Looks like patience is going to be the key. The one-to-one mapping makes a solution that is plug and play, out of the box with no guesswork. Will mostly use 2-deck, but want the ability to use 3 decks, thus need a 4-deck controller. It doesn't have good host support and the deck fader doesn't always zero out the opposite deck but it's good for a starter 4 deck. Future functionality can also be added with ease due to the included shift functionality on all buttons and encoders. It certainly did with us, and this writer has 20 years in the game.
Thankfully, we have been seeing that trend go away and smaller controllers are getting released again. In use The control is a solid performer. Stanton is a Gibson company so the rma process can be a bit of a long winded ordeal but in the end it isn't as bad as it could be. The high-resolution jog wheels and pitch faders provide tight control over even the finest performance tweaks, and the rugged steel chassis, long-lasting faders and chassis-nutted pots are made to handle years of use. The knobs are hard soldered and the faders have very little wobble. Very playable jog wheels with adjustable touch sensitivity. Very usable Traktor mapping available.
Its ease of use and aproachability is matched only by its capabilities, with super low latency buttons and fades and an extremely powerful sound card, there's not much this controller cant do. So the standard recommendation applies: outsource the button-mashing duties to a separate pad or arcade-button controller. Ratings Build Quality: Great at this price point. I like that the knobs are metal stems and nutted to the circuit board. The jog wheels are sleek and shiny, but once I start touching them they smudge really quickly. Still, you normally find that once you've bought something like this you're going to master it pretty soon. There was one layout issue that kept griping at me in the beginning but I found myself slowly adjusting to.
To get the full controlling power most manufacturers have been making these massive 4 deck controllers, or smaller 2 deck controllers with barely enough buttons and knobs to satisfy. Shame, it seems perfect for me otherwise. Link to the mapping below, Just bear in mind the mapping is for Traktor 2. Just thought id leave some feedback on this controller. The pitch faders send 14-bit pitch bend messages, allowing really accurate control, though the center detente is really small, leaving me searching for it more than anything. The included browse control section is capable of loading tracks to any one of the 4 decks, and intuitively labeled shift layers allow for direct access to filter, key and other advanced control. There are many discussions about this issue on the Gibson … Read more » Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I wanted to be safe and ask before trying it.
Is it possible to use both the balanced and unbalanced outputs simultaneously? I really thought this controller was my perfectly priced holy grail out if the box. Its simpler approach to certain areas, such as sampling may even feel less intimidating and more accessible to some people. The mic sounds exactly like it should, good for talking at a club but nothing for serious recording. With this Traktor mapping, those buttons send loops of the specified loop length from Decks 1 and 2 to the Remix Sets of Decks 3 and 4 respectively, allowing for quick and easy capturing of sample loops. The Shift button also adds some most welcome functionality. The high-resolution jog wheels and pitch faders provide tight control over even the finest performance tweaks, and the rugged steel chassis, long-lasting faders and chassis-nutted pots are made to handle years of use. You have to upgrade to the full version of virtual dj to get more features.
Expedited shipping is the only way to guarantee a specified delivery date. The body is solid and the guts have some heft to them. What are you waiting for? On the topic of rubberized vs. I'd love to see it get support from one. The Aux input has a Thru switch that will bypass the computer audio and push the Aux Input to the master out. The included browse control section is capable of loading tracks to any one of the 4 decks, and intuitively labeled shift layers allow for direct access to filter, key and other advanced control. The only thing i would suggest to anybody buying this is to purchase the full traktor software.
All of the controls responded very well and quickly allowing for no noticeable latency. Each deck also has four Sample banks, four hot cues, and a nice full-function loop-section. There's a lot more cool things going on under the hood so peak inside for a full press release and more words from yours truly. Or did they miss a trick not making it true standalone having added those external inputs? A tiny switch round the back decides whether the external inputs are routed through software or not. Each Jog wheel has its own touch-sensitivity knob on the front so that the user can customize it just right. Once I dialed in a good jog wheel sensitivity the platters felt wonderful.
The Crossfader also has a curve control knob in the front to change the cut of the fader. The Bad: No booth outputs. As I said, though, as I used it more I just simply adjusting. An equivalent switch on the other channel handles the Mic. The Pitch sliders did a decent job of riding the pitch as needed, but it would have been nice to have a bigger fader-area to work with. Which in a way, does turn out to be the case. What I do like is the price.