January 24, 2012

Numark iDJ Pro – Announced at NAMM 2012

Some products at NAMM are inevitable. Sometimes it’s the bad kind of inevitable; like that odd sad corner booth with the best sounding, hopelessly ugly guitars you’ve ever awkwardly excused yourself from. Or it can be the weird kind of inevitability; like when you talk about Lisa Loeb the night before and then run past her the next day on your way to lunch. (True story.) Finally, there are the good inevitabilities; those moments where products released start to show the way forward. It’s almost like there is a form of “spoiler alert” technology.

You read the headline. You’re probably hardcore and are wondering if I am seriously going to get all misty eyed over some ipad DJ controller and talk about the bloody future. Well, Yes. Yes I am. It isn’t because I necessarily think the iPad DJ will change the game. I do, however, quite like seeing the ipad nestled in the controller like that. I also really can get into the way the cloud is going to build the relationship we have with our studios and our DJ controllers.

In the flesh, the Numark iDj Pro looks great. It’s a sleek, sturdy extension for an iPad and quickly dispels any question about whether or not it is a “toy” in premise. It is meant to be a professional DJ controller and it lives up to every bit of its feature list. It is built specifically for Algoriddim’s DJay app, and seems to really extend the functionality of the device. The DJ controller should be quite proud of itself that the idea of replacing it with a touchscreen has already given way to figuring out how to mount the touchscreen on it. When I look at the iDJ Pro, I see a future where tablets and touch interfaces we have yet to think of will be the common computers. I like the idea of a world where my whole rig could get stolen and I could be out to the store and back in action thanks to the cloud.

Those who want that future now will likely find a pleasant product in the iDJ. I am sure some party genius will figure out how to wire it to the AirPlay speakers it is configured to work with and throw a rad Red Bull sponsored beach party. Until then, we’ve got Scott Magno talking with Chris from Numark.

Numark iDJ Pro at NAMM 2012 UniqueSquared


  • Works seamlessly with algoriddim’s djay for iPad app,winner of the 2011 Apple Design Award
  • Complete dual-platter DJ system that seamlessly integrates your iPad
  • Fully incorporates iPad’s touchscreen into your DJ control surface
  • Brushed aluminum casing with lighted controls
  • Capacitive touch-activated platters, plus Hot Cues, Loop & Effects controls
  • Large retro-styled die-cast aluminum volume knobs
  • AirPlay-compatible: send your mix to any AirPlay speakers
  • RCA inputs, 1/4” microphone input and balanced XLR outputs
  • Dedicated music-library scroll knob
  • 1/4” and 1/8” headphones outputs