NAMM06: HD/CD/MP3 Player From Numark

HDX claims to be the most advanced DJ media player available      21/01/06
NAMM06: HD/CD/MP3 Player From Numark


Numark have announced the HDX, a tabletop HD/CD/MP3 player with an ultra-high torque, motorized 12-inch platter that holds a vinyl record for the ultimate in true vinyl scratch capability. Styled after Numark’s highly successful CDX player, Numark claim that the new HDX is the most advanced DJ media player available and is the perfect tool for professional and aspiring performing DJs, mobile DJs, as well as club installers.
The new HDX Incorporates an onboard hard drive loadable via USB 2.0 and a slot load CD drive. It includes a removable 80 GB hard drive in a rugged, extruded aluminum caddy (additional caddies are available from Numark). In addition to supporting CD playback, the hard drive supports playback of MP3, WMA, WAV, Ogg Vorbis, and FLAC (lossless) media formats—ensuring the broadest file compatibility. With support for these compressed media formats, DJs can now dramatically reduce the volume/weight of the music library they transport—making their work easier.
Adding further convenience, the HDX features an onboard Gracenote® CD database to automatically recognize and tag audio CDs. The unit’s enhanced search capabilities facilitate easy file location by artist, album, genre, track, plus BPM. The HDX includes support for keyboard connectivity—enabling searches and navigation through the menus via the included keyboard. And with high-speed USB 2.0 connectivity providing full access to the hard drive for both Mac and PC, updating contentshould be a pretty fast process.
When it comes to real scratch feel, nothing beats vinyl—and in this area, Numark say that the HDX is best in class. Featuring an ultra-high torque motorized 12-inch platter that holds a real user-replaceable vinyl record, the HDX interface is as good as it gets. The new HDX features an industry maximum 4.7 kgfcm torque direct drive motor, aluminum platter, dual ‘battle-style’ controls, and forward/reverse toggle. Additionally, the player incorporates a superior Vacuum Fluorescent Display (VFD), provides extensive DSP functionality, and has a CDR compatible slot load CD transport.
With its ability to rip CDs directly to the hard drive for playback and storage, the HDX makes it easy to build one’s onboard music library. The HDX also records live via its analog inputs and encodes the input signal directly to the hard drive. Recording can even take place during playback —enabling DJs to record their live performances—making the HDX the only device on the market with this capability. Further, the HDX offers an S/PDIF digital output.
Additional HDX features include several modes for scratching and looping, including auto beat matching and smart looping via Numark’s proprietary Beatkeeper™ technology. Onboard beat-synched digital effects include sonar, slide, filter, echo, plus chop—and effects can be manipulated via a separate control wheel interface. The HDX also offers a pitch slider programmable up to ±100% pitch control, as well as a high quality, 100% key lock.
Numark CEO Jack O’Donnell had this to say, “With support for a wide variety of media formats, the highest torque direct drive motor available, a full size platter, and TTX turntable styling and control, the new HDX provides today’s DJ with the ultimate in true vinyl scratch capability while offering the benefits of random access only a hard drive can provide—eliminating any need for compromise.�
Price and Availability
Suggested retail price: $1,899. Available first quarter of 2006

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