New From Vestax: Software Controllers

March 25, 2008 by Mobile Beat

The Vestax Corporation has unveiled their next legacy in DJ equipment; the VCI-300 DJ Controller and VCM-600 USB Midi Controller, their first products to be software partnership driven.Revealed at the NAMM Show, California, Vestax has joined forces with Serato to produce the staggering VCI-300, the next generation DJ Controller which follows the outstanding success of the VCI-100 launched in 2007. Sharing their technology and compiled feedback from Pro DJ’s and users from around the world, Vestax has created this USB Midi Audio System and software package offering absolute control.

The VCI-300 is a dedicated USB Midi Controller for the included Serato DJ Software. With built in audio interface with standard 4 in/4 out and headphone connection, all you need for DJing is the VCI-300, a laptop and a set of headphones.

Other new features have been added to further develop the VCI, such as the ‘Emergency Thru Switch’ which avoids the sound from stopping when the computer freezes, a new weight reduced JOG wheel and adjustable JOG wheel torque mechanism to avoid vibration from low frequency feedback.

The VCI-300 can control more than 90 parameters and functions of the Serato software, and pulse resolution of the JOG wheel and pitch control fader is four times higher than the VCI-100. The build in Audio interface carries a Audio Codec IC with superb audio characteristic, with audio connection including 1 stereo input, 1 MIC input and 2 stereo output. Audio files in the software library can be easily selected and controlled.

The other big announcement from Vestax is the VCM-600, a DJ MIDI Controller designed with Vestax mixer technology, compatible with Ableton Live 6 and 7.

The VCM-600 can control 160 parameters of Ableton DJ software (which can be assigned to the advanced control section) and other MIDI compliant software, with high resolution MIDI signals sent via USB. Specialised for mixing, the VCM-600 offers excellent performance to DJ’s who mix with digital music media and computer based systems.

Two LED panels on each side of the controller illuminate the top panel for clear operability and vision in club environments, and high quality input faders and pitch faders are applied for advanced operability. The VCM-600 also offers simple plug and play activation with Apple and Windows operating systems.

Both products will be exclusively distributed in the UK by Leisuretec Distribution, expected later in 2008. Leisuretec’s CEO Mike Henden said: “The VCI-300 and VCM-600 are the latest in a host of fantastic new high quality and in demand products from Vestax. Dealer and end user interest and strong dealer margins means sales in the VCI-100 remain strong, and the newly launched VCM-100 is creating massive interest. The products announced at NAMM will continue to further establish Vestax as leaders in the PC DJ markets.”

Other products on show at NAMM included the VAI-40 USB Audio interface, now available in the UK through Leisuretec Distribution and the TUB-2 Audio Converter.

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