ESI UDJ6

Matchbox-sized DJ interface

The UDJ6 is a mini monster, offering six channels in a package the size of a large matchbox. It provides six outputs for DJ software, like Traktor, Djay or Ableton, with two RCA outs per channel and a stereo 1/4" jack for headphone cueing. Light yet sturdy, there are no inputs but this has been designed for use as a middleman between your software and mixer.

"The UDJ6 allows you to separate decks A and B into two stereo channels on the mixer offering flexible routing for effects and EQ"

The NI Audio 2 DJ is similar in size and price, so let's compare it to that for the sake of this review. The main difference is that the Audio 2 DJ only offers four channels: a stereo master out and a stereo cue, both via 1/4" jack.

The UDJ6 allows you to separate decks A and B into two stereo channels on the mixer, for example, offering more flexible routing for effects and EQ. If you're used to an external mixer or prefer the EQs on a certain board than those inside the software, the UDJ6 is the better option.

Unlike the Audio 2 DJ, the UDJ6 has no volume control. This is its main downfall as if you did decide to use the UDJ6 to cue, you'll need to map a MIDI controller to the software to control mix and cue volume.

Finally, the plug-and-play and bus-powered nature means there's no faffing.

MusicRadar Rating

4 / 5 stars
Pros

Plug-and-play. Flexible. Light and sturdy.

Cons

No inputs. No volume control.

Verdict

If you're using a MIDI controller with no soundcard or if splitting the decks on an external mixer is a priority, the UDJ6 is great for the price.

Height (mm)

36

Weight (g)

259

Length (mm)

192

Width (mm)

140

Description

Six output USB audio interface designed for use with DJ software and mixers

Features

Two RCA outs per channel; stereo 1/4" jack; USB bus-powered; 24-bit / 96kHz D/A converter

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