• http://www.facebook.com/tonytonytonyabc Tony Adams

    When your starting out new to DJing, like i am, creative solutions like these change the game! I have a idj live controller by Numark and it works seamlessly with the Djay app! My friend uses a Traktor S4 and it’s amazing but when you don’t have $1,000 to drop on the best out, Apple devices, witch i have already invested in, and a $100 MIDI controller aren’t bad! 
    I think it is immensely creative and i plan on purchasing the new idj pro controller for iPad from Numark when it becomes available!  

  • Traxpad

    If you are looking for an alternate take on a dj solution for the iPad, please check out traxPad (http://traxpad.physipop.com).  It is designed for pro-DJing from the ground up (you either need 2 iPads or you need to pair it with a turntable or cdj).  I’m obviously partial as I am the lead developer but I think it might be the solution some of you are looking for.

    Also feel free to send comments/suggestions to traxpad@physipop.com.

    Thanks,
    joel

  • http://www.facebook.com/nukage9000 Thomas Myruski

    as more of a producer than a DJ, I could totally see running an iPad opposite a macbook on a mixer and mixing tracks while I’m loading my next ableton set or even as a backup if my laptop suddenly crashed.  I mean sure anyone scratching on this thing (or using it in a club when CDJs are sitting right there) is kind of missing the point, but how long until we can actually hook this up to an S4 or equivalent and use it the same as a laptop? Not long I think, especially with people like Rolf Wöhrman calling for more openness in iOS audio apps.  How is this not a good thing? More devices that you have to DJ on the better… likely more stable than windows 7 as well!

  • Wzrdskt

    You can’t look tough drinking with a straw. You can’t look professional djing with a djay

  • Wzrdskt

    I saw nappy roots’ dj using an iPad and I can’t get over how poor his personal set was. I’m all about new tech. But the iPad falls in the same area as blue tooth head sets. Only pompous assholes use them. My father included, with his lexus and 2 cellphones. Geez where’s the bat utility belt.

  • http://www.soundtrends.com Kord

    Hi,

    Cool article Joey. Your point was dead-on about this being like the early days of computer music and DJing. It takes awhile for things to hit their stride.

    Just wondering why you didn’t have our meta.DJ app in your line-up? DJ Spacecamp covered it in a nice DJTT article awhile back and we have added some cool features since then to add stuff like iDJ Live hardware control, cue monitor out, bulk import, etc.

    Also it takes a bit of a different tack in that it goes heavier on the integration of instruments and efx. Less the virtual vinyl thing and more the DJ-meets-performance electronics approach.

    You can mix-n-match up to 4 virtual music devices at once that include Track Decks (for playing/looping/cueing iTunes tracks) plus Looptastic, gruvtron and SaMPL3R instruments. Plus all the usual cool XY controlled and beat-driven effects like flanger, delay, stutter, etc.

    Note that the intro price of $9.99 goes up to $19.99 Oct 31st, 2011.

    We are working on an upgrade for Core MIDI sync so it syncs BPM with other iOS devices and Macs.

    The app has been getting great reviews and we are doing upgrades based on user and reviewer criticisms. Please check it out at:

    http://www.soundtrends.com/apps/metadj-1/

    Thanks!

    –kT
    soundtrends guy

    • Dj Segatto

      Actually I said this to the DJ Player guys, but if u can make ur app work with this: http://www.alesis.com/iodock including the usb midi so we can map controllers to it, I’ll for sure be all over it.

  • sphilibin

    http://www.alesis.com/iodock
    Just thinking last night, “the iPad’s downfall is that it has almost NO connectivity” And this thing is awesome, why is no one talking about it??

  • Sambo

    You guys are really negging out far too much.  Whilst I agree that the article was kind of…  Misguided, I do believe to insult and laugh at these things is a bit childish.  The article is right, this is exactly how the first wave of DJ’s reacted to the CDJs, with all that “watering down the market” crap, but look how it turned out.

    DJTT  :  Try and focus more on the controllerism aspect of the tech you review, I feel in recent times you’ve kind of gone off on a tangent.

    DJTT Readers:  Stop being such a shower of contradictory bastards.  We never evolved by laughing at the first monkeys to walk.

  • Sambo

    You guys are really negging out far too much.  Whilst I agree that the article was kind of…  Misguided, I do believe to insult and laugh at these things is a bit childish.  The article is right, this is exactly how the first wave of DJ’s reacted to the CDJs, with all that “watering down the market” crap, but look how it turned out.

    DJTT  :  Try and focus more on the controllerism aspect of the tech you review, I feel in recent times you’ve kind of gone off on a tangent.

    DJTT Readers:  Stop being such a shower of contradictory bastards.  We never evolved by laughing at the first monkeys to walk.

  • Fredflint

  • frogstar

    Its all about the music. This is the perfect controller. Especially for dubstep. Once the dj wants to step it up a little, then mabey the S4 or S2 would compliment it. 

    • Asd

      How on earth is this perfect for dubstep? A genre that is very biased towards vinyl?

      • frogstar

        Well dubstep is the easiest genre to mix for starters. the beat is at 70bpm, so even without sync, its like instant to beat match. Plus it takes less than a second to see the bassline… so this device is perfect because you dont need any skill to dj/mix dubstep. not dissing dubstep.. I love the genre.. Just saying anyone who has mixed with it knows that track to track mixing with ds is childsplay. This might not be the ideal tool to get controllerist crazy with.. I can totally see Skrillex rocking this thing

  • frogstar

    Its all about the music. This is the perfect controller. Especially for dubstep. Once the dj wants to step it up a little, then mabey the S4 or S2 would compliment it. 

  • frogstar

    Its all about the music. This is the perfect controller. Especially for dubstep. Once the dj wants to step it up a little, then mabey the S4 or S2 would compliment it. 

  • Fullspool

    I have been using since the day I got my iPad 2 (which was the day the iPad 2 was released). I love it, it is by far the best working and least glitchy dj app for the iPad, but it could defiantly have more control. The fact that you can only use numarks controller is a bit of a letdown. If there was a way to control every control (Like fx, cue and, looking) with midi and use any midi controller that you can get to connect to your iPad it would be a killer dj setup also another’s think that would be easy for them to do but they never will is alow you to sync two iPads running djay for the use of four decks or sync with another iPad running beatmaker 2.
    The bottom line is even though djay is one if not the best dj app for iPad it’s mainly foucsed on beginner dj’s people just starting out and will most likely never be as advanced as real dj’s would like. Maybe if we’re lucky there tracktor will get ported to iPad one day.

  • http://twitter.com/djrobticho DJ Rob Ticho,Club mU

    Let’s not forget that a lot of the first digital dj software/interfaces were not ideal. There were lots of bugs. I especially remember early Traktor (or final skratch whatever it was called) crashed on me all the time. 

    What is important to note is the potential. Don’t confuse current day’s technology offering as to what will be offered in the future. 
    Personally, I would love it if my S4 had an iPad dock. Of course the iPad probably doesn’t have enough horsepower for that…yet.

  • Woody Aki

    I’m a Traktor user, and I find this article to be sad…let alone the vinyl junkies out there that may be ready to organise a lynch mob and take me out together with the rest.

    Ean, you jumped the gun. This smacks of gratuitous product placement to pay the bills to keep this site running. Sorry bud – just my $0.02.

  • Woody Aki

    I’m a Traktor user, and I find this article to be sad…let alone the vinyl junkies out there that may be ready to organise a lynch mob and take me out together with the rest.

    Ean, you jumped the gun. This smacks of gratuitous product placement to pay the bills to keep this site running. Sorry bud – just my $0.02.

  • Woody Aki

    I’m a Traktor user, and I find this article to be sad…let alone the vinyl junkies out there that may be ready to organise a lynch mob and take me out together with the rest.

    Ean, you jumped the gun. This smacks of gratuitous product placement to pay the bills to keep this site running. Sorry bud – just my $0.02.

  • Woody Aki

    I’m a Traktor user, and I find this article to be sad…let alone the vinyl junkies out there that may be ready to organise a lynch mob and take me out together with the rest.

    Ean, you jumped the gun. This smacks of gratuitous product placement to pay the bills to keep this site running. Sorry bud – just my $0.02.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1231939096 Chris Machina

    The ipad killed the lemur, please be more careful when you claim the ipad isn’t a death knell.

  • Thisisian

    What’s with all the haters here? ….I thought you guys would be a little more open minded about this sort of stuff!!
     
    For me, it’s not about replacing your “pro quality” rig with a toy. It’s about having a compact lightweight back up / emergency system. ….& for that, the iPad has got to be the way forward.
     
    My main rig is either a N.I. Kontrol S4 with Traktor, or a Novation Twitch running either Traktor or Itch. Both set-ups are reliable, but I always make sure i’ve got a back up plan. This is normally a book of CD’s or an ipod cued on a spare mixer channel.
     
    The problem with one of these back up plans (ipod) is I wouldn’t be able to complete the night with it, if I had a catastrophic total laptop failure. Also, the CD’s would be no good, if I didn’t have CD players with me. ….so i’ve been looking for a while for a compact back-up plan that I could also play a gig from.
     
    I’ve explored most of the ipad options, but DJ Player was one that i hadn’t looked at. I’ve just had a quick look though, & I reckon DJ Player is the only one I could imagine playing a full gig from.
     
    A couple of other good points not mentioned in the article;
     
    1. – There’s an option to import either Traktor or serato metadata. Analyse your tracks on your lappy, & your bpms / cue points / loops should copy accross.
     
    2. – There’s two different mixer views. One of them has EQ’s that both cut & boost frequencies, where as the other view just cuts (my preferred view).
     
    QUESTIONS;
     
    1. – How do i enable the double deck mode, to send two mono signals to an external mixer & disable the on-screen mixer?. (this would be my preferred option for back up duty’s on a live gig).
     
    2. – In the next version, can you also add some indication of “artist / track name” to the main deck & mixer views? ….i’d like the extra visual feedback that I have the correct track loaded in the deck.
     

    • Szantog

      Tap on the “more” button on the tracks screen, then choose “output modes” on the bottom. DJ PLAYER has 6 output/usage modes to choose from.

      Artist/track name is displayed on those views, but currently we have a small iOS bug, on some device it’s not displayed. A very weird and stupid bug, we are working on it, but as it’s not happening inside our software, we are scratching our heads currently – just a small % of the devices are doing this.

    • Szantog

      Tap on the “more” button on the tracks screen, then choose “output modes” on the bottom. DJ PLAYER has 6 output/usage modes to choose from.

      Artist/track name is displayed on those views, but currently we have a small iOS bug, on some device it’s not displayed. A very weird and stupid bug, we are working on it, but as it’s not happening inside our software, we are scratching our heads currently – just a small % of the devices are doing this.

    • Szantog

      Tap on the “more” button on the tracks screen, then choose “output modes” on the bottom. DJ PLAYER has 6 output/usage modes to choose from.

      Artist/track name is displayed on those views, but currently we have a small iOS bug, on some device it’s not displayed. A very weird and stupid bug, we are working on it, but as it’s not happening inside our software, we are scratching our heads currently – just a small % of the devices are doing this.

  • Alex Wild

    “iPad DJing has certainly been given a shot in the arm thanks to these two heavyweights.”

    Seriously? Heavyweights? I can see the potential of an ipad to accompany a fuller setup, with samples, fx or something on it. But there just isn’t enough room on the screen to do everything you need to mix properly. Never will be. What happens if im on the mixer page blending my tunes and i need to adjust pitch, or want to hit some cues?

    Like someone else said, a line needs to drawn. Sure these look pretty fun for messing about on at home, but they’re not serious tools. And as such I find it slightly insulting that they’ve been given such an in depth article on a site I usually trust…

    • Szantog

      DJ PLAYER has 6 different output/usage modes. One of them is called “Classic Club”, where the software is just one deck, like a CDJ replacement. Here is a photo how it looks in real: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=226051967458950&set=a.226051500792330.57713.140888829308598&type=3&theater

    • Szantog

      DJ PLAYER has 6 different output/usage modes. One of them is called “Classic Club”, where the software is just one deck, like a CDJ replacement. Here is a photo how it looks in real: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=226051967458950&set=a.226051500792330.57713.140888829308598&type=3&theater

  • DJ Young Machi

    I use my iPad for notes in school.. not for solely being a disk jockey.. I will, however, hook up my iPad to channel C on my S4 and use the Korg synth and drum app or one of the drum machines for creative basslines, effects, ect.. but not for DJ-ing solely.. as a note taking, document viewing, musical toy – yes… Reliable, flourishing DJ equipment - no

  • Bucky

    Should I buy the iPad DJ or this: http://audioporncentral.com/wp-content/plugins/hot-linked-image-cacher/upload/audioporncentral.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2008/08/07/fisherpricerecordplayer1.jpg

    Fisher Price DJing

    • http://www.ali.dj Hedgehog

      Read this DJTT review of the Fisher Price device! http://www.djtechtools.com/2008/02/08/fisher-price-releases-wireless-dj-controller/

    • http://www.facebook.com/leigh.corrigall Leigh Corrigall

      Better yet, get me one too!

  • http://twitter.com/NanCreations Nan Creations

    I have been trying other apps like looptastic and meta.dj which are really fun. Don’t know if they are ready for big clubs, but I’ve been trying it at some small clubs, and it works fine. You are still a bit limited on some things, but working with limitations can make you even more creative, which I feel is also what this site is about. No matter how much hate, or depressive people or DJ’s get, it is only logical to think that much more sooner than later, iOS and the tablet market will start to have huge importance in every DJ’s life, as they are now in almost every other aspect of it.

  • http://twitter.com/NanCreations Nan Creations

    I have been trying other apps like looptastic and meta.dj which are really fun. Don’t know if they are ready for big clubs, but I’ve been trying it at some small clubs, and it works fine. You are still a bit limited on some things, but working with limitations can make you even more creative, which I feel is also what this site is about. No matter how much hate, or depressive people or DJ’s get, it is only logical to think that much more sooner than later, iOS and the tablet market will start to have huge importance in every DJ’s life, as they are now in almost every other aspect of it.

  • Bdubz

    (Rant warning) 

    I feel it’s products like this that give (for example) typical D Bag Frat boys a small door into our world. Then they do mixes and ‘Produce’ what they call Techno within a week of getting gear and post soundcloud links all over twitter and facebook in cool shades and some swanky outfit. I’m all for progression and truly support new technology but i think this product will attract the wrong types of people.

    I wish people would do it for the love of music and then partake in the necessary marketing strategies that come along with being a DJ.

    With that said… Ean Golden, can you do some dope set on this thing and post a vid? lol

    • Ssbre

      But DJs are only good if they love the music – I hooked up two decks without pitch control to 2 amps when I was 13! Then moved onto Stantons then Technics and finally getting into digital mixing…I wouldn’t be threatened by people getting an easy entry into the industry – if they’re doing it to be trendy their lack of love for the music and dj’ing will come out in their playing which is likely to be predictable and not creative and dull…and if not then good luck to them.

      Not sure if I’ve missed something in the review but the apps
      don’t seem to have sample decks which puts me off.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pullupit Roman Pullupit

    I use iPad for 3 month now as a controller for Traktor. Traveling with macbook+ipad+soundcard is so much simpler than carrying DX or S4 or any hardware controller. And you can change layouts on the fly. you can control pretty much everything with it. TouchOSC and TouchAble are super apps for DJs.

    The next step is making drivers for sound cards, so we could use CUEing! There are a lot of nice sound cards on the market, we only need drivers.

    Imagine this kind of a setup after one year(i hope NI won’t fuck the moment and make it this winter): Traktor Touch on iPad with NI Audio 2.

  • Reece

    to me the ipad is pointless.   Its just a poor excuse for a laptop. 

  • Reece

    to me the ipad is pointless.   Its just a poor excuse for a laptop. 

  • Reece

    to me the ipad is pointless.   Its just a poor excuse for a laptop. 

    • Safadao

      I’m quite sure your point-of-view won’t be affecting sales of the iPad for Apple. I am a full-time student that uses it almost every day in place of my Mac Book Pro and I get approached every few days by other students interested in doing the same. Feel free to keep lugging your perfect excuse for laptop around though …

      • Lifein

        Seriously CHRIST! A Macbook pro is SOOOO BULKY,  who needs 4 gigs of ram or actual proccessing power when you can get a 256mg of ram TOUCHABLE pad, I MEAN FUCK!, you can’t even launch the angry birds with your fingers on a MBP, what a piece of shit those things are!!! LOLOL

  • Reece

    to me the ipad is pointless.   Its just a poor excuse for a laptop. 

  • johnny

    This is progress? Just awful. May be cheap but thats for a reason..

  • johnny

    This is progress? Just awful. May be cheap but thats for a reason..

  • http://djtechtools.com Michael Mitchell

    I commend your library Joey! Woot for Shapeshifter!

    • Joey

      thank you! :D they’re from the Hospitality 2011 comp, which is superb

  • http://twitter.com/iPadMusicApps iPad Music Apps

    Needless to say there will be some naysayers here, but let’s remember the animosity digital DJing faced from the vinyl purists when Traktor was first released. 

    At the moment these apps may need some development, but we will soon see a new paradigm evolve that combines traditional physical dials and faders with innovative apps that capitalise on the iPad’s touchscreen interface, like Konkreet Performer, TouchAble and Touch OSC. 

    It’s easy to knock these apps right now for their limitations, but we all know software development is an iterative process – just as you get better at DJing the more often you play out. Everyone/thing has to start somewhere. 

    • Bdubz

      I really don’t think it’s the iPad apps people are ripping on. I think it’s safe to say that most people using this site embrace technology and realize that it takes time to perfect things….. It’s a bigger picture.

      For instance. When I started DJ’ing I shelled out a grand for turntables and a mixer.. then had to buy vinyl, needles, speakers the works.. I am on Traktor Scratch Pro now but I progressed in a very respectable way and continue to learn this craft as I go. This low cost product(the controller) allows trend riders to easily step in a water down the industry. There is a post below saying that this controller is perfect for dubstep.. WHAT? what does genre have to do with it?? It proves a point though. DJ’ing is a trend right now and things like this sicken those of us who have worked so hard to be legit.

    • http://www.facebook.com/tonytonytonyabc Tony Adams

      Thank you! at least someone gets me! Read my post above.^^^^

  • http://twitter.com/iPadMusicApps iPad Music Apps

    Needless to say there will be some naysayers here, but let’s remember the animosity digital DJing faced from the vinyl purists when Traktor was first released. 

    At the moment these apps may need some development, but we will soon see a new paradigm evolve that combines traditional physical dials and faders with innovative apps that capitalise on the iPad’s touchscreen interface, like Konkreet Performer, TouchAble and Touch OSC. 

    It’s easy to knock these apps right now for their limitations, but we all know software development is an iterative process – just as you get better at DJing the more often you play out. Everyone/thing has to start somewhere. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001138444109 Mutis Mayfield

    Vestax spin is compatible with Djay app too.

    “The iOS Dj Has arrived” to Djtechtools, lacks.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6W52HBZ5LFFA64C4U2L4QGXMTI John Durbin

    Cheap and Ugly, and waters down the craft of DJing. This is absolutely ridiculous.

    • Hep

      Why hate , 10,000 people only care about track selection , modes invoked etc This sends a big fuck you to douch people at Allan and Heath, pioneer etc that want to sell us over priced, compromised in design, flawed electrical goods. Who still buys CDs these days lol

  • http://tarekith.com Tarekith

    I assume he’s talking about the hardware controller, which to be honest, does look and feel a lot like a toy.

  • Scottkrot

    why did u even review this product. at some point you should draw the line and say, hmmm this product really doesnt fit our market…? why dont you do a review on how to setup osculators, bepads, and such to ipad not this 40$ pos.

    • Lifein

      +100000000

    • Lifein

      +100000000

  • Tarekith

    I’ve been trying djay on and iPad2 with the griffin split cable for awhile now, not in a real club setting, just messing around at home or at friends places for small gatherings.  In general it’s useable and at times fun to use, but there are a few issues that I think keep it from being a viable professional solution still:

    - Aside from transport and crossfader controls, everything else you mainly use for DJing (EQ, loops, efx, multiple cues) are accessed via the same tiny pop up panel.  And they aren’t visible at the same time, which means you spend most of your time jumping back and forth in the different panes of this tiny screen.  I’d much rather see the faux ‘turntables’ as something we can switch off, in order to access more controls at once.

    - I find the EQs to be extremely harsh sounding, super sharp filter slopes and a tiny physical range make it VERY difficult to do subtle EQing.

    - While the split mode does work as expected most of the time, some tracks will distort badly when summed to mono regardless of what your gain or volume faders are set to.  Happens with about 5% of my tracks, but still frustrating.

    - Would love to see an option for the waveforms to zoom to loop points.

    - Accessing the cue volume while in split mode mean diving into another menu.

    Overall I think the functionality is there, it’s just hampered by being too married to a photo-realistic interface.  Too much space is wasted on the fancy GUI and fake decks, and not enough space is given to presenting the controls an experienced DJ needs access to simultaneously.

    While DJ player looks more spartan in comparison, it’s definitely laid out better for touch screen interface IMO.  Haven’t played with it yet to compare the functions however.

    • Szantog

      Altough i’m a developer for DJ PLAYER and of course not objective, i think all of these points you mentioned are better implemented in our app. It took 3 months just to develop the right interface workflows for the touchscreen, and we put 1 month into the EQ development alone, which ended in a very unique design, because our EQ curves are changing from decibel to decibel and tuned by ear for best mixing.

      • Tarekith

        It’s a common theme among all iOS music apps so far, too many still use real-world physical interactions that make manipulation on a touch screen clumsy at best.  Knobs for instance, just don’t work as well as sliders.

  • http://twitter.com/audibleartist Dan Emmerie

    djay also now supports vestax spin. can someone shoot a demo of that? http://www.vestax.com/v/release/detail.php?id=234

  • http://twitter.com/audibleartist Dan Emmerie

    djay also now supports vestax spin. can someone shoot a demo of that? http://www.vestax.com/v/release/detail.php?id=234

  • Tony

    Saw the picture and burst out laughing its a childs toy at best

    • Szantog

      Well, we had some launch events around the world usually with 1500 people in the clubs… in SXSW the queue was continuous around the block from 20:00 to midnight… Felix da Housecat was playing there. In Amsterdam we had Modeselektor, Joris Voorn, Darko Esser… just to name a few. I hope they are not children. :-)

      • Lifein

        Did you really hop on here to slam someones opinion of your product?  That makes you a complete douchebag not a professional with any clout.

        I can get modeselektor to play a tamborine only duo tomorrow night If I threw enough money at it. I bet Joris Voorn would let me walk him on a leash all night for 8 grand. No one fucking cares who you booked, stop pretending like your $40 hong kong special is the next big DJ thing. Cause it aint Kid. Go make your money off 16 year olds buying gimmick apps and leave us the fuck alone.

        • proben

          y u mad bro?

          Seriously, this app is a cool thing; you shouldn’t be threatened just because people are doing interesting things with tools you aren’t particularly interested in. And he didn’t slam anyone; I thought the response was pretty measured given that the claim it’s responding to (“child’s toy”) is essentially just name-calling.

          • Lifein

            go troll go

  • Mylestec

    yet another degradation of the ‘art’ of djing… I’m gonna be sick now.

    • Bdubz

      +1

  • Jcordgamer

    I’ve been using my iPad for small local house parties and I have been almost obsessed with expanding on the experience. I have both apps and I use both of them all the time. It’s nice to see an article like this that actually goes deeper into the app itself instead of just dismissing them as simple entertainment app. Very well done.

  • Ozren Škondri?

    can somebody help me with this questions
     - on Djay …what happens if software doesn’t get the BPM right ? 
     - is BPM taken from track info stored in iTunes
     - is there a cover preview for songs…or just text

    tnx

  • Szantog

    Hi Joey,

    as the developer of DJ PLAYER let me outline some things:

    - The pitch range in DJ PLAYER can be set to 4%, 8%, 16% and 100%.
    - It syncs BPM and CUE points over WiFi/Bluetooth between multiple devices – iCloud is maybe not available in a club for you. :-)
    - It has slip mode for reverse and looping on FX screen. I feel it a quite important feature, especially for controllerists/beat jugglers.
    - You can modify your cue/loop points visually on-the-fly without disrupting the audio.
    - You can organize your iPod library playlists inside the iPod app right on your iPad, so both DJ PLAYER and DJay will pick up your changes.

    Gábor

    • Joey

      thanks for the added detail Gabor! :) i do enjoy using your app! 

      • Szantog

        Forgot to tell, thank you very much for the article. Finally a page on an important DJing site about professional iOS DJing stuff.

        • Dj Segatto

          Hey if u can make ur app work with this: http://www.alesis.com/iodock, including the usb midi capabilities so we can midi map any controler to it, you will win.