Pioneer has announced the Digital DJ-WeGO2, an update to the DDJ-WeGO that’s been designed to work directly with iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Users can download Algoriddim’s djay 2 LE from the Apple App Store to use the unit right out of the box, but the DDJ-WeGO2 also works with traditional laptop software such as Virtual DJ, the LE version of which is also included in the box.
The DDJ-WeGO2 inherits the features of the original DDJ-WeGO, with its easy to use effects and sample mappings, and those love ’em / hate ’em pulsing lights on the jogwheels. It now has a handle/grip on the back that doubles up as a stand, so the iDevice can sit behind the controller without the need for a separate stand. While it has a built-in sound card, it can also use the iDevice’s speaker if you want to DJ without any external speakers.
Just as the original DJD-WeGO was aimed squarely at consumers rather than pro DJs, so is this: It’s available in three colours, for instance, and the styling is clearly more “house party” than “DJ booth”.
But its slicker integration with iOS (it appears to use a standard Lightning connector) makes it a compelling gateway to the world of DJing, and if it’s as much fun to use as the original DDJ-WeGO (we particularly like the jogwheel effects), Pioneer probably has a winner on its hand for this sector of the market.
What do you think? Are you excited by these consumer-focused entry level controllers, or do you think they’re not for serious DJing? Do you like the iOS integration (physically and software-wise) here? Please share your thoughts in the comments.