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July 1, 2013 by Phil Morse (DDJT Team) 44 Comments Review Summary:Offering good value for money, the spacious Behringer CMD Studio 4A digital DJ controller has lots of LED feedback, a decent built-in audio interface and plenty of hot cues. A decent size, big jogwheels, long-throw faders, and all in a unit that costs little more than the very cheapest controllers out there: the Behringer CMD Studio 4A is making a big play for the budget end of the controller market.
Full Behringer CMD Studio 4A DJ Controller Review: Behringer has always had a reputation for making music gear that's exceptionally well priced, and also came up with a couple of the very first DJ controllers many years back, the B-Control BCD2000 and BCD3000. The unit is quite large (about the size of a Traktor Kontrol S4, although not as deep, and slimmer), and also like the Traktor Kontrol S4, it is made of plastic, but with a black metal faceplate which means it feels nice to touch and use, while still being quite light. Because of its size, it is not in any way cramped, and the extra space has also allowed the designers to incorporate large (6") jogwheels, really long-throw pitch faders, long line faders, eight hotcue buttons per deck, decent sized buttons everywhere, and lots of spacing between the EQ and FX knobs. The actual layout contains no surprises whatsoever; it's totally standard, eschewing the current trend for big pads and sticking to hard plastic "click" buttons, all backlit in various colours. No inputs and two sets of RCA outputs plus USB and power; this is simple stuff, especially as the two RCA pairs carry exactly the same signal. The back panel is very simple, with a USB socket for the computer, a DC-in (power transformer is provided), and a pair of RCA stereo outputs. The jogwheels have some weight behind them so they will spin freely for several seconds once turned, something I like because it potentially allows for more fun "vinyl" effects when DJing; however, when you push down with a little force on the edge of the jogs, they grate against the plastic casing underneath them, which gives a cheap impression. There's a very simple instruction manual in the box, and an important card containing details of where to go online to download Deckadance LE, the provided software, as well as ASIO drivers (needed if you're using it with a PC rather than a Mac), and the all-important serial number.
The controller feels good on first play thanks to the spacing, size of the controls and the high level of LED feedback from the software - the latter due in part to the fact that it is powered from a separate adaptor, not relying on power from the computer via USB.
The layout of the controller - not cramped and with decent faders, jogs and knob spacing - makes it satisfying control surface to DJ from. They're not much worse than most Traktor mappings for third-party controllers (Traktor is only really mapped well to the Kontrol S2 and Kontrol S4), and Virtual DJ controller maps aren't perfect either - but Serato DJ Intro is, and with controllers like the Mixtrack Pro and Mixtrack Pro 2 in the budget price bracket coming with Serato DJ Intro and so having excellent jogwheel control, the bar has been raised.
All in all, if you think you're going to want to scratch, this isn't the controller for you, at least with the supplied software.
You get delay, flanger, phaser, lo-pass filter, hi-pass filter, autopan, transform (gate), bitcrusher, distortion and reverb.
Looking very Traktor-esque nowadays, Deckadance 2 is a major improvement on the previous incarnation of the software. This isn't a Deckadance review, but to summarise, overall Deckadance 2 LE is good DJ software, with some novel features; it certainly holds its own, coming with DVS support, VST plugin capability, programmable macro "smart knobs" and "GrossBeat" permutations, and more.
However, if you did decide you liked Deckadance - and there is plenty about it to like - in this instance the upgrade is US$49, which isn't a bad deal at all. While we're bigging up Deckadance, you have to feel some affection to any DJ software whose makers describe it like this: "Deckadance has everything you need to elevate your DJ performances to the next level. I am sure quickly enough decent mappings for Traktor and Virtual DJ, at the very least, will appear, although as always with such mappings the acid test is how good the jogwheel response is, but such mappings will hopefully give buyers of this the choice as to what software they want to run with if Deckadance isn't for them. Competition-wise, I'd say the Mixtrack Pro (if you can still find one) and Mixtrack Pro 2 from Numark are still strong contenders with their excellent jogwheels, albeit with less buttons and backlighting than you get here; also consider the highly underrated (but more expensive) Denon DJ MC2000, which is appreciably smaller but well-built and a good performer.
Ultimately, I feel that if Behringer had bundled more tightly mapped software (such as mappings seen with budget controllers running Serato DJ Intro), it would have been game, set and match to them - not so much with Deckadance, due to the average jogwheel mapping. Join 100,000 Digital DJ Tips members to get access to an exclusive area of all our free training articles & resources plus twice-weekly emails with the best of our tutorials, reviews and DJ news. Unfortunately I have had quite a few problems with Behring in the past (and not all THAT distant past at that).
I have understood they stepped up their game somewhat and I am guessing that they just source a 24-bit audio interface from somewhere. It will be interesting to see how they hold up in the hands of some of our younger, eager, uhm … dynamic DJ here after prolonged use. The other thing that doesn’t appeal to me is that most all the backlit buttons are the same color.
I am not in the market for a low end controller, but I do get asked to give advice on them from time to time from young guys in the neighborhood who want to start DJ-ing. I made a quick rebuttal video in response to digital dj tips review that addresses a couple of your concerns. Not trying to put them down, just saying how long a bad reputation can haunt you, even if you have picked up your game in the meantime.

Any time you have an equipment rider they often knock things off they’ve had bad experiences with or they consider sub par. They’re all available to purchase now, but it might be hard finding them depending on where you live. With no mic input and no individual gain controls the unit becomes, for me, not even worth considering. I think they are aiming at beginners not mobile DJs, and as you say, for home it’s not so crippling. Worth noting here too that there are no external inputs at all; not even a microphone-through. The outputs are identical; both are controlled by the Main volume control on the unit, so in other words the "second" output is neither a booth output with its own volume control, nor a true "record" output (that bypasses the Main volume control). The CMD Studio 4A comes with a power supply and power is indeed necessary for it to work at all, so you plug in the power supply, connect the controller to your computer via USB, launch Deckadance and you're all ready to play. Any DJ who knows what they're doing will pick up the basics almost instantaneously, and new DJs will find it a nice surface to learn on. The biggest omission for me is individual channel gain controls, but looping controls on the hardware are rudimentary too, and there's no hardware control over the software's sampler either. Indeed, the sound quality overall is very good - as frankly is the case with the vast majority of controllers nowadays, even the cheaper ones. You can easily confuse the jogwheel (for instance, putting it into a scratch spin and holding it to pause the track at the end; the trackp lays on ignoring your wishes - it's demoed in the video), and the jogs are woolly, even with latency set really tight. Also, as mentioned above, the jogs are a little "budget" in feel, due to scratching easily on the housing if you push too hard on them. The knob's button resets the knob to zero, which is a bit weird as the knob will still be physically set elsewhere.
Hardly surprising, as that function is dealt with in the software by dedicated filters, which as we know you can't access from the control surface. The LE version (LE means "cut down", basically) that comes in the box has some pretty crippling limitations, though (you can't record which is always the big one, and there's mo Midi mapping or editor for the "smart knob" and "GrossBeat" settings), which means that while it's perfectly good for starting to DJ with, you'd want to upgrade at some point, to the full version of this or some other software.
The first thing I would do is start to map some of its features to a small external controller (the sampler would be an obvious choice) - maybe even to one of Behringer's new modular controllers. For this price, the beginner is getting a decent-sized controller, some pretty powerful software (even in its LE version), and the chance to learn to DJ on something that isn't massively far removed from models costing several times the price. Throw in the extra $50 to fully unlock the software, maybe as your skills grow add one of Behringer's modular controllers doing a bit of remapping to customise stuff to your style, and you'll have one seriously good value for money DJ set-up that's also nice and powerful.
Even so, if money's tight and you want to punch above your station, you should look very closely at this. And thus, with lots of people wanting VDJ or Traktor, the availability of decent mappings is crucial for it’s succes. Not just because of the grating (which in itself is enough for me to shy away from this unit, especially with viable alternatives available with way better jogs), but because of the potential that the jog doesn’t go straigt up and down, but tilts a little. I personally would have liked to see some more color groups, making it easier to distinguish buttons, even if you can’t read what is on them.
However, you misunderstood our second point (we demo it in our video so you’ll see it properly if you watch that), it is nothing to do with us accidentally having effects on, it is to do with the Deckadance software not noticing the hand is holding the track paused. If it doesn’t work properly out of the box, that is how beginners will experience it. I knew what you meant in your review and I just wanted to make sure that all interested parties as well as those in the market for a new dj controller can make the most informed decision possible before casting it off as problematic. The thing is, i think nowadays it’s not enough to have good hardware but software issues, or the other way around. You revolutionized DJ MIDI controllers and put the other brands on notice, and you did this targeting the value market. Both are essential for a working mobile DJ and that’s what this has to be targeted at as it is not for in house or studio production. The knobs Behringer has used throughout, on the other hand, are really nice: kind of chunky, rounded and rubberised.
Also, lots of functions on the software have no mappings on the hardware; the software has filters per channel, but you can't access them without using the mouse.
The VUs also monitor cue level rather than just master, which is good, although the lack of a gain control somewhat negates the usefulness of this feature.

The crossfader is a bit scratchy but loose enough, however I couldn't find a crossfader curve adjust (someone prove me wrong, but I did look hard!). To be fair, the Traktor mapping (available from the Behringer site) improves on Deckadance, and apparently the imminent Virtual DJ mapping is even better. Meanwhile, the other three knobs control a single parameter of three effects that you can choose yourself from drop-down menus in the software (but not from the hardware).
Overall the effects are pretty good but the way to controls are mapped I found a bit weird. You can always pair it with Traktor or Virtual DJ due to the alternative mappings that are out there (at extra cost, of course), and as Behringer offers a three-year guarantee on all its gear nowadays, you don't have to worry about reliability (you may be using your guarantee if the decal rubs off as easily as it did on our review unit).
This would put extra strain on the mechanism under the jog that actually translates the jog movement to an electronic signal. Using beta maps of different software to fix problems is hardly something we can expect new users to have on their radar. Something should ideally work out of the box, because when people buy something that’s what they expect. I would like to add that a Behringer dealer told me recently Behringer now has an amazing 3 year guaranteed warranty on thier new products now.
After all, the vocalist will stumble and kick them and the guitar player will spill his beer on it.
IMO the CMD line ought to go into the hall of fame when the history of DJ MIDI controllers gets written. I do like Behringer, particularly their powered speaker line, but not including a mic input and individual channel gain should be cause for firing the designer. Overall, the controller feels pretty good, and certainly isn't far off the build quality of something like the Traktor Kontrol S4. The effects are generally beat-synced, meaning turning the control knob speeds up or slows down the amount the effect cycles. Bottom line is you're getting an awful lot for your money here - and that ought to mean the unit will sell well. Does it do most stuff right, or are there things here that would put you off buying this unit?
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