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After being in the DJing world for a good year or so I am relatively familiar with turntables and CDJ players. I first started like most DJs nowadays with turntables, these can be relatively cheap for low end turntables only setting you back around £100 including a mixer and will help you become more confident and that you want to follow DJing since you don't want to go and invest £2000 for a pair of pioneer CDJ players and a month later, not be interested in them anymore.
One thing I have always thought is that since music nowadays is now first out on MP3 and CDs why still stick with vinyl, many think that CDJ doesn't show your skill at scratching and isn't the real thing but old school turntables will be going out the door soon since now the most popular formula is CD and MP3 or WMA.
Gemini first thought of combining the two vinyl and CD/MP3 with their Gemini CDT-05 but this is very expensive (£500 for just one) so Numark took the opportunity to make something more like CDJ and Turntable with this Numark CDX.
From the front loading deck it looks like a CDJ player with the CD slot but as you look at the top of the hybrid turntable you see a completely different world.
Instead of being restricted with a normal jog-wheel on a normal CDJ player you have a full size vinyl platter. The standard blank vinyl which Numark provides can be replaced with any old vinyl for more of a realistic feel.
The Numark CDX will not play vinyls and if you want one that plays CDs/MP3 CDs/Vinyls you should look into Gemini's CDT-05. The Numark CDX feels just like a vinyl only you are using a CD and you could create a custom playlist using your computer, burn it onto CD and play and scratch over it using this piece of kit. It also has a variety of effects including echo and flanger and has an easy small jog-wheel to select tracks, cue points and effects.
You have a full pitch control slider and can do everything a normal turntable would throw at you apart from the needle drop. In my opinion I think this is an excellent buy at around £130 from ebay listen as Used but in mint condition or you could fork out £300 for a brand new one.
This Numark CDX has a very nice party trick, if you look at the back of this you will see all the outputs, now you have the standard Line out left and right and digital output.
You also have a relay and remote socket but the best thing is, is that you have Midi input and Midi output sockets. If you have a Midi Keyboard you can plug the Midi Keyboard Out socket into the Midi Input of this CDX and use it with applications like Virtual DJ Or Numark Cue which is a favorite of mine. This is a must have for beginner DJs through to Average all the way to Top End DJs I believe!
The CDX is built with the same ultrahigh torque direct drive motor as our flagship TTX, complete with 12inch vinyl and slipmat. With a 3,000 cuepoint memory, ±100% pitch control, Beatkeeper autosynchronization and a wide range of DSP effects, you can make the most of digital music storage without losing the feel of real vinyl. Bridging the gap between vinyl and digital media, the CDX is the best of both worlds. The Numark CDX doesn't merely emulate a turntable - mechanically, it IS a turntable! Its ultra-high torque motorized 12 in. platter holds a real vinyl record for the ultimate in feel. Styled after the flagship TTX, the CDX features a 5.0 kgf/cm torque direct drive motor, aluminum platter, dual "battle-style" controls, and forward/reverse toggle. It also has a superior VFD display, slot-load CD transport, and extensive DSP functionality. The CDX has several modes for scratching and looping, including auto beat matching and effortless Smart Looping. Other features include extensive cue store/recall with multiple sets for each CD; beat-synched digital FX, including sonar, slide, filter, echo, & chop; and control wheel effects manipulation.