This weekend, my Facebook timeline and inbox were littered with sarcastic comments that seemed to mask genuine fear about this MIDI controller that appeared in the Christmas offerings from UK budget supermarket Aldi. Looks perfectly harmless to me and an ideal starter box for budding DJs. But it did make me ask the question — why are some people so bothered?
Some felt the need to denigrate it as being a toy, even though the reality is that if plugged into the supplied MixVibes software, any reasonably skilled DJ should be able to keep an average top 40 crowd perfectly happy. If you’re in the market for something like this, the Numark DJ2GO, iDJ Live, or Gemini FirstMix look to be much better solutions to me though. It also struck me that this could be used as a solid secondary controller for effects and hot cues too.
There are far worse things for sale in supermarkets though, such as knives, caustic chemicals, and anything with “Kardashian” on it. A cheap controller really is a cool gift for just about anyone. I have one particular nephew who would love one to play with, especially at Christmas.
Over to you
Are you increasingly frustrated that just anyone can buy DJ gear? Do you find yourself horrified at cheap entry level DJ controllers being on open sale at Walmart? Or do you welcome the widespread availability of DJ gear so that everyone can be a DJ?