The evolution of the digital DJ
continues along the path blazed by the Pro Scratch 2 with American
Audio's newest Professional Dual Deck CD player, the Velocity.
An amazing breakthrough unit, the Velocity will enhance creativity
and expand the way DJs play.
Loaded with professional
features-including Tempo Lock (Master Tempo), +/- 4, 8,16 and 100%
(hyper) pitch control, BPM Counter, Seamless Looping, Reverse Play, 9
on-board FX, and Real Time Scratching-the Velocity brings a new
arsenal of creative possibilities to DJs and producers/remix
artists. This feature-packed unit gives DJs the tools necessary
for use in any situation where total control is a must.
"The Velocity is much more
than a CD player-it's truly a complete digital instrument for the DJ
and re-mixer," said John Brown, national sales manager for
American Audio. "With this incredible piece of gear, your
hands can actually create all the sounds, tracks and mixes that
you've ever 'heard' or imagined in your head. And you can do it all
on the fly."
The Velocity's most
distinguishable feature are its Dual "Power Touch"
interactive jog wheels, which are also utilized on American Audio's
Pro Scratch 2 digital turntable. This patent-pending system is
responsive only to the human touch, and is being hailed for ushering
in a new era of CD scratching. This feature, referred to as
"Digital Scratching 2.0," is a technology available
exclusively from American Audio. The jog wheel offers two modes
of scratching: Digital Scratch and Beat Juggle Mode, which provides
the user with instant return to a set cue point when the platter is touched.
No other CD player can match the
Velocity's professional features and simplicity of use. There
are nine on-board FX, which, in addition to Digital Scratching,
include: Filter, Echo, Transform, Skid, Phase, Flanger, Pan and
Bop. Each of the FX are easily selected at the press of a button and
can be layered over one another for endless creative possibilities.
All of the FX come equipped with 6 Pre-Set Parameters (P.S.P.), which
allow the synching of the effect to the music. Or you can adjust the
parameters using the Parameter Time and Parameter Radio knobs to
manipulate the effect to your personal preference.
Of course, the Velocity wouldn't
be an American Audio CD player if it didn't include the
"must-haves" for today's performing DJs-True Instant Start,
Anti-Shock Memory (10 seconds per drive), Fader Q Start (when
combined with American Audio Q-Series Mixers), and even a personal
security feature known as the Lock Out Mode. Also included are
3 Flash Cues per deck, which allow storage of cue points and can also
be used as a sampler which can store up to a 7-second sample per
flash cue and play back that sample with or without a CD in the drive.
It should come as no surprise
that the revolutionary Velocity has already drawn rave reviews from
some of the nation's top DJs, including Gerald "World Wide"
Webb, the world's first digital turntablist. "The Velocity is
one of the most powerful digital turntables to date," remarks
Webb. "It's the first rack mount style CD player I
actually enjoy working on. I am excited to see companies like
American Audio offering gear that propels the digital turntablism art form."
Included with every Velocity is a
free instructional video which features Webb giving expert pointers
on using the Velocity and its features, as well as performances by
nationally-known DJ S.K.I.L.Z. and Omar Santana. "The
video not only provides easy-to-follow instructions from the pros on
how to use the Velocity, but seeing these phenomenal performers up
close will inspire DJs and will further expand the way they
play," said Brown.
As ideal for the mobile DJ as it
is for the club, stage or studio, the Velocity includes a 4-space
controller and can be used as either a rack mountable or tabletop
unit. The deck comes with four sturdy rubber feet.
Dimensions for the main Velocity unit are 19"W x 3.5"H x
10"D (2 rack spaces). Dimensions for the control unit are
19"W x 7"H x 2"D (4 rack spaces). Designed for
easy portability, the total weight of both pieces is just 16 lbs.
Other features of the Velocity
include: headphone output with volume control; single/continuous
play; selectable elapsed, remain and total remain time display.
Frequency Response is 20Hz-20KHz +/-1dB. T.H.D.: 0.03%.
S/N Ratio: 85dB. Over Sampling Rate: 8 times. Suggested retail
price is $1699.95.