Vestax Spin Becomes First Full-Sized iPad DJ Controller

Phil Morse | Read time: < 1 min
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Last updated 27 November, 2017

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The Vestax Spin DJ controller and iPad now play nicely together, along with djay 1.4 for iPad

If you love digital DJing but think having to set up your laptop just to see your waveforms and navigate your library is a bit of a pain, now you have an alternative – if you’re a Vestax Spin owner, that is. Because it’s now officially possible to use the Vestax Spin to control djay for iPad, meaning you can take your iPad, your Spin and your headphones to the party with you… but leave your laptop at home.

As reported last week, if you’re using iCloud to keep your music synced between your devices, you can also do so knowing that your cue points and BPM information is all there too, meaning work done preparing you tunes on your laptop at home is all ready for you on your iPad when you get to the party. It’s not quite so simple, however: You also need Apple’s USB Camera Adaptor kit for your iPad, and a power adaptor to power your Spin. Also, if you want to use your headphones for cue monitoring (and who wouldn’t?) you’ll need a headphones splitter cable.

However, as a proof of concept (and definitely as a concrete example of the shape of things to come), it’s a noteworthy development. The laptop’s days do indeed seem to be numbered. Who’d have thought the term “laptop DJ” may go the way of “vinyl DJ” or “CD DJ”…

Would you prefer to use your iPad as a screen/computer than carry a laptop around with you when digital DJing? Do you agree that this is the shape of things to come? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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