NI's MKII TCV's -First impressions
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    Default NI's MKII TCV's -First impressions

    I gave in to the latest NI's advertising and bought the latest MK2 TCV's.

    I did a side by side comparison using the S4 and the Audio 8 as phono amps, SL1200Mk5 as source with various carts I had in the studio.

    They are marked for TSP 2.1 only, meaning those with 2.03 or less won't get the benefit of these. I suppose it also limits the use to legally purchased software too.

    The first thing to note is when calibrating the circle is a little different and the words MK2 vinyl appear under the circle.

    I did many tests using various carts and have come to the conclusion that they are certainly worth the investment.

    Traking seems a little bit better, but being the basic black (a little heavier), the red Mk1's are better for scratching overall.

    I wasn't expecting a life changer, but if you are replacing your TCV's soon, then definitely go for the new 2.1 MK2's.

    Has anyone else made the change?
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    I've been using the MK2s for a few months and prefer them over the old ones. They are more direct (like real vinyl) and also don't loose track that easily.
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    I have some MK2's in the mail.

    if you install Traktor 2.1 can you still use the old timecode or just the new MK2's. I have the limited edition Qbert skratchy seal/traktor timecode vinyl and still want to be able to use it.

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    Edit: all wrong - read Karlos' posts below
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    Quote Originally Posted by HedgeHog View Post
    They will at some time drop the support for the MK1 vinyls.
    AFAIK That is not correct dude.
    If you bought a Traktor Scratch product that included MK1 vinyl you will always be able to use that vinyl as it will calibrate.

    No-one is being forced into buying MK2 timecode.

    This information comes directly from the person that developed the new timecode signal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djtmoks View Post
    I have some MK2's in the mail.

    if you install Traktor 2.1 can you still use the old timecode or just the new MK2's. I have the limited edition Qbert skratchy seal/traktor timecode vinyl and still want to be able to use it.

    Yes you can. I have been using MK1 and MK2, Desolat, Flurou and Scratch Seal with the latest and the newest Beta of Traktor.

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    Oh no, shame on me. I haven't been following the betalist with the same attention as I used to.
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    No sweat. Just wanted to add it for balance. This subject has cause no end of hassle on the NI forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HedgeHog View Post
    I've been using the MK2s for a few months and prefer them over the old ones. They are more direct (like real vinyl) and also don't loose track that easily.
    I feel that the MK1 TCV dont feel very natural comparing with regular vinil.
    I would uprgrade to Traktor 2, but there are some thing i dont like in it... the new waveforms look bluried!

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    You can use the waveforms in monochrome mode if that helps you.

    You should definitely try the MK2 vinyls. The (incredible) guy developed the new TCs from scratch.
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