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REVIEW: Numark D Director
REVIEW: Numark D Director
Posted by Gizmo on June 10, 2007 :

We're in a world where music more often exists as a string of ones and zeros on your hard disk, thus the need for physical medium is largely at an end. I know I know - we love vinyl or at least some sort of disk to fondle. But feel that? It's the wind of change and there's a whole new way to play music that we've been wanting for a couple of years - music straight off a hard disk. While not being the first to market, Numark's D Director is the first product through the skratchworx review machine.

In theory, it's an easy principle, but the reality of emulating the process of disk selection is hard to translate into the purely digital realm. So big up anyone who has a go, and Numark do manage to make this a very easy unit to use. Personally, I feel it would have been pretty mad to go balls out and make the next level digital deck before the first level has even been sorted, so this softly softly approach is welcome. Bring on the D3 Numark!

Anyhow - enough waffle, here's the review.

NOTE: No further comments are being accepted.
14 comments to this story

On June 11, 2007, Buttafingazz said this:
Can't wait to read the review... :x 8) :

On June 11, 2007, Funky B said this:
Giz - wouldn't the review for the Numark HDX be the first hard drive plyer reviewed? I rember it like it was yesterday... the HDX a great unit but too expensive. I bought 2 HDXs because sw_smilie.png gave it such high marks!

On June 11, 2007, k_one said this:
Nice review Giz!
I've just got the first units of D2's in my office, and I find myself agreeing to most of what you're saying in your review.
Good job! (And a kick-ass product) :P

On June 11, 2007, SpAzZ said this:
As always great review brother Giz. I even learned something about along the way. I didn't realize NTFS was an older File system than FAT32, and I work in the IT field. huh.gif

Once again though, excellent job on an unbiased and fair review.

On June 11, 2007, Gizmo said this:
Hmmm... dug a little deeper than my scant PC knowledge and you're quite right. I've amended the review accordingly.

On June 11, 2007, DJStevieRay said this:
Actually NTFS came out with Windows NT3.1 circa 1993

Fat32 did not come out until Windows 95 ver4.03.1212-1214 Released in 1996

On June 11, 2007, Gizmo said this:
Thanks Stevie! But in the whole scheme of things, it doesn't really matter.

On June 11, 2007, MasterBlaster said this:
Thanks for the review, but can you get Numark to comment on the lack of 'standard' features like Master Tempo and key shift?

I'm worried those can't be added in an update...

On June 11, 2007, DENON said this:
Nice job Giz.
For the price range and its basic features, (IMHO) its certainly a better offering than the Cortex 1000 model.

When you finally review the feature rich HD2500, I think youll appreciate the details and critical performance that we implemented.

>Key Adjust & Pitch 100%
>Pinpoint Accurate Scratching (touch sensitive jogs)
>Deep pitch resolution (.02/.05%)
>Wav Tags supported (Audio Grabber)
>7-onboard effects
>2 seamless loops or hot starts with A-B trim points
>Cue point saving
>Connection to our dual cd/mp3 drive units (BU4500)
>Device Mode (connection to a PC)

On June 11, 2007, Gizmo said this:
MasterBlaster - the D2 is really a very basic player and nothing more. I would have thought that those extra features would appear in a later higher spec'd model.

On June 11, 2007, Professorbx said this:
Hey know, nevermind, whatever I say will be lost on you anyway. Didn't we have this conversation 8 months ago, and then again 3 months ago?

On June 12, 2007, DENON said this:
Professorbx, congrats on your new job, I wish you all the best there.

On June 12, 2007, Wil said this:
I really wish that Numark would have made this into an actual desktop unit instead of a rackmount. The iDJ2 is going to be similar but something like this that's a bit more professional would have been really nice. I just like having a lot of room to work with and, although I've seen and played with the D2, everything seems too mini. I really hate how the time on the songs gets blurred when you play the tracks (the numbers aren't that clear).

I'll take another look at it since I'm looking for something like this and you seemed to like it.

On June 12, 2007, MasterBlaster said this:
Cheers Giz!

D3 it is then...

Not bad for a first (or 1.5 generation?) try though.

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