The more creative amongst you will probably come up with some smart routines with this functionality. I trust I have been crystal clear. Even entry level units like the have them now, and thus narrow the gap between low and high-end even more. This goes for the track loading, effects and all the down the front face to the channel selectors too. This is where the aforementioned comes in handy, and is well worth a read.
The platter sensitivity for example puts me off as my technique is more hands-on tricks than long mixes. But the technological demands and commercial considerations of businesses means that this principle is becoming less true with each controller that comes out. Much of the on-screen functionality is on the hardware. I high-fived myself when I found that out. Layout wise, it adopts the now standard 2 players and a mixer format, with strict lines of demarcation between them. You can also define the loop amount with the parameter buttons. And most loop settings are the same across units, and deliver everything you need in the same standardised way.
I want my hands on the gear and not the track pad. I guess that for the more turntablist amongst you, the reduced wheel touch area might prove to be an issue. But I doubt anyone is going to add 2 more pitch faders, especially in the days of the aforementioned sync. Life is way too short to waste time policing comments. These are touch sensitive wheels, each with their own sensitivity control on the front of the unit. And because the Serato library is core across all their software, I had zero messing around to do to start playing.
The knobs are all solid and the buttons are all responsive and bright. . And quite how this will sit in a cramped booth remains to be seen. Some users are suffering distorted output, causing real issues for some users. Build and Layout First to quality.
I think that will change, but these work, and work well. For me however and my 2 channel needs, this is overkill. It is at times a tad Numarkish, but details like the round transport buttons and illuminated centre display give it that familiar feel. You get what you pay for. And it does just that, albeit in small steps. So please disengage keyboard warrior mode before hammering in a full caps rant. Sandwiched between the channels are the track loading, output levels, crossfader routing and sampler volume controls.
No official support is offered for any other software, other than a utility mode which allows it to be used with the likes of Traktor. My issue is with the fader stems. Roll: Instant temporary loops are engaged for as long as the button is pressed. As far as build goes, the whole unit has an overall feeling of quality. The deck displays give you all the numerical feedback you require, as do the assorted strips i. I guess the gloss of this unit is partly down to the middle of the jog wheel.
But having played with it for a while and letting the initial hoopla and dust settle, is it still the ultimate controller? By far my biggest problem is just how much has been shoehorned into the case. When controllers first came out, manufacturers tried to get clever with layouts, but soon realised that the standard format worked and had already been tried and tested for decades, even down to the basic principle of gluing a pair of media players to the outside of the mixer. If you play out, get a bag or ideally case to keep it safe. The reality is that Pioneer are working on it and have issued one firmware update, but expect more improvement to come. The very model of simplicity. It all works, and does a good job of the function assigned to it.
There has to be a point at which an all in one struggles to remain portable, but still has everything you need. You can also show a staggering amount of detail around the decks, or just focus on the library. I love it and it makes for some very cool techniques. But there should be enough configuration options to deliver the info on screen the way you want it. But otherwise the mixer section has an exemplary layout, and using it is an absolute breeze.
If the booth techs can find a big enough space that is. However, the quickest fix is to use a 20db attenuator, that can be grabbed for just a few quid. The smoother crossfader has a hardware curve control giving a decent sharp cut in of 2mm, and the line faders getting a software curve, but no reverse control. The track continues to play underneath just like slip mode. But there are 4 channels and only 2 pitch controls. Samples: A rudimentary one-shot hardware implementation leaving much tinkering on-screen, but with velocity sensitivity on the pads that also has an under the hood curve control. And as neatly laid out as everything is, this is at the break point of usability for me.
Very smart, and endlessly creative. Looking past the obvious loveliness of these jog wheels, I find myself less happy with these wheels than other Serato based units. Features Stuffed full of them. If you absolutely crave the very latest of everything ever and must be seen with the newest shiny on the planet, then the answer is yes. Some of those things are minor to some and major to others. This also works with a slip mode too. Summing up, I have concerns about fader quality, the over-complex gain staging and the token fader start.