The Vestax VCI-300 is a hardware and software bundle that transforms your laptop into a professional, portable DJ rig. Easily the coolest feature on the Vestax VCI-300 is the pair of 5-inch jog wheels made from clear acrylic and sandwiched under a textured-metal plate.
All the faders and knobs on the VCI-300 are as full-sized and professional-feeling as any analog mixer we've tested, with spacing and positioning that most DJs will find familiar. The buttons are also backlit using multiple colors to distinguish between each function.
Weighing around 11 pounds, the VCI-300 is sturdy enough to withstand the abuse of a working DJ, and about 100 times lighter than your old record crates. The control interface uses a solid-metal chassis covered in an attractive, glossy, black plastic, and measures 1.5 inch tall, 16 inches wide, and 11 inches deep.
The back of the Vestax VCI-300 includes a USB socket, a jack for an optional power adapter (the controller is intended to run off USB power), and adjustment knobs for the jog-wheel touch sensor. More importantly, the back of the Vestax VCI-300 offers a pair of stereo master-audio outputs (RCA and 1/4 inch) and a single AUX input (RCA) with a gain knob and an emergency thru switch (sic) that allows you to switch over to a backup audio source in case your computer crashes.
Our favorite feature of the Serato Itch is the audio waveform view, which is colorized to distinguish high-frequency sounds (snare drums) from low-frequency sounds (bass drums), making it easier to visually align two beats to fall in sync.
You can also tweak Itch's settings so that the waveform window is placed vertically on the left or right side. Some DJs prefer matching beats like this if their brains have an easier time tracking movement up and down rather than left to right. There's something nice about seeing each track's waveform race away from you like freeway traffic.