NAMM 2012: American Audio VMS Touch
Posted by Gizmo on February 7, 2012 :
American Audio's DJ profile has raised in the last few years. The VMS4 was the first 4 channel MIDI controller to hit our consciousness, and has subsequently spawned a 2 channel VMS2 variant. But at NAMM 2012, they showcased a trend bucking proposition - the VMS Touch - a trend bucking part conventional/part touch MIDI controller.
First the video:
It's an interesting proposition. On one hand, it's a distinctive eye catching unit that will attract more than a few stares from beginners wanting something a little more futuristic. But at the same time, it's using touch technology that really hasn't caught on in the market. The scene has made it relatively clear that they prefer physical controls over touch ones, so I am surprised to see this unit at all. That said, the target market will probably enjoy the touch experience because of its cool rather than functional factor, leaving more experienced DJ to tamper with real buttons.
Seems that the mantra of balanced outs seems to be hitting the right ears too. Nice to see them on such a unit.
No word on price or ETA. More when I have it. In the meantime, a few pictures: