Music lovers have had a number of options to integrate their i-gadgets to different instruments in the past. One of the more -obscure- ones we remember is the gTar that allowed you to dock your iPhone to this unique guitar itself and play the tunes of your favorite song through your iPhone. Numark, a company that deals with DJ systems has come up with a new solution to integrate your iPad with one of their new DJ systems, naming the duo as iDJ Pro. iDJ Pro was introduced at this year’s NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) and featured among top 20 innovative products. We wouldn’t say you essentially need to be a pro to play with this complicated setup, but you do need to know the basics of DJing. There was a similar product from Numark, named iDJ Live some time back that allowed mixing music as well as videos on-the-go. The setup comes integrated with Algoriddim’s djay app, which is now one of the most favorite iPad apps around the corner and is also the winner of Apple’s 2011 Design award.
So what’s it all about? You can dock your iPad right at the center of the DJ system sandwiched between two insanely huge capacitive touch wheels, which are also touch sensitive. Most of the controls are synchronized with the djay app and as you change any current setting it immediately becomes evident on the app’s interface.
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You have a pitch slider, EQ controls, retro-styled knob controls for volume control, cross fader and FX control. The greatest advantage of iPad being integrated to the DJ system is that you won’t need those clunky wires around you and thanks to AirPlay you can share you work with your friends’ on-the-go. We’re quite sure you’ll love the nudging, scratching, pitching and looping on this one. Talking of djay app, it comes with a built-in sampler and allows for auto, manual and bounce looping. There a number of features that you would like to explore such as a number built-in effects e.g. Flanger, Phaser, Echo, Bit Crusher etc., auto-sync and beat-synchronized scratching, automatic beat & tempo detection, and more. Best of it all you can record your sets, save them in DJ’s built-in organizer and share them with your friends.
While most of the controls are physical your iPad actually serves as the brain for the system. So, you can browse through a gallery of unlimited number of songs, download a song right now from iTunes or play your creation on your wireless speakers. These were the things that people were unable to do with their DJ systems before. iPad brings new possibilities by making such things possible at the tap of your finger. iDJ Pro seems like marking a new era in the world of DJing where your personal gadgets become an integral part of your instrument and allow you to do things you never did before. The unit doesn’t come cheap though and will burn a hole in your pocket, being priced at $500.