Was 2006 the year that manufacturers really started paying attention to visualists? Sure, the DVJ-X1 has been out for 3 years now, but prices of video mixers and custom video hardware like the DVJ mean it’s not really a tool for aspiring VJs to dip their toes into the form. So purpose-built VJ hardware has been the exclusive domain of established, touring VJs (or DJs adding video to their performance). The VJ-in-training-and-on-a-budget has traditionally been confined to either off the shelf DVD players and a cheap video switcher, or shoehorning midi control into a laptop based, software solution, and praying like hell that nothing crashes.
This situation seems to be changing with increasing speed. While in previous years there has been a trickle of midi controllers and hardware, the flow is now increasing. We now have VJ-specific gear from Pioneer and Numark joining the flow of cool new stuff which can be shoehorned into controlling your favourite VJ app.
So in the face of this impending revolution of awesomeness, here comes the first NAMM VJ announcement for CDMotion: The Numark VM03-MKII.
Can we talk about new cool stuff now please?