We’ll go over the features and facts a bit later on, but first, here’s a few user comments . .
“! It feels great, the controls are solid and the installation was easy” . . . read more (by Guichee, Amazon).
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“i was acutually excited for this product” . . . read more (by ukhouserj, Amazon).
“for the price, this is a good investment” . . . read more (by YOYO, Amazon).
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The Numark Stealth Control Professional Computer-DJ Performance Deck has a plug-and-play USB connection (which transmits MIDI data) and requires no AC adapter. It has a heavy, professional feel in a metal casing, and includes Native Instruments Traktor LE 3 mixing software, plus MixMeister Fusion Live performance-production software. It has a Kensington security slot which prevents theft. It is finished in black slate metallic, and it’s layout mirrors traditional “two decks and a mixer” setups, and has 20 knobs, 5 faders, and 31 buttons.
Traktor LE includes new Beatgrid Editing and saving with locked sync for precise performance, manual looping and selectable loop length, amd a choice of effects per deck including filter, delay, reverb and flanger. MixMeister Fusion Live is a completely radical approach to creative DJ performance software. It takes many of the technical tasks such as beat matching out of your hands, enabling you to focus on the production of your performance.
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The Numark Stealth Control Professional Computer-DJ Performance Deck gets a reasonable 3.3 user rating from 14 user reviews. Some users like its robust build and usable features.
One of the customer complaints was that the Numark Stealth Control and Trakor, caused one user to say “i can do this with external mixer and better“, which is untrue about a hardware setup which cannot instantly search hundreds of thousands of tracks by name, artist and folder nor automatically beat-match for you, nor some of the other functions that Traktor does well, plus a hardware DJ setup will cost you a lot more than the Stealth.
One customer had many genuine problems with the hardware, with a problematic USB connection as well as other problems. Other users had units that didn’t work at all. As usual users say that Numark customer service is terrible. Another user also had problems with the sound of the unit, and disliked the software. More than one user complained about useless or non-existant documentation.
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Please note that the Stealth doesn’t have an audio interface, so you have to buy one separately, as one user pointed out. See below for well-rated DJ audio interfaces, and alternative consoles which include one already. Other than that, many users liked the Stealth, although a few had problems with it. See below for better-rated alternatives.
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The Alternatives to the Numark Stealth Control Professional Computer-DJ Performance Deck include the obvious alternative which is the Numark OmniControl Professional Computer-DJ Controller, which is very similar but includes the audio interface. However, it would be considerably cheaper to buy the Stealth, and the very well-rated Native Instruments AUDIO 2 DJ Interface, which gets a superb 4.6 user rating from 11 users, and is the best-rated option in its price range (rated much better than the Numark DJ audio interface).
Other alternatives include the DJ Control MP3 e2 (see our product report on that) which is a lot cheaper than the Stealth (at less than half the price, at the time of writing) and rated a lot better. Like the Stealth, it doesn’t come with a soundcard at all, so you’d have to buy one of those, and while you can get good quality 2-output sound cards cheap, to use the system as a DJ normally would, using headphones for monitoring, you’d need to get a 4-out soundcard such as the very well-rated Native Instruments AUDIO 2 DJ Interface, which is the best-rated option in its price range.
Better Hercules DJ consoles include the DJ 4Set, which can use 4 decks, larger jog wheels, (but only has 1 user rating as yet), the Hercules DJ Console RMX (See our product report on that), which gets a superb 4.5 user rating (from 41 user reviews), and has kill buttons, loop/bend/fx/sampler buttons, a mic input, and VirtualDJ 5 DJC Edition. The top Hercules model currently is the 4MX, which comes with even more features, including metal casing, even better jog wheels, talkover function on the mic input, 4 virtual decks, VirtualDJ 7 LE DJC Edition, and gets an outstanding 4.6 user rating.
The obvious alternative to the Hercules range, are the other Numark consoles. The Numark MIXTRACK DJ Software Controller (See our product report on that) gets an excellent 4.3 user rating (from 33 user reviews) and is the best-rated option in its price range but like the Stealth has no built-in audio interface. It comes with a version of Traktor software. The Numark MIXTRACK PRO (See our product report on that), which gets a very good 4.3 user rating (from 39 user reviews), and is said to be excellent value for money (and does include audio I/O).
A higher-level Numark alternative is the Numark MIXDECK Universal Dj System, which gets a reasonably good 3.8 user rating from 9 customer reviews (better than the Stealth). It includes CD decks and an iPod port, as well as plenty of inputs for other equipment (such as vinyl turntables, samplers etc.), and a range of outputs too, as well as effects and a wide ranging pitch control with key-lock etc. A few users had problems, including the system not working at all with some computers, and the system freezing sometimes. As usual, users said that the customer support from Numark is poor.
Other more expensive alternatives include the Vestax VCI-300 Dedicated USB MIDI DJ Controller for Serato ITCH (Black), which gets an outstanding 4.5 user rating by 11 users, with most user being very happy with it. There are some complaints about the mic input and headphone level (both of which can be fixed by using a small, cheap audio mixer), but mostly it gets very good reviews. Users say that Serato Itch software is excellent for scratching, professional and well laid out, but also mention that the early version has no effects at all. So you need to think carefully about what features you want in your DJ system. Other Serato controllers, include the Numark V7 Motorized Turntable Software Controller (see our product report on that), and the Numark NS7FX Motorized Dj-Software Performance Controller With Serato Itch Software (see our product report on that)
Is a DJ console right for your needs?
As well as comparing different DJ consoles, you might like to ask yourself if a DJ console is really the most suitable equipment for your needs. The obvious alternative is a hardware setup, either vinyl turntable or CD decks, with a DJ mixer. (If you want the best of both worlds, see the Serato controllers above, which combine traditional hardware interfaces (vinyl or CD) with some of the advantages of software).
Don’t forget that some DJ mixers can also be used as MIDI controllers for most DJ software. So can have the best of both worlds at once. An example of this is the Behringer DDM4000 DJ Mixer (see our product report on that), which can be used to control most DJ software, as well as being a well-rated hardware DJ mixer in its own right.
Another consideration is your music collection. It makes sense to make use of music you already own, and while it is relatively easy to transfer vinyl and CD’s to mp3′s it is not realistic to transfer mp3′s to vinyl. Buying new music might be cheaper as mp3′s than other formats, unless you are especially interested in particular kinds of older music that you can get used versions of. Searching music is obviously very different with different equipment, as good DJ software can instantly search huge numbers of mp3′s for track title (or partial title), artist, genre, bpm or other factors, but looking through physical records or CD’s is a very different matter, and if you need to have access to a large amount of music, transportation is a factor too. A DJ console is ideal for anyone starting DJing or starting with DJing mp3′s.
See our more detailed guide to choosing the best DJ setup for your needs.
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A small external audio mixer is one way of adding a microphone to your mix (although you might be able to connect a mix to the input of some audio interfaces), such as the well-rated Behringer XENTX502 5-Channel Mixer (See our product report on that), plus a dynamic microphone, a microphone stand.
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Here’s some more user comments from consumer reports by people who’ve used the Numark Stealth Control Professional Computer-DJ Performance Deck in practice . . .
“awesome quality” . . . read more (by O. Sandoval “DJ SynthEtix” , Amazon).
“Great started deck” . . . read more (by K. Mikhailov , Amazon).
“great line of products for you” . . . read more (by J. Smith , Amazon).
“Great for getting into digital DJ’ing” . . . read more (by Connor Reynolds , Amazon).
“software is great” . . . read more (by geral b , Amazon).
“great-sounding music!” . . . read more (by DJ Lee , Amazon).
“Stealth is sleek…!” . . . read more (by geral b , Amazon).
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In summary, the Numark Stealth Control Professional Computer-DJ Performance Deck is rated well by some users, so why not check the current Amazon price of the Numark Stealth Control Professional Computer-DJ Performance Deck , or see above for alternatives rated much better by users.
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