I’ve only had it for 12 hours, so I can’t do a proper review yet of the NuVJ, but its strange MIDI mappings (and those of the Total Control) have caused me enough trouble that I’ve posted about it on CDMusic.
the Total Control jogwheels use a bizarre schema for their endless encoder messages. All the MIDI controllers IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve encountered in the past have used the same format for endless encoders, rotating clockwise will send out a stream of, (to paraphrase the machines) Ã¢â‚¬Å“+1Ã¢â‚¬Â³ messages. Counterclockwise gives Ã¢â‚¬Å“-1Ã¢â‚¬Â³. Spin your jogwheel or knob faster, and it sends out more messages per second. The Total Control, however, changes its message depending on how fast the wheel is spinning, so an increasingly quick movement would look like Ã¢â‚¬Å“+1 +1 +2 +3 +5 +7 +7 +8Ã¢â‚¬Â³ etc. Even more bizarrely, the values seem the reverse of what they should be, so a clockwise movement gives negative values.
So if you were thinking that these controllers looked just perfect to go with Resolume, VDMX, or any software that isn’t branded with a Numark logo, I’d take your laptop in and give it a spin at the store before dropping any cash.