[NAMM 2013] Numark Orbit Wireless DJ Controller Announced
Numark has quite a few big announcements at this year's NAMM show this week with the first one being the Numark Orbit Wireless DJ Controller that was teased in the short video late last week. The Numark Orbit DJ controller is very small and compact with rubberized performance-style multi-color-backlit pads on each side to control different functions, a jog wheel in the center, and accelerometers inside for motion sensor style control. Numark says DJ's can perform with the Orbit via USB port (connected to a computer which also charges the unit) or wirelessly on the dancefloor with the crowd.
There's no word yet on the software this will come with, release date, or the price, but this will be a fully MIDI mappable controller for any DJ software user to take advantage of. This controller also has four banks of layering on all 16 backlit non-pressure-sensitive pads so there is enough controls to suit most users needs. This is perfect for setting cue points, loop controls, samples, and anything else you can think of. The X and Y accelerometers can also be mapped to functions of the DJ's choice so when you move the controller left or right and up or down, it can trigger a MIDI software function.
The non-touch-sensitive aluminum faced jog wheel will alloy users to change effect parameters and work as a huge rotary control as needed. The possibilities are wide open, so even if there are some users out there that could see this as the ultimate portable/compact setup; some will see this as a perfect companion controller to their current DJ setup to control things like cue points and effects. The MIDI signal is sent wireless from the DJ laptop to the Orbit via a 2.4Ghz wireless connection that is more than enough to stream the tiny MIDI signal for software control...remember, you are only streaming the MIDI interactions and not the actual music in this case. The wireless battery life is 24-hours in stand-by mode and 8-hours in run-time life. The USB connection can charge the unit whenever the battery is running low. Last but not least... The Numark Orbit controller will only cost $99.99 and will be available this Spring 2013. Check out the full official press release from Numark below.
So what do you guys think? Will you be leaving the DJ booth to dance it up and perform on the dancefloor wirelessly with one of these? Let me know in the comments section below.
NUMARK INTRODUCES THE WORLD’S FIRST WIRELESS HANDHELD DJ CONTROLLER
Orbit offers DJs unprecedented wireless control with 16 backlit pads, large aluminum control wheel, built-in 2-axis accelerometer, belt clip, and 8 hours of personality on a single charge.
Cumberland, R.I. (January 24, 2013) – Numark, the world’s leading manufacturer of DJ technology, introduces Orbit, a first-of-its-kind wireless handheld DJ performance controller. Numark will unveil Orbit at and around Booth 6700 at the 2013 NAMM show, January 24-27 in Anaheim, California.
Numark’s Orbit is the next step in the evolution of the performing DJ. Made to be held in the hands, strapped to your body using its built-in clip, or placed on the table, Orbit packs an unheard-of amount of control into an ergonomic game-controller-on-steroids design, which has every inch, inside and out, tailor-made for live performance. Orbit can be used wired via the included USB cable, which also charges it, or wireless using 2.4 GHz ultra-low-latency connectivity. Orbit features 4 selectable banks of 16 backlit pads, 8 on each side, for adding and blending effects, launching hot cues and samples, and more. Located in the center of Orbit are 4 bank selection buttons, 4 virtual knobs, and a large aluminum-faced touch-sensitive control wheel, which controls the selected virtual knob for instantly tweaking effects and filters.
“If you want to be a serious DJ these days, you need the guts and the gear to get out on the stage and perform,” said Chris Roman, Numark Product Manager. “Orbit embraces that reality to its core, empowering DJs with performance capabilities that will need to be seen and experienced to be believed. It’s intuitive, operating like an extension of the DJ—not to mention it’s the most fun you’ll ever have on stage.”
Orbit’s live-performance design extends even to the inside of the device, where it has an embedded 2-axis accelerometer, which can be assigned to 2 different parameters per bank and activated instantly via 2 shoulder buttons. All of Orbit’s controls are fully mappable, so DJs will be able to customize their settings for effects control, transport control, volume control, or any other MIDI parameter. Numark will demonstrate Orbit for the first time at Booth 6700 at the 2013 NAMM show.