February 3, 2005
../ 2005 NAMM Report: Numark
Numark's R&D department has been busy. Really busy.
The company announced a boatload of exciting new products for the DJ and VJ market including the new
DVD01, a rack-mountable dual DVD player with ±50% pitch range, the AVM01
audio/video mixer, the HDCD1, a dual CD player with built-in hard drive,
the CM200USB 5 channel club mixer with built-in USB ports, and the VM03 triple
Even though Gemini trumped Numark by showcasing what the CDX should have been via a its CDT-05, an all-in-one, CD/Turntable mockup,
Numark stepped up with an impressive line up of new gear. Numark attempted to catch up to Pioneer's lead in the VJ market with three
new integrated products. The DVD01 is a dual DVD player that unites with the AVM01 audio/video mixer and the VM03 triple screen monitor to create a comprehensive DJ/VJ solution.
Two separate cross faders (audio and video) on the AVM01 allow the DJ to mix audio
and video independent of one another. Video mixing options include fades, 96 wipe patterns, picture-in-picture (PIP), Chroma Key and Luma key
capability for superimposing images, and multiple effects such as strobe, freeze, mosaic, paint, and invert. The mixer has
4 video channels with 2 composite and 2 S-video inputs/outputs, 2 composite main outputs, 4 video monitor outputs, 3 stereo audio inputs, 1 mic input
with audio cueing section and 2 stereo main audio outputs.
The DVD01 Dual DVD Player is not nearly as sophisticated as Pioneer's DVJ-X1, but the show floor model worked well and was nicely constructed.
No one in the Numark booth was available to give us a demo, so we hacked our way through a few audio/video transitions and were quite pleased with
the results. The three screen, six input VM03 Video Display looked excellent and the whole bracket
tilts so that you can adjust the viewing angle of the 5 inch TFT-LCD screens to your needs.
The HDCD1 is a rack-mountable dual CD player with built-in hard drive. The HDs
capacity is unknown at this time, but Numark states that it should be capable of "storing an entire DJ collection."
MP3s and uncompressed audio files can be ripped from CD, transferred from computer over USB, or recorded through analog inputs. Two large green
LCD displays allow easy navigation and a keyboard port facilitates playlist organization. Song information is instantly available through the internal
CDDBTM database, which is updateable via the net. Other advanced features include pitch control, instant start, relay start, and seamless looping. There are multiple play modes fully compatibility with
CD-R Data (MP3) and CD-RW discs.
The CM200USB mixer includes two USB ports with built-in audio devices
allowing the user to utilize their computer music files without the need of drivers or sound cards. Very cool. Two USB ports are included so you
can take advantage of the multiple sound card feature found in most DJ mixing software - one for cueing and one for the main outs. The ports
are full duplex so you can record your mix while playing back a track from your hard drive, if your computer can handle such a task. The
five channel mixer includes PFL gain controls, and a 3-band EQ with Kill function.
Also included is a user-replaceable, fully assignable crossfader that is conveniently set up to activate remote-start CD players via a special cable. Outputs include a master XLR output that offers panning and mono
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