Cortext HDTT 5000 Review
I recently purchased a pair of Cortext HDTT 5000 digital music decks off of eBay.I'd like to take this space to review what I know about them so far.
Hardware Build Quality
Over all, the general build quality is good. The units 360mm x 320mm x 110mm, and are similar size to a CDJ1000, I believe. They feel solid and well constructed. The corners are protected with large rubberised mouldings. The platter has solid bearings and feels similar to the CDJ1000. The pitch control is smooth and has no central detent. The buttons all have a very positive action, except believe it or not, The CUE and PLAY buttons! These buttons kind of let the user interaction down a bit. They are probably the most used controls on the deck after the platter and pitch control. Why did they scrimp on this?
You can wire the units up in the same manner as a CDJ with each unit having it's own RCA leads to the mixer and each deck having it's on music source. 1 USB stick each. Or both units can share a USB stick by daisy-chaining. To do this you set up one deck as the master and one as the salve via switches on the back. You then use a USB-A to USB-B lead (not supplied) to connect them. The USB-B goes in the master deck. Do not use cheap leads, as for some reason they (or my one) do not work. You then have to take the slave's RCA leads and take them out of the slave sockets of the master deck. Now both decks can share the same media.
Each deck has five USB-A connectors for media. four in the back and one on top. When daisy chaining I assume the slave can see all five of these. I have only tried with one so far.
Before loading a USB into the unit it is best (time-wise) to download the Cortex PC Database Software and index the tracks via that. It is painfully slow to index on the fly. It also holds up the whole unit, so you would not want your mate popping his new stick in your slot in the middle of a live set! The Cortex PC DB software allows you to generate the wave forms at the same time. worth doing as again this is slow on the fly.
Turn on the deck and let it prompt you for media. Insert the media and provided you have set up / verified your database via the cortex PC software, you can select to not verify your source and just get on and play some music!
The screen allows shows you the important stuff like track time elapsed or track time remaining. There is also a bar showing how far through the track is.
I would be concerned using USB media in a live environment where a member of the public could just pull out the stick while you are playing. Especially from the top slot. This would stop all music and probably corrupt the USB stick.
TBC... More to follow as I go along..
- Jog Wheel / Platter - solid feel and very easy to line up the beats with.
- Pitch control ±4%, ±8%, ±16% and ±24%
- Once a memory stick is ejected, the player will not recognise it next time you plug it in without switching the unit off and back on again first.
- Infrequent blue screen and hang when trying to turn the unit off. Needed power lead pulling out of the back.
- Blue screen hang on master switch on, if you have already turned slave unit on first.
- There is no way to see the whole track wave form, unless it is a VERY short track!
- The Cortex database software crashes often.
- Removing a USB stick without "Ejecting" it can (and probably will) corrupt the stick beyond recovery! It did for one of mine anyway. £25 down the drain!
TBC... More to follow as I go along..Links:
Cortex HDTT 5000 product information - http://www.cortex-pro.com/hdtt_5000.php