Vestax Spin

The Vestax Spin ($249) is a USB DJ controller made exclusively for Mac. The hardware comes bundled with Algoriddim's DJay software.
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Vestax Spin

First thing you'll see when opening the box for the Spin is a blue envelope that includes a software CD, instructions, and a software serial number.
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Vestax Spin

The Spin hardware comes bundled with a USB cable, desk microphone, and a headphone plug adapter. The controller runs from USB power, but a power adapter can be purchased separately.
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Vestax Spin

The Spin is laid out very similar to the Vestax VCI-300. The two touch-sensitive platters on the left and right act as virtual turntables for the included software. Other features such as EQ, channel volume, crossfader, pitch control, and transport controls, all mimic the controls of a traditional DJ mixer.
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Vestax Spin

The metal top of each of the two Spin platters respond to touch using capacitive technology, providing lightening quick responsiveness with a minimum of pressure.
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Vestax Spin

The Spin's crossfader is smooth and light, but cannot be replaced is it wears out, unlike most professional systems. Curve adjustments can be made using software settings.
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Vestax Spin

Each channel of the Spin is given its own EQ and gain controls. A gamepad-style navigation control located in the center lets users scroll up and track listings and cue songs to either of the two channels.
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Vestax Spin

When powered-up, each of the two Spin platters glow blue. When your hand comes in contact with the platter, the lighting switches from blue to red, indicating that the platter has been engaged.
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Vestax Spin

The front edge of the Spin includes a 1/4-inch mic input on the left and headphone output on the right. Both include volume adjustment controls nearby.
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Vestax Spin

On the back of the Vestax Spin you'll find a USB port, RCA audio output, gain control, and an adjustment for platter sensitivity.
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Vestax Spin

A switch is also included for USB power or an optional AC adapter.
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Vestax Spin

The bundled Algoriddim DJay software is a Mac-only program that offers a basic and intuitive interface. Tracks and playlists are pulled directly from iTunes and most software controls are mirrored by identical hardware controls.
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Vestax Spin

Professional users can dive into the settings for DJay for more refined control over the crossfader, pitch range, recording options, audio routing, and more.
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