Great buy, not for SERIOUS Scratching!
Pros: Versatile,Easy To Use,Professional Features,Excellent Sound,Consistent
Cons: Not for heavy scratching
I used to have a set of Pioneers CDJ800's with Timecoded cd's using Numark Cue. I loved that setup for the perfect scratching emulation, but hated the fact that I could not set cue points in Numark Cue with the Cue button on the Pioneer's.
I sold my Pioneers and got the Numark Mixdeck. First off, the cd player feature is superb! If you are still using Cd's, whether Mp3 cd's or regular old cda cd's, this is a great buy. The different platter functions make it very versatile for applying different effects while moving the platter.
If you are using timecoded cd's, with which you will need another external soundcard, it works ok. All of the platter effects, and the onboard effects controls will not work in this mode though, which is a real bummer. This mode kind of defeats the purpose, because here you have all of these excellent tools to use, but you can't use them because of the timecoded cd's, which give you the best realistic turntable feel while using digital files exclusively.
And last but not least, we have the mode which is the best compromise, which is the USB/Midi mode. Using this mode, you can use all of the onboard effects and features, except for the platter effects, but the scratch feature is really not that great. Basically, scratching in midi mode is nowhere near the high latency and speed that you would expect from using lets say a real turntable, or high end table top cd player. The feel is not natural, no matter how I changed the settins in Virtual DJ.
Oh, that brings up another point, I no longer use Nuamrk Cue, nor did I even bother wasting too much time with the included Traktor software. The Traktor software made an audible tone sound everytime I pressed the pause, cue or play buttons. I couldn't figure out how to turn off that annoying sound! Not only that, the cue feature was not responsive at all! I would set my cue point, and then the cue point would move!
I was a little biased anyway towards the Numark Cue/VDJ platform. A friend of mine told me to get Virtual DJ 6.1, which works flawlessly with the Numark Mixdeck! DO NOT USE Virtual DJ 6.0.7, there are a bunch of bugs in it.
With VDJ 6.1, it comes fully mapped to work with the Numark Mixdeck! All of the buttons, except for like two are automatically setup to match the functions on VDJ flawlessly! Not to mention, any button that you don't use, can be changed to be whatever you want it to be! For example, I re-mapped the eject button to kill the bass on that particular deck! So while I'm mixing, if one side has too much bass, I hit the eject button, and the bass drops out allowing me to make a nice, clean mix at the push of a button!
The mixer on the Mixdeck is nice, it's not perfect, but it does the job. My setup is pushing almost 1000 watts, and it plays with no problems whatsoever! The fader is good, I like it, but I don't like the contour function for one reason: the scratch contour is a little too steep for me, I wish this function was a rotary knob instead of the two position contour for scratch, and blending, respectively.
If you are a die-hard turntablist, get the NS7 for the crazy scratching features. Otherwise, get this unit, save yourself a few hundred dollars, and have the ability to play cd's, play from flashdrives, play from bigger external hard drives, and even external players (turntables, cd players via the "aux in" inputs), and have the capability to use any VDS on the market that has a mappable Midi feature!