The Vestax VCI-400 works with any DJ software that has a MIDI learn function. Having more than 200 assignable parameters (knobs, faders and buttons), you will have plenty of room to fit in all necessary controls of the software you use. Although, we understand creating a MIDI map from scratch can be time consuming. Thata's why Vestax will have basic MIDI maps for a variety of DJ software available on www.vestax.com If it's the first time for you to buy a DJ controller or if you're seeking for other DJ software, the VCI-400 comes with bundles of Serato DJ Intro and Virtual DJ LE 4 Decks, both designed for immediate plug&play DJ experience.
THINK OUT OF THE BOX The biggest advantage of using a controller to DJ is regardless its compact size, having all necessary controls in one unitand being able to transport/ play all your songs from a laptop. But VCI-400 brings you another advantage that is often overlooked: the great ability to customize how the controller works with software. The customize capability of the VCI-400 is nothing like any other and provides options that will spark your imagination. The wide and highly versatile control surfaces will map just to your style, and the multi-mode transport button allows great finger drum skills. Whatever your style is, whatever control function it is that you want to assign, the VCI-400 will have the best options for you.
IT SIMPLY SOUNDS AWESOME The sound quality of a DJ controller is determined by its D/A conversion capability. There were no compromises when Vestax designed the new audio system built-in to the VCI-400, which uses a studio-grade asynchronous USB streaming system and provides a low-latency, bit-perfect audio at 24-bit / 48 kHz resolution, with high level output. On the road or in the studio, the VCI-400 simply sounds awesome.
OPTIONAL QUALITY OVERLAY We provide optional overlay and appropriate mapping files to map your software! Available overlays for Traktor Pro 2, VirtualDJ and Serato. Check out the mapping files on www.vestax.com
MATCH TO ANY SOFTWARE Vestax got inspired by the king synthetizers. The VCI-400 is supplied with a high density blank overlay set out of the box. Stick the overlay to the VCI-400 facepanel and write your the function names of your unique function mapping.
Virtual DJ LE 4decks
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Dimensions / Weight 457(W) x 313(D) x 31(H) mm＜not include knob＞ 457(W) x 328(D) x 61(H) mm＜include knob＞ 4.5kg
DJ MAG review: VESTAX VCI-400
At the centre of the VCI-400, both figuratively and literally, lies a four-channel mixer, with a complete set of controls for each of the channels including a fader, headphone cue button and two backlit FX engage buttons. Above the four fader channels lies a row of four large red metal knobs which provide a high pass/low pass filter, as well as the usual knobs for EQ and gain.
Track browsing is taken care of via a decent-sized push button encoder knob at the centre of the mixer section, with separate buttons to load the selected track found above each of the fader channels. This makes loading tracks into the intended channel really easy. Alongside each of the Track Load buttons is a sync button that will engage the auto beat sync function (software allowing), perfect for multi-deck mash-ups.
The VCI-400 comes with Virtual DJ, as well as a coupon to allow a free download of Serato’s DJ Intro software (a cut-down version of Itch, but it can be set up for use with any digital DJing software). Obviously, for the time being at least, the main choice of software for use with VCI-400, in our eyes, is Native Instruments’ Traktor.
All of the knobs are metal shaft construction, so they are going to be very durable as well as having a lovely feeling action. The faders are high quality and feel fantastic when in use. The buttons and pads feel firm, and the cross-fader is nice and light to the touch, which is perfect for cutting and scratching. All of the faders and the cross-fader are also user replaceable via a handy hatch found on the bottom of the unit, which is a testament to good product design.
The jog wheels have a great feel to them, are very responsive and easy to manipulate, and are fully adjustable, both for touch sensitivity and stiffness. Another lovely feature found on the VCI-400’s jog wheels are the LEDs that light up the edges, giving a visual indication when the jogs are touched.
Above each of the jog wheels are banks of eight large, and four smaller buttons, which can be assigned to anything but are especially useful when used as sample trigger and loop pads. At the bottom of the jog wheels are further banks of buttons used to control cue and play functions.
Pitch control faders sit on the far left and right corners of the control surface along with an LED to indicate when the zero pitch bend point is active at the centre of the fader. Next to this at the top of each deck control section is a set of three dials and a push button rotary encoder, with backlit buttons underneath each of these — perfect for assigning effects in software.
As you’ve probably guessed, the VCI-400 is completely customisable. Most of the buttons and knobs can be assigned in any number of possible ways, and as a result, aren’t labelled, so the VCI-400 comes with a set of stickers for provided templates, but this is a bit of a letdown, and plastic overlays would have been a much nicer solution for such a professional piece of equipment.