Numark NS7III DJ Controller Review

By | Posted November 23, 2015
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Overview:

Numark has recently released its newest flagship controller the NS7III.  In this newest version, the Numark NS7III has all the same features and layout of the NS7II controller we reviewed last year, but it also adds three new 4.3-inch full-color screens for full track and navigation information without the need to look at the laptop screen.  Check out our full video review where we put these claims to the test and see if the new NS7III is a real improvement.

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Review Video & Demo

Setup & First Impressions

Numark has recently released its newest flagship controller the NS7III. In this newest version, the Numark NS7III has all the same features and layout of the NS7II controller we reviewed last year, but it also adds three new 4.3-inch full-color screens for full track and navigation information without the need to look at the laptop screen. The new Numark NS7III almost looks identical to the NS7II; except their is an additional panel attached to the top of the unit that holds the three screens in place. Numark also has the screens available as an add-on unit that attaches into the back of the NS7II for about $299. The screens plug into the USB port on the back of the NS7III, and daisy chains out to the laptop. They definitely took a page out of the Numark NV book with the screens, but the Numark team decided to look at the biggest criticism of the screens and make improvements. Hence the need for a third screen in the middle of the unit which can serve as a dedicated file navigation/browser screen or it can also display parallel waveforms for easy beatmatching and juggling duties.

Since the NS7II & NS7III are nearly identical in features, please head on over to our original Numark NS7II Review to get a really in-depth written and video review of all the features. Check out the section below to see the differences between the NS7II & NS7III.

Unboxing Video

Features

Differences between the NS7II and NS7III


-The NS7III ships with high resolution color display screens. NS7II users can purchase the NS7II Display as an add-on accessory.
-The NS7III features improved audio circuitry for better sound.
-The NS7III is now class compliant for Mac users. This means that there are no extra drivers needed on Mac, and that when new Mac OS updates come out, your hardware will be immediately compatible. Note that drivers are still required on Windows.
-The NS7III includes DVS support. DVS support is also available on the NS7II as a free firmware update. The update can be found on the NS7II product page. Note that Serato DVS is required as a paid Expansion Pack from Serato.
-The NS7III features a DC OUT port which powers on your NS7III screens without using an additional power adapter. NS7II users will need to use a 12v 2aDC power adapter to power on their screens.
-The NS7III is 1 1/2 lbs lighter than the NS7II (even with screens). The NS7III features a new specialized rugged casing which helps reduce the weight.
-The NS7III has an updated look with all black MPC pads.

Conclusion / Recommended For

In Conclusion, The Numark NS7III successfully allows users to see mostly all the information within Serato DJ that one could want without looking at their laptop screens during a performance. There were those rare occasions where I would still use the laptop for searching for tracks, but during a performance, my complete attention is always on the NS7III itself which is a huge plus for any DJ. The Numark NS7III combines all of the moving platter and digital vinyl goodness of the original NS7 and adds a lot more features and functions that gives DJ’s ultimate control over the bundled Serato DJ software. The NS7III still possesses the ultra-high torque actively-spinning platters that vinyl DJ’s will love.

Just as with the NS7II, the new NS7III comes with the 16 authentic Akai Pro Performance pads from the iconic MPC production range that gives control over hotcues, loops, sampler, and slicer. The Numark NS7III also possesses the Touch Control features that gives DJ’s a new way to control the EQ and FX on the fly. The Numark NS7III is also a true four channel stand-alone mixer with four RCA inputs that are Serato DVS capable and two Microphone inputs without the need for a computer connection. On the downside, the Numark NS7III is still rather big and bulky for transport, and the Low/High Pass filters do not work with external input devices. The screens also allow users to see lots of information on board, but there were still times where I would want to open up and use the laptop during a gig for easier library searching and samples.

The Numark NS7III is recommended to any Digital DJ’s who really want that vinyl and spinning platter feel to cross over into the DJ controller realm. The Numark NS7III has arguably the best and most complete control over the Serato DJ software to date making it one of the top choices for DJ’s who prefer the Serato software.

Pros

  • Onboard Triple Display Screens for Serato DJ Info
  • Super Sturdy and Strong Build Quality & Bundled with Full Serato DJ software
  • Ultra-High-Torqe Actively Spinning Platters w/Real Vinyl & Slipmats!
  • Authentic AKAI PRO 16 Performance Pads to control the Sampler, Hot Cue, Roll, & Slicer
  • Touch-Sensitive EQ and Effects Controls are VERY Fun to use
  • Stand Alone Mixer w/Assignable Microphone & Four RCA Inputs (Serato DVS Compatible)

Cons

  • Big, Bulky, & Heavy
  • Low/High Pass Filters work with MIDI Virtual Decks Only
  • Cannot Search for tracks using screens
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