Well, well, year’s end is upon us already, and in these last reflective days between the indulgence of Christmas and the resolutions we’ll make, hand on heart, tomorrow night, we take a look back at the trends shaping DJ hardware and software in 2011, and honour the best of the gear that landed on our desks. It’s Crossfadr’s night of nights, so brush off your tux, grab yourself a gift bag and settle in for the whole red carpet spectacular!
Product of the Year: Numark NS6
Some gorgeous hardware has graced the pages of Crossfadr this year, but right from the start the NS6 stood out as something truly special. As well constructed as it is sexy (ie, utterly), Numark’s masterpiece is a distilled version of the NS7 (sans motorised platters) and was one of the models made available with the release of Serato’s long-awaited ITCH 2.0. Featuring a meaty sound card and simple, powerful four-deck control, great effects and browser integration and simply the finest platters found in any non-motorised controller, anywhere, period, NS6 isn’t the cheapest bit of gear out there (on par with Pioneer’s also magnificent DDJ-S1), but it certainly does bring the goods. Conceding no compromises and offering only top-notch hardware and software components, Numark has really raised the bar with NS6, and we watch eagerly to see how the other manufacturers will respond.