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It's back - the NS7 post that is
It's back - the NS7 post that is
Posted by Gizmo on January 17, 2008 :

Numark Serato ITCH NS7

Having posted and retracted a story and image from these pages, I've now got the full lowdown on just what Numark and Serato have been cooking up while snuggling together in their respective gear labs. Check here for exactly what Serato's new ITCH things is all about for that's what drives Numark's new NS7 system.

Firstly, Serato and Numark announce their engagement:
Collaboration to Deliver New Class of DJ Hardware and Software Interactivity

Cumberland, R.I. (Jan. 17, 2008 ) – Numark, the world’s leading manufacturer of products for the DJ market, announces the formation of a strategic partnership with Serato, the world's leading provider of DJ software. The agreement marks the first joint effort between Serato and Numark, and promises new levels of performance for DJs.

Numark and Serato have combined forces in an effort to drive the integration of high-performance software and hardware into the DJ experience. With its time-tested legacy of innovation, Numark has leveraged its ability to match its highly recognized hardware expertise with Serato’s software prowess. Together, Numark and Serato have created a powerhouse DJ software and hardware combination.

The results of the Numark and Serato strategic partnership can be seen in person January 17-20 at Winter NAMM 2008 booth 6400 in Anaheim, CA. Of particular note, the new product—Numark’s NS7 motorized software controller—is completely unique to both companies. Officials of Numark and Serato were quick to point out that the NS7 is a first-of-its-kind DJ software controller. With extremely high resolution real vinyl control, the NS7 achieves the most accurate and precise software control available. An integrated high quality audio interface locks to the included Serato "Itch" DJ software to deliver the best possible sound.

Numark's new alliance with Serato will usher in a new era of DJ software and hardware from both companies.

So that's established that Numark and Serato are very much loved up. "No, you put the phone down, no you" can be heard after transatlantic conference calls. But what on earth does this partnership mean? What kind of digital devilry can "the world's leading manufacturer of products for the DJ market" and "the world's leading provider of DJ software" concoct? Well... this:

Numark Serato ITCH NS7
When it comes to performing with software, precision control is essential. Numark's NS7 delivers high-resolution control so powerful, you'll wonder how you ever DJ'd without it. The NS7 comes pre-configured to control the software of your choice, including the award-winning DJ software such as Serato's Itch and Numark's CUE software. The NS7 allows the user to assign their controls with MIDI performance to ensure software compatibility for a long time to come.

Two high-torque, motorized 7" standard platters with a genuine vinyl interface provide pinpoint response with the look and feel of standard turntables. Illuminated easy-to-find controls help you to perform in any lighting conditions.

The NS7 sends MIDI over USB at two to three times normal speed, at an extremely high resolution for the most accurate and precise software control available, while remaining 100% MIDI compliant. Custom controls are included for navigating your library without need for a mouse or keyboard.

The NS7 uses high performance USB 2.0 that delivers pristine 24-bit audio. XLR (balanced) and RCA (unbalanced) connections are ideal for the pro and semi-pro alike. 

Numark's NS7 is the DJ's choice for high-performance, motorized software control.
Key Features:
Adjustable high-torque, direct-drive motors with 7” Vinyl
2-in, 4-out. 24-bit USB 2.0 audio Interface
High speed, double precision MIDI controls (Compatible with any MIDI software)
Rock solid CP-PRO crossfader
All metal construction
Extensive Looping, Cue Point and Track Selection controls
Additional assignable controls include 8 rotary, 8 triggers and 2 mini sliders
Audiophile-quality analog circuitry

Audio Inputs:
RCA (unbalanced) line
Mic (1/4" balanced)

Audio Outputs:
Master - XLR (balanced)/RCA (unbalanced)
Booth - RCA (unbalanced)
Headphone - 1/4" and 1/8" stereo

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

On January 17, 2008, DaCaveDwella said this:
Wow...2008 Looks like a nice year...giz...looks like you have been busy...

I kinda like these over the stantons as it's all one unit...

I can't wait til it hits guitar center so I can get a hands on feel of these new toys...

question or comment for both stanton & numark...hope the faders are good!!

a bad fader could kill the whole product...


On January 18, 2008, abc said this:
SON OF A BITCH! who buys organs?

On January 18, 2008, Dark DJ said this:
My first impression sorry not in english:

smile1.gifJesus mil veces!!!!amazed.gif QUIEROOOOO!!!!!love.gif


saving some money now... this is the exact thing i was looking for cuz' i wanted to control virtual dj...i was thinkin in DMC2 but this is much better for my club...

sorry for my bad English

On January 18, 2008, corporation said this:

serato with numark? like Mercedes merging with Ford...

i would bite, except with the bad taste the HDX left me, i might pass...

plus i would guess the price would be close to $1000...

On January 18, 2008, Kirk said this:
Does anybody know what the MSRP is on this?

On January 18, 2008, k_one said this:

It says that it's equipped with the CP-PRO fader, and that's the same fader you find in the DXMPRO mixer.
In other words, super sharp cut curve, silky smooth and ultra durable (I haven't been able to brake a single fader yet on my DXMPRO, using it almost everyday and bashing it every weekend for the last 3 years...)
So I wouldn't worry about fader quality...

On January 18, 2008, DaCaveDwella said this:
@k_one...thanks for the info!

Ok...different story for me about that x-fader if it's the same one in the Numark DXM06 2-Channel DJ Mixer W/ Digital Fx that I had. My crossfader started to bleed 6-8 months after I got the mixer...I actually got my money back from Guitar Center as I was lucky to buy the extended warranty through GC on that since I wasn't sure of the quality of the unit...

I noticed it was a optical type crossfader & that dust would cause it to decay quickly...I'm in a dusty enviroment...(less dusty enviroments probably would make the crossfader last longer)

On January 18, 2008, CapsRock said this:
God, I'm somewhat confused now since there is a new implementation of digital DJing. Like, what are the differences between what Serato Scratch live, Numark Cue and this. I know the former has external mix/audio boxes, can connect to a standard DJ setup, and mix up songs on a laptop. But, how will this perform against the box/ general DJ setup (two tables or cd decks with one mixer) and the NS7 package?

Like, the lag time, resolution and precision of vinyl feel, and especially, how they sound.

Heh, I'd like to see this solution against Stanton's to see how they perform in another digital showdown. I am pretty sure that other companies like Native might come out with something similar.

On January 18, 2008, DJ Richy said this:
AND THE WINNER IS! what did i say! :D I just knew it would be a like Stanton's "Enter The System" but on steroids!!

On January 18, 2008, AgentZero said this:
Inane grammar bitch: "—is completely unique to both..."

There is no such thing as completely unique. Something is either unique or not. Nothing can be half, a little or very unique. Much like you can't be somewhat pregnant.

<minor rant over>

In other news, cool freaking gear!

On January 18, 2008, DJ NightLife said this:
Numark lost a customer here with the CDX problems... And I firmly think that there is a money deal behind that because it's truely merging Ferrari with Kia !

Save your money instead for the DENON DN-HS5500

On January 18, 2008, Konix said this:
The new Vestax VCI-300 will also be a Serato ITCH controller

On January 18, 2008, k_one said this:

It's NOT the same fader as in the DXM06...the 06 uses the D-Type fader, while this uses the CP-PRO fader. The thing with the CP-PRO is that it uses something called conductive polymer(basically plastic that can lead voltage) and since plastic rubbing against each other doesn't wear like metal doing the same, it lasts pretty da*n long....The fader in the 06 is not optical by the way...neither is the CP-PRO...

On January 18, 2008, bigbarcelona said this:
I thought that by the end of NAAM, I was going to purchase either the new version of the VCI or something a la' VCI but much better from another brand. But, after taking a look at the NS7, I can't stop drooling and I can't wait to play with this gorgeous piece of technology when it comes out. Talk about the ultimate upgrade when it comes to portable/midi players.

On January 18, 2008, LINKY said this:

On January 18, 2008, ccp said this:
if the quality is good and it wouldn´t cost more than 600$ i might get one
(fuck the secutity-code)

On January 18, 2008, DaCaveDwella said this:
@k_one....big ups...thanks for the information...I'll have to check out that cp-pro fader and followup on user comments to see how it holds up...

anybody else use a cp-pro x-fader??

On January 19, 2008, Gyro said this:
ccp: 600$?? Are you kidding?

Ok, what we have here is 2 high torq motorised decks, mixer with pro-quality crossfader, pro-grade soundcard, and all this in one portable unit. It's gonna cost at least 1000$, and even at this price point, I'll buy it.

On January 19, 2008, Dark DJ said this:
"ccp: 600$?? Are you kidding?

Ok, what we have here is 2 high torq motorised decks, mixer with pro-quality crossfader, pro-grade soundcard, and all this in one portable unit. It's gonna cost at least 1000$, and even at this price point, I'll buy it."

well it might sound crazy but i think that the price is not goin to be to high...

because... well is very fine equipment but you dont use cd's/usb and it's a single unit and does not have a computer...

i will say that the price might be around de $700~900 dlls... like the price of the hibrid x2 turntable...
the x2 is about feel and the NS7 is about compatibillity...

well thas my opinion...

i might be wrong...(hope not :P )

On January 20, 2008, What? said this:
Look at the ssl forums, Serato has sold out, partnered with microwaves are us Numark. Saying you are a SSL dj is going to get you put into the same class as the button pushers. Look at the size of that sync button on the Ns7 if that doesn't scream microwave I don't know what does. Its a bad move for Serato, and a worse move for Numark.

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 3 years Numark has been quietly buying up every dj software company they can. This spells disaster, soon there will be no true innovates only the 1 minute dj setup Ding! He's your crap! No thanks Serato and Numark I'll pass on your overly commerical crap.

Its really sad to see some much me too crap coming out lately even though nothing is new, its all repackaged crap the ns7 is a perfect example of this.

The unit no doubt is a mock up and probably has no working parts at all which is why its in a glass case. If I wanted to be impressed I would be able to touch it. Judging by Numarks past track record I would say don't expect it for at least another year or too, 15 firmware revisions later it just might make it through a whole show.

On January 21, 2008, DaCaveDwella said this:
History lesson...back in the day...Numark was the industry standard mixer just as vestax or rane is today...

Stanton was the industry standard for needles (ortofon & shure for today)...

Technics was & still is the industry standard...

My personal opinion...
I just see Numark & Stanton on the comeback...I think it's great that Numark can hookup with other companies...even serato...they are even pushin the technology level up a notch in which I don't see from any other company right now...yes the products might be this, might be that...but in the's a next level deal with possible upgrades to mkII, mkIII, mk so on and so on upgrades...& with reasonable prices...they just might pop back into the scene with a nice momentum to regenerate the falling music scene...

On February 8, 2008, you know me said this:
but numark and stanton were low quality crap. they just happened to be popular.

On March 2, 2008, its2008b*itch said this:
in the same class as button pushers. LMAO

Your dinosaur mentality is gonna make you a fossil.

On March 4, 2008, DJ AiD said this:
i hope its not too expensive, i think it would cost about 1500 dollars... if its not too expensive i will buy one...

/ Dj AID

On March 19, 2008, oOh chILD said this:
While Numark has definitely had some solid offerings, this their first controller that looks substantial. I would gladly trade bells and whistles for stability and function. I'm waiting for Hercules RMX-Looks solid like their recent offerings and pre-orders are only $350.00 usd. Numark has a mixed reputation for quality. $800-$1000 may be a bargain considering its competition but its still a nice chunk of change to take a gamble on.javascriptwacko.gifmiley_bbcode('newsposting', 'fullnews', 'suspicious.gif');
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On April 14, 2008, dj.ghost said this:




On April 14, 2008, Gizmo said this:
The product is a long way from being finished or available. Despite what you may have heard, pricing has yet to be set. You won't see this until Q3 in my estimation.

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