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imageNumark will soon announce its iDJ mixing console for the iPod. The device, which was first shown in April at a German music event, is a 2-channel mixer that “enables mobile DJs and iPod enthusiasts to seamlessly integrate their portable music libraries with other music and sound reinforcement systems—transforming the iPod from a personal music player into a source playback device.”

In a product spec sheet acquired by iLounge, Numark says the $399 iDJ will feature: two universal iPod docking stations; large iPod navigation controls; a 3-band EQ with gain control on both channels; a dedicated microphone input with tone and level control; phono/line inputs; USB connectivity (PC and Mac); turntable spindle receptacle; and anodized aluminum panels with precision switches/knobs and a soft touch edge bumper.

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1

hot.

great first step.

Posted by Travis on July 22, 2005 at 9:20 AM (PDT)

2

A Real “DJ” woul’dnt use this…

But I Would!

Posted by RockaFyle on July 22, 2005 at 12:21 PM (PDT)

3

this is stupid. there’s no pitch control.

Posted by scot on July 22, 2005 at 1:10 PM (PDT)

4

“Real” or not, DJs already use iPods and live without beat matching. Now they have a new tool.

Posted by Nagromme on July 22, 2005 at 3:08 PM (PDT)

5

I wish they would have a Dj mixer set up with just one ipod.  Somehow you could set up it to play two tracks at once.  This would make more sence as you could hold enough music on just one ipod.  As a DJ, yes you need pitch control.  This is like hooking up an ipod to your mixer.  Nothing new or anything any DJ today couldn’t do.

Posted by JC on July 23, 2005 at 12:19 AM (PDT)

6

perhaps pitch could/will be added to the ipod firmware - the feature is already present for audiobooks, right?

Posted by Jay on July 23, 2005 at 2:49 AM (PDT)

7

Your right Dj’ing without pitch control isn’t right. Doesn’t iTunes crossfade do the same thing for free?

Posted by Darren on July 23, 2005 at 6:23 AM (PDT)

8

The pitch doesnt need to be controlled in the iPod itself. Maybe the mixer caches the whole tune to an inbuilt mp3 storage system that incorporates pitch adjustment etc. In that case it might essentially be possible to make this using just one iPod.

Think of the DJ analogy, the iPod is just like your record bag containing your tunes. 12” vinyl isnt capable of pitchshifting by itself, its the turntables that do that, so the tunes in an iPod don’t need to be capable of this either, just the hardware.

Any Thoughts?

Oli

Posted by Oliver Hussick on July 23, 2005 at 7:43 AM (PDT)

9

Considering the cost also needs to include *2* iPods, something like the Hercules DJ Console is a more flexible, yet cheaper, alternative for low-end playing.

The main drawback of the Newmark device is that it features analog inputs anbd outputs basic RCA!). So the sound (already a bit crappy with muddied high ends and shallow bass) gets muffled going into and out from the device. No SPDIF/AES outputs. This is not good.

Posted by Demosthenes on July 23, 2005 at 8:06 AM (PDT)

10

Oh yes, on checking further, the iDJ has no DIN connector for MIDI. I didn’t really believe it couldn’t, so I had to check again on the spec sheet. That’s really poor. It’s *possible* that you could rig a MIDI passthrough over its USB, but since it’s simple slave port you’re not going to be easily able to use it to trigger events, such as controlling lights. So you’re still going to have to use a PC as the master controller. Again, poor. This is an overpriced child’s toy.

Posted by Demosthenes on July 23, 2005 at 8:10 AM (PDT)

11

“Oh yes, on checking further, the iDJ has no DIN connector for MIDI. I didn’t really believe it couldn’t, so I had to check again on the spec sheet. That’s really poor. It’s *possible* that you could rig a MIDI passthrough over its USB, but since it’s simple slave port you’re not going to be easily able to use it to trigger events, such as controlling lights. So you’re still going to have to use a PC as the master controller. Again, poor. This is an overpriced child’s toy.”

While it does disgust me that this thing has no pitchfaders, I do have to disagree with you on the midi thing. This is essentially just a mixer with two docks built in. Why would it have midi? It’s an audio mixer for a DJ not the lighting guy. I’m suprised it even has a USB passthrough to the docks.

Posted by blickblocks on July 23, 2005 at 7:20 PM (PDT)

12

At least it’s reasonable to see that Numark wasn’t passing this off as vaporware as many of us, myself included, thought earlier when this board was first announced. Its usefulness as a true DJ tool still sounds as woeful as before, but for the idiot…er, what I REALLY mean…consumer who has to have everything for the iPod…here you go!

I’m sure the bean counters…er, what I REALLY mean…accountants and their CFO at Numark will definitely thank you.

Posted by flatline response on July 23, 2005 at 9:15 PM (PDT)

13

Demosthenes: the “trouble” with the Herky is that it isn’t WHITE…what will all the iPod fashionistas think?

Seriously, analog throughput isn’t all that bad (high fidelity—really good hi-fi at that—got along fine with analog for decades…still does, in fact), but given how Numark the Company generally isn’t even on most enthusiasts’ mid-fi radar, it wouldn’t surprise me if the thing sounds like typical PA leftovers.

Posted by flatline response on July 23, 2005 at 9:16 PM (PDT)

14

Why would it have midi? It’s an audio mixer for a DJ not the lighting guy.

True, true. But I am just a sucker for the blinky lights thing.

And holy crap, no pitchfader? $400? This is amazingly overpriced. For $400 they could have thrown in a few more bells and whistles.

Posted by Demosthenes on July 24, 2005 at 8:11 AM (PDT)

15

A real DJ wouldnt use that, its designed for people that like to think they’re DJ’s. I’m not a DJ to be honest, but I can use my 2 amps, tape player, ipod and laptop and that works well, I’d advise doing that for any casual DJ, dont waste $400 on that, good fun sure, but not a serious tool for DJ’ing

Posted by oscar wyatt on July 24, 2005 at 3:10 PM (PDT)

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“Seriously, analog throughput isn’t all that bad (high fidelity—really good hi-fi at that—got along fine with analog for decades…still does, in fact), but given how Numark the Company generally isn’t even on most enthusiasts’ mid-fi radar, it wouldn’t surprise me if the thing sounds like typical PA leftovers.”

Umm…you’ve just never heard of Numark. They have a completely digital mixer made in cooperation with Alesis. It came out a few years ago. Numark makes some of the best DJ equipment in my opinion, and most often it is fairly priced too.

Posted by blickblocks on July 24, 2005 at 5:28 PM (PDT)

17

I do admit it’s a significant first step but without a pitch control it’s the equivalent of using the crossfade feature in iTunes, which usually results in a few seconds of audible train wrecks.

Posted by danmaldesign on July 25, 2005 at 6:36 AM (PDT)

18

“Umm…you’ve just never heard of Numark.”

Not so. While it’s true that I don’t pay any attention to Numark (and most mixing gear) these days, among the equipment I used to use was a couple of Numark mixing boards back in late ‘70s/early ‘80s (if my memory of time serves me correctly, but disco WAS still in vogue at the time). Fair equipment built like a brick back then, particularly for the money, but hardly the best available.

From what you’ve described, it sounds like it’s more of the same, only 25 years later.

Posted by flatline response on July 25, 2005 at 11:44 AM (PDT)

19

it needs pitch control ! then i may buy one other wise whats the point ?

Posted by sean dimitrie on July 25, 2005 at 11:54 AM (PDT)

20

The lack of a pitch control and beatsync features (which are present in most vaporware DJ apps) make this device completely useless. Your mixes will sound like train wrecks.

Posted by danmaldesign on July 26, 2005 at 7:20 AM (PDT)

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