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Very Good Controller. Shame about the Serato exclusivity

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03.06.2011

Advantages:
Well built, excellent response, looks great, LED lit

Disadvantages:
Very expensive, only works with serato itch, limited midi functions, no effects knobs

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As an owner of this product, I can say I really do like the controller. It is sturdy, has a sleek and stylish design and is extremely responsive.

The knobs and faders feel weighted and do not slide too easily. This is perfect for precise and effective volume and fx control. The controller is lit with LEDs which are very responsive and aesthetically pleasing. For example, the volume level indicator located next to the two volume faders is accurate and appears to have no latency whatsoever.

The Jog wheels on the device feel strong and well built. Their sensitivity can be increased or decreased by a key at the back of the device.

However, I feel that the biggest let down with this product is the fact that it can only be used with Serato software. Whoever's idea it was to not allow this controller to be used with any other Midi Controlled software should be sacked. Before you say "there must be hacks and exploits which allow this controller to be used with other software" believe me I have tried. The VCI 300 sends packets of Midi data which is can be used by most other DJ/Production software. HOWEVER the VCI-300 has high resolution jog wheels and pitch faders that are NOT compatible with most dj software including Traktor. This means that you will need to "patch" or convert this signal to general Midi which will increase latency - even to the extent that it is unusable in certain scenarios.

For a controller that is only guaranteed to work with one application (Serato Itch), I do feel the £5-700 price tag is far too steep. The unit does not have any fx capabilities, If you want this you must purchase a separate unit which runs along side the VCI 300 for around £150-200.

All in all I am fairly disappointed with this controller, the unit itself is beautifully designed and has a fantastic response and feel. However, I just cannot get over the fact that this only works with an average-at-best piece of software that has limited capabilities and functionality compared to its competitors.

My recommendation: If you are a fan of Serato Itch and use it anyway, buy this product. You will love it and will not have any problems with it.

If you wanted to use the VCI 300 with another piece of software, I would steer clear, this route leads to nothing but trouble and I do not feel paying £5-700 for a Midi Controller that you will need to "patch" to get to work the way you desire is a wise path to take.
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Zurich11 06.06.2011 17:28

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