Numark Introduces The Orbit Wireless DJ Controller
Numark used last month’s NAMM exhibition in Anahiem, California to launch the new Orbit wireless, handheld DJ controller. Heralded by Numark as “the next step in the evolution of the performing DJ”, this unique controller features sixteen backlit pads, built-in 2-axis accelerometer, belt clip, large aluminum control wheel and eight hours of use on a single charge.
Made to be held in the hands, strapped to your body using its built-in clip, or placed on a table, Orbit packs plenty of control features into a compact and ergonomic design which is tailor-made for live performance. Orbit can be used wired via the included USB cable, which also charges it, or wireless using 2.4 GHz ultra-low-latency connectivity. The controller features four selectable banks of sixteen backlit pads, eight on each side, for adding and blending effects, launching hot cues and samples, and much more. Located in the center of Orbit are four bank selection buttons, four virtual knobs, and a large aluminum-faced touch-sensitive wheel, which controls the selected virtual knob.
“If you want to be a serious DJ these days, you need the guts and the gear to get out on the stage and perform,” commented Chris Roman, Numark Product Manager. “Orbit embraces that reality to its core, empowering DJs with performance capabilities that will need to be seen and experienced to be believed. It’s intuitive, operating like an extension of the DJ—not to mention it’s the most fun you’ll ever have on stage.”
Orbit’s live-performance design extends to the inside of the device, where it has an embedded 2-axis accelerometer, which can be assigned to two different parameters per bank and activated instantly via a pair of shoulder buttons. All of Orbit’s controls are fully mappable, so DJs can customise their settings for effects control, transport control, volume control, or any other MIDI parameter in their DJ software package of choice.
Following the Orbit’s NAMM debut, Numark hasn’t yet confirmed when we can expect to see Orbit hitting the shelves of DJ retailers, however, watch this space…