The Numark NS7II is like no other DJ controller on the market. To take full advantage of this complex DJ system we strongly recommend users to read the Quick Start, and User Guide, front to back. In this article we touch on many key elements including; hardware & software setup, controller overview & optimization, and exciting new features to the NS7II. We also answer the frequently asked questions that many users want to know.
Below are the minimum requirements to run Serato DJ. For best performance and for use in professional situations we recommend you use a higher spec computer, preferably with an Intel processor, AMD processors are not supported. Read more.
Note: AMD processors are not supported. Read more.
Before you throw away any of the packaging be sure you have all of the included parts and accessories.
Before playing out live it is always a good idea to close all programs, and applications aside from your DJ software. This also includes turning off WIFI, Bluetooth, and any other processes that may be running in the background. When connecting the NS7II to your PA or stereo system it is recommended to follow the basic steps below. This will eliminate clicks, pops, and the possibility of blowing your speakers.
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The knobs in the image below along with the FX knobs are touch sensitive or capacitive touch knobs. This means that just by touching them you can turn on effects, kill EQ frequencies, as well as perform multiple tasks with a single touch. The touch modes are explained further in detail below.
The pads have different functions on each Deck depending on the current Pad Mode. These pads are the same pads used with Akai Professional MPCs, so they are velocity-sensitive (in certain modes only), durable, and easy to play. In this section, when referring to specific pads, it will refer to the numbers as shown in the diagram below the mode. Use the Parameter buttons to increase or decrease values for various functions in each Pad Mode.
Hot Cue Mode (Red): Each pad assigns a Hot Cue Point or returns the track to that Hot Cue Point. (Pads 1-5 are essentially duplicates of Hot Cue Buttons 1-5). When a Hot Cue Button is unlit, you can assign a Hot Cue Point by pressing it at the desired point in your track. Once it is assigned, the Hot Cue Button will light. Press and hold Shift and then press a pad to delete its assigned Hot Cue Point.
Hot Cue Auto-Loop Mode (Orange): Each pad assigns a Hot Cue Point or returns the track to that Hot Cue Point, but in both cases, it also creates an Auto-Loop at that point. The Auto-Loops length is set in the software, which can decreased or increased with the Parameter < or Parameter > button.
Auto-Loop Mode (Dark Blue): Each pad triggers or releases an Auto-Loop of a different length. Press and hold Shift and then press the Parameter < or Parameter > button to shift the Auto-Loop backward or forward.
Shift + Parameter < and Parameter > to move the loop back and forward on the timeline.
Loop Roll Mode (Greenish Blue): Each pad triggers a momentary Loop Roll. Press the Parameter < or Parameter > button to change the Loop Roll's time division.
Shift + Parameter < and Parameter > to move the loop back and forward on the timeline.
Loop: This Pad Mode button switches the pads between two banks in Manual Loop Mode. When the button is unlit, the first press will always select the first bank. Manual Loop Mode: Pads 1-4 (the top row) return the track to one of your saved Manual Loops. You set and assign a Manual Loop using Pads 5-8 (the bottom row). The pad layouts for the two banks are identical.
Manual Loop: Press any one of Pads 1-4 (the top row) that does not have a Manual Loop assigned to it. Press Pad 5 to set the Loop In Point, and then press Pad 6 to set the Loop Out Point and trigger the loop.
Trigger an assigned Manual Loop: Press any one of Pads 1-4 (the top row) that has a Manual Loop assigned to it. You can use Pad 7 to activate or deactivate the loop. Press Pad 8 to return the track to the last triggered Manual Loop and activate it ("reloop").
Delete a Manual Loop: Press and hold Shift and then press the corresponding pad (of Pads 1-4). Press the Parameter < or Parameter > button to halve or double the Manual Loop's length. Press and hold Shift and then press the Parameter < or Parameter > button to shift the Manual Loop backward or forward.
Sample Player Mode (Pink): Pads 1-6 each trigger a sample, which you can assign in the software (the volume level is also set in the software). Unlit pads have no sample assigned to them. Violet pads have a sample assigned but are not triggered. Magenta pads have a sample assigned and are currently playing.
Sample Velocity Trigger Mode (Purple): The pads behave identically to the pads in Sample Player Mode, except they are velocity-sensitive, so triggered samples will play back at a volume level proportional to how heavily you pressed the pads. This mode can give your performance more of a "human feel."
Slicer Mode (Red): The eight pads represent eight sequential "Slice" Domains. While holding Shift press the Parameter < or Parameter > button to decrease or increase the Slice Domain size. The Slices are represented by the light moving through the pads as it progresses through each eight-Slice phrase. Press a pad to play that Slice—hold it down if you want to keep looping it. Press the Parameter < or Parameter > button to decrease or increase the Slice’s repeat time division. When you release the pad, the track will resume normal playback from where it would have been if you had never pressed it (i.e., as if the track had been playing forward the whole time.)
Slicer Loop Mode (Blue): The pads behave identically to the pads in Slicer Mode, except the eight-Slice phrase will loop rather than moving forward continuously through the track.
Press the Parameter < or Parameter > button to decrease or increase the Slice quantization. Press and hold Shift and then press the Parameter < or Parameter > button to decrease or increase the Slice Domain size.
Important: Your track must have a set Beat Grid for Slicer Mode or Slicer Loop Mode to work.
Press and hold the Shift button to access secondary functions on the NS7II. Secondary functions are marked in red on the NS7II.
|Adjust||=||Set Beat Grid|
|Slip||=||Clears Beat Grid|
|Slip Mode||=||Turns Platter Motor Off|
|Range||=||Sets Deck to Master|
|Parameter 1||=||Adjusts Parameter 2|
|Pad (Cues)||=||Deletes Cue|
|FX 1,2,3||=||Cycles the Available Effects|
|Beat||=||Changes FX Mode (Single, Group)|
|Touch||=||Engages Touch Lock|
|Filter Roll||=||Filter FX (Filter Roll Must be Off)|
|Hot Cue||=||Deletes Hot Cue|
|Sync||=||Turns Sync Off|
|Play, Pause||=||Play Stutter|
|Panel||=||Changes Deck Views|
|Back||=||Sorts Library by Track #|
|FWD||=||Sorts Library by Album|
|Crates||=||Sorts Library by Song|
|Prepare||=||Sorts Library by Artist|
|Files||=||Sorts Library by BPM|
|Platter Forward and Backward||=||Smart Beat Skip|
|*Channel Fader||=||Up Fader Start|
*Requires Serato DJ 1.5.2 or higher.
Below is a list of parts that are user replaceable. This means you can change or replace these parts yourself at home without sending your unit in for service. Changing the parts below will also not affect your manufactures warranty. Click here to connect with the Numark Parts department.
|Part Description||Part No.|
|Vinyl Kit (1: Vinyl, 1: 45 Adapter, & Screws)||TWMT1104416501|
|Knob, Mixer EQ||TWPT11106502|
|Knob, Pitch Fader||PT1110612401|
|Knob, Start/Stop Time & Front Panel||PT0710621101|
|Knob, Scroll Tracks||PT0710620801|
|Knob, Crossfader & Channel Faders||PT11106163|
|IEC Power Cable||PW63200UC01|
|USB 2.0 Cable||AL4-71-0016|
The NS7II is a completely new product, and not an upgrade package for existing NS7's. Many music retailers offer trade-in programs where you can use your trade-in value and apply it to a new product.
Serato DJ works with a wide variety of Numark controllers. For a full list of compatible Serato DJ controllers please visit: http://serato.com/dj/hardware
Serato DJ software is included for free with your NS7II purchase. To download Serato DJ please visit: http://serato.com/dj/downloads
The NS7II is a plug & play Serato DJ controller. The NS7II may work with other DJ programs as it is MIDI compatible, but is currently only supported by Serato DJ.
Yes. The NS7II's motorized platters can be turned off by pressing the Shift + Slip Mode.
The version of Serato DJ that ships with the NS7II includes 12 iZotope effects. Two banks per channel, 3 effects per bank, 6 effects simultaneously on any channel. You can also purchase additional effect packs within the software. For more info, and full features of Serato DJ please visit: http://serato.com/dj/features
Yes. The CP-Pro long life crossfader is user replaceable.
You can purchase the CP-Pro crossfader from many online retailers. You can also order this part directly through Numark.
The platters on the NS7II are direct drive. Direct drive is the industry standard for professional grade turntables.
Yes. The 16 MPC pads are velocity sensitive. To trigger your samples in velocity sensitive mode press the sample button twice. The Sample LED color will change to purple.
The NS7II has external inputs on the rear that will allow you to connect any audio device such as a phone, tablet, or drum machine etc.
Yes. The original NS7 Vinyl and spindle accessory will fit the NS7II. In order to use original NS7 vinyls you will need to use the original spindle and holder.
The NS7II can use any case that fits the originally NS7, as well as new cases built specifically for the NS7II. There are many vendors that offer flight cases.
Yes! The NS7II laptop stand will be available in late 2013 (sold separately).
Some Serato DJ users on both Mac and Windows computers have experienced clicks and pops during audio playback. We have found that removing the device from MIDI Studio Window (Mac), and lowering the Maximum Screen Updates Per Second (Windows & Mac) in Serato DJ improves this, and in some cases completely resolves the issue. See the steps below.
Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own an Numark product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the Numark technical support team is available to help!
Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: online community support, phone support, email support.