What doen't it do?
Pros: Easy To Navigate,Fast,Powerful,Easy To Install,Great Value
It does almost everything!
The layout is like some of the more expensive units available, much like the Pioneers where both decks are the same rather than mirror images. The feel of the unit is very solid (as good as the Pioneers are I don't like the feel of their Jog Wheels. I prefer the Numark NS6 feel, solid!). You have several adjustments that you can make in the Firmware i.e. sensitivity of Jog Wheels, display intensity, midi settings, etc. I use it with Traktor Pro 2, the mapping works great that is on the Traktor site.
Some have mentioned compatibility as an issue. They are referring to the fact that this unit uses MP3's and WAV's only and your memory has to be FAT32. I'm not sure how much of an issue that really is as I use dedicated drives/memories for this unit, but some people feel limited by that! American Audio supplies software with this unit that will format your drive/memory to FAT32 and the software will also go through all of your music on your drive and set up a file that will allow the unit to access and sort your music faster. In other words, yes it is plug and play as it were but it will work even better if you take some time to verify your music's tagging and let the software sort through it. One other complaint I have seen is that you can't access your drive/memory with a USB keyboard. Nice as that might be, with the knobs provided (1 for files/songs, 1 for folders) you can get around pretty fast. The file knob when turned while pressing on it will jump 10 songs at a time. And with the sorting options available, after the software has done it's thing, you can find what you want pretty easily. (I actually have a data base on my computer with all the songs on my memory and their locations. So I use the computer to determine what folder things are in when I am not running it as a MIDI controller. At 5000+ songs in memory I can't remember them all!) My only complaint is the fader for the headphones for Ch1 and Ch2, not so much that you can't listen to the LINE OUT, but rather the fading curve of the fader! It appears that you get the opposite channels full volume just off of the stop! The volume doesn't seem to fade in a linear fashion across the travel of the fader, rather jumps to full just after 1/5 of the travel off of the opposite channels stop. Unfortunately that is not adjustable like the cross fader is.
In my research on this unit I found that there are other versions of this unit available around the world with brandings by different companies. All have the same layout, all have the same chassis, all work the same, but some have some slightly different Firmware variations that affect some slight differences (one will detect BPM and uses it for your effects, comes in handy using the ECHO effect Versadeck gives you a time in msec. where as with BPM it is referenced to beats example ¼, ½, 1, 2 beats, another will give the Pitch Slider a 6%, 10%, 16% AND 100% range, not accurate for sure but allows for some interesting mixing possibilities) Unfortunately it seems that the different Firmware versions are not compatible with the different brandings of this unit. For the most part American Audio's Firmware seems to be the best compromise as far as I can tell. Some of the other distributors sell rack mount brackets for this unit, unfortunately at this point American Audio does not offer them. The mounting points are drilled and tapped on the bottom of the chassis, so I hope someday they will consider offering these brackets for the Versadeck.
Remember you are not paying $1000 here! You can use this as your MIDI controller, and you won't be disappointed. You can you this as your MEDIA Player, and you won't be disappointed. And if all else fails, you can use it as a mixer for not just line level inputs (CDJ's, TAPE's) but PHONO as well. I would say that American Audio picked a very appropriate name for this unit, VERSADEK.