Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Electrix Tweaker In addition to a set of crew-on feet and a USB cable, the controller comes likewise with bundled software (the Tweaker Editor software Traktor LE 2) and mapping for Serato Scratch Live and Traktor Pro. The controller's design is mostly influenced by Livid, offering a feel of its boutique controllers. Being topped with a faceplate of brushed aluminum, the dj equipment attributes roughened gray plastic edges that raise up the device from its metal body. Its LED-ringed encoders, buttons, backlit pads, faders and knobs are also of great quality. The device's 4 plastic screw-in feet enable to raise it to the height of CDJ or a standard club mixer, in addition to angle it towards you (if this is your choice) by getting rid of the front two of its feet. The controller's retro feel and attractive look is achieved by its gray color and location of the company logo (on the front side panel of the unit), while its height choices and square form make the device stick out from the rest in its course. The impressions offered by gray become dispersed by vibrant light program put on by backlit pads and buttons the minute you plug the unit in. Even being USB powered, these lights are bright enough for daytime, too. The leading panel seems to be divided vertically into two sections each of which features a pitch-style center-clicked fader, a downright encoder with a center click, and three rotary push-to-click encoders with 14 LED surrounds. The meaning of these LED is not just visual: as good as they look, they are also a terrific assistance when browsing the layers, offering aesthetic feedback on where you are. The bottom center of the unit features a crossfader, and the upper part is equipped with a string of cursor-style buttons and a center button, as well as a weighted, stepped and big push-to-click rotary-- an option control in classic library design. All the controls on Electrix Tweaker lack designating whatsoever, yet the description of every control's functions in the provided mappings is offered by Electrix in a PDF. Being a strictly Midi controller (without inbuilt sound card), the unit is USB powered and attributes likewise Midi in/outs along with the USB socket on its back panel. Mapping This "universal" controller can be utilized with any Midi mappable DJ software as well as to manage production software like Abletom Cope with its Livid-powered mapping and pad matrix. Yet, since Traktor is the most commonly made use of DJ item, Traktor mapping will be more in focus of this review. Including Traktor LE 2 in the box, it will have to be updated to Traktor Pro 2 if you wish to modify the mappings-- something that is no more a significant cost it utilized to be. Because Traktor Pro2 is undoubtedly higher showcased software, enabling deeper control for its mapping to benefit from, we provide examination outcomes of the unit with Traktor Pro 2. Electrix Tweaker can be used as an all-in-one competent controller with Traktor (unless you care a whole lot about jogwheels). You simply have to include a sound card-- for instance, an Audio 2-- and you'll get a capable and initial set-up that is way much better than the course of me-too DJ controllers. The controller features four layers, or modes (that comprise pitch, loops, transportation and impacts) for control cycle that can be done individually, permitting a different mode for each of the Decks, A and B. Thus, you could manage the encoders and various other features on the right and delegated cycle with their features by pushing repetitively the "mode" button (for quick manual beatmatching tweaks you could hold "change" and "mode" that will take right to pitch control). Needing some discipline in remembering, this layer approach may not be considereded appropriate for everybody, however given the reasonably minimal physical controls of the unit, it does permit a great deal of action and control. The LED rings around the rotaries will always bear in mind and prompt you about the point they were set on during your last access of the layer. Amongst the functions they cover are crossfader curve, EQ, pitch range, kill (push to kill) and some others. The velocity-sensitive eight huge pads with aftertouch have their very own controlling results. Pushing them softer or more difficult you can impact the dry/wet, while grid buttons comfortably serve as cues. Do not think you can accidentally induce them although they are near the crossfader. If you are not a sort of DJ who utilizes jogs, all these features will be fairly enough for DJing on two decks with Traktor. Electrix Tweaker DJ 2013 Mapping Various other software Similar to with Traktor, the supplied mapping with Serato Scratch Live makes use of the major center controls of the device for library functions, and the SP-6 sample player is managed by pads. The results are regulated by three rotaries on each side which provide grid loop and hot cues. The device enables no interior mixing in SSL though with the 70mm pitch faders it does enable to manage your songs's jump in interior mode. Therefore, it's finest to be made use of as a suit to an external mixer and some kind of decks. You could likewise do Midi mapping of Serato DJ to a second controller. You could change likewise the work of LEDs and properties of the controls with the Tweaker Editor the controller includes, along with could conserve your work as presets. Generally, this controller, looking pretty straightforward with its design and functionality, makes certain to appeal to one of the most of enhanced Midi developers. The quality of its controls and LED feedback makes playing this Tweaker similarly agreeable for Midi programmers as well as plug-and-play DJs. The bottom center of the device features a crossfader, and the upper part is geared up with a string of cursor-style buttons and a center button, as well as a weighted, stepped and big push-to-click rotary-- a selection control in traditional collection design. All the controls on Electrix Tweaker do not have designating whatsoever, yet the description of every control's functions in the provided mappings is offered by Electrix in a PDF. Needing some discipline in bearing in mind, this layer approach may not be related to as ideal for everybody, but offered the reasonably limited physical controls of the device, it does enable for a lot of action and control. Simply like with Traktor, the supplied mapping with Serato Scratch Live utilizes the top center controls of the unit for collection features, and the SP-6 sample player is regulated by pads.