Alesis SR18 Drum Machine

By David D. – Product Specialist

When Numark created the Total Control USB MIDI Portable Controller, they had you, the traveling DJ in mind. This controller is constructed of mostly plastic besides some screws and ports on the back, this makes the controller very lightweight and convenient to lug around from venue to venue. Don’t let the plastic construction fool you; being that it is from Numark, you can be assured it is built durable like all their other products.

The layout of this controller is very simple and familiar to most DJs. It is equipped with 2 sets of controllers on each side for each channel, while the middle section of controls is used to combine sound. The 2 jog wheels operate very smooth and have a solid feel to them with no wobble at all. Similar to a DJ mixer, the faders are standard size, two to control the volume for each deck, two controlling tempo/speed for each deck, and a crossfader that determines the volume of each deck being played. The Cue button allows you to preview the audio on one deck, while the other continues to play. Tempo can be adjusted manually by pressing the sync button or by using the slider. The bass, mid, and treble controls can be turned to control or pressed to be killed. Making it even easier to use, the buttons will illuminate when in use, indicating status in software for less time looking at the computer.

The Total Control comes with Native Instruments Traktor LE Software. This software provides you with 4 optional layouts, beatgrid editing, saving with locked sync, manual looping, selectable loop length and much more. Traktor LE gives you the choice of effects per deck including filter, delay, reverb and flanger. It’s compatible with Mac and PC, and works with nearly any audio format. It connects to your computer with a class compliant USB device and requires no software driver to work.

Easy to use and works right out of the box, the Numark Total Control makes DJing from a computer a little easier.