The clutter-free DJ set up

If you DJ, you probably have a ton of CDs and/or albums to haul back and forth whenever you need to set up for a job. The amount of space and work you can save by storing your music digitally has been covered here in the past, but how does one harness their music for DJ purposes?

Enter the iDJ2 by Numark. The iDJ2 is a great way to free yourself from all the hard lifting that goes into transporting all of those CDs and albums. Yeah, the old school DJs will scoff at the pretend turntables on this device, but the iDJ2 also has audio inputs for a microphone, CD player, and turntables if you can’t give up the older technology just yet.

iDJ2 overview via the Numark website:

The Numark iDJ2 is the only iPod mixing console that provides full control of your music with real–time scratching (via two jog wheels), a stunning color screen and Numark’s exclusive crate management. Keylock insures that DJs can easily change tempo without affecting pitch. The iDJ2 features a fresh and innovative new iPod docking system that allows users to play and mix two songs simultaneously from a single iPod without the need of a computer. Users can also hook up multiple mass storage devices including additional iPods, thumb drives, and external USB hard drives through rear panel USB ports. In addition to USB connectivity, the iDJ2 comes complete with line inputs for audio sources including a microphone, CD players and turntables.

This is an extraordinary mixing console and portable DJ system with professional DJ features like balanced outputs, pitch control, key lock, seamless looping, and full cueing. DJs can easily manage their music library using the iDJ2’s highly intuitive graphic interface and the full-color LCD screen offers crystal-clear visual track–profiling.

iPod Direct Mode turns iDJ2 into the ultimate iPod player, allowing you play any music from your iPod, including songs purchased from the iTunes music store.

iDJ2’s unique Crate feature allows easy organization of songs to be played and supports multiple file formats including MP3, WAV and AAC (unprotected). The iDJ2 also supports iPod docking and charging, to keep the music playing and the party going all night long.

If you DJ on a regular basis, at the very least, the iDJ2 is worth a look.

(via Engaget)

3 Comments for “The clutter-free DJ set up”

  1. posted by Dan Gendreau on

    I have tried the iDJ2 and I have to say I was very disappointed. No serious DJ will take this toy seriously. I have tried all sorts of digital players, but I have never found a control surface that can match the vinyl on a high torque direct drive turntable.

    In my opinion, a much better contender for a minimal clutter DJ setup would be a Denon DNS-3500 and a small mixer. It has a motorized platter to simulate vinyl and the encoder is accurate enough that you can even scratch on it. You can burn a whole crate of tracks onto one CDR. And because it can play 2 different tracks at the same time, you can play a whole set using just one deck.

    I wish someone would make something like the 3500 that was just a USB control surface for a laptop. That would rock.

  2. posted by Adam Snider on

    Looks fun, but vinyl is just…well…it’s vinyl.

  3. posted by 88% on

    I think that the happy medium here would be Final Scratch.

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