After these past few pages describing the BCD3000, the time has come to write a conclusion. Who would be the main target group for a BCD3000? Probably amateur to semi-professional users. The retail price of €225~260 is not that high, since the Top/Pro solutions (Vestax VC-100) cost almost double the money, and don't include a soundcard. With so many Midi controllers on the market right now, the BCD3000 has its own place in the marketplace, since the features and price are good.
After having used a Hercules DJ Console (MKI) for almost 2 years, moving to the BCD3000 had a strange feeling. The build quality is better and the BCD3000 is almost double the size of an MKI. However, with so many buttons gathered in a small space, I personally find this design rather un-comfortable. The ideal design for me is to have more space around the jogs and crossfader, room to play with. This again is my personal opinion, other users may overall be satisfied with this design.
At this price range, the build quality is ok, even though everything is plastic (external shell and all knobs/buttons). I don't know how long this console will last under hard use (aka DJ use). There is a one year warranty.
The BCD3000 is MIDI compatible. This means it can either work with the included Traktor 3.2 LE edition or with the full Traktor and Virtual DJ. The BCD3000 worked just fine with all tested software we tried. We didn't notice any sound breaks or weird behaviour that has been reported with the BCD2000 in the past. Hopefully, all problems are now solved with the BCD3000 series.
What's rather inconvenient is the lack of "full" support of the BCD3000 in the Traktor Full version (no scratching) and in Virtual DJ (no native support with 5.0 version). Hopefully, these problems are easy to solve since they are related to software vendors updating their software and making them fully compatible.
We didn't test the Vinyl timecodes setup, but theoretically it should work just fine. We simply couldn't find two turntables available for this purpose.
Concluding this review, we feel that we gave an accurate image of what you can expect from the BCD3000. We don't feel that BCD2000 owners have many too many reasons to update, but new buyers won't find other products in this price range with included soundcard. My guess is that buying depends on your budget and your personal needs.
I feel that the BCD3000 fits best for Traktor rather than VDJ users, based on the number and placement of buttons/knobs. For the time being, I think that my old Hercules DJ Console (MKI) still covers my bedroom DJ needs :-) But again, for DJ wannabes, the console could give you a glimpse of how real-world DJ-ing feels.
- DAC provides good sound quality
- ASIO mode works very well with 4ms latency
- It's MIDI compatible
- Includes Traktor 3.2 LE Edition
- Includes printed manual in 10 languages
- Overall stable performance without any weird problems
- When working with full Traktor 3.2.2, you really enjoy this console
- Build quality is considered good for the price range
- Has external power to avoid USB powered device problems
- Provides almost complete control of the Traktor LE functions
- Headphone placement seems rather weird to us
- We couldn't make Mic work (maybe it's a software related issue?)
- Many buttons gathered in a small space resulting in awkward space to work with
- While most DJ software can work under MIDI mode, there are still un-solved problems
- No plastic/silicon rubber feet to prevent console from slipping!
- We would welcome a BPM indicator for each track loaded