The Behringer CMD Studio 4A is a four-deck MIDI DJ controller that features a built-in four-channel USB audio interface. It’s extremely portable for studio and live work, making it perfect for any situation.
Behringer CMD Studio 4A Review – Introduction
The unit is about the size of a Traktor Kontrol S4, but slimmer. It’s made of plastic with a black metal faceplate which means it feels nice to touch and use. Compared to other units under $200, it’s extremely professional. 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 unfortunately powered from a separate adaptor, not relying on power from the computer via USB. 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.
Behringer CMD Studio 4A Review – Features
The deck buttons on the Studio 4a modulate the MIDI channel for the deck, and the hardware does its own variable tracking (so any updates to any of the decks are stored even if that deck isn’t the currently active one). This makes it easier for a novice to MIDI map, because they don’t have to deal with the extra modality in the mapping. The effects you get are delay, flanger, phaser, low pass filter, high pass filter, autopan, transform (gate), bitcrusher, distortion and reverb. They actually sound quite good for instance, even though the transform doesn’t cut cleanly. Each channel has a 100mm pitch fader for pitch bending and control and a 60mm volume fader. The mixer section features a crossfader, a three-band EQ with EQ kill, FX assign, and cue and track load buttons. We find the lack of gain controls pretty annoying, but the CMD makes it up with the kill buttons.
Behringer CMD Studio 4A Review – Compatibility
The function and form of this all in one DJ controller gives easy access to tons of features. The bundled software is Deckadance 2.0 LE, which has a complete redesign from the 1.x versions, but if you don’t feel like using it and you prefer another software you can download the mapping for Traktor from here. The CMD Studio 4A is MIDI class compliant and will work with any MIDI-compatible software such as Traktor, Serato Scratch Live, and Ableton Live.
Behringer CMD Studio 4A Review – Specs
- Highly integrated 4-deck controller with built-in 4-channel USB audio interface.
- Includes the Deckadance 2 LE DJ software from Image Line.
- Compatible with popular DJ software including Native Instruments Traktor, Serato Scratch Live, Ableton Live, Virtual DJ and any other MIDI-compatible programs.
- Powerful 4-channel USB audio interface with 24-bit converters and low latency operation.
- Large 6” touch-sensitive high resolution control platters for precise control.
- Class-compliant MIDI protocol enables DJs to use the CMD Studio 4A with any MIDI software.
- Professional 100 mm pitch faders and 60 mm volume faders.
- Complete mixer section with crossfader and 2 channel faders, 3-band EQ, EQ kill, FX assign, cue and track load buttons.
- Full-fledged deck sections including key lock, pitch control, auto looping, 8 hot cues and full control over 2 FX modules.
- Backlit buttons responding to the application and MIDI-reactive controls.
- Slim tabletop design for ultimate portability.
Behringer CMD Studio 4A Review – Conclusion
Even though it’s fairly compact, the CMD Studio 4A has the functionality and control you need to keep the show going.