Tag: database software
You won’t be VERY disappointed
I recently finished a post on Cortex and their HDTT-5000. I’ve also reviewed the HDC-1000, which I loved and I think is probably the best piece of DJ equipment you can get from Cortex…for the price. Of course, I can’t go into detail on the HDC-1000 without giving a small review of the HDC-3000. It had some pretty big shoes to fill. Did it do the trick?
Remember how I said: "I like Cortex" in my last post about the HDTT-5000? Well, naturally, I stand by that remark. My only problem with the company as a whole (not their specific products) is that they build fairly basic units and then sell them at prices you would find Pioneer selling their equipment at…okay, maybe not that high, but still, it is too high. The HDC-3000 is a slight exception. It costs 1,000 dollars. Although this is a fairly high price, it’s not as bad as some of their others products. Plus, you’ve gotta take into account that the HDC-3000 is pretty good.
Their features include:
- Intelligent music database management
- PC based database creation
- String search
- Playlist editing
- Main playback screen
- CD audio playback
- Storage device selection
- Ultra fast instant start
- File explorer mode
There are more features of the HDC-3000, and also there are "enhanced features". You can find detailed descriptions on the official web site of Cortex.
If you go around and ask some working DJs what they thought of their HDC-3000, you’ll get some seriously mixed reviews. Some will say they liked it, others will say they sold it first chance they got. The hindrances and benefits are way too numerous to list here, so I’ll go through the most important pros and cons.
First of all, one of the biggest problems of the HDC-3000 and the HDC-1000 is the fact that they have so many bugs. BIG problem. The 1000 has more than the 3000. You’ll have to go to customer service to get that problem straightened out, which, needless to say, is a huge pain. Another problem is the fact that Cortex shouldn’t have released it at such an early date. Personally, I think they should have perfected all of their flaws and then released it. They were in too much of a hurry. As a result, working DJs have a unit that locks up quite a bit, freezes, stops mid track and has database software that functions weakly. Essentially, you have a product that’s very unreliable.
With that been said, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. First off, Cortex knows about the problems working DJs are facing with both the HDC-1000 and HDC-3000, and they’ve got updates to improve on these hindrances.They were slow with the updates, but when working DJs have the "fixed" version of the HDC-3000, this is where the fun begins. Now, you have a unit that:
- Sounds great
- Is easy to use, eay to set up/navigate
- Looks great with an appealing "Cortex" design
- Is perfect for mobile DJs
- Offers versatility
- Performs with remarkable speed
The reviews are mixed and the faults are very obvious. However, you cannot refute the fact that Cortex’s HDC-3000 is a solid unit (when fixed) with impressive features.
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