As laptop DJing becomes increasingly common, it seems impractical for new DJ’s to buy turntables and a mixer just to mix MP3’s. Don’t get me wrong, if you want to play vinyl records also, or do a heavy amount of scratching you’ll need turntables. But for the new digital DJ looking to cue tracks, mix live, and get creative with effects, controllers with soundcards built in are a good way to go. Up until now full featured controller/soundcards have come at a price that might scare away beginners. Enter the Vestax Typhoon.
The Typhoon comes with everything you need to start DJing with your personal computer and music collection. It comes bundled with Traktor LE and lets you load up tracks, mix between decks, and play with filters and effects all without ever reaching for your laptop keyboard. The soundcard on board enables you to send your mix out to speakers and preview tracks in headphones before mixing them in.
The only things keeping it in the beginner zone are the RCA outputs (not as loud as quarter inch or XLR), and the touch sensor discs which aren’t as responsive as the Vestax’s VCI series. But these setbacks seem well in line with the price point.
If you haven’t watched our Vestax Typhoon video feature yet be sure to check it out for a hands on look at the Typhoon. Ships mid August but taking orders now!