NAMM 2013: Numark iDJ Live II Controller Outed

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The jogwheels are the biggest improvement over the original iDJ Live, now having illumination and touch sensitivity.

Numark's cheap and cheerful iDJ Live controller has had a bit of a facelift and returns as the Numark iDJ Live II, fresh for the NAMM Show 2013.

Now sporting touch-sensitive platters alongside the bare basics of digital DJing (crossfader, EQs, sync etc), the Numark iDJ Live II is bundled with a splitter cable for easy out-of-the-box DJing without an audio interface. It also has a "new lower profile". Read on for more, or catch our Numark iDJ Live II video talkthrough here.

It is aimed for use with both mobile and laptop-based DJ systems, but from the scant press release details we couldn't work out the details (it was optimised for Algoriddim's djay last time). We also have no word on any software supplied, price, or timing of availability, but of course we'll grab all of this stuff for you when we catch up with Numark at the NAMM Show this week.

Do you like the idea of a cheap and cheerful DJ controller like the Numark iDJ Live II, splitter cable in the box, ready to rock for a low outlay? Did you buy and either like or dislike the original iDJ Live? Please share your thoughts below.

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Comments

  1. Had the first gen one and…it was rubbish. That and it was combined with what really is the worst app Djay!

    Now, I accept that things have moved on, DJ Player is getting better and better, Mixvibes has released CrossDJ for iPad (which is simply stunning!) and there’s an announcement to be made from NI, but even “bedroom” DJ’s I know wouldn’t touch one of these – hell my 10 year old wouldn’t even use it!

    I eventually gave my first gen one away as a raffle prize for a local charity.

    • I think you have to look at the iDJ Live unit in context. It was the first iOS specific controller aimed at the very bottom end of the market. Great for those who are just dipping their toes into the DJ scene and want to see what it’s all about.

      Sure, the build quality isn’t going to be rugged, polished, long-lasting as other controllers but it’s not intended for serious battering and endless rounds of live gigs. It’s a fun piece of kit for the starter.

      I’m also guessing that as with any new iOS accessories, they’ll be coming with lightning connection as standard now.

  2. Dirty Disco Soundsystem says:

    Ain’t all bad! Granted-it’s cheap/cheerful. Handy for mixtape messing. Used it with an iPad at a few house parties and it did alright. No one laughed and dug the tunes.

    That said, i’m looking at a Spin 2 now…

  3. Djay app rubbish? You couldn’t be more wrong. The iDJ Live and my iPad was where I started, it was good enough to get me paid gigs. Sure, I’ve out grown it, but it was a magic piece of equipment that will always hold a special place in my heart.

  4. My iDJ Live came with a splitter cable in the box (UK).

    I quickly took up the offer of a discounted iDJ Live Pro after the iOS6 debacle and now I’m eyeing up all of these sexy ‘real’ controllers.

    So, scoff as you may, these ‘toys’ are pretty much gateway drugs for the real stuff. Numark know what they are doing.

  5. Chuck "DJ Vintage" van Eekelen says:

    If the price is gonna be anywhere in the neighborhood of the current version (i.e. about 100 euro) and you get touch sensitive platters and as far as I can see even loop/hotcue button? there is almost no reason to buy one to get your feet wet for the first time.

    And if you don’t like it, you haven’t spent a fortune and you can make some kid in your family very happy by passing it on.

    This with an iPad is for sure much better than the shaky mixer and two rickety beltdrive turntables I started out with :-).

    Sure, after two or three paid gigs you might want to upgrade, but it’s a heck of a place to start.

    Greetinx,
    C.

  6. szkratka says:

    in every review they say it comes with splitter cable. so it is not an option to have stereo cue and stereo speakers? please tell me.

    p.s: vestax spin2 can have both channels in stereo but its much more expensive:(

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