Numark was kind enough to let me try out their NS7FX DJ controller, and I love it so much I may just have to buy one for myself. It’s one serious piece of equipment, and it’s probably the closest thing to the feeling of real decks you can get from a controller.

The NS7FX boasts two seven-inch, motorized, high-torque aluminum turntable platters with adjustable torque. There are “modern” and “classic” settings to produce the feel you prefer. You can even get real slipmats and vinyl to add to the authenticity.

The controller has very solid, rugged buttons and knobs, along with a high-precision, replaceable CP-PRO crossfader and D-TYPE line faders for an unbelievably high-quality feel. The crossfader offers contour adjustment and reverse adjustment, allowing you to customize its function. The controls are all brilliantly positioned, and the device’s all-metal construction is rugged enough to take a good deal of abuse.

I was very impressed by the arrangement of the controls. It’s symmetrical on both sides, and its size prevents it from being too crowded. Everything is where it should be. The rear laptop stand saves you some table space—if you’re spinning in a small area, you can just perch your laptop up there instead of on the table. It’s removable if you don’t need it. The effects controller mounts conveniently on the laptop stand to avoid taking up extra space.

The NS7FX offers a speaker output and two RCA outputs—master and booth. The mic and headphone jacks are located conveniently on the front of the controller.

The NS7FX sends data over USB at ten times the standard MIDI rate, resulting in high precision, low-latency mixing. There are five hot cues and an extensive loop section on each deck. Beat matching is a breeze with two 100mm, smooth, stiff pitch sliders, as well as plus/minus buttons for pitch bending.

The device comes with Serato Itch, and its deep integration with the software saves you a lot of configuration time. The controller can even browse through your files and load tracks to one of the two decks for you, so you don’t even have to touch your computer.

I’ve been using the NS7FX for a few weeks now, and it’s a serious piece of gear. Great for a beginner but more geared toward the seasoned DJ, Numark’s NS7FX is a fantastic DJ controller. At over $1,200, it’s not for everyone—but if you have the money, you won’t regret the purchase.