The Brand new Numark NV Controller promises to change the game by adding two 4.3-inch full color displays above each jog wheel deck so that users can see waveforms, cue points, loops, music libraries, effects, and all the other important visual information in Serato so that DJ's can put the laptop away for good. Check out our full video review to see how the Numark NV handles the task at hand.
Review Video & Demo
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Setup & First Impressions
The Numark NV is the first controller with on-board screens to work with Serato DJ. The Numark NV is created of mostly plastic (except for the metal faceplate for the mixer section) and has a relatively small footprint coming in at about the size of a Vestax VCI-400. The NV comes bundled with the full Serato DJ software and is very easy to set up. All the user has to do is download the latest Serato DJ software from the Numark website and connect the USB cable to the computer and the NV. The Numark NV also comes bundled with the Serato Flip expansion pack that allows users to save and perform their hot cue and loop mashups. Numark also throws in some samples and loops from Toolroom Records to get you started. The user then connects headphones on the front panel and speakers via the RCA or balanced XLR outputs on the rear. The NV also has a separate booth RCA output, an AUX RCA and quarter-inch microphone inputs on the back.
The Numark NV screens are located at the top of each deck and are angled towards the user so they can be easily seen in different conditions. The metal-top jog wheels are relatively small due to the inclusion of the screens, FX, and Performance Pad sections all in the deck areas. The touch sensitive effects, filters, and EQ modes are pulled directly from the Numark NS7 as well as the Performance Pad modes that include cues, loops, sampler, and slicer functions on the 16-velocity sensitive RGB Pads. ***See the full details of all features and functions in the above review Video & scroll down for the full review summary***
Conclusion / Recommended For
In Conclusion, The Numark NV successfully allows users to see mostly all the information within Serato DJ that one could want without looking at their laptop screens during the performance. There were those rare occasions where I would use the laptop screen for easier music library navigation, but during a performance, my complete attention is always on the NV itself which is a huge plus for any DJ. The Numark NV has a relatively lightweight and compact size for easy transport and storage or for setting up in cramped environments.
The NV has all of the same Numark NS7II Touch-Sensitive knob controls and modes for filters, effects, roll, and EQ. The NV also has trimmed down 16-velocity sensitive RGB pads for slicer/sampler/loop/rolls/cue functions and it comes bundled with the full out Serato DJ software. On the downside, the NV has a mostly plastic and low profile construction which will need some form of protection during transport and storage and it doesn't have a standalone mixer mode to mix with external sources. Other than these two small gripes, the Numark NV is priced well at only $700 retail, and it sets itself apart by being the first dual-screen Serato DJ controller that puts the focus back on the performance and away from the laptop screen.
- Onboard Dual Display Screens for Serato DJ Info
- Relatively LIghtweight & Compact Size
- Touch-Sensitive knob controls & modes (Filters, Effects, Roll, EQ)
- 16 Velocity Sensitive RGB Pads for Slicer/Sampler/Loop/Roll/Cues
- Bundled with Full-Featured Serato DJ Software
- Mostly Plastic Construction
- Not a Standalone Mixer