Musikmesse 2013: Numark CDMix Bluetooth Previewed

Numark CDMix Bluetooth

To the age-old dual CD/MP3 player, Numark has added a new twist... Bluetooth streaming audio.

Musikmesse, which starts this week in Frankfurt, Germany, is the biggest music show in the world. All the DJ gear manufacturers will no doubt have announcements to make, and getting the ball rolling this year is Numark, which we can exclusively reveal is launching a dual CD/MP3 player with a twist - the CDMix Bluetooth. Now, while our core readership of laptop DJs won't be anything more than curious about this (they'll be more interested in the Mixtrack Quad, which we can also exclusively reveal today), believe me there are millions of DJs all over the world heavily invested in DJing with CDs. I'm talking here especially about the mobile guys, the wedding DJs - working people whose DJing lives and livelihoods rely on CD units very much like this one.

With the CDMix Bluetooth, Numark has added the ability to mix in a third channel of audio, fed directly from any device capable of streaming Bluetooth audio (ie most smartphones, laptops etc). Bluetooth transport controls are included in the centre of the unit, which also features a padded space for resting such devices. The working mobile DJ can now fulfil any request just by downloading the song and streaming it from their phone. Hell, they may even be able to stream it from something like Spotify! That song at a wedding that the bride simply "must have", the one that is only on the groom's iPhone? The CDMix Bluetooth makes playing it easy.

Of course, you wouldn't want to actually beatmix from a smartphone (there is going to be latency), and you wouldn't want to mix a whole night that way, but I think this is intended as almost a backup, a "get out of jail" card, so that mobile guys - for whom catalogue is everything - needn't ever feel caught out again. Whether "creative" DJs would want a queue of people demanding they play Gangnam Style direct from a smartphone at the DJ booth is another question entirely, of course - and just make sure your phone is in flight mode, too. We wouldn't want any nasty surprises as the phone cuts out your audio so you can take a call from your mum...

• We don't have pricing and availability information at this time.

Are you a mobile DJ who would like to be able to instantly stream the odd track from a Bluetooth device? Is this the way ou see things going genereally? Please share your thoughts in the comments!

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  1. Peter Mcbride says:

    Streaming from Spotify to play out while djing is highly illegal ! Am very surprised you advise that.

    • "Highly illegal"? Maybe you're being just a tiny bit over-dramatic? Anyway, I didn't advise it. Just presupposed what many DJs will do if it's possible with this technology. If a bride is screaming for a song you don't have and it's blinking at you on Spotify, will you do it? I am sure many a harassed wedding DJs would if it meant keeping her happy on her big day...

  2. I would! This would have come in handy years ago when the prom song record we needed for the gig was scratched and my roadie had to hunt one down at a nearby record store.. Oh wait, we didn't have Internet back then... Darn!

  3. Charles says:

    Why are you saying mobile guys use CD's? actually when it comes to CD's it is mostly club DJ's that still use them because they have limited material by mainly playing within the same genra and for shorter periods.

  4. Chuck "DJ Vintage" van Eekelen says:

    Been there, done that (well something like it), tossed the t-shirt out years ago.

    It looks like a neat, compact, mobile unit. And if you are still into just CDs it could be a solution if the price is right.

    As with all things electronic I am alwasy a little weary about all-in-one gear (even though I have DJ-ed many years with a double CD deck), if something goes, good chance everything is gone. Not even the obligatory iPhone/iPad/iPod backup will help you if this unit is dead.

    The bluetooth is not something that would tickle my fancy. It's a radio transmitter in your DJ device which I don't like and all the drawbacks of bluetooth (latency, loss of connection and possibility of being hijacked, especially if you forget to change the standard 0000 pincode :-)) are not compensated for by the "luxury" of not having to carry and plug in one 2x RCA to 1x mini-jack cable.

    Like with computer networks, cable is always better, not always more convenient, but always more stable and dependable.

    Finally a deal breaker for me would be the CD trays. I have worked with a double CD player that had trays and I can't tell you how many times I have bumped into the tray while it was sticking out of the machine. Since then it's slot-in only!


    • I agree totally.
      If you gonna have your phone/whatever right there, why not just plug it in?
      Cd trays are also a really bad idea. It almost seems as though Numark are trying to market an old product by adding bluetooth. The whole product just seems so "yesteryear". Does it even offer balanced outputs or booth?

  5. Mekanikz (MEF) says:

    I have used rhapsody Several times in emergency wedding situations , a smart person knows to not piss off the person who
    A) is writing the checks
    B) who writes online reviews about your service.

    Highly Illegal...
    Those artists are at least being payed royalties for their songs being played on spotify.

    I have spent thousands on music ( vinyl was not cheap) however
    I sincerely doubt ( myself included ) that anyone has a HD chuck full of one hundred percent legally obtained music.

    Get over it

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