Playing DJ Hero gawping at the telly is all well and good, but it’s not going to earn you many MC stripes, especially if you fancy becoming a superstar DJ
. No, dear deck spinner, in order to enthral the sweating masses every time you wiggle your crossfader you need to step things up. Enter Discover DJ
Brought to you by the pulse-fingering boffins at Ion Audio
, this high-tech plug ‘n’ play
turntable transforms your computer into a full-on DJ rig
. No roadies required. Simply USB
it into your PC or Mac
, load the accompanying software
and get busy spinning, mixing, scratching, fading, looping, beat-matching, recording and gawd knows what else-ing the tunes in your digital library.
Laid out to replicate the twin deck/mixer setup that pro DJs prefer, this smart bit of kit also boasts treble
buttons and pitch
adjustments. Large touch sensitive scratch wheels
add to the realism, whilst the impressive user-friendly
on-screen hoopla serves as a virtual extension to the hardware. It’s got more features than a plastic surgeon’s catalogue.
As well as all the tune-fiddling trickery you’d expect, Discover DJ also lets you beat-map your ditties and use the setup as a MIDI controller
for other music apps. Whatever that means. You’ll be creating seamless mixes before you can say Ricardo Villalobos.
Whether you’re the next Paul van Dyk preparing to take Ibiza by storm or the next Paul Danan guesting at Butlins Bognor Regis under 12s disco, Discover DJ is just the ticket. And because your iTunes library is undoubtedly enormous, you can mix tracks that vinyl-toting pros would never admit to owning, let alone packing. Calvin Harris vs Hoddle and W-w-w-waddle? Yes please!