What could you do with Numark's prototype iPod mixer, if it were actually built? (photo nabbed by German site WebBeatz) Here are some ideas:

  • Charge and load: With dock connectors, you could power your iPod through the night
  • Sample, scratch: Numark's use of short-length samplers (as on the shipping 5000FX) will demand new chops for digital DJs: try digitally scratching
    your sounds with a scratch wheel, reverse, loop, chop up, and otherwise
    flip around your digital beats. (See, you can't just let a few lousy
    MP3s play all night after all — not if you want to impress!)
  • Play and cue: Those tiny iPod buttons aren't much fun in a
    club; the Numark prototype has giant buttons you can't miss. And with a
    memory buffer, it might be possible to cue tracks by slightly delaying the output . . . not sure if they can pull that off, but it's theoretically possible.
  • Pitch-bend: Real onboard iPod pitch-bend would be great, but until then an iPod mixer could get the same result via digital effects
  • Not just for iPods: You can bet a company like Numark (or
    whoever can ship a real iPod mixer) won't just include iPod inputs. How
    about one iPod + one turntable, or an iPod + a laptop.
  • Even digital musicians should take notice: I know I'd like
    to be able to quickly cross-fade to an iPod mix before and after a set,
    or to fire up an iPod track while I load a new computer-based Ableton Live set while performing (or if, God forbid, my fancy Max/MSP patch crashes)

Of course, this is all idle speculation until this becomes an actual
product, but if Numark was showing it, they clearly want to gauge
interest. Judging by CDM's hit counters, interest is, ahem,
unbelievably high. And if Numark doesn't ship this soon, someone else
will.

Ironically, with vinyl hot as ever, the only endangered DJ species seems to be the CD.

  • Guest

    "the only endangered DJ species seems to be the CD."

    You OBVIOUSLY know nothing about DJing. From GOA trance to Wedding and BarMitzvah djs the world over, CDs are the dominant musical media.

  • admin

    Everyone in comments is griping about iPods replacing vinyl, which is absurd. The majority of DJs just spin the most convenient medium — and it's inevitable that that will rapidly become players like the iPod. So when I say CDs are endangered, I mean it: (I guess that would be TO-BE endangered in the future, since CDs are still romping over the planet now like dinosaurs.)

    Oh, and you obviously know nothing about DJing. All my Bar Mitzvah sets ARE GOA trance. Mixed from lacquer discs. Damn, I wish those things would stop shattering . . . but once I feed that through my vacuum-tube mixer, it drives the Bar Mitzvah kids WILD. And the Bat Mitzvahs? Sick. Completely sick.

    Peter

  • Guest

    Oooh – the plot thickens. I – or someone I know – may have written to Numark, and here is what they said:

    We do not comment on any products that have not been officially released by any of our companies. All products that have been officially released by our companies can be found on our respective company web-sites. No one person or company has permission to print any renderings, concepts or trademarks of our products that are not officially represented on our official company web-sites.

    We do not have any official public information about this product, as it has not officially been launched by our companies….

    They are so maybe but not definitively not commenting while not commenting on not commenting. There's a lot of us wannit!

    Digital democracy on Playlist's dance floor!

  • Guest

    …a "wanna-be" gadget.

    Only for the ones who can afford it. What happened to real DJ's from the streets? Geeks rule a lot these days, even at Numark they're hiring them.

    Stick with the hardcore stuff Nu. :upset

  • Guest

    why not just make a Hard Disk Drive mixer, I'm not talking about just a sampler. Control of the audio files would be almost limitless, having it all control an iPod like a remote seems backwards to me. Numark would be at the mercy of Apple if they ever changed there players (ie shape, inputs, functions)
    Just be futurists for a sec and imagine people carrying little pocketPC's, with touchscreens, they could control multiple items on that screen at once. hook two up and start collaborating/mixing hook up 20 all wirelessly and stream the results out to a PA in realtime. no mixer needed it can be just one more fader on the screen.

    soon iPod's will be looked at as old school. I know I do when I tweak out my Sharp Linux PDA, to bad linux isn't up to snuff with audio in embedded devices yet.
    Anyone creating music with the OQO?

  • Guest

    Vinyl is as old school as you can get with the DJ medium and that's how I like my music. Tangible!

  • Guest

    Traktor DJ Studio. 'nuff said.