By PSW Staff • June 29, 2011 The Versadeck includes switchable MIDI/Analog capabilities, built-in sound card, scratching, DSP effects, and mic inputs. American Audio’s new Versadeck MIDI Controller is a 2-channel unit, which comes bundled with Virtual DJ LE software, and can be used by DJs for controlling digital MIDI-based tracks. The Versadeck features two “MIDILOG” channels ( MIDI and Analog switchable), and comes equipped with two USB slots for thumb drives or hard drives, plus two line inputs for hooking up external CD players or other RCA input devices. Whether you DJ with a computer, a conventional analog player, or some of both – the Versadeck has you covered, adapting easily to each DJs style. Computer veteran and newcomers to the digital world will be equally at home on the Versadeck. Its built-in Virtual DJ LE software is so easy to use that even “newbies” will be able to get started right out of the box. Prefer to use another DJ software program? No problem—the Versadeck is so versatile, it works with all other major brands of DJ software, too. Regardless of what type of music media and/ or software you use, the Versadeck’s features will take your performance to the next level. Its large scratch wheels make it easy to catch cues, for on-target, precision scratching. Along with Scratch, there are 4 other cool on-board DSP effects—Echo, Flange, Filter and Skid – plus the unit has a built-in Sound Card and Sound Engine. The Versadeck also features Seamless Loop with editable out point, and 4 Hot Cue Buttons or Loop Banks. Its sample banks can hold samples from USB input or trigger them from the software. The Versadeck puts many other tools in your hands too, including an Auto BPM Counter, Fader Start, 3-Band EQ, Key Lock, and Pitch Controls on each deck with a wide Pitch Adjustment of +/-100%. Its Relay Playback feature allows you to set up a playlist in Virtual DJ LE, and have it play back and forth from one channel to the next, so you don’t even have to stay at your station to stay in the mix! The unit features a large VFD display that’s easy to see from a wide angle, even when you’re performing in a dark club. The screen features 2 lines of text for displaying track name and information, and other important functions. A convenient Track Folder allows DJs to quickly search through their library and find the track they want in seconds. Additionally, the Versadeck also comes equipped with the company’s exclusive American Audio Database Builder (computer specifications required), a complete music management system that lets you search your database by Title, Artist, Album and Genre. “The Versadeck is the ideal solution for entertainers who are looking for a high-quality MIDI controller,” said Tom Freret, national sales manager for American Audio. “It’s that—and so much more – all at a very affordable price. It combines the controller and mixer functionality in one unit.” “It comes bundled with the very popular and easy-to-use Virtual DJ LE software, plus its two channels can be switched to your PC, so you can control them with other DJ software, or you can switch to a line or phono to control CD players and turntables. “This versatility gives DJs and entertainers a great deal of flexibility,” added Freret. “ And no matter what mode they’re using it in, they can enhance their performance with onboard effects, looping, pitch control and a bunch of other cool features. Another great thing is that although it’s a very rugged and roadworthy piece of gear, it weighs only 10 lbs (4.4 kg.) so it’s easy to transport from gig to gig.” Additional features on the Versadeck include: 2 Mic Inputs with tone control and Talkover, Balanced XLY Outputs, 3 Crossfader Curve Adjustments, and Multi-Voltage Operation (AC 100-240V, 50-60Hz). The unit measures a compact 16.5”L x 11.75”W x 3.5”H/ 420 x 299 x 89 mm, and weighs 10 lbs./ 4.4 kg. The MSRP of the Versadeck is $739.95. American Audio Comments Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Tagged with: Controllers DJ Manufacturer MIDI Poll · all topics Subscribe to Live Sound International Subscribe to Live Sound International magazine. Stay up-to-date, get the latest pro audio news, products and resources each month with Live Sound.