Numark’s $99 Portable Turntable, Torture Tested in the Burning Man Desert

CDM’s resident spinner, DJ Eldorado, brings us a review of Numark’s ultra-portable, US$99 turntable, the PT01. But he didn’t just see if it could pass muster in his bedroom: he preferred more extreme conditions. Here’s his full review:

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Numark iDJ Confirmed for September; Still Can’t Scratch iPod

Numark has posted full details of their US$399-list iPod DJ mixer on their site; check out the product details and specs, or see their PDF product overview and FAQ. Yes, those controls work on the iPod, the dock charges the Pods, and you can upload music onto the iPod via USB. No, there’s no new capabilities that you wouldn’t have plugging two iPods into a DJ mixer: you still can’t scratch, pitch adjust, or beat-match. It’s an iPod; whadayawant? But you can attach it to a turntable spindle. (The horror!) Compatibility remains a question-mark; definitely new iPods and iPod photos, …

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NAMM: Numark Launches iDJ Mixer for iPod at $399

Updated – Numark confirmed the story, and expects volume shipments to begin in September. See the updated story. -PK GearJunkies reports that Numark has released the rumored DJ mixer for the iPod. (Updated: Looks like the original link is on the Spanish site Abizu, linked on Engadget.) Some juicy details: Big controls for iPod scroll wheel and transport buttons Ins and outs for connecting other gear (like, say, a turntable? 2-channel mixer, 3-band EQ USB connection to Mac/PC; full docking support S-Video out for iPod Photo Recording support (in iPod) Pricing/availability: Reportedly US$399 (!) / third quarter CDM 5 words: …

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Analysis — iDJ: The Pro iPod Dock?

So the iDJ is real and shipping by Christmas, eh? As regular readers know, this site was host to some seriously annoyed turntablists and hardcore DJs when we first carried word of an iPod DJ mixer. (Ironically, the original scoop was on a vinyl-centric site.) But now that the iDJ may actually be here, I think the reaction was probably overblown. Sure, without scratch capability you can’t do any serious DJing with iPods. Then again, few CD-based DJs can match a talented turntablist; like any other art form, DJing has its masters and its novices. And for the CDM audience, …

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Analysis: Prototype Numark iPod DJ Mixer

Details have leaked out about a prototype Numark DJ mixer that can mix two iPods. I know what you're thinking: Wow, what a scoop! Where are the lawyers? Is it a fake? In fact, in a gesture of spectacularly poor industrial secrecy, it seems Numark showed off an early prototype at the Musikmesse show in Frankfurt. (see the discussion at skratchworx that was the source of the 'rumor'; via engadget) Later in the show, head honchos asked that visitors not take photos, but not earlier in the show; hence we have a couple of images from German hip hop site …

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Numark 5000FX: Tricked-out 5-channel Mixer

Okay, hard-core DJs disappointed by Numark's new iPod DJ prototype: Numark isn't just about Pod-weilding newbies. They've got the tricked-out mixer for the die-hard in you, too. The new 5000FX, also shown at Musikmesse, is an analog-digital hybrid: 5-channel analog mixing meets digital effects and sampling: 35-second sampler Trigger, loop, pitch-bend, crossfade, reverse your sounds Integrated memory buffer grabs even more sound from the mixer so you can scratch it with a scratch wheel or reverse it Integrated, beat-matched DSP effects: chop, echo, delay "Beatkeeper" tracks two separate beat sources with BPM displays and aligns beats of effects, sampler, automatically …

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What Could You Do With Numark’s iPod Mixer?

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 …

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DJ Mixer Features iPod Connection

After Numark's introduction of a USB DJ mixer, I was immediately excited to read in the fine print that Stanton's added an 'iPod connection' to its "soon-to-be-shipping" RM.404 and 406 4-channel DJ mixers. These are the same mixers with very-cool red backlighting on knobs, via Stanton's Illumiknobs(TM) technology. Wow, the iPod thing really is happening. Not so fast: reading the specs, that's "inijack input (overrides Line input 5) for connecting an iPod™". Oh, great. So you saved us a trip to Radio Shack for a minijack-to-TRS adapter. Why not call it a "Walkman Connection" or "strange cheap plastic audio crap …

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Numark USB DJ Mixers

Audio jacks? We don't need no stinkin' audio jacks: two Numark 2-channel DJ mixers now connect via USB, instead. Hook up two Windows/Mac laptops to the mixer and mix directly without an audio interface, complete with cross-fader, gain control on inputs, the works. You don't even need USB drivers on either platform, thanks to class-compliance. More interestingly, you can use the same USB connection to record your final mix, so this is ideal for DJs who need to keep track of their sets. DM950USB is the more compact and affordable of the two, though it has all the basic 2-chanel …

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