CNET First Look
Numark NS6Numark NS6 is a beautiful piece of DJ gear. it delivers a great combo of hardware and software features for the price.
Hey, I'm Donald Bell and this is a first look at the Numark NS6. This is a Digital DJ controller that retails around 1300 dollars least or closer to 1000 dollars [unk]. What it does is combine a 4-channel audio mixer, digital effects and 2 virtual turntable decks into one extremely solid little system. Plug this in any macro PC and install the bundle software or any MIDI based DJ software, and you've got everything you need to spark that superstar DJ crave in putting off. Some cool stuff worth noting, the 4 audio channels here can be individually switch from a computer input to analog input, and all those analog inputs are here on the back along with RC [unk] out. If you want to quickly skip to a place in a song, we all have this dedicated touch Strip for each deck up here at the top. On the front, you get some controller over the cross fader curve and a section off to the side here for headphone controls. As far as disappointments go, the 2 virtual turntables here are actually plastic and don't live up to the half in the feel of the Numark NS7 review last year. They're also not motorized which is one of the features we really love about the NS7. The lights inside of these platters to give the illusion of rotation but they don't actually spin. The resolution of the accuracy of the controls are fine but if you're really picky about how these things look and feel in having that turntable light control, you can probably do better. You should also know that the NS6 is still pretty heavy, it's lighter than logging on 2 turntables on a mixer but there are definitely smaller and lighter solutions out there. So, that's the Numark NS6. It's a beautiful piece of DJ gear and it delivers a great combo of hardware and software features for the price. For cnet.com, I'm Donald Bell.