ION Discover DJ USB DJ controller for Mac and PC (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Everything you need to DJ with the music on your computer
- Touch-sensitive platters with volume, three-band EQ and pitch controls allow you to manipulate music like the pro's
- The large, touch-sensitive scratch wheels provide the feel of a vinyl record
- USB powered- just plug it in
- Works on Mac or PC
- Portable, lightweight and built-tough for use anywhere, anytime
- Includes DJ software so you can start mixing and performing immediately
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DISCOVER DJ is the easiest way to become a DJ. This computer-DJ package is perfect for anyone from people wanting to be a DJ to music lovers who have never tried DJing before. The DJ system harnesses the processing power of your Mac or PC and enables you to DJ parties, events and even clubs using the music that is already on your computer. DISCOVER DJ consists of a hardware DJ control surface with a convenient, standard USB connection and powerful MixVibes CROSS LE performance DJ software.
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USB-powered controller works with Mac and PC computers.
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Be the DJ!
DJ With Your Computer
You can mix and scratch your music, including your iTunes Music Libraries using two large performance platters and a central mixer section with a crossfader, buttons and knobs. DISCOVER DJ is laid out in to carefully recreate the two-decks-and-a-mixer setup that professional DJs prefer. On screen, the MixVibes CROSS LE software is a virtual extension of the DISCOVER DJ hardware, with two decks. Just load your tracks to either Deck A or Deck B, and then control it, cueing up the start point, performing advanced transitions and even scratching.
Familiar, DJ-Friendly Controls
DISCOVER DJ has complete DJ controls such as pitching the music up and down so you can perfectly match the tempo or BPM between tracks and create seamless mixes. The system also has an automatic beat-matching feature that takes the guesswork out of this tricky piece of DJing. Bass and treble control enable you to shape your sound with ease. You can easily extend the mix by looping your favorite parts of their tracks. Yet, with all of this power and capabilities, DISCOVER DJ is easy enough for virtually anyone to learn on. You can even record, play back and share your performances thanks to recording capability.
DISCOVER DJ works with Mac and PC computers. Its hardware component connects via USB and does not require a power adapter.
DISCOVER DJ Features
- Includes everything you need to DJ with your computer
- Large touch-sensitive scratch wheels for natural scratch feel
- Crossfader enables you to mix between songs
- Perfect your sound with Bass and Treble controls
- Automatically matches tempo from one song to the next
- Record and share your DJ performances
- Extend the mix by looping your favorite parts
- Plug-and-play USB connection requires no drivers or power adapter
- Easy-to-use MixVibes Cross LE DJ software included
- Perform with the music in your iTunes music library
- M4A, AIFF, WAV, MP3, FLAC and OGG audio file support
What's in the Box
DISCOVER DJ USB DJ controller, Software CD, USB cable, Quick start guide
Top Customer Reviews
The jogs are awesomely functional. They are touch sensitive (i can hold the unit upside down and activate the platters). They are also as smooth as butter, and amazingly sensitive when it comes to their scratch performance.
The current packed-in software (Mixvibes Cross LE) is great for beginners/intermediate djs, even some pros might prefer it. But the great thing about the Discover DJ is that it's also a MIDI device that can be used with any dj software that supports a midi controller (NI Traktor, Virtual DJ, Mixxx, DJay, and others), with a bit of mapping.
As either a beginner system or a backup for a pro, i think the unit is awesome for the price. no bells and whistles, just the basics with great jog wheels. I let my nieces and nephews scratch away on it, not worrying about it getting damaged. I plan on attaching guitar strap locks to it, so i can hang it around my neck and play it like a guitar.
Also for best results with audio performance, one should use an external audio interface with the Discover DJ (it doesn't include one - it's only a controller). If one has to use their computer's onboard audio, download ASIO4all (Windows only) for best performance.
I bought this control to get me from having to mix songs manually with the mouse. I love every bit of it. Bought an el cheapo sound card right here at Amazon where my headphones are plugged into and downloaded ASIO4ALL. Now I can cue songs in the headphones while i have this plugged into my laptop ---> amp -----> speakers.
Even a cave man should be able to figure this thing out. Mixing is easy, I especially like the Itunes integration. (One of the main reasons why this was the one i bought). It picked up all my playlists as though i was mixing directly from iTunes.
The "vinyls" are highly touch sensitive and songs literally stop even when my headphone cable touches them.
I used the LE CrossDJ software which got me going (included). I also donwloaded Mixxx which appears to also work well and is the only other free substitute to Cross I could find with mappings already built into the software but I have to say latency on Mixxx is higher than Cross in English, the software reacts a tad bit slower then LE when a command is issued from the controller. I guess thats more a preference thing.
On the whole, I like it and can see how starter wannbe DJs or even pros will get with this.
Simplicity is the key to learning how to dj. No matter what equipment you learn on. But what Ion has done, is made a controller that is basic. But has even a few features that Intermidiate to Advanced Disk Jockeys can appreciate. But even with all the the good comes some flaws....
(The Discover DJ/Icue3 Controller)
It's made of plastic, it's ok quality. But if stepped on or not being cared for
the right way. It can break, and that would be money wasted. No matter what
you think of the product.
The Jog Wheels are a nice size and work great for what it's worth. Like to be honast, you're still not getting a real time CDJ or Vinyl feel out of these things. But with alittle improvising. They are really good for a controller of this quality.
The Dynamics are bad, I hear no real true changes in Treble or Bass. To me those controls are important to have when djing. especially if you want to have smooth mixes. Also the fact their isn't channels is kinda upsetting. But most people, especially if you don't dj on a regular won't mind. But to me it is kinda important especially if you're marketing this item to dj's and even the beginners.
The Cross Fader is decent, if you're a turntablist or a dj that likes to do a few stabs. This fader would take sometime getting use to. For the beginners, this is a nice cross fader to start honing your skills on.
The Sync button is a big help, and I think is one of the coolest features on this controller. Or you could do it manually and use the pitch buttons. But since the pitch is controlled with buttons instead of channel style like most other controllers. Pressing the Sync button is a big help. Especially for the beginners.
The Cue button, you can set up start up points in songs.
The REV button, to reverse the track faster instead of using the jog wheels. But you can also start the track back if you cued it. So a handy, but no so needed feature
The Play/Pause button does just that..Play and Pause the track.
The Scratch Button, joggles the scratching feature of the Jog Wheels. When off, you could use the wheels to speed up a song or slow it down while the song is going to beat match.
The A and B button just loads the tracks to either channel
(The Mix Vibes Cross LE Software)
It's a basic midi based, dj midi controller program. Created for the Discover Dj by Mix Vibes Lab in France. This program is already premapped for the Discover DJ/ICue3. It has the basic features that most Dj's use in digital djing today. You can create loops, record, and even sync this program with your Windows or Itunes Library. It's a nice basic LE program. Works fine, just make sure your computer is up to par before running the program. That way you get the best out of it.
I gave this item 3 out of five stars for being a good midi controller. But with flaws that make it not quite a 5 out of 5 midi device. Perfect for beginners, and still can be fun for the Intermidiate to Advanced Disk Jockey. Perfect for small get togethers, but not really a club, bar, or lounge quality midi controller. For $100 dollars it's a cool controller to have. Although you can find it for far less than that price here on Amazon or Ebay. Don't expect to much from this controller or you're going to build yourself up to be let down. But if you know what you're getting out of it. I would say get this and enjoy it.