Numark NS7III - Complete Setup with Serato and Feature Walkthrough

numark ns7iii orthoThe Numark NS7III is like no other DJ controller on the market.  It is a premier four-deck controller which features three high-resolution color screens with a stackable waveform display and an interactive control surface.  In this article, we touch on hardware & software setup, controller overview and exciting features to the NS7III.

 

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NS7III Platter Assembly 

Follow the directions below to correctly set up the platters:

  1. Remove the NS7III from the packaging. Remove the two platter assemblies from the package (underneath the NS7III controller). Place the NS7III on a flat, stable surface for operation. Ensure unit has adequate air flow to all ventilation ports (especially if installed in a case).
     
  2. Place the platter onto the NS7III by aligning the pins in the bottom of the platter with the holes in the NS7III's motor.
     
  3. Place the slipmat onto the platter, then place the vinyl over the slipmat.
     
  4. Line up the notch in the spindle with the screw in the vinyl's 45 RPM Adapter. Use the Allen wrench (included) to tighten the screw, locking the adapter to the spindle. Do not over tighten as this could strip out the hex head.

 

 NS7II Platter Assembly

 

 

NS7III Display Assembly

Follow the directions below to correctly set up your screens: 

  1. Attach your NS7III Display screens to your controller.  
     
  2. Connect the specialized power cord that's included with your screens to the DC OUT and DC IN port on your NS7III Display screen.
     
  3. Connect the USB B male connector of your USB cable to the USB port located on your NS7III.
     
  4. Connect the USB A male connector of your USB cable to the NS7 USB port located on your NS7III Display.
     
  5. With another USB cable, connect the USB B male connector to the TO PC USB port located on your NS7III Display.
     
  6. Connect the USB A male connector of your USB cable to your computers USB port.
     
  7. Now power on both your NS7III and the NS7III Display screen.  
     

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Drivers and Software Download & Installation

Without the drivers and software installed, you will not be able to fully enjoy your NS7III. Please follow the below instructions to install the necessary drivers and software for your NS7III.
 

NS7III Driver Installation

For Mac OS computers, the NS7III is class compliant!  There are no additional drivers to install.  For Windows users, you will need to download the Windows Audio Driver v1.0.0 and Windows Display Driver v1.0.0 drivers and install both drivers.

Windows Users Only

  1. Unzip the Driver files and extract them to your desktop. 
     
  2. Run the Driver installation file.
     
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the driver installation. 

    Note: Plug in and power on the NS7III only when prompted 

 

Serato DJ Software Download & Installation

  1. Download the Serato DJ Software: http://serato.com/dj/downloads
     
  2. Unzip the Serato Software package and extract them to your desktop.
     
  3. Run the Serato DJ Setup file. 
     
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the software installation.

    Note: Serato DJ 1.8 or higher is required for NS7III compatibility

 

 

NS7III Features Overview & Operation

 In this video below we walk you through the key features of the NS7III and great tips on how to use the capacitive touch-sensitive knobs and effects.


 

Capacitive Touch Modes

The knobs on the NS7III 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.

Touch & Touch Lock:
NS7II Touch Mode
  • Off: When this button is off, FX, EQ, and Filter Knobs function as a classic mixer with only the knob affecting the parameter.

     

  • Touch Mode: Press this button once to activate Touch Mode (the button will light solid red). This mode lets you access the touch-capacitive functions of NS7II's FX knobs. When you touch an FX knob the effect will automatically turn on, and when your hand is removed from the knob the effect is automatically turned off.

     

  • Touch Lock Mode: Press and hold Shift and then press Touch button to activate Touch Lock Mode (the button will flash red). This mode will access the touch-capacitive functions of the EQ Knobs. This will act as an EQ kill for the Low, Mid, High when the top of the knob is touched. These functions are momentary, not "latching."
Filter Roll & Filter FX: 
NS7II Filter Mode
  • Off: When this button is off, the Channel Filter knob will apply and adjust a low-pass filter to the corresponding channel when turned counter-clockwise or a high-pass filter when turned clockwise.

     

  • Roll Mode: Press this button once to activate Filter-Loop Roll Mode (the button will light solid red). The Channel Filter knob will apply and adjust a low-pass filter to the corresponding channel when turned counter-clockwise or a high-pass filter when turned clockwise. In addition, it will apply a Loop Roll to the filter and will decrease in length as the knob moves further away from the center position. Press this button once to deactivate Filter-Loop Mode.

     

  • FX Mode: Press and hold Shift and then press this button to activate Filter-FX Mode (the button will flash red). The Channel Filter knob will apply and adjust a lowpass filter to the corresponding channel when turned counter-clockwise or a high-pass filter when turned clockwise. In addition, it will adjust Parameter 1 of FX1 applied to that channel as the knob moves further away from the center position. Press this button once to deactivate Filter-FX Mode.

 
 

NS7III Pads & Modes 

Watch this quick overview to familiarize yourself with NS7III Pads

 

Pad Modes

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.

Cues Auto/Roll Loop Sampler Slicer

 

NS7II Pad Numbers NS7II Parameter Buttons copy

 

Cue

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.

NS7II Pads Cue1 Color

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 be decreased or increased with the Parameter < or Parameter > button.

NS7II Pads Cue2 Color

 

 

Auto/Roll

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.

NS7II Pads Auto Roll2 Color

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.

NS7II Pads Auto Roll1 Color

 

Loop

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.

NS7II Pads Loop Color

 

Sampler

Sample Player Mode (Pink): Pads 1-8 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.

numark NS7III Pads Sampler Color11

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."

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Slicer

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.)

NS7II Pads Slicer Color

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.

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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

 
 

Display Views

NS7III’s full-color displays provide real-time feedback of the software. The left and right displays can show Performance View 1 or Performance View 2. The center display can show Library View or Waveform View.

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Performance View 1: This view provides an alternative display of information about the current track, effects, hot cues, and loops. 

Performance View 2: This view contains information about the current track, effects, hot cues, and loops.

Library View: This view lets you browse through your library, including crates and subcrates, and load a track to either deck.

Waveform View: This view contains the currently playing segments of the waveforms on the active decks. To switch which waveform is shown, press the Layer button for each deck. The waveforms will scroll by as the audio playhead moves through the track.

The waveforms are color-coded according to the frequency of each area: red indicates low (bass) frequencies, green indicated mid-range frequencies, and blue indicates high (treble) frequencies.

In each waveform, hot cue points are represented by triangles at the top and bottom of the waveform, and loop regions are represented by shaded-blue sections.

 

 

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Further Technical Support

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