What is it?
Small and affordable, the Nocturn has nine rotaries, eight buttons and a crossfader, as well as eight dedicated function buttons for the included Automap software. Automap aims to make the control mapping process simple, but requires the software you want to control be compatible with it (most VST plug-ins are). Even non 'Automappable' programs can be controlled by creating a MIDI client and using the software's MIDI learn function instead.
All the dials are backlit for visibility in dark environments, and its diminutive form makes the Nocturn ideal for those wanting a small setup or for DJs who have a main controller, but need something quick to hand for dedicated tasks, such as effects or basic mixer functions.
What can I do with it?
The size and layout of the Nocturn make it a great choice for the digital DJ who wants simple mixer controls, with automatic syncing taking care of the beat matching. The rotaries are ideal for assigning to EQ controls for smooth transitions between songs, and you can spice things up a little by using the buttons for cue points, giving you a neat, space friendly set-up. If you already use a digital vinyl system or hardware controller, but are looking for something separate for controlling effects, then the Nocturn could be just the trick.
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