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What's all this about then?
What's all this about then?
Posted by Gizmo on January 18, 2008 :

Vestax VCI-B1 MIDI controller NAMM 2008

Well actually I do have a little insight into this, having seen not much more than an idea of this unit in Vestax's secret room at PLASA. But it seems that everyone is getting hip to the fact that MIDI is cool and all, but we - the ones having to pay for and use this stuff - want real vinyl feel from our controllers. Hence Stanton, Numark and now Vestax are putting out units that do just that. Enter the Vestax VCI-1B.

There's no info on this deck at all. I reckon it's more of a betatype, floating trial balloons and seeing what people think. But I'm sure you'd like to see more pics right? Here goes...

Vestax VCI-B1 MIDI controller NAMM 2008Vestax VCI-B1 MIDI controller NAMM 2008Vestax VCI-B1 MIDI controller NAMM 2008Vestax VCI-B1 MIDI controller NAMM 2008
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Once again, the skratchworx USA posse is under instructions to get pics and video.


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19 comments to this story

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On January 18, 2008, jason_md2020 said this:
Layout is kinda odd. It'd make more sense to put the buttons at the top, keeping the platter clear of obstructions between it & the DJ.

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On January 18, 2008, Dizzy said this:
They're finally starting to get it... MOTORIZED PLATTERS! Was that so hard?! For awhile there I thought I was part of some sort of micro-niche that actually liked the feel of spinning vinyl but wanted the benefits of MIDI control. I guess my rants about little toy-like jog wheels with "scratch modes" can cease.

Oviously the reason that this Vestax unit is so basic along the lines of minimal buttons and sliders is because it's a prototype but it looks good so far (although I'm not a huge fan of the Vestax carbon fibre look.)

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On January 18, 2008, Dizzy said this:
They're finally starting to get it... MOTORIZED PLATTERS! Was that so hard?! For awhile there I thought I was part of some sort of micro-niche that actually liked the feel of spinning vinyl but wanted the benefits of MIDI control. I guess my rants about little toy-like jog wheels with "scratch modes" can cease.

Oviously the reason that this Vestax unit is so basic along the lines of minimal buttons and sliders is because it's a prototype but it looks good so far (although I'm not a huge fan of the Vestax carbon fibre look.)

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On January 18, 2008, SpAzZ said this:
Numark and Denon have a huge jump in the motorized platter technology. They both realized that the key to good vinyl emulation is not only the sound but the torque of the motor. Let's see if Vestax and Stanton can accomplish this.

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On January 18, 2008, DaCaveDwella said this:
Looks like it still needs alot of work to appeal to the masses on this one...

Vestax...if this is a prototype?...please add controller one (C1)style buttons around the platter that can be used as midi or controller one (C1) features or anything that the user would like to program into the unit via software or midi...would love to have a usb or firewire midi controller one (C1) unit with a 7" or 10" motorized platter...

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On January 18, 2008, DaCaveDwella said this:
Forgot to add...please use nice buttons that can be abused...I noticed that the C1 buttons are not meant to be abused like mpc pads...put some dope C1 style button layout using mini mpc style buttons on that thing...or just any style of button that can take the heat of a working dj...
8)

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On January 18, 2008, Akiem said this:
here we go
this might start to work

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On January 19, 2008, DjWoody said this:
I saw this at NAMM today, I didn't like how the platter felt. It was very loose, very wobbly. Interestedly enough, it was next to the new Vestax controller for Serato ITCH.

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On January 19, 2008, lokey said this:
forget this, what about this new stanton rig? 10 inches is a nice size, no doubt. And the mixer looks slick.

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On January 19, 2008, kool chief rocker said this:
Sweet, another wobbly wonder from Vestax. Fix your platters, guys.

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On January 19, 2008, DaCaveDwella said this:
Fo Shizzle...looks like that just slapped it together with some spare vestax parts...I wouldn't doubt the platter wobbles...hopefully this is just a prototype? right? hopefully vestax is taking notes right now...

-no platter wobble
-nice motor
-good sturdy dj friendly buttons/layout (C1 style layout would be nice)
-firewire & usb & midi (why not-some hard drives have mutiple connections)
-sturdy enough for mobile usage
-lightweight
-10" Platters would be dope than 7" (more vinyl control when scratching)
-nice color choices (C1 style black paint?, maybe nice silver, ???)
-C1 style turntable feet (those things are dope & absorb hella bass)
-Serato Scratch Live Compatible
-7"-10" Vinyl color choices (ish...lets bring back some marble color vinyl)
-basically should feel something like a pdx or C1 without a tonearm &
smaller
footprint

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On January 19, 2008, Omek said this:
Dont forget adjustable start and stop like numarks, and a Reverse flip switch like Pioneers.

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On January 19, 2008, Wozza said this:
For me it needs 4 sections of buttons
1. transport controlls - 6 buttons, play/pause, cue, FF and RW, next and previous track
2. buttons for cues (pref 4 for me)
3. Buttons for loops (pref manual and ones for automatic loops) - 6-8 buttons would do nicely
4. buttons (and maybe rotaries) for effects.

If we get this supplied with the 10" motor it should lead to a great controller.
To me making this one work with Serato ITCH (so USB2) is a no brainer but get it to be a MIDI controller too for Scratch, Cue, Torq etc
Also some sort of link through would be great so that units could be daisy chained together which could lead to multi deck support giving people the 4 deck option.

The Stanton appears to be close to this but I am not so sure just how close it is.

As this is a proto, hopefully Vestax will listen to us or at least Giz like they did with a couple of the new mixers.

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On January 19, 2008, Reezy said this:
Reminds me of this:




LINK

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On January 19, 2008, Akiem said this:
- 10" (12" would be nice but unnecessary)
- 1200 sturdy (duh)
- heavy (even if its just a removable weights)
- start/stop (maybe with adjustment)
- pitch (why would you want it motorized?)
- song position knob (big and takes place of tone arm)
- song select system (it would be nice to see the library)
- 5-8 cue buttons (unlit, def not blinking)

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On January 20, 2008, Dizzy said this:
Akiem, I think the advantage of a motorized pitch slider is if you switch to internal mode and back again it eliminates the need to try to calibrate the deck's pitch slider to correspond with the software's pitch setting. In other words, you wouldn't have wait 'til the next track to reset the software's pitch to match the deck's pitch. Also, if you're using a "sync" function the deck's pitch slider would be matched up with the software's pitch slider. Mind you, this is not a crucial feature for me personally as I do not use the sync function but still it would be nice to know it's there if I need it. Although, I'm a bit skeptical about the durability of a motorized pitch slider. I would be afraid of accidently sliding it "against the grain" thus potentially damaging it. I know studio mixing boards often have motorized sliders but I don't have any experience with those so I wouldn't know. Does anybody out there have any experience with motorized pitch sliders who could maybe shed some light on the subject?

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On January 20, 2008, Akiem said this:
yeah, I get that. I just wonder how often anyone would really be switching to internal, mess with the pitch then switch back back? how much does it cost? when will it break?

next will be the motorized x-fader sick.gif

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On January 22, 2008, RodrigoSM.br said this:
Vestax gets things right. Amazing. Just check out the fader - no "8" or "6" marking on either end of the slider, which means you can just custom set the range on whatever piece of software it will control. Or, hell, leave all the speed thing to software, if that's OK with you, and just control the key (tone) of things via fader.
Times, they are a-changing.

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On March 21, 2009, indeep said this:
so where is it - no info on the net anywhere?!!







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