NAMM: Behringer Shows B-Control DeeJay BCD2000

Control WAV, MP3 and vinyl - somehow      23/01/05

NAMM: Behringer Shows B-Control DeeJay BCD2000
All that scratching’s making me itch

Behringer claimed they would show 78 new products that would steal the show. They did display 78 new products, but whether they stole the show will no doubt be debated for years to come. One product they had on display I thought *did* steal the show within the Behringer booth. Sort of a micro show stealer if you will. And that product is the B-Control DeeJay BCD2000, available in the second quarter of 2005 for the seemingly impossibly low list price of $199.99. The B-Control DeeJay BCD2000 will play, mix and scratch WAV files, mp3's, CD's and vinyl records-no time code records needed. I'm really not sure how that will work as far as scratching vinyl records, but the B-Control DeeJay BCD2000 did a fine job of playing and scratching the WAV files that were loaded into it for demo purposes. It was set up with two speakers and a computer screen in between, and the interaction between the B-Control hardware and the software was instantaneous and very interactive. All moves on the hardware controller were reflected immediately onscreen. The software in use was on a PC. The B-Control DeeJay BCD2000 features a four channel USB audio interface plus 24/96 Ad and DA converters. It also has a mic preamp, 3-band eq kill per channel, crossfader, and talkover function. Other features include two scratch wheels, 2 phono preamps, one switchable to CD player, a headphone section, and dedicated controls for play, pause, cue, loop and pitch bend functions. I'm not a DJ/scratch artist myself, so I can't really judge how this unit measures up to others of the same type. All I can say is that I had a lot of fun with it, and I thought it stood out among Behringer's newest offerings. Albert


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