Native Instruments Audio 2 DJ Interface Review
The AUDIO 2 DJ is Native Instruments’ entry level solution for DJs who want ultimate portability with no compromise on audio quality. If you’re a digital DJ who doesn’t require audio recording or timecode control, the AUDIO 2 DJ is made for you.
Audio 2 DJ Review
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The Native Instruments Audio 2 DJ is the entry-level, 2-input/2-output Professional USB 2.0 audio interface which provides top-notch sound quality. The Audio 2 DJ works exactly how DJ’s want providing them with an excellent solution for playing tracks directly from the computer. The Audio 2 DJ interface includes the same internals as the flagship Audio 8 DJ device also offered by NI; meaning anyone who purchases this system will get the same High-end Cirrus Logic converters, low-latency drivers (virtually no digital delay), high output levels and a very wide frequency response making this an excellent device for converting your laptop into the ultimate club system.
The Audio 2 DJ connects to the computer via the USB cable and has two ¼” output channels that can be hooked up to a mixer or used as master and headphone outputs. The Audio 2 DJ also requires the use of a DJ software such as Traktor Pro to manage the music library. The Audio 2 DJ unit comes with the Demo version of Traktor Pro to get you started. The Audio 2 DJ has lit Channel and Output indicators which allow the DJ to see what is playing at a glance…even in a dark club or party situation.
In conclusion, the Audio 2 DJ interface works exactly as advertised. While playing with the unit, I was able to produce very high sound quality with a very low digital to analog delay. If you are a digital only DJ that doesn’t require timecode control or audio recording; then this is definitely the interface for you. The price point is Excellent at only $99.99 brand new. You simply won’t find another DJ interface device with this type of functionality for less. The only gripe I have with this unit is the lack of timecoded functionality. This device would be better if we could also use our physical “decks” with it similar to Serato Scratch Live solution. If you require more outputs, Native Instruments has you covered with the Audio 4 DJ for four outputs and the Audio 8 DJ for eight outputs. On the front of the box; Native Instruments suggests that the Audio 2 DJ is PRACTICAL, PROFESSIONAL, AND PORTABLE, and after my time with the device all three of these statements have proven to be true!
Features & Specs
* Professional USB 2.0 audio interface with ultra-high 24-bit/96kHz Cirrus Logic® converters
* 2 stereo 1/4" Line/Headphone level outputs
* Manual volume controls for each stereo channel
* Hi-gain outputs based on RC4580 Headphones OP AMP for punchy, loud level as also featured on the AUDIO 4 DJ and AUDIO 8 DJ interfaces
* 2 output LEDs (one LED for each stereo channel) for instant visual monitoring of connection status
* USB 2.0 bus powered
* Ultra-low latency ASIO™, Core Audio™, Direct Sound™, WASAPI™ drivers
* Compatible with software platforms VST™, Audio Units™, Stand-alone, RTAS®
* 2 phone-jack (1/4”) to RCA adapter cables (cable length 1 m) and 1 shielded USB cable (approx. 1,5 m) are included in the product box
Windows® XP (SP2, 32 bit), Vista (SP1, 32 bit, 64 bit), Pentium or Athlon 1.4 GHz, 1 GB RAM, USB 2.0 port MAC OS® X 10.4, G4 1.4 GHz or Intel® Core™ Duo 1.66 GHz, 512 MB RAM, USB 2.0 port
3.5"(90 mm) x 2.3" (58 mm) x 0.9"(24 mm) Weight: 3.2oz (84 grams)
ASIO™, Core Audio™, DirectSound®, WASAPI™
Power Supply Via USB 2.0 interface, 5V 500mA bus power. No additional power supply or battery is needed.
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