it's like a hybrid of the Mixtrack Pro and NS-6. Which is a good explanation. Jog wheels are nice and tightly mapped. Full range and size pitch faders, three band EQ, and gain/filter knobs. Line faders are nice, and feel just like the NS-6. Browser section is great just like the Mixtrack Pro. The pitch bend buttons have been relocated to the bottom of the board so as not to accidentally hit the jog wheel while fine tuning a beat match. Shift button offers layers, basically doubles how many reprogrammable buttons you have overall. Carrying handles for easy transport. Two microphone inputs with EQ, and two headphone jacks (1/4 inch and 1/8 inch). Great if you're trying to teach someone to DJ. Lights are all nice and bright, as well as colorful. Balanced XLR, RCA master and booth output. And of course it's a stand alone mixer with two phono/line inputs on channels 3-4.
CONS - Virtual DJ label on it is ugly, wish they didn't put anything on it like that. Glossy finish doesn't resist fingerprints or dust well. Traktor mappings, official and unofficial, are not to my liking. Easily remappable through the software though. Wish the headphone jacks were on the side instead of the bottom, just a personal preference. Does take a while to get up and running with the particular software I use it with. That does get done faster now that I know what I am doing. No hot cue section on Serato or Traktor. Buttons, clicky buttons, I hate buttons. Plastic construction feels cheap, but in this price range there are no metal constructed controllers with all of these features.
Overall a very nice mid level controller from Numark. I paired it up with two Akai LPD8s on either side because I prefer velocity sensitive pads over clicky, easily broken buttons any day. All in all, this controller/mixer is not for everybody. You should do your homework and try to know what you're doing before judging anything IMO. I never write a review until I do everything I can to test and completely evaluate a product before-hand. Not unhappy with this purchase at all. More info can be found on youtube and google for this product. That's how I did most of my research.