093-4 TSCAN DJ366 19/5/04 5:25 pm Page 93 TSCAN093 Numark CDX: puts the industry in a spin NUMARK CDX VINYL EMULATED CD PLAYER THE LATEST VINYL-EMULATING CD PLAYER FOR DJS REALLY DOES LOOK AND FEEL LIKE ‘THE REAL THING’, BUT DOES IT SOUND AS GOOD AND PERFORM AS ACCURATELY TOO? PRICE: £649 INFORMATION: WWW.NUMARK.COM CONTACT: 01252 341400 D words:David Eserin THE Numark CDX is the latest incarnation of hybrid deck/CD players; a DJ tool purposely enough small tricks up its sleeve to excite a DJ’s imagination for years of innovative use. disc and the complex circuitry inside the player that measures its position and movement exactly. So regardless was intended. Because of the resolution of CD audio there is a very obvious ‘digitised’ effect to the sound OVERVIEW designed with a bit of an identity of the motor or platter, the disc if it is slowed right down. On some >> Change the slip mat and vinyl complex. The many benefits of DJing PLATTER MATTERS controls the speed and direction of players it is quite obvious that they >> 4.5kg motor torque with the CD format have become It’s simply not possible to pull off the audio. have used a processor to simply add >> Key lock & key tune control increasingly apparent, but DJs (and certain types of scratches without the Between the platter and the vinyl disc a wishing sound when the player is >> Pitch: ± 6, 12, 25 and 100% therefore manufacturers) still want constant drag of platter underneath is a normal slip mat (provided), this scratched, which makes scratching a >> Brake & start time adjust the actual CD players to mimic vinyl vinyl. Certain turntablist skills rely on can be replaced for a favoured mat variety of sounds almost in the closest possible way to offer the nuances of a platter that is free to while even the vinyl disc can be indistinguishable from one another. >> 8 beat-sync effects & the same much-loved feel, instant rotate independently of the vinyl, or replaced for a favorite piece of vinyl The CDX has managed to tune the tap-tempo reaction time and characteristic in this case the controlling disc. such as a picture disc. The vinyl disc scratch sound so well that it requires >> Intelligent seem-less looping sound that vinyl offers. So the CDX certainly stands proud as is not as easy to grip as most normal some serious ear bending to tell the >> Slot loading CD drive Well, this new CD player doesn’t just the only CD player available so far vinyl so this could be a welcome difference between the CDX and a >> Reverse playback options act like a turntable, it is a turntable! that has perfectly copied the medium personal touch. However, the normal deck using the same sample. Based on the Numark TTX digital deck of the standard turntable. It is the provided disc and slipmat offer quite There is still a very slight difference, >> 33 and 45 RPM and with the very same platter and same size that most DJs are a realistic feel to start with. but this is still the best scratch >> Digital output 4.5kg torque motor, it’s hard to accustomed to and the platter is very replication we have heard to date. >> MIDI connections & clock believe that you are using a CD player sturdy, and the motor is also SOUND QUALITY The best way to test this is to move >> Full size 12" aluminum platter at all. In the search for a digital incredibly strong. Even beat-matching So, the feel of the deck is certainly the the platter as slowly as possible to >> Slot-load CD transport counterpart to vinyl, the feel and DJs will welcome this approach to best we have ever tried for a CD see if there is any strange modem- control that scratching on a moving playing digital music because the player, but an equally important like noise. Scratching should have >> CDR compatibility platter gives is equally important as CDX feels just like a deck. question is whether the CDX can character between swipes of different >> Multiple scratch modes the actual scratch sound produced. The platter fits onto the motor drive in sound as warm and smooth as vinyl? speed to prove an exact correlation >> Bright fluorescent display The CDX not only mimics a turntable the same way as the TTX, with two If the scratch sound is dodgy there is between the original audio and the >> 3,000 cue point memory but improves on it, with eight effects small pin holes on the bottom that fit little point in using it extensively, and scratched sound. Also, the point of a >> Battle-style platter controls that can be synced to the internal into the drive mechanism. The no scratch DJ would go near it. scratch sound should never drift, beat counter. It has tap-tempo, key- normal middle point is still there, but Well, the CDX has incorporated audio which can be tested by scratching the >> Anti-Shock™ buffer technology lock and independent music tuning with the CDX this centre rod is able to processing to correct the digital same hit over and over at varying >> Fader/remote start & relay play controls. It also has comprehensive move freely and is the direct sound that results from playing speeds and keeping an eye on the >> User-updateable software looping, MIDI connections and connection between the vinyl control digital audio in any other way than it marker to see if it changes position.