American Audio VMS4.1 MIDI Controller  

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American Audio's VMS4.1 is designed for performance-minded DJs looking for a solid, all-in-one MIDI Controller to play MP3 tracks from their laptop, plus have the option to add CD Players and turntabl... Read More

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Overview

American Audio's VMS4.1 is designed for performance-minded DJs looking for a solid, all-in-one MIDI Controller to play MP3 tracks from their laptop, plus have the option to add CD Players and turntables to the mix. The VMS4.1 features four MIDILOG Channels (compatible with any MIDI Software or Analog Inputs - such as CD Players, Turntables, etc.), two microphone inputs, balanced XLR outputs, a built-in 4-In/4-Out soundcard , and comes with American Audio's exclusive DSP D-Core Audio Engine inside. To top it off, it's also bundled with Virtual DJ LE software so you're ready to go right out of the box.

Upgrades from it's predecessor include entirely new internal hardware, quadruple the output, a bigger power supply, LEDs on the knobs and buttons that are brighter so it's easier to use in dark club environments, a more stout facer mounting, and, most importantly, even better sound quality, especially the mic sound, quality, and output. The VMS.1's more linear EQ design works better with Traktor software (sold separately), and it has advanced cell phone interface shielding so you don't have to worry about unexpected performance issues in the middle of a gig. The VMS4.1 was also built with American Audio's unique D Core processing so it is faster and smoother than their earlier products.

Features
  • 4x MIDILOG channels (Compatible with any "MIDI Learn" software or analog inputs-such as CD players, turntables, etc.)
  • DSP D-Core inside: Studio-quality audio engine + pro stage microphone circuitry
  • 2 x Mics with Gain, Treble, Mid & Bass Control
  • Crossfader curve adjustment
  • Balanced XLR outputs
  • Assignable touch strips
  • Built-in mouse pad
  • Built-in 4-In/4-Out soundcard
  • Bundled with Virtual DJ LE software
  • MIDI Controller with 4 USB / Analog selectable MIDILOG (MIDI & Analog) channels
  • All audio control faders, knobs, switches, and buttons smoothed-eliminates popping, wiper noise, and zipper noise
  • On/Off soft startup and turnoff
  • Gain/treble/mid/bass EQ on all MIDILOG channels
  • 2 phono/line selectable analog channels
  • Two microphone channels with illuminated on/off switches and gain/treble/mid/bass EQs
  • On/off cueing on each MIDILOG channel
  • Split cueing headphones with rotary mix control
  • Illuminated rubber knobs for ease of use in dark environments
  • Solid 1.6mm thick faceplate for extra durability
  • Panel mounted rotary knobs
  • Full analog mixer operation if the computer crashes or with external power supply
  • Innofader replaceable crossfader compatible (sold separately)
  • Crossfader curve control
  • Crossfader assign and reverse
  • Q-Start crossfader controlled startup for 2 external audio players
  • User replaceable channel faders
  • Master and Booth outputs with L/R balance
  • Balanced Master outputs
  • 12 position stereo master output VU meter
  • MIDI Features:
  • Built-in mouse pad
  • Long-life MIDI assignable touch strips
  • Two 10-bit resolution pitch sliders
  • 62 assignable MIDI buttons and switches
  • 50 MIDI buttons have LED illuminations, including 18 with dual blue/red LEDs
  • 4 assignable rotary encoders
  • 34 assignable rotary controllers
  • 5 assignable linear fader controllers
  • Dual MIDI controls on all buttons and switches
  • Dual 2000 point resolution touch sensitive turntable scratch controllers
  • Audio Features:
  • 24-bit 48kHz analog audio
  • 16-bit 44.1kHz USB audio
  • 10-bit resolution on all analog fader controls
  • THD <0.1% (for each audio channel, both line and phono mode)
  • Channel separation >60dB (for each audio channel, both line and phono mode)
  • S/N ratio >85dB (for each audio channel, both line and phono mode)
  • Analog channel audio latency < 1msec
  • Selectable USB modes: 4-in/4-out mode for running software effects on phono/line analog channels or 2-in/8-out mode for running 4 software channels and master recording
  • 2 msec response on all buttons
  • 4 msec response on all rotary and linear faders
Specifications
  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 19"x12.75"x1.5" / 482x325x40mm
    Weight: 13lb. / 6kg

    Virtual DJ LE Software
    PC System Requirements:
    Windows XP Sp2 or Windows Vista (32-bit & 64-bit supported)
    PIV 1.2GHz Computer (SSE2 CPU), AMD 64 or Greater
    1024_768 SVGA Video
    2 GIG RAM (Vista)
    40MB Free on the Hard-Drive (Recommended 2000MB)
    DirectX 9.0

    Mac System Requirements:
    Mac OS X 10.5 PPC/Intel, 10.5.6 Intel, or 10.6 Intel
    1.86GHz
    2GB RAM

    Note: System Requirements may differ due to manufacturer software
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
1-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY

A. American Audio® hereby warrants, to the original purchaser, American Audio® products to be free of manufacturing defects in material and workmanship for a period of 1 Year (365 days) from the date of purchase. This warranty shall be valid only if the product is purchased within the United States of America, including possessions and territories. It is the owner's responsibility to establish the date and place of purchase by acceptable evidence, at the time service is sought.

Products identified as a "Blem" or "Refurb" carry a 90-day warranty and are otherwise subject to the terms and conditions stated above.
B. For warranty service, send the product only to the American Audio® factory. All shipping charges must be prepaid. If the requested repairs or service (including parts replacement) are within the terms of this warranty, American Audio® will pay return shipping charges only to a designated point within the United States. If the entire instrument is sent, it must be shipped in its original package. No accessories should be shipped with the product. If any accessories are shipped with the product, American Audio® shall have no liability whatsoever for loss of or damage to any such accessories, nor for the safe return thereof.

C. This warranty is void if the serial number has been altered or removed; if the product is modified in any manner which American Audio® concludes, after inspection, affects the reliability of the product; if the product has been repaired or serviced by anyone other than the American Audio® factory unless prior written authorization was issued to purchaser by American Audio®; if the product is damaged because not properly maintained as set forth in the instruction manual.

D. This is not a service contract, and this warranty does not include maintenance, cleaning or periodic checkup. During the period specified above, American Audio® will replace defective parts at its expense, and will absorb all expenses for warranty service and repair labor by reason of defects in material or workmanship. The sole responsibility of American Audio® under this warranty shall be limited to the repair of the product, or replacement thereof, including parts, at the sole discretion of American Audio®. All products covered by this warranty were manufactured after January 1, 1990, and bear identifying marks to that effect.

E. American Audio® reserves the right to make changes in design and/or improvements upon its products without any obligation to include these changes in any products theretofore manufactured.

F. No warranty, whether expressed or implied, is given or made with respect to any accessory supplied with products described above. Except to the extent prohibited by applicable law, all implied warranties made by American Audio® in connection with this product, including warranties of merchantability or fitness, are limited in duration to the warranty period set forth above. And no warranties, whether expressed or implied, including warranties of merchantability or fitness, shall apply to this product after said period has expired. The consumer's and or Dealer's sole remedy shall be such repair or replacement as is expressly provided above; and under no circumstances shall American Audio® be liable for any loss or damage, direct or consequential, arising out of the use of, or inability to use, this product.

G. This warranty is the only written warranty applicable to American Audio® Products and supersedes all prior warranties and written descriptions of warranty terms and conditions heretofore published.


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3.0

For the Dorm Room DJ

By TRAVIS TETA

from Waterbury, CT

Comments about American Audio VMS4.1 MIDI Controller:

PROs: Solid build over-all, 4 channels, works well with VDJ, reasonable features, stand-alone mixer, compact but not overly crowded layout. CONs: Sound quality isn't so great, MICs are totally unuseable (They offer an adapter, which never showed up), platters have poor feel and response, the effects section needs to be completely redone, the buttons seem to get stuck pretty often. OVERALL Use in your dorm room only. The extra channels would allow you to run your iPod, TV, or whatever else through one mixer. It would be acceptable for practicing as well... I guess. Honestly though, I would pass. There are better options out there within $100 of the price including: Numark N4, DDJ Ergo, Vestax VCI series, but personally I would hold off for an NS6, NS7 (if you want vinyl), or one of the DDJs. The difference is remarkable.

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