Vestax Trots Out VCI-300mkII
Vestax has premiered the VCI-300mkII, an update to their Serato ITCH controller. Some of the new features include:
» Audio fed to the MIC/AUX input can now be directly sent to the Master outputs with the THRU switch turned ON, minimizing latency of when fed through ITCH
» Higher output gain level and headphone volume level when supplying power with the optional power adaptor
» New Jog Wheel has adjust knobs for speedy and accurate adjustments
» Mini Jack headphone connection plus standard 1/4 inch connection
The VCI-300 can control more than 90 ITCH parameters and functions with high resolution MIDI signals sent via USB. The pulse resolution of the JOG wheel and pitch control fader is 4 times higher than the VCI-100 and provides precise control of each function. The pitch control fader also shares the same high quality fader parts of the input fader for advanced operability.
The built-in audio interface carries a Audio Codec IC, generated by a delta-sigma modulation 24 bit stereo D/A-A/D converter. Audio connection includes 1 stereo input, 1 MIC input and 2 stereo output (Master L/R, Monitor L/R). A 12 level LED L/R indicator is set in the center of the top panel to monitor sound levels. Audio files in the software library can be easily selected and controlled with the CRATES / FILES / BROWSE key and the cursor switch inherited from the VCM-100.
The Emergency Thru Switch located on the rear panel is a countermeasure where you can use the VCI-300 with the provided ITCH software or without the computer connected if you simply want to play music from your external CD or MP3 player. The ITCH software reads music from your iTunes library or the Serato library you use for Scratch LIVE, making it the perfect device for recreational or professional DJ’s.
The torque of each JOG wheel can be adjusted to prevent them from moving from low frequency feedback and altering the pitch when using the VCI-300 in such places like clubs. The fader curve of each fader can be adjusted to the preferred characteristics for long mixes, scratching and any other style.
No pricing or availability has been announced. However, if you live in the US and want one of these pups, we’d suggest putting in your pre-order in now. Vestax’s US distributor has a spotty record as far as reliable and consistent delivery of their controllers. More information on the Vestax VCI-300mkII.