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Numark MixMeister, OMNI CONTROL & NS7 USB DJ control surfaces

Numark MixMeister, OMNI CONTROL & NS7 USB DJ control surfaces

If you're more reliant on your computer for your digital music than Numark's standalone DJ products would allow, the company has three new control surfaces to offer.  The MixMeister, OMNI CONTROL and NS7 all offer varying degrees of hands-on tweaking for use in both studio and live situations.  The MixMeister Control is a USB-powered surface that comes with MixMeister's Fusion software; all 94 knobs and buttons correspond exactly with those on-screen, with Fusion handling the technical side of beat-matching, setting cue points and re-pitching.  Power and connectivity is handled by a single USB cable.

ASUS Xonar HDAV1.3 high-def audio-decoding sound card

ASUS Xonar HDAV1.3 high-def audio-decoding sound card

Seeing graphics cards which can take on the strain of decoding high-definition video is quite usual, but ASUS have turned the tables slightly with their Xonar HDAV1.3 sound-card.  HDMI 1.3a compliant, the card takes on decoding surround-sound lossless audio from high-definition media, as well as including an integrated Splendid HD video processor.  It's based on ASUS' own AV200 codec chip, which includes dedicated digital to analog convertors.

ASUS Xonar U1 USB Sound Card

ASUS Xonar U1 USB Sound Card

This portable USB sound card looks a little like a really thick hockey puck, but apparently it works really well at providing a portable audio upgrade solution for, say, a laptop. It offers up an audio out and an audio in jack and comes paired with an array mic, for whatever you might want to use it for.

On top of that, the technology inside is where it gets really fun, starting with support for a bunch of Dolby technologies as well as several DSP modes. The people over at Everything USB really seem to like it, they didn’t have too many complaints.

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