Why is the controller called DJ Control Air?
Air stands for Adjustment by InfraRed: it is a contactless control. The DJ places his or her hand flat over the infrared beam. The controller calculates the distance between the sensor and the hand, and converts it into a gradual MIDI command. This MIDI command modulates a setting in the DJ software.
Does Air control require specific light conditions?
No, Air control functions under any light conditions.
The infrared light beam projected towards the hand is invisible. The sensor captures the infrared reflection on the hand, and uses the reflection to calculate the hand’s distance. The reflection is the same in both daylight and low light conditions, allowing Air control to be used during the day, at night or in places with weak lighting. Air control functions with all flesh tones. The only incompatibility is the use of black gloves (as the infrared sensor would not be able to detect the reflection).
Pressure-detecting jog wheels
The jog wheels detect the pressure from the user’s hand. With scratch mode enabled, the jog wheels scratch when the hand’s weight is detected, and stop scratching when the hand’s weight is no longer detected. This allows the DJ to: Stop playback by pressing on the jog wheel. Restart playback by lifting up his or her hand. Scratch by turning the jog wheel while pressing down, and stop scratching by lifting up his or her hand. Bend the pitch (if playback is on) / browse within tracks (if playback is off) by turning the jog wheels using their outer ring, to avoid applying downward pressure.
With scratch mode disabled, the jog wheels bend the pitch or browse within tracks when the jog wheels are turned, regardless of the pressure applied.
Installation CD-ROM (PC/Mac) with PC/Mac DJ software
Printed installation guide