After a rather dull start of the year DJ gear wise, Numark presented today their brand new NS6II Serato DJ 4 channel controller. The NS6II brings a lot to the table, from dual USB ports to LCD screens build into the jog wheels and a 4 channel hardware mixer. The suggested retail price of USD 699 is more than reasonable, considering that the comparable Pioneer DJ DDJ-SX2 retails for a few hundreds more.
The NS6II will work with Serato DVS, which means that you can connect turntables and/or media players and use it with Serato DJ and the built-in hardware mixer.
The design and layout is a departure from the original NS6, so clearly, this is more than an under the hood brush up:
- Dual USB ports for DJ handoffs
- 2-inch color LCD display integrated into each jog wheel
- Digital mixer with (2) phono/line inputs that can be mixed directly without software
Comes with Serato DJ (full version)
- Touch-capacitive knobs
- 6-inch multi-function jog wheel with smart learning capacitive technology
- 4-channel USB Audio
- Stereo XLR outputs, Master RCA outputs, Booth RCA Outputs
- (2) 1/4” mic inputs
- Stand-alone mixer 24-bit, 44.1K audio
- USB 2.0
- 4 in, 4 out with (2) phono preamp
- Replaceable crossfader
- Roll bar to protect front panel control knobs
I really liked the Numark Mixtrack Platinum, especially the built-in LCD screens. The NS6II is a better featured, more complete version of the Mixtrack Platinum. The LCD screens work great on the Platinum and will for sure be a selling point here, but the NS6II as much more going for itself. The hardware mixer that is compatible with Serato DVS, the 4 channels, the professional grade inputs and outputs… This controller could really become a working DJ’s favorite, and certainly gives the competition a run for its money.
The original NS6 is a beloved DJ controller and has a loyal fan following, the NS6II has everything to be a worthy successor.
It also inherits a neat feature from the likes of the NVII and the NS7III, namely the touch-capacitive knobs. These allow for instant activation of EQ and effects just by touching the knobs, which is pretty cool when you learn how to use it.
The NS6II will be available summer 2017, selling for USD 799. I can’t wait to put my hands on one and take it through its paces.