M-Audio Conectiv & Torq 2.0 Digital Vinyl System Review - DJBooth

M-Audio Conectiv & Torq 2.0 Digital Vinyl System Review

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Overview

In my bid to find great savings for DJ's all across the land, I ran into an extremely inexpensive Digital Vinyl Hardware and Software Package that will allow DJ's to use their external CD and Vinyl Decks in conjunction with their computer and audio files for playback. The M-Audio Conectiv USB DJ soundcard comes bundled with Torq 1.5 and a free upgrade to the new Torq 2.0 full-featured DJ software all for only $70. Also in the box DJ's will get the timecode vinyl and CD's necessary for external deck control. All the user needs is a computer and music files for mixing. Check out my HD-Video review inside.

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Review Video & Demo

Unboxing Video

Setup & First Impressions

In my bid to find great savings for DJ's all across the land, I ran into an extremely inexpensive Digital Vinyl Hardware and Software Package that will allow DJ's to use their external CD and Vinyl Decks in conjunction with their computer and audio files for playback. The M-Audio Conectiv USB DJ soundcard comes bundled with Torq 1.5 and a free upgrade to the new Torq 2.0 full-featured DJ software all for only $70. Also in the box DJ's will get the timecode vinyl and CD's necessary for external deck control. All the user needs is a computer and music files for mixing.

Features

This is the absolute BEST-VALUE Digital Vinyl System that I have ever seen. You get superb CD and Vinyl Timecode Control Response that is very accurate and very low-latency. You also get a full-featured Torq 2.0 software with up to 4-Decks of control, 5 Hot Cues per deck, 2 Effects per deck, 16 Sample Banks and a loop controller for each deck. There are only 10 effects in Torq 2.0, but the main ones are all covered here. Some of the advanced effects that EDM style DJ's need may be disappointed with the final number of effects offered.

Torq 2.0 also has a built in recorder so you can record your mix and even load it into one of the sample banks for immediate playback. The browsing functions are easy to use and similar to the layout of Serato. DJ's can also plug in any MIDI Mappable device in order to control basic functions like Cue Points, effects, playback, loops, browse, and loading. The MIDI mapper that is built into the software allows you to map lots of controls, but it doesn't quite allow users to go in and Map every single feature like what is found in the Traktor mapping program. It's still good enough for most DVS user standards, but the super-controllerists may want something else.

The M-Audio Conectiv Hardware is made up of almost all plastic but it serves its purpose. Just don't go banging it around if you are a Mobile DJ or crush it in transit. The M-Audio Conectiv soundcard can be used as a mixer as well with the two front "MIX" knobs to blend music. It also has a headphone and microphone jack for users who do not use the system with an external Mixer or decks. The M-Audio Conectiv hardware is also only 16-Bit as opposed to "industry standard" Serato and Traktor Soundcards that are 24-bit. I didn't notice any issues with the sound throughout my use but it's worth pointing out that you may not get the same sound quality when compared to the higher priced DJ soundcards.

Conclusion / Recommended For

In Conclusion, the M-Audio Conectiv Torq 2.0 DVS system is an excellent low-cost alternative to the higher priced setups on the market. The DVS setup is complete and there are lots of software features that DJ's will appreciate. The 16-bit all-plastic Conectiv hardware and limited effects and mapping functions in the software are the only negatives I could find with this system. Everything else works just as advertised and the most important function of all... the Timecode control response is right on the money. I will recommend this setup for DJ's who want a backup DVS system or someone who doesn't want to spend lots of money on a proper DVS setup. It's also a great system for users who don't have the latest and greatest computer system as this particular DVS does not need much computing power to run perfectly.

Pros

  • Complete Hardware (M-Audio Conectiv) & Software (Torq 2.0) DVS Package
  • Best Value DVS Solution I've Ever seen ($70 www.pssl.com)
  • Excellent CD & Vinyl Timecode Control Response
  • Good Torq 2.0 Features (4-Decks; 5-HotCues/2-EFX Per deck; 16-Sample Banks; Loops)

Cons

  • Limited Effects & MIDI Mapping Functions in Torq Software
  • M-Audio Conectiv Hardware (16-Bit) is Slighty inferior in Build & Sound Quality

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M-Audio Conectiv Torq 2.0 DVS Unboxing/First Impressions Video

In search of some serious savings for DJ's across the land, I was able to find one of the best deals I've ever seen for a complete Digital Vinyl System. A DVS setup allows DJ's to use their current CDJ's or analog Vinyl decks in conjunction with an external mixer in order to playback and manipulate the audio files on a computer. The M-Audio Conectiv system comes with two timecode vinyl, two timecode CD's, the M-Audio Conectiv DJ soundcard, and the popular Torq 2.0 DJ software which can now be yours for only $80 shipped to your doorstep! The full HD-Video review is on the way, but check out the Unboxing Video and details on how to get this deal after the jump.

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NAMM 2011 - M-Audio Torq 2.0 Demo Video

This year at NAMM 2011 our partners over at Pro Audio Star hit up the M-Audio booth to get a full rundown on the all-new Torq 2.0 DJ software. During the Video, the M-Audio rep is putting the software through its paces and showing you some cool features not found on any other software out there like the use of faders for effect manipulation. Don't know if this will make me give up my personal Traktor setup, but the features are fairly impressive...It definitely warrants getting a copy for review. Check out the demo video straight from the NAMM floor inside.