If you want to use Deck 3, for instance, you press the Deck 3 button on the left-hand deck section and that button lights up. As with other buttons, these two track selection buttons have a dual purpose. The pads feel great, and switching between the various modes is made all the easier by the different colours in which the pads can be illuminated. Still, it feels great for a controller. This is a bit annoying, but in the case of the Echo effect you can always use the Echo Sound Colour effect if you want a post-fader echo.
A single button lets you change pitch range and engage the Master Tempo and Tempo Reset functions. All you have to do is press Shift and open a closed fader for the channel you want to start. This is a controller with big Pioneer jog wheels, two sets of highly slappable pads, onboard effects and two sets of controls for software effects. If deck 2 is assigned to the right-hand side of the crossfader, for instance, pressing shift and moving the crossfader from the left-hand side towards the right will start the track on deck 2. However, you will still be able to hear the effect if you close the line fader for that channel. The buttons feel good, and are sensibly grouped together away from other controls, with plenty of space between them.
Hit Shift and those buttons can also let you move a loop or re-enter a loop, among other things. I don't really like Pioneer's filters since I prefer smooth filters with no resonance. The neat Needle Search feature makes an appearance here, too. It's way to compressed and the reason I believe is the sound card compare to transistors use on regular Dj mixers. If you want to go back to Deck 1 you press the Deck 1 button and everything changes back. If you press Shift and Back you can change the screen layout. You can control the volume and tone of the Oscillator effects using two pots located just underneath the oscillator effect buttons, which means you can press the Noise button to play white noise over the top of the mix and then sweep from lower frequency to higher frequencies.
I got ready to give it a proper grilling. The names of the various effects imply their sound, with Horn making the classic air horn sound and Noise making a decent white noise effect. . The two buttons are for going back to a previous list, such as moving back to the Crate list from the track list, and the other is for adding tracks to the Prepare panel Load Prepare. Value — Good value considering the features it has but not every user will want or make need of them, making cheaper controllers a better value prospect for many home and studio buyers.
I can control my volume and the fact that it has two sound cards embedded. The Roll and Hot-cue modes will get the most use, but the other modes provide great scope for creativity too. I love everything on it, the effects, loops, etc. You also receive in the packaging two Serato packets to download. This is a neat feature that worked well in practise. To use Needle Search you must hold the jog wheel and then apply your finger to the search strip to find the bit of a track you want to play.
You can also adjust the tension from a tight, heavy feel to a much looser feel. If you press the Load Prepare and Shift buttons you can choose the panels you want to see, such as Prepare, Files and so on. Everything else is a beauty!! The Sound Colour effects are post-fader but only for channel faders, not the crossfader. That gets to be lots of fun if I have any of my friends dee jay with me. The full-sized illuminated jog wheels deliver a silky smooth, fast response for precision scratching. If one of your fingers so much as whistled past it when you were using the effects controls the track playing on that deck would jump to another part in an instant. The map was pretty good, and it lets you use essential features such as hot-cues, loops, effects and so on.
However, an upgrade to firmware version 1. The most common use for use for these pads will be to trigger hot-cues, but you can also use the pads to trigger Roll effects, play slices of a track and trigger samples. I like to have choices in case something should happen to either operating systems. The rotary control is for browsing through lists and then selecting a specific track to load into that deck. There are two buttons, one for selecting computer A and another for selecting computer B. If you have tracks playing in decks One and Three on Computer B they will stop playing if you press the button for Computer A. Then again, they are useful for signalling the end of a phrase, the start of a breakdown or the conclusion of a mix, but you will feel guilty and dirty for using them.
The mixer and other sections all have wonderful size and new capabilities, plus the large jogs!! As mentioned earlier, the latest firmware 1. The reason I gave 4 stars is because of the poor sound quality. Should you be super-dextrous, you can switch to a different deck layers and control up to four different decks with only two jog wheels and deck sections. Pros — A good crossfader with a proper curve dial, great jog wheels, lots of space between controls, well-implemented Needle Search function and you can use the unit as a standalone mixer. I think I found my first use for it today playing with some music I normally don't.
You can switch between single and multiple effects, for example, or select the effect types you want to use. Other features include a high-end crossfader with a rotary curve control so that you can set the curve to your exact requirement, some basic built-in effects such as Echo and Filter, and 16 performance pads for triggering Roll effects, samples and hot-cues. Every knob, fader, pad, and button feels top notch. Pressing the Needle Search strip at any other time has absolutely no effect, which is as it should be. Plus you can check your playback position or point countdown with the On Jog Display.