The iDJ - the DJ mixing console for iPod
February 17, 2006 It was only a matter of time before the iPod found its way into serious DJ circles and the release late last year of the Numark iDJ has certainly delivered a credible and visually stunning unit. The iDJ 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. The iDJ features zero-tolerance precision switches and knobs for a tight, precise feel, and a soft touch edge bumper that protects the unit. This full-featured mixer with dual iPod docking stations incorporates a microphone input plus both quarter- and eighth-inch headphone outputs to complete the mixing experience. With USB connectivity to both PC and Macintosh computers, the iDJ functions as a music-loading base as well. Further, the iDJ supports the limited recording capabilities of the iPod-enabling the recording of voice notes for memos, etc. Combine all this with the thoughtful turntable spindle receptacle that enables placement of the iDJ on a turntable when space is limited, and the iDJ is ready to rock.
Numark's iDJ features two universal iPod docking stations that accept all model iPods with the bottom connector. Featuring large iPod navigation controls, this two-channel mixer provides 3-band EQ with gain control for each channel and a dedicated microphone input with tone and level control. Each channel also provides phono/line inputs for adding additional devices such as CD players and samplers into the mix. With large knobs that are pleasing to the touch, the iDJ provides just the right feel for play control.
On the output side, the iDJ incorporates a master output LED meter for visual confirmation of one's audio signals and a professional quality crossfader with fader start control for blending and alternating between the two channel's audio signals. Additionally, the iDJ provides a cue tone and cue source selector for managing music sources. With both quarter- and eighth-inch headphone outputs, the iDJ is able to accommodate both consumer style headphones with minijack connectors as well as professional grade headphones with the larger connector type. To connect to sound systems and external recorders, the iDJ provides Master and Record outputs.
For computer connectivity, Numark's iDJ is right on the money. This feature-packed mixer provides USB connectivity to both PC and Macintosh computers, facilitating convenient iPod docking to one's personal computer. With the iDJ's USB capabilities, music enthusiasts can mix music to their heart's content while still having full interoperability with their computer for modifying/expanding their music libraries. And with an S-Video output (for iPod Photo model players only), the iDJ is ready to patch into video displays for complete multimedia.
Numark CEO Jack O'Donnell offered the following thoughts on the company's new iDJ, “Most every DJ carries an iPod as both a backup tool and as a source of personal music enjoyment. The new iDJ makes it easy to integrate the iPod into a working environment while circumventing the 'band-aid' approach of using multiple audio adapters. For college students and other iPod enthusiasts, this compact mixer is a natural extension of the iPod platform that makes enjoying music with others that much easier. ”
With a suggested retail price of US$249, Numark's iDJ Mixing Console for iPod offers a wealth of creative options for music enthusiasts of all genres.