SwiftlyTilting: usability, reusability

Monday, August 21, 2006

Will Apple (or anybody!) please make a DJ suite for the iPod?

I recently owned a pair of CD turntables.. I enjoyed using them, though they were bulky and the fact that I had to burn all my music onto CDs was annoying. I ended up selling them because they just weren’t what I wanted.

I really wish I could use my iPod like a turntable. The main feature that needs to be added is variable pitch playback — without this, DJs would not be able to beat match. Other features such as ‘virtual nudging’ and BPM counter would also be useful, though not absolutely necessary.

Tempo changing technology is already being implemented in sports oriented iPods which change tempo depending on heart rate, so there is obviously no technical barrier. The iPod scroll wheel is already the perfect input device to represent a spinning disc, and the large screen could be used to display a wide variety of information and even allow the user to see a visual representation of the waveform, similar to looking at the grooves of a record to find song position.

If well implemented, I can truly see a whole new market for iPods. I mean what DJ wouldn’t want to be able to carry his whole setup in his pocket, and be able to use it for personal listening while not performing? Add a hot little white mixer and every trendy DJ on the planet will be snapping up pairs of ‘pods! :D

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The iPod DJ setup would be the trendiest creation ever. Already I’ve seen open-mic style DJ parties, where wannabes come prepared with their iPods and playlists, and jack into the house system. Allowing these folks a mixer and some actual ability to beat match and blend would definitely make them more respectable. But at the end of the day, any self respecting DJ knows in their heart that nothing beats vinyl. Whereas some companies focused on creating CD turntables that could approximate vinyl, Serato released Scratch Live, which uses vinyl on a turntable as a control surface to control one’s mp3s or wavs or aifs or whatever. This allows DJs the flexibility of digital files without compromising the skill, sound, feel, and showmanship of deejaying and turntablism.

Basically, if I see an iPod DJ, I’ma laugh. Showing up with that junk would be like showing up at a emcee battle with a teleprompter and a bob barker mic. Or showing up at a strip mine with a bucket and pail. Or showing up for war with a straw and spit wad.

That said, Apple should totally make this stuff, because they’d make a billion bucks offa tasty little toys. Of course, the iPod has rarely pushed the envelope, rather, it’s ridden safely behind the cutting edge but in enough style that people always forget the real frontrunners. That’s apple’s whole thing. Remember when they tricked the world into believing that they had invented “ripping and burning” and shortly after that, when they convinced everybody they discovered the optical mouse? These guys.

After that dose of haterade, I’d just like to say, yes, I own a 60GB video iPod.

Comment by rev1 — Saturday, October 21, 2006 @ 10:18 pm

get Numark iDJ2… ;) a mixer for ipods

Comment by rune — Tuesday, October 2, 2007 @ 12:39 pm

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