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.
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.