In our latest episode on Winksound we take look at another one of the four channel controllers making waves in the controller community, the American Audio VMS4. Check the vid above to see my quick overview and read on to get my in depth take on the VMS4:
When I first plugged in to Virtual DJ LE (the software the VMS4 comes with) I was a little disappointed that it only let’s you mix on two decks. There’s a four deck version of Virtual DJ coming out soon so hopefully American Audio will embrace and even include a four deck version with the unit. For now you’ll need to use Traktor to take full control of the 4 channels available on the VMS4. The traktor maps available from American Audio will get you started but I found it hard to use when switching between my main decks (A and B) and secondary decks on each side (C and D). The 4 deck map also didn’t let you nudge tracks with the jog wheels which you should be able to do with the included plastic coverings for the jog wheels. These functions are all midi mappable though so you can add them to your mapping in Traktor’s map editor. So it’ll take some fine tuning to get it working with Traktor on four decks but as users get more familiar with the VMS-4 we’ll probably see some better mappings pop up in forums and on the VMS website.
Tech shuffle aside I was surprised by the responsiveness of the jog wheels, buttons, and faders on this unit. The touch mouse pad is a little clumsy but the midi touch strips next to the jog wheels seem like a cool idea and can be used for shuffling through your library. All around I think this is a great choice if you’re a Virtual DJ user looking for a new controller that’s plug and play. If you’re really into the layout and feel of this controller and can spend some time editing the midi map in Traktor it’ll get you mixing on four decks there as well. The switchable analogue inputs and real mixer are a nice touch that make this unit versatile. XLR outputs also ensure it’ll be nice and loud at the gig. All around some nice touches on a feature rich four channel controller that’s half the price of it’s competitors.