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NEW VESTAX VCI...
Topic: NEW VESTAX VCI 100 MK2
Vestax adapted the new version for Traktor Pro so its set up to control 4 FX slots and all 4 decks. They have also added effects routing, filter knobs and dedicated shift knobs, all features that we worked in our VCI-100SE version out of necessity for Traktor Pro. There is now a built in sound card, although its quality is still unknown, so you dont have to purchase any separate gear. The tension adjusting jog wheels look stylish and eliminate the problem of inconsistent spins. You will enjoy larger transport buttons at the bottom, which are the same size as the VCI-300.
One of the appeals of the original VCI-100 was its basic metal construction which came from the experience Vestax had in building solid mixers. This was the first controller that looked like a serious piece of dj gear in a sea of Chinese plastic. The Mk2 version, with its stylish curves, plastic chassis and ground lighting effects certainly has more design appeal but might have reduced its utilitarian attraction. The buttons and faders on our prototype feel really terrible – and not playable at all. It’s not clear if they will be the same on the final production version but everyone that has tried the new controller universally prefers the old style buttons. One tester pretty much summed it up “Why didn’t they just build on the last one? Why didn’t they talk to you about the design?” To be honest, we are not entirely sure. The Mk2 is certainly an improvement in some areas but right now it looks like it’s not in others. In person testing at BPM will confirm if the final production versions have ironed out the early prototype flaws.
THE BOTTOM LINE
If Vestax comes back with improved components and Dj TechTools produces a special edition with all of our features from the VCI-100SE then this might just become a legitimate replacement to our storied flagship controller. The sound card needs some serious testing and the price is looking slightly too high but ultimately it’s up to our readers- would you buy this new controller or stick with the old one? Please let your voice be heard so we can make the right decisions by adding your name to the list at the bottom.
Posted Sun 03 Oct 10 @ 9:51 am