Before I make my purchase, how do I avoid USB dropouts with the NS7 and NS7II?

My i5core laptop works with my pioneer ddj-sx. I just want to know if all the bugs are worked out. I had an NS7 and always had dropouts. So i tried the competition. And my laptop runs solid, I haven't had any issues with the Pioneer, But i do miss the Numark. I just don't want to have to buy a new laptop just yet. Can I trust the upgraded NS7ii. Feedback Please...
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  • Hell Gilbert,

    Thanks for posting. I'd like to help! There are no bugs with the NS7 or the NS7II. Make sure you log onto the product pages to download the latest audio driver. Also, make sure your using the latest version of Serato DJ. Dropouts aren't due to your controller. Please read up and educate yourself on what dropouts are and how to avoid them.

    Your Serato Software will create what's known as an isochronous stream of audio data over the USB bus. That is, it is 'fed' at precise intervals from Serato's USB buffer. If for some reason what is in the buffer can not be fed onto the bus, the USB dropout indicator will light up, and more often than not, you will hear an audible click or glitch in the audio. This is a USB dropout

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    From personal experience (as long as start up procedures are strictly followed), my NS7 II works as it is suppose to. But the rigidity in which you have to make sure the steps are followed for start-up can be a bit taxing, if one wishes to have a truly plug and play type device. Having gotten over the hurdle myself, when it comes to discipline of start-up, I've not had any real issues, other than some growing pains, with my unit.
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  • Thanks for the feedback fella's. I think I'm going to give the NS7ll a try. I have always been a turntable head. So rotating platters is where i just feel at home. I just do small gigs 100-200 people. And if I can get dialed in on the startup process, I will be back in the Numark circle
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  • Suggestion from experience:

    After your laptop has booted up;
    -Plug in the USB, NS7 II is still off.
    -Open Serato Dj, wait until it is completely loaded up, i.e. all crates have loaded.
    -Turn on NS7 II, listen for chime to indicate an external device has been plugged in. It should work fine after that.

    I've also done both optimizations. The only caveat would be is on the power maintenance profile, the maximum section not be set to 100% more like 98%. It's what I found on a blog, when trying to turn off turbo boost.
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  • Hello,

    Thanks for pitching in David! Great stuff. I also recommend performing the following before you start DJing:

    1. Connect and power on the NS7II
    2. Open Serato DJ
    3. On each deck, fully turn, clock and counter clock wise, the Start and Stop Time knobs prior to DJing. This will ensure that the NS7II is properly communicating with Serato DJ.
    4. As a good practice , we also recommend moving the Pitch Sliders, Crossfader and Channel Sliders up and down prior to DJing. Again, this will ensure that the NS7II is properly communicating with Serato DJ
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