There are two hot new toys for aspiring musicians and DJs that were recently released for iPad. Fans of djay for iPad (and really, who isn’t?) will want to check out Numark’s iDJ Pro controller for iPad, while anyone planning a home recording session will drool over Akai’s MPC Fly Music Production controller for iPad.
Numark’s iDJ Pro is DJ controller fit for a professional that works with djay for iPad to expand the iPad’s touch screen interface. iDJ Pro connects to the iPad via a 30-pin dock that latches to integrate the two devices, which should give the users a more intuitive and flexible system.
iDJ Pro’s physical controls include:
Large volume knobs
Dedicated music library scroll knob
Pitch and effect controls
iDJ works with the iPad to bring sounds down from the cloud instantly. It is Air Play compatible, and will work with other Core MIDI-enabled apps in addition to djay. Though Numark hasn’t offered pricing information or a release date, DJ Deals is taking pre-orders for $299.99.
Akai’s MPC Fly aims to take the full features of the companies line of music production controllers and make them mobile. The MPC Fly is designed to work with the MPC Fly iPad App, developed by Retronyms.
The MPC Fly hardware features include:
The first MPC designed specifically for iPad 2
Fitted compartment for iPad 2 provides fully integrated portable MPC solution
16 backlit genuine MPC pads with MPC Note Repeat & MPC Swing
Works seamlessly with the MPC App: sequence & sample editing, effects, EQ and more
Create beats on the go and transfer to a Mac or PC for further mastering
Double-hinged case sits upright, lies flat or closes for transport
Compatible with virtually any Core MIDI app
Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Charges iPad when plugged into wall power
Retronym’s MPC Fly iPad app will feature:
Ability to sequence four tracks simultaneously: four-track mixer built in
Built in sound library of samples and drum kits
Record and overdub sequences and create and edit your own Programs
16-Levels mode: play one sample at 16 levels of attack, velocity, length, and tuning
Note variation slider allows you to manipulate attack, velocity, length, and tuning as you play
Built-in effects: delay, bit crusher, master compressor/limiter
Time correct: 1/8 note – 1/32T with variable Swing setting
Note Repeat: 1/8 note – 1/32T timing
Sample using internal mic or line-in and trim and categorize samples
Sample from your iPod library with turntable interface
Share on SoundCloud, Facebook or twitter
Supports WIST, Wireless Sync Start protocol from Korg
No word yet on when the MPC Fly and its iPad app will be available. We will keep you posted.