My friends over at dj-lab.de have uncovered a little gem of a DJ controller. Think iPad and Numark’s DJ2GO in a blender and you’ve got the Anymode PDJ – a handheld device without even a hint of Android or iOS.
Coming out of Korea, it’s one of those far eastern devices that sticks a middle finger up at convention and does its own damned thing. Here’s the spec:
Super fast boot up time (less than 1 sec)
Two MP3 files playback at sametime
BPM analyzer and beat tracker
Speed control with or without pitch shift
Beat synchronized loop
Dual full color VGA screens with touch panel
Full color LEDs
Hardware buttons, knobs and crossfader DJ Ooops precise actions
Filemanager arranges music files by BPM, title, artist or genre order
Various sound effects (phaser, flanger, delay, chorus, etc.)
Two stereo jacks (one for amplifier and one for monitor headphone)
Up to 64GB SD card can hold over 10,000 songs
Up to 64GB internal storage accessible by USB mass storage class
Internal software runs only for the music player (no interruption by other tasks)
Given the increasing invasion of the iPad and iPhone into the DJ market, you’d think it would be sheer folly to create a device like the PDJ. After all, the Pacemaker and Nextbeat didn’t set the world on fire. But I have to say that I’m really rather fond of this little thing, in the same way that I really liked the Stanton SCS.4DJ. The idea of an all-in-on device totally tailored to DJing is compelling, and in this form factor does seem to work really well.
As Rob at djlab.de comments, the price is unknown at this time, and that will be a deciding factor. It seems to come with 4Gb onboard as well as another 64Gb via SD card, so it has plenty of music space. Quite how that is managed I don’t know. In fact, we only know what we can see in the video because the Anymode site is broken right now. I’ve grabbed a few screen shots so you can get a better idea of what’s going on with it.
When we know more, you’ll know more.
I’m confused now. As GroovinDJ points out in the comments, this appears to also be from a company called JDSounds and they call it the Atra. Check their glossy website that has a lot more info and fresh videos.