Hands On with the M-Audio Torq Xponent Advanced DJ Performance / Production System
I purchased this dj mixing deck recently - I am testing it on windows xp currently.
I have found a couple gotchas, the buttons on the unit can be programed, and in the torq 1.5 software you can in the preferences set custom MIDI events for specific actions. So...
If you monkey with the LEARN button in the preferences, you will change some defaults. If you do this and a button stops working, just go into your APPLICATION data folder under your profile and delete the config files that TORG creates. They will be recreated with defaults and your back up and running.
This unit is VERY responsive, I am running on a AMD platform 4200+ processor and like the software so far. I have it plugged into a USB 2.0 Full Speed port, but will try moving it to a Hi-Speed port to see if the latency can be reduced even more.
I can mix MP3's, and also Apple Audio Lossless format files which compress a CD track to about half size. This is incredibly powerful since you can carry so many tunes on a hard drive.
There are a number of training options available I liked these youtube videos:
Torq with Xponent (M-Audio) with Steve Nalepa is a DVD course you can check out as well!
A good set of headphones are a MUST especially if you are in the club!
the Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone is a quality item!
or the Sony MDR-V700DJ DJ-Style Monitor Series Headphones
you might need an adapter:
I want a hard case, but for now this will do just fine:
This case has a laptop stand!
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