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iDJ mixer for iPod to ship in October

imageNumark has announced that its iDJ mixing console for the iPod will be available for purchase in October. First shown in April at a German music event and then further revealed last month, the iDJ features dual iPod docking cradles, large navigation controls, lighted console, 3-band equalizer, and host of inputs and outputs.

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring the art of DJing to the consumer market. Since almost everyone carries an iPod in their pocket, the new iDJ makes it easy to use their iPod as professional DJ gear,” says Numark CEO Jack O’Donnell. “For college students and other iPod enthusiasts, this compact mixing system is a natural extension of the iPod platform that makes enjoying music with others that much easier.”

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1

this is a great idea

Posted by DJ on August 17, 2005 at 10:40 AM (PDT)

2

And now, looking over the finished product, Numark gives us…no pitch/speed control.

Most “rock” DJs will have no use for beatmatching, but anyone truly interested will require some capacity for altering speed (if not pitch as well) for seamless mixing between tracks.  Hence, this is an expensive hipster toy.

Posted by PushButtonAction in Atlanta, GA on August 17, 2005 at 10:43 AM (PDT)

3

In addition to that, the scratchpads are too small. They’re like frickin’ scroll-wheels!
Absolutely worthless.

Posted by DerekJ on August 17, 2005 at 11:45 AM (PDT)

4

DerekJ—I’d be surprised if they were even scratchpads.  My guess is that they <u>are</u> scrollwheels, with the tactile buttons removed and relocated at the top and bottom, to be used to interface with the iPods’ controls.  Judging from Numark’s releases and website, the only control you have over the music is play/pause.

You’re right about the “absolutely worthless” part, though.

Posted by PushButtonAction in Atlanta, GA on August 17, 2005 at 12:29 PM (PDT)

5

Sigh, It seems like the only DJ option Apple enthusiasts have is Final Scratch 2.0, the only drawback being that you have to set up a laptop or CPU to a set of turntables or cd mixer, no iPOD. Will somebody pleeeease create an iPOD DJ mixer with a decent scratch wheel, pitch control, beatsync, loop and sample features ? These features are the foundation of any mixing device and are included in many vaporware applications like Traktor DJ Studio. Hey Denon and Technics, are you guys listening?

Posted by danmaldesign on August 17, 2005 at 12:50 PM (PDT)

6

Can you geniuses read?

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring the art of DJing to the CONSUMER market.”

As in…house party…office party…wedding reception…etc…

You ‘professional’ DJs need to get over yourselves…

Posted by Gordy on August 17, 2005 at 7:33 PM (PDT)

7

what, are you ignorant?

pro. dj’s are CONSUMERS.

Posted by myke on August 18, 2005 at 12:42 AM (PDT)

8

Thats the point.  Consumers ALREADY are able to do this without an expensive toy.  Two line-in’s from your ipods to your receiver offers you just about as much as this does.  Feed them through a cheap radio shack mixer that does crossfading and you have the exact same functionality without having to drop an extra $PRICE for this POS.  If they had just added pitch bending this might stand a chance of actually being desirable.

Posted by theothermike on August 18, 2005 at 5:39 AM (PDT)

9

If they want to charge more for the convenience/features/style of not having to patch together your own solution from multiple pieces, then more power to them.

You can say that DJs should never use an iPod and never do without pitch control—but the fact is that some do, and have for years. This product is for them.

Posted by Nagromme on August 18, 2005 at 6:24 AM (PDT)

10

Question: Name a DJ who doesn’t use pitch control?
Answer: Radio DJ

Most iPOD users bought an iPOD because they HATE radio stations that play the same 10-12 songs with incessant station plugs and promotions.

You want to hear some creative PODcasts? Give us an iPOD mixing device with pitch control. It will make the world a better place. Trust me on this!

Posted by danmaldesign on August 18, 2005 at 7:09 AM (PDT)

11

there is no dj in the world that doesnt use pitch control. also i noticed no cue button. this item is crap!

Posted by raze on August 18, 2005 at 8:34 AM (PDT)

12

myke…genius…‘consumer’ is the opposite of ‘professional’ in this context.  You know, like the iBook is the ‘consumer’ portable…iMac is the ‘consumer’ desktop? 

The ‘consumer’ market is not intended for professionals, unless such pros want it on the cheap—-and that’s the real issue here, right?

Geesh!

Posted by Gordy. in Atlanta, GA on August 18, 2005 at 12:58 PM (PDT)

13

Why is Numark promoting this as a DJ worthy item?

No pitch control = audio train wreck transitions

Not in the least “DJ” worthy !

Enough said !

Posted by danmaldesign on August 18, 2005 at 3:17 PM (PDT)

14

All Of This Dj Worthy ######## And No Pitch Control. First Of All, CD Mixing Or Mp3 Mixing, Whatever You Do With It, That #### Sucks. Get A Set Of 1200s Or Vestax, And Then You’ll Have Your Pitch Control. That Is Some Real Live Music. Wax Is The Only Way To Go. Late

Posted by mumbles on August 19, 2005 at 12:51 AM (PDT)

15

And you’d buy this instead of PCDJ because….?

Posted by Slate8 on August 19, 2005 at 3:50 AM (PDT)

16

This is exactly the type of horseshit that appeals to the type of folks that can only mix with software anyhow, and that think that mp3’s/aac’s are proper for nightclub applications. NEWS FLASH: Compressed audio sounds like ### over big sound systems, you dorks, so all of you bedroom dj’s complaining about how this doesn’t have pitch control, get over yourselves. If you are attempting to use iPods for DJing anyhow, perhaps you may want to consider a career in retail or the auto industry. Get some skills first, then use consumer ##### later.

That is all.

Posted by Angry Black Man on August 22, 2005 at 1:02 AM (PDT)

17

It’s funny how vinyl junkies make this claim when 95% of their analog recordings use “digital” samples to make their music. I use vinyl and agree that it sounds better but when I play a track that uses samples from a digital source instead of an analog source, there is not that much of a difference.

Ignorance is bliss!

Posted by danmaldesign on August 22, 2005 at 11:43 AM (PDT)

18

The reason this sucks isn’t because it has no pitch control.  And the DJs in here don’t need to “get over themselves.”

Numark positions themselves as a producer of DJ equipment.  They even went so far as to put a recepticle for the turntable’s spindle on the bottom of this unit.  You’re wrong if you don’t think they expect to see it used in a DJ booth.  What they don’t realize is that trying to cash in on the iPod craze with the DJ crowd is stupid.  This will lessen their credibility in the DJ world because now they admit that they make expensive toys for idiots.  Any self-respecting tech geek would have gotten an iRiver instead of an iPod anyway (Lower price tag, higher capacity, more features, longer battery life, AND THEY RECORD AT 320K, but that’s for another thread).

The point is, Numark just made it painfully clear that they don’t know their target market at all.  This will fail.  DJs won’t use it and others will soon forget about its novelty.

And for the record, I have played several gigs playing mp3s and wav files on big systems.  Guess how many people noticed?  Only the ones in the DJ booth.  Mac users do have more options than final scratch.  Do a Google search for Ms. Pinky.

Posted by c0reysc0tt on October 26, 2005 at 11:59 PM (PDT)

19

to all the jocks out there here’s the deal. contact me and we’ll hire a programmer to make us our own pitch thats compatible.

let me know…seriously

Posted by djv on October 27, 2005 at 12:39 AM (PDT)

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