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M-Audio Torq Xponent USB MIDI DJ Controller

Welcome to the new generation of digital DJ production. Cue, mix and mash-up all your files without touching your computer with this M-Audio controller. (72) Read 5 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

The professional-grade M-Audio Torq Xponent system seamlessly integrates high- performance DJ software with a fully functional hands-on controller, representing a new era in digital DJ performance and production. The Xponent hardware combines the features of a two-channel DJ mixer with CDJ-style tactile controls, letting you cue, mix and manipulate digital files without touching the host computer. In addition to the essentials, M-Audio Torq 1.5 software delivers a variety of real-time creative tools to take your sets beyond the ordinary--and the Xponent hardware control surface puts all that power right at your fingertips. This integrated solution opens the door to new techniques that are simply impossible with traditional DJ setups.

Rock-Solid Professional DJ Hardware

The Torq Xponent hardware/software system delivers everything a professional DJ needs to perform with a computer. Xponent is both an advanced MIDI control surface for Torq software and a four-output USB audio interface that includes two stereo RCA outputs and a standard 1/4" headphone output for cueing. Every control on Xponent boasts the same rock-solid construction and rugged feel as traditional DJ hardware. So if you're ready to make the leap to the world of software-based DJing, you'll feel right at home with Xponent.

Get Inside the Mix

Torq 1.5 DJ software makes it easy to go beyond basic beat matching and crossfading between tracks. With a 16-cell, tempo-synced sampler, easy looping capabilities and multiple cue points, you can chop up a song--on the fly--and reorder, remix and extend any section you want, all while staying perfectly in time. The QuickScratch feature lets you instantly scratch with any two loaded samples. Tempo Anchors remove tempo variations from your tracks--or cause other songs to adopt the tempo changes--making mash-ups and live remixes a breeze. Tempo Master synchronizes all tracks, samples and effects within Torq, while MIDI clock transmits tempo information to outboard hardware and other computers so you can collaborate with friends. And if you also want to produce, Torq is ReWire-compatible with Pro Tools(R) M-Powered(TM) software and other popular applications.

Advanced Effects Processing

Torq 1.5 gives you 10 essential effects right out of the box for dynamic manipulation of your tracks. Imagine the possibilities of stacking multiple distortion, filter, repeat, chorus or bit-reduction effects while mixing between songs. You can turn any track into your own original creation--and even record it on the spot with the integrated performance recorder. Torq also allows you to create recallable snapshots of your favorite EQ, effect and mixer settings, and even supports the vast world of third-party VST effects plug-ins.

Get Dynamic Control

The best DJ tools allow you to get your hands on your music--from cueing to beat matching to scratching. M-Audio designed the Xponent control surface with full-size, DJ CD-player-style controls so you can get into the music and engage the crowd during each moment of your set. Xponent features 64 assignable backlit buttons (including Play, Cue, Seek, Loop, Key and Sync controls), two volume sliders, eight assignable knobs for effect control and two 100mm pitch sliders. The built-in touchpad/assignable X/Y controller allows you to control your mouse or the effects in Torq, so you never have to take your hands off the unit in the middle of a performance.

Made to Work Together

Torq 1.5 DJ software for Mac and PC automatically configures itself to work with Xponent--every hardware control is pre-mapped to its corresponding function in Torq. It's easy to get up and running with Xponent because all of the hardware controls are located exactly where you'd expect them to be. The transition into digital DJing couldn't be simpler.

Plays Well with Others

In addition to VST compatibility, Torq 1.5 software can interface with any ReWire-compatible host application. You can easily route the output of Torq to a program like Pro Tools M-Powered and explore even more performance, production and sound design possibilities. When ReWired to a host application, the tempo of Torq automatically locks to the current session tempo, so you never have to worry about syncing playback between Torq and your preferred DAW. In addition, the Xponent control surface can be MIDI-mapped to other digital audio workstation software including Ableton Live.

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Compatibility
ASIO

Core Audio

Minimum System Requirements (PC)
Windows XP SP2**

Pentium IV 1.4 GHz

512MB RAM

One available USB port

* Minimum System Requirements reflect the ability to run Torq using a basic feature set. Some advanced or intensive operations and features may be limited by these hardware configurations and may require a faster computer.
** Home and Professional Edition only. Windows Media Center Edition is not currently supported.

Minimum System Requirements (Mac)
Mac G4 1.5GHz

1GB RAM

One available USB port

* Minimum System Requirements reflect the ability to run Torq using a basic feature set. Some advanced or intensive operations and features may be limited by these hardware configurations and may require a faster computer.

Dimensions: 18.03 x 12.05 x 2.56 in. (45.80 x 30.6 x 6.5cm)
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 401-658-5765
Customer Reviews
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Don't disregard the Xponent because of computer illiteracy. This can be a valuable tool for any DJ."
Sound: The sound quality from the xponent meets all expectations. Brave tinkerers can modify all of the EQ settings in the config. files. The built in audio interface is a plus over similar products making it a smart budget conscious decision. Latency is fairly minimal with the proper computer hardware and prep. Feature: The plethora of features do not disappoint. The stock effects are mainstays and the fact that you can incorporate VST's makes this pretty versatile. Torq, is an excellent piece of software which is constantly being updated. Rewire MIDI mapping is a plus as is the MIDI-In Out for using MIDI clock features. Ease of Use: This IS easy. Power? Check USB? Check Software? Check! The buttons are not 1 to 1 as there are many more buttons in the Torq software which must be clicked to utilize. The built in mousepad is a lifesaver in some mobile setups. If your adventurous you can remap Torq buttons at your whim. Quality: The unit is fairly large and flat but has a very good weight to it. The rubber feet on the bottom is very sticky on most surfaces. The sliders and faders are very loose and the knobs are removable. (Don't try too hard). Only downside is that faders are not interchangeable. I've had no problems with burned out led's or anything similar to this. Value: The price is a little higher than you might originally expect. However, consider buying an audio interface, mixer, and two CDJ's separately. If that doesn't break the bank than you obviously robbed one. Manufacturer Support: I've only called once but they were extremely knowledgeable. They will repair ANY problems for up to a year. The Wow Factor: Colors?.. Mmmm blinking. Wanna customize your own skin? Check the Torq-DJ forums. Overall: For the price/features combination, this is an all-in-one type deal. Purely from a controller standpoint however this could easily still be an awesome tool. For experienced DJ's making the Digi-Switch this is your fast track. I've recorded hours of mixes and performances with no issues software/hardware or otherwise.
Style of Music: Drum and Bass
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Sound: the sound quality is really excellent, the built in effects are good (for the limited number you have out of the box, let's hope that future versions of torq increase this number, and i'm not talking about the third-party VST's which are a different matter) and the only blemish (perhaps owing to the nature of mp3) is that the actual "scratch" sound seems to be a tad bit artificial. It's fine for mixing, but sounds much less like the pure fidelity of a CDJ-800, for instance. Feature: Every feature they've implemented has been done correctly. intuitive, except for the sampler section, probably have to hit the books to learn the best ways of using that. Has everything a traditional Dj setup on a modern mixer would have and more. One thing i really like is that the xponent is a true audio interface -- not only can Torq output through the Xponent, but in OSX (at least, probably windows) you can also send the system's output through it, so that you don't have to switch back and forth or have a seperate mixer. Very nice. Ease of Use: There is at this point no help documentation available though the Torq software, nor is there a printed manual. There is documentation provided, but it's not easy to get to from the application itself. If that sounds minor - it is. My experience was 100% easy and i was up in 10 minutes. Quality: Wasn't too sure about this one at first. After receiving the unit, i can say that it's build quality is really excellent, and everything feels solid! Hopefully, since the sliders and faders are controllers rather then actually being audio routing components in most mixers, they will be both simpler and have a longer life time then traditional mixers. We will see.. but it is true that if you have a problem with a fader, you'll be out of luck. no user serviceable parts here. Also, the sensitivity of the touch portion of the jog wheels has "personaility", that is, it won't always latch - you have to learn how to make sure of that. A bit different then CDJ-800's. Still, everything on my unit feels very solid and I hpe that it will be a faithful companion. Worth the 600 price tag? if that money has truly gone into the ruggedization of the hardware and reliability of the software as well, the answer will be a resounding yes. *At this point early in the owning process*, i believe it has. Value: it is a wonderful value and except for the fact that scratch sounds are a bit artificial and the touch sensitive portions are temperate, it's an excellent value! Not for a scratching type of performance (you can get away with a bit) but certainly, certainly for a lover of artistic mixing. Manufacturer Support: Maudio has never let me down, and i've called them once many years ago. Speaking for osx, their drivers are great and i've not often had any problems a'tall. The Wow Factor: I can now use ALL of my music to play out - not just what i have burned to cd. I can choose to show (via projector) or not show, the torq software to an audience. Very nice, and i don't think i'll be looking back to a traditional rig anytime soon. Overall: I do not think i will upgrade from this product until another product does a good job of shifting the entire platter/fader paradigm. (of course, if they expanded torq to any number of tracks and let you assign which platters controlled which tracks without stopping the tracks already in play, we might just have a paradigm there worth keeping the xponent around for!)
Style of Music: Not limited by tempo, but usually studio oriented electronic.
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