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American Audio - VMS4

DECK CONTROLS


  1. PAUSE. This button operates depending on the selected Stop Button behavior (setting available in Deck Options in the default VirtualDJ GUI). By default, press this button to pause the track if playing. If the track is paused, press this button to cycle though the available stored Cues.
    Hold SHIFT down and then press this button to swap the assigned decks for the left or right side of the VMS4. The left side of the VMS4 can be assigned to control decks 1 or 3 and the right side can be assigned to control decks 2 and 4.

    In Alternative Mapping hold SHIFT down and then press this button to stop the deck at the beginning of the track.

  2. PLAY. This button operates depending on the selected Play button mode (setting available in Deck Options in the default VirtualDJ GUI). In default (Play-Stutter) mode, press this button to play the track if pausing or play-stutter from the previous stopped point if the track is playing.

  3. CUE. This button operates depending on the selected Cue Button mode (setting available in Deck Options in the default VirtualDJ GUI).
    When the Deck is paused, you can set a temporary Cue Point. During playback, you can press the Cue Button to return the track to this Cue Point. (If you did not set a Cue Point, then it will return to the beginning of the track.).
    If the Deck is paused, you can press and hold the Cue Button to play the track from the Temporary Cue Point. Releasing the Cue Button will return the track to the temporary Cue Point and pause it.
    To continue playback without returning to the Temporary Cue Point, press and hold the Cue Button, then press and hold the Play Button, and then release both buttons.

    A different behavior (e.g. Cue-Hold or Cue-Cup) can be selected from the Deck Options (available in the default GUI of VirtualDJ 8)

  4. JOG. Touch-sensitive jogwheel for scratching (Vinyl Mode), pitch bending (CD mode) and other functions described in this manual. If the jogwheel is on Scratch (Vinyl) mode, use the outer ring of the jogwheel to pitch-bend. Hold SHIFT down and then use the jogwheel to fast search through the loaded track (Seek mode)

  5. PITCHBEND-. Press and keep this button down to temporary slow-down the tempo of the track. When the button is released, the track will return to the tempo defined by the pitch slider. Hold SHIFT down and then use the same button to slow-down the track more intensively
    In Alternative Mapping, press this button on the left side to assign deck 3 as Left Deck or the right side to assign deck 2 as Right Deck. Hold SHIFT down and then press this button to temporary slow-down the tempo of the track.

  6. PITCHBEND+. Press down this button to temporary speed-up the tempo of the track. When the button is released, the track will return to the tempo defined by the pitch slider. Hold SHIFT down and use the same button to speed-up the track more intensively.

    In Alternative Mapping, press this button on the left side to assign deck 1 as Left Deck or the right side to assign deck 4 as Right Deck. Hold SHIFT down and then press this button to temporary slow-down the tempo of the track.
    The Leds of the PITCHBEND+/- buttons will indicate which deck is selected as Left or Right (following the default channel mixer order 3-1-2-4.


  7. SHIFT. Press and hold this button to access secondary functions (mainly in white lettering) of other controls on the VMS4

  8. VINYL. Press this button to set the Jogwheel to Vinyl (Scratch) or CD (Bend) mode. In Vinyl mode, use the outer part of the Jogwheel to bend (temporary speed up – slow down the tempo of the track).
    Hold SHIFT down and then press this button to "lock" the track's pitch to its original key. (Master Tempo). The track's tempo will remain at the speed designated by the Pitch Fader.

  9. SEARCH<<. Press and hold this button to move the track backwards by 4 beats. Hold SHIFT down and then use this button to half the size of the Loop. If a Loop is triggered use this button to half the size of the loop. The Led of the button will be lit if a Loop is enabled to indicate the secondary function.

  10. SEARCH>>. Press and hold this button to move the track forward by 4 beats. Hold SHIFT down and then use this button to double the size of the Loop. If a Loop is triggered use this button to double the size of the loop. The Led of the button will be lit if a Loop is enabled to indicate the secondary function.

  11. LOOP IN. Press this button to set a Loop In (Entry point). Hold SHIFT down and then press this button to set the Jogwheel to Loop In mode and (fine) adjust the Loop In point using the jog when a loop is enabled. The Led of the button will blink to indicate the Loop In Wheel mode. Press again to return the Jogwheel to Jog mode.

  12. LOOP OUT. Press this button to set a Loop Out (Exit point). Hold SHIFT down and then press this button to set the Jogwheel to Loop Out mode and (fine) adjust the Loop Out point using the jog when a loop is enabled. The Led of the button will blink to indicate the Loop Out Wheel mode. Press again to return the Jogwheel to Jog mode.

  13. RELOOP. Press this button to exit a Loop or trigger the last enabled Loop (reloop). Hold SHIFT down and then press this button to set the Jogwheel to Loop Move mode and move the Loop through the track using the jog when a loop is enabled. The Led of the button will blink to indicate the Loop Move Wheel mode. Press again to return the Jogwheel to Jog mode.

  14. LOOP. Press this button to enable/disable a Loop of the selected size. Hold SHIFT down and then use this button to enable/disable the Smart Loop (for seamless looping)

  15. HOTCUES (1-4). The 4 buttons assign a Hot Cue Point (1 to 4) or returns the track to that Hot Cue Point. When a Hot Cue Button is unlit, you can assign a Hot Cue Point by pressing it at the desired point in your track. Once it is assigned, the Hot Cue Button will light. To return to that Hot Cue Point, simply press it.
    Press and hold SHIFT and then press a Hot Cue Button to delete its assigned Hot Cue Point.

  16. PITCH. Adjust the track's playback speed (tempo).
    The actual pitch fader will not alter the pitch of the track if the actual pitch and the software pitch value do not match (software soft-takeover, ghost fader visible on the GUI). In most cases this may happen if SYNC is prior pressed or switching decks and the other deck is having a different pitch software value.

  17. SYNC. Press this button to automatically match the corresponding Deck's tempo with the opposite Deck's (or the Master Deck’s if using a 4 decks Skin) tempo and phase. Hold SHIFT down and then press this button to adjust the range of the Pitch Fader ( to ±6%, ±8%, ±10%, ±12%, ±20%, ±25%, ±33%, ±50%, and ±100%).

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