There's something in the air around the Naonext Crystall Ball MIDI controller: your hands, coaxing any parameter you assign to its five infrared sensors. The accompanying 24-button pad grid either assigns parameters to the sensors or works like traditional pads. With 24 banks of 5 control sets each, there are thousands of programmable controls to give your airborne hands plenty more to do than just pump up a crowd. Let's see how it performs with software like Traktor and Ableton Live.
Livid's new BASE II controller is a refresh of the original, with updated RGBs and pads.
Aimed squarely at users of Serato DJ mixers and controllers, the tantalizing DDJ-SP1 distills down the essential effects and performance pad sections from the extremely popular DDJ-SX into one expertly laid-out add-on controller. It won’t unlock Serato DJ on its own, but it does include Serato Video, and the ability to control it. Is this […]
With the same solid feeling and durability as the QuNeo controller, the Keith McMillen Instruments QuNexus keypad controller throws a little KMI flavor into your portable music production fantasies. See what its innovative new layers of playability can do for your DJing, Ableton Live performances, and music creation.
If DJing is your game, Numark has something that may level up your life. The Orbit wireless controller with 2-axis motion control feels like a video game. Sitting in both your hands, it lets you thumb and wave your way to multi-colored effects madness like a caffeinated kid on a PSP. But how is its […]
The parade of compact, affordable, all-in-one controllers marches on with the Numark Mixtrack Pro II taking the spotlight. This clear improvement over the original ditches stiff buttons and giant jog wheels for a sleeker design, including 16 inviting MPC-style pads for playing your samples, loops, and cue points. Out-of-the-box integration with Serato DJ Intro and […]
The Kickstarter-approved, open-source friendly and multitouch-sensitive QuNeo has captured the imagination of music producers. With every touch it can send velocity, pressure, and location messages – but the real question is, how good is it for actual DJ and live performance use? We put this iPad-sized wonder through its paces (and then some!) to find […]