Numark NS7II DJ Controller Review
The Numark NS7II 4-deck DJ controller is Numark’s flagship unit and until the announcement of the new Numark NV Controller, which we will of course test once it arrives in South Africa, has been regarded as their best one yet. With a range that boasts everything from iPad controllers such as the Mixtrack Edge and the iDJ Pro, to entry level top sellers, the Mixtrack Pro II and Mixtrack Quad to a host of others such as the Mixdeck and 4Trak, it is fair comment to say that Numark has all the bases covered when it comes to Digital DJ Gear.
What is it?
The Numark NS7II is the second revision of the original NS7 and it is a 4 channel unit designed for professional DJs looking for a versatile controller that pretty much caters for any style of DJing or DJ environment. From its 7-inch motorised platters (to simulate the feel of a turntable platter) with high resolution midi (3600 ticks per rotation) – which means pinpoint accuracy for scratch DJs, to the XLR master outputs, to the fact that it can also be used as a stand-alone mixer by plugging CD/Media players or turntables in the back, the NS7II offers top quality components, comprehensive features and rock-solid build quality.
Physically the Numark NS7II is a beast of a machine. It is made out of metal and weighs in at 15.3 kgs so it is certainly not light but then again one should consider that with the NS7II you have your entire DJ headset all-in-one and for robust, serious performance this baby is designed to take the heat. Opening up the box one is immediately impressed by the real slip mats, the tactile, solid motorised platters, the firmly crafted assortment of knobs and the conveniently placed velocity-sensitive pads.
The MPC style pads are really impressive. They offer multi-colour display, there are 8 per side (16 in total), are velocity sensitive and you can change up to 10 modes with 10 buttons for functions such as roll, sample, cue, loop and slicing. Once you get used to the colours this is really handy for knowing what mode you’re in – plus it makes you look super cool behind the decks.
Whilst the MPC style pads might get your attention first up, the rest of the controls are pretty impressive too. The EQ and filter knobs are touch-sensitive as are the hot cue buttons and the strip search pad at the top of the unit. Everything lights up on the NS7II and not just to impress your audience. Using the FX rotaries with proper spiral LED feedback simply improves one’s manipulation as you can see instantly how much of an effect your are applying. With the touch-sensitive technology you also don’t worry about pressing buttons to activate the FX – simply touch the knob to add an effect to your mix, then let go to return to normal mode. Speaking of the FX, you have 12 Isotope FX per channel and 3 FX per bank. This means you could use up to 6 FX simultaneously per channel. Another excellent feature of the FX is that you can choose to effect an individual channel or by pressing the Master FX button, effect the total sound output, something not usually offered on DJ midi controllers.
The sum of all its parts
The FX section and the motorized platters are two standout functions on the Numark NS7II. But it’s actually the sum of all its parts that make this an outstanding and serious DJ controller. From XLR outputs, to a CP-Pro crossfader, controls for each function including a Bleep-reverse switch, dedicated mic-channel, beat-grid buttons for accurate control of your FX, Slip Mode for scratching and LED meters per channel, the only possible gripe could be the fairly short channel sliders.
Two words come to mind when I think about the Numark NS7II: professionalism and versatility. Whilst the sheer weight of the unit may be a little scary for your average backpacking club DJ, this is definitely the controller a DJ that does regular functions such as wedding, birthdays and barmitzvas should consider. If you want something that will last… and last, plus it has every possible feature you can think of on it and more, I can’t think of a better unit than the NS7II. It is also the perfect controller for scratch and Hip-Hop DJs who perform with an MC rapping over the top. If you are a turntablist or vinyl DJ looking for the same feel for mixing as a turntable, the NS7II is also ideal. It’s not cheap but it is 100% quality – for DJs who make their living (part of full-time) from playing music.
- 7-inch motorized turntables with ultra-high-resolution MIDI (3600 ticks per rotation)
- 4-channel mixer and 24-bit audio interface built in
- 16 multi-color MPC® pads from Akai Professional
- Capacitive touch-sensitive filter, EQ, and effects knobs
- Genuine vinyl discs and real felt slipmats for unmatched tactile control
- The most intuitive and seamless control for Serato DJ available
- Connect and mix CD players, turntables, MP3 players, or any other external source
- Mixer can operate standalone, with or without your computer
- High- and low-torque turntable settings
- Comprehensive Loop, Sample, Slicer, and Hot Cue controls
- Strip Search™ virtual needle-drop technology
- Serato DJ software included
- Curve-adjustable CP-Pro crossfader
- Dedicated iZotope® effects controls
- Rugged all-metal construction
- NS7II Controller
- Serato DJ Software (Download)
- (2) Turntable Platters
- Spindle Wrench
- Spindle Screw
- Allen Wrench
- USB Cable
- Power Cable
- User Guide
- Safety & Warranty Manual
Recommended Retail: R 23,917.00