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NAMM Day 1: Numark introduces the Orbit handheld DJ controller

Jory Mackay
NAMM Day 1: Numark introduces the Orbit handheld DJ controller

Numark is looking to change the way DJ's control their performances with the all-new, wireless handheld DJ controller.

Orbit is billed as a first-of-its-kind wireless handheld DJ performance controller made to be held in the hands, strapped to your body using its built-in clip, or placed on the table. Orbit can be used wired via the included USB cable, which also charges it, or wireless using 2.4 GHz ultra-low-latency connectivity.

The DJ controller features four selectable banks of 16 backlit pads, eight on each side, for adding and blending effects, launching hot cues and samples, and more. Located in the center of Orbit are four bank selection buttons, four virtual knobs, and a large aluminum-faced touch-sensitive control wheel, which controls the selected virtual knob for instantly tweaking effects and filters.

Orbit's live-performance design extends even to the inside of the device, where it has an embedded two-axis accelerometer, which can be assigned to two different parameters per bank and activated instantly via two shoulder buttons. All of Orbit's controls are fully mappable, so DJs will be able to customize their settings for effects control, transport control, volume control, or any other MIDI parameter.

If you're around the NAMM show this weekend, you can view the Orbit in action at Booth 6700.

 

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Tags: numark , numark alesis , DJ controller , NAMM 2013 , NAMM Day 1 , Orbit

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