2011 marks the true beginning of the 4 channel midi controller battle.
Native instruments' Traktor Kontrol S4 system seems to be highly succesful and denon launched its Dn-MC6000.
Now it's Numark's turn to unveil their new 4 channel midi controller:
I find this one really promising, it will work with itch (of course) but apparently also with other djing softwares. Oh yes, It is also a standalone 4-channel DJ mixer that can be used without the computer.
Official Numark Communication:
Introducing the NS6 DJ controller for Serato ITCH.
THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING
NS6 is a 4-channel Digital DJ controller with complete built-in mixer and four decks of software control. NS6 is the first truly pro-grade DJ controller and standalone 4-channel mixer with effects. Simply put, there has never been this much versatility and control available for professional DJs. NS6's easy-to-use dual-platter system has been designed in collaboration with Serato to deliver powerful breakthrough performance to DJs of all kinds.
NS6 borrows from the popular designs of Numark's award-winning NS7FX and V7 controllers and delivers substantial new features including the most responsive, high-resolution touch-activated platters ever produced in a DJ product. The wheels on NS6 deliver 3600 ticks of resolution per rotation; when combined with NS6’s automatically adjusted platter sensitivity the result is ultra-precise, high definition turntable control.
In addition to high quality control functionality, NS6 contains a fully functional four-channel digital mixer that can be used with or without the computer, making NS6 perhaps the most versatile DJ controller and mixer combination in the world.
ENHANCED STRIP SEARCH
Numark introduced Strip Search virtual needle drop technology to the DJ world with NS7. NS6 takes this one step further by adding position indicators that allow you to always know track position, giving one less reason to need to look at the screen. Bi-Color LEDs also surround each wheel, providing both an indication of the Deck in control and also a Deck’s playback status. Effects can be instantly accessed by channel.
LIKE AN OLD FRIEND
The simple and intuitive design of NS6 includes favorites like mouseless Serato library navigation, Key Lock, complete Pitch Control, manual and instant Looping and Hot Cues. New features have been added including direct access to beat grid controls and beat skip, which allows you to juggle the track inline with the beat so that it never loses sync.
NS6 includes a professional 24-bit audio interface to guarantee pristine audio quality from the computer. A full array of inputs and outputs are present, including XLR outputs, Headphone out, two mic inputs, two phono inputs, four line-level inputs, and USB to connect the system to a Mac or PC.
NS6 comes with Serato’s ITCH DJ software and tightly integrates with ITCH thanks to close collaboration between Serato and Numark. NS6 also employs the proven, cutting-edge control technology invented by Numark in NS7, in which turntable and control information are communicated between the hardware and software at more than ten times standard MIDI resolution. This massive data stream creates the rock-solid, latency-free control for which DJs worldwide have hailed NS7. Because NS6’s communication is based upon MIDI, you can use it with a variety of MIDI software.
Sam Gribben, General Manager at Serato says, “The Serato and Numark partnership has already produced the very successful NS7, NSFX and V7. We’re proud to be releasing the NS6, a controller which provides a DJing experience unlike any other. 4 decks, FX and amazing sound - it’s going to be massive”. We couldn't agree more.
- Built-in 4 Channel DJ Mixer that works with or without the computer
- Inputs for 4 line, 2 turntables, 2 microphones
- Serato’s Itch 4 Deck DJ software included
- Built-in professional 24-bit audio interface with balanced XLR outputs
- Touch sensitive illuminated wheels with 3600 ticks of resolution per rotation
- Strip Search with track position indicator
- Channel assignable effects controls
- Mouse-less library navigation with view options
- Deck Controls include: Key Lock, Pitch Control, Manual and Instant Looping, Hot Cues and Beat grid
- NS6’s uses standard MIDI protocols enabling DJs to use it with a variety of MIDI software
- NS6 Controller
- Power supply
- Serato ITCH
- Quick start guide