Numark iDJ Flex ios dj controller musikmesse 2013 (1)

Just before Musikmesse, there seemed to be some confusion about whether the Numark iDJ Flex was going to be formally announced, or just left out on the stand for casual browsers to discover. Somewhere between the two seems to be the case, but there it was, quietly rocking an iPad ready for me to maul it.

So what is the iDJ Flex? For me It’s Numark’s baby iDJ Pro, as well as a response to Vestax’s work-with-anything Spin2 controller. It would have been easy to add an iPad cable to the back of a Mixtrack, but this unit is smaller and less featured than even the older Mixtracks, which is actually a good thing, as the basics and then some are there and ready for play.

Numark iDJ Flex ios dj controller musikmesse 2013 (9)

As well as a regular USB connector to allow Core Audio MIDI action, there is an iOS dock is a Lightning connector. The iDJ Flex comes 30 pin ready too, and is already mapped for algoriddim’s djay. The performance, even from this decidedly prototype unit (Numark – the faceplate was too rough) was very tight. Buttons responded well and the jog wheels were more than capable of scratching. I wouldn’t expect anything less, as responsiveness from iPads has already been proven with the IDJ Pro. Time to face facts — the iPad is here to stay.

I have no idea when this will be ready or how much it will cost. I’d expect Q3, so if you’re after a small controller, it might be a while before this hits.



Commenting Etiquette

Welcome to DJWORX. It’s the most engaged community around, and we have a handful of house rules to keep it that way:
  • • Be polite and constructive.
  • • Treat others as you would expect to be treated. So please disengage keyboard warrior mode before hammering in a full caps rant.
  • • Stay on topic.
  • • Consider your tone of voice. Telling someone that they’re wrong comes across better as “I don’t agree and here’s why”.
  • • No links to copyrighted or offensive material.
Life is way too short to waste time policing comments. So break the rules and you’re out. It’s just the internet, and  the DJWORX community is way more important than catering to the fragile egos of ranting trolls. I trust I have been crystal clear.