Vestax, one of my favorite DJ equipment brands, has filed for Bankruptcy late last year. I did not report on this announcement because I knew that wasn't the end of the story. Just before the New Year, Mixware.net (the US distributor for Vestax) released a statement that supports the claim that Vestax is still alive and we'll likely see some new products and developments shortly.
The One DJ software 1.6 update has now been released and with it comes an extraordinary performance by Famous DJ Rasp from the UK. Rasp has been known to put it down on the turntables in turntablist competitions, but today he exercises his controllerist side on the brand new One DJ software 1.6 and the Vestax VCI-400. Check out the video of Rasp showcasing The One DJ software timeline & live mode together in an innovative DJ Routine after the jump.
Vestax has just announced the arrival of their new high-quality replaceable headphone cables that work well with their HMX-05 headphones or any other compatible DJ headphones called the HFC-1 cable. These cables are available in white, purple, green, or red and feature a matching flat cable that will never tangle. The HFC-1 will be available in October 2013 for only $10.
We reviewed the Vestax HMX-01 headphones in black and red a few months ago, and now Vestax has released the white and red edition to compliment the White and Red mixers and controllers in their lineup. The Vestax VCI-400DJ Serato DJ edition also dawns the white paint-job while the new Vestax VCI-380 is also available in white. Now these vestax controllers have a nice set of HMX-01 white headphones to match.
Our good friends over at American Music and Sound were once again showing off their goodies at the 2013 DJ Expo with their Lineup of Reloop gear, Vestax controllers and Allen & Heath Mixers. We were also able to catch DJ Angelo from the UK ripping it up on the new US-Bound Reloop RP-6000mk6 Super OEM turntables and RMX-80 mixer that will be available state-side immediately! The Vestax Typoon and professional VCI-380 and VCI-400 controllers were in the booth along with the Allen & Heath Mixer range.
The Vestax VCI-380 is a great Serato DJ controller with a rock solid build quality, standalone mixer mode, and a nice intuitive multipurpose pad section. We reviewed the VCI-380 last year here at the DJbooth.net lab and it was a clear winner from the start. Vestax has now released a new White edition VCI-380 and a Red Edition VCI-380 in limited quantities, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled if you're looking for a new VCI-380 as you may be lucky enough to find it in one of these rare colors.
Just last week, Vestax announced that the new Serato DJ Software now works with their Typhoon Digital DJ Controller. Vestax Typhoon users can download a free trial for 14 days, or upgrade for $129. Serato DJ brings the new features of the full software such as Instant Doubles and iZotope FX to Typhoon users.
The Vestax VCI-400 Digital DJ controller is extremely versatile as it can work with both the full Serato DJ software and Traktor Pro 2 with great results. I've decided to keep the VCI-400 for my personal controller of choice and since then we've upgraded the crossfader (on our DIY Video) and now we're ready to customize the looks. With the help of our friends over at Styleflip.com we were able to perfectly match the black/white pinstripe design on my DVS setup and replicate it on the VCI-400.
The Vestax VCI-380 has been out on the market for a little over a year now, but its still one of my favorite controllers to use with Serato. During our HD-Video review, we loved the build quality, tight jog wheels, and excellent fader feel along with the a set of input and output options that are available to the users. The VCI-380 now gets a free software upgrade from Serato Itch to the new and improved Serato DJ and Martin from the Serato team gives us a quick demo video of the new look and features. Check out the performance video and my Vestax VCI-380 review after the jump.
The Vestax HMX-05 Professional DJ Headphones are now in the DJbooth.net lab for a full HD-Video and written review. The new Vestax HMX-05 headphones have the familiar Vestax "Red and Black" color scheme, a detachable pro-grade cable, 40mm Bass-Heavy drivers, and they can fold up nicely so DJ's can take them on the road easily. We'll test them out and let DJ's know how they compare to other headphones on the market, but check out our First Impressions & Unboxing video after the jump.
DJ S-TRIX was in the house at the Vestax DJ Booth in Frankfurt, Germany for the Musikmesse 2013 show two weeks ago. Not only was he on-hand in the show booth, but he was in the actual DJbooth putting it down something serious on two Vestax PDX-3000 turntables and the Vestax PMC-05ProIV mixer. Check out his crazy-sick set for this week's Turntablist Video Friday feature after the jump.
The Vestax VCI-400 Digital DJ controller can now be purchased with the full Serato DJ software already bundled and ready to go. Vestax has now officially announced the Vestax VCI-400DJ which, not only comes with Serato DJ, but also dawns a new color scheme and skin which have commands and features that correspond to the features found in the new software. I liked the VCI-400 so much that I kept my review unit and even upgraded the crossfader to the scratch-happy CF-X2. The perfect Serato DJ integration is yet another reason for people to take a good look at the VCI-400 if they are in the market for a new DJ controller. Check out the full press release inside.
In my latest DIY Video, I'm showing the masses how they can install a Traktor/Serato DVS soundcard inside of your favorite mixer for a nicely updated and compact setup. Some new mixers on the market today come with a DVS soundcard already installed (Traktor Z2, Pioneer DJM-T1, Rane Sixty-One) so that the user only has to connect their CD or vinyl timecode decks directly into the RCA inputs for a plug-and-play solution. I installed a Traktor A4 inside of the Korg KM-202 & a Traktor A6 inside of the Vestax PMC-05ProIV. Check out the writeup & video inside to see how it's done.
The new Vestax Spin2 DJ controller for iOS devices is now available for purchase across the Globe. The Spin2 DJ MIDI controller is fully certified by Apple Inc to work with any Mac, iPad, iPhone, and the iPod Touch along with the Algoriddim djay app for mixing, cueing and scratching capabilities. The Spin2 works with the new Mac iOS 6 to split the outputs into two proper stereo outputs to provide DJ's with true Main and Cue Out for monitoring. The Spin2 is now available in the US for $349. Check out the press release and demo video after the jump.
One of the items that may have been lost in the sea of new DJ gear at this year's BPM a few weeks ago is the new Vestax HMX-05 DJ Headphones. The new Vestax HMX-05 headphones have the new Vestax "Red and Black" color scheme, a detachable pro-grade cable, 40mm Bass-Heavy drivers, and they can fold up nicely so DJ's can take them on the road easily. We'll get a set of these in the lab for a full video review as soon as possible. Check out the press release and links after the jump.
A few short weeks ago, Vestax announced a new update to their successful entry-level Digital DJ controller for the MAC platform called the Spin2. The Spin2 DJ MIDI controller is fully certified by Apple Inc to work with any Mac, iPad, iPhone, and the iPod Touch along with the Algoriddim djay app for mixing, cueing and scratching with great results. The Spin2 has controls for cue points, triggers, loops, effects, samples, and neat jog wheels to put you in the mix. Check out the intro video and full press release after the jump.
Our good friends over at American Music and Sound were at the 2012 DJ Expo with their Lineup of Vestax controllers and Allen & Heath Mixers. The Vestax Typoon in both color configurations were these to use along with the professional VCI-380 and VCI-400 controllers both running in Serato. Allen & Heath had the DB2 and the DB4 getting the most love from the DJ's as soon as anyone touched one. Check out the Exhibit video so you can see what you're missing at the Atlantic City DJ Expo this year.
The newest Digital DJ controller by Vestax has finally landed at the DJbooth.net Lab for a full-out HD-Video review. The Vestax VCI-380 is the new update to the ever-so-popular VCI-300 controller and it brings a lot of welcomed improvements and also kept some things exactly the way we liked it. The Vestax VCI-380 is a solid DJ controller that boasts an all metal construction, standalone mixer capabilities right out of the box, new Pad Effects, and perfect Serato DJ Itch integration. I'll be sure to explain everything in great detail during the HD-Video review which should be released just before the Atlantic City DJ Expo next week. Check out the unboxing and first impressions video in the meantime to see what comes in the box.
I've been a big fan of the Decksaver DJ equipment covers ever since they were first released. They do an excellent job of protecting your gear from dust, dirt, grime, debris, smoke, and lots of other things that can do damage to your beloved DJ gear. They always fit just right and the fit and finish is spot-on. After upgrading my Vestax VCI-400's crossfader last week, I decided to also give it a bit of added protection. The Decksaver for the VCI-400 was recently released and we got one sent to us directly from Mixware.net who is the official US distributors of the Decksaver brand. Check out our full HD-Video feature of the new Decksaver for the VCI-400 after the jump.
A few weeks ago, we brought you the full HD-Video review of the new Vestax VCI-400 Digital DJ Controller and just last week, we brought you another DIY video showing how we upgraded the crossfader to the scratch-worthy Vestax CF-X2. Now Vestax has released a free download firmware update that allows the Vestax VCI-400 controller to work as a standalone mixer without the need for any computer or USB connection. Just plug in the power cable, hit a few rear switches and you're ready to go. Check out the video and press release inside.
Ever since DJ controllers first started appearing on the market, the more advanced scratch DJ's were always looking for a way to make the crossfader on these units as good or close to the quality of the crossfader found on their beloved Battle Scratch Mixers. Vestax has heard their cries and has come up with an excellent solution to this dilemma. They decided to make the crossfaders on the VCI line of controllers user-friendly-upgradable to the same exact same crossfader found on their flagship scratch mixer, the PMC-05ProIV. Check out my installation video inside to see how it's done.