The new CMD Studio 4A from Behringer provides all the tools needed to learn the basics of DJing, or for a seasoned pro to keep the dance floor jumping like a boss. This is no watered-down "budget" controller. The CMD Studio 4A has the very same features you’ll find on bigger, more expensive controllers. And the Studio 4A not only includes those features, it actually improves on many of them.
Do you find yourself disappointed when you get in front of a DJ controller and see those tiny little faders? Behringer feels the same way. Tiny pitch faders just feel wrong, so they broke out the 100 mm faders for the Studio 4A's pitch controls. Nice 60 mm channel faders translate into smoother mixes, so they added those as well. Those sizes are an industry standard for a reason, right?
Another area where most controllers fall short is platter size. The prevailing trend seems to be smaller and smaller platters, in an effort to knock the overall size (and cost) of the controller down. Behringer says bigger is better, so the Studio 4A packs 6" touch-sensitive platters that work the way you expect them to, coming from industry standard equipment. After the faders, the platter is your main contact point on a controller; shrinking that down to a tiny little rubber disc just isn’t satisfying.
Built In Audio Interface
So you buy a controller and get it home, only to find out that you have to go right back out and buy a soundcard? Behringer built a 4-output USB sound card into the Studio 4A, so you're ready to go right-out-of-the-box. This high-quality audio interface has 24-bit converters and provides ultra-low latency operation in either Windows or OS X.
Keep Your Eyes On the Prize
No one wants to look up at the DJ and see him looking at his computer screen like he's updating his Facebook page. And as a DJ, you don’t want to be forced to constantly look at the computer instead of reading your crowd. The CMD Studio 4A addresses this by incorporating plenty of MIDI feedback. That means that if a button is lit in your software, it’s also lit up on the Studio 4A.
It’s the Little Things
It’s easy to get the big stuff right, but it's the little things that usually slip through the cracks. Modern DJ software typically has between 5 and 8 hotcues, yet many controllers in the market only have 3. The Studio 4A has 8 hotcue buttons. Most DJ software is capable of running 4 or more virtual decks, so the Studio 4A can control up to 4 virtual decks. The same goes for other features, like library navigation, looping controls, EQ kills, keylock, and much more.
When you combine this type of value with Behringer's 3-year warranty program, you have a monster DJ solution, no matter your experience level or application.
Specifications: • Output connectors: RCA x 4; 1/4" TRS headphone • Output impedance: 120 ohms • S/N ratio: 97 dB • Crosstalk: <80 dB @ 1 kHz • Maximum output level: +8 dBu (RCA); -4 dBu (headphone) (+18 dBm @ 32 ohms) • USB Connection: 1 x USB 2.0 type B • Digital processing: 24-bit converter; 48 kHz sample rate • Dimensions: 19.8" x 12.5" x 2.3" (502 x 317 x 59 mm) • Weight: 6.0 lbs. (2.7 kg).