Tag: Apple iPad

Follow Your DJing Dreams With Numark’s iDJ Live

Numark iDJ Live (Box)

The holidays are almost over folks, and if you have any aspiring DJs in your midst, you should definitely consider putting a last minute call to Santa and his elves for the Numark iDJ Live! As stated in the product’s description, the controller is perfect for music lovers who have never tried DJing before. With its streamlined interface, the iDJ Live is designed for beginners and pros on the go and is very much plug-and-play. All you need is an iPad, iPod touch or iPhone (be sure to check the compatibility chart on the product page), the Algoriddim Djay app and you’re all set. Of course, you can always hook the unit up to larger speakers for a better experience, too.

Sounds great! But what would I need for that?

The iDJ Live comes with a dual mono 1/8″ (3.5 mm) headphone/speaker splitter cable, so all you would need is a male-to-male 3.5 mm cable like this: Aux cable
…and some sweet speakers like these:
(You’d be very wise to get a speaker system with a subwoofer.)
Limitless Creations x643

and you’re ready to rock!

About the unit

The iDJ Live comes with dual bass, treble and volume controls, sync and cue buttons to keep your mix tight and two large platters that can be used to either “scratch,” or search through tracks to set cue points. It also comes with a Browse knob that scrolls through your music library the way you’re used to doing with your “i” devices already, so there’s no need to learn a confusing new interface. You can even record your mixes or set Automix mode to let the iDJ Live and the Djay app mix your favorite playlist(s) automatically.

The iDJ Live includes a handy iPad stand as well, enabling you to keep an eye on your screen without having to bend over the controller or having to rig up a shaky DIY stand of your own. Also, as the iDJ Live unit does draw power from the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, it would be in your best interest to save some battery life by turning off 3/4G and/or Wi-Fi, turn off location services like GPS, and adjusting your display brightness. If you’re worried whether or not it’ll get to your house in time for Christmas, if you happen to live in the greater Los Angeles area, you can swing by and pick it up from Sonic Electronix’s will call area up here in Valencia.

That about wraps it up, so on behalf of the team at Sonic Electronix, I’d like to wish you all very happy holidays!


Scosche iPad Accessories at Sonic Electronix

By Seth Wilde. – Product Specialist

Since the release of the Apple iPad, millions of people have experienced the ease and convenience of tablet PCs.  This new devices offers an entirely new format for entertainment, computing, business presentations, and leisure activities.  For those that have an iPad, protecting that investment is an important task.  Almost as important as keeping it charged and powered at all times. Luckily, there are many iPad accessories available that are specifically designed to power, protect, and enhance the iPad experience.  As an official Apple partner, Scosche is one manufacturer of these iPad accessories. Below are a few necessary iPad items that go along with a new iPad.

Keeping the iPad Charged
Scosche reVIVE II USBC3
People are on the road a lot, almost as much as they are inside. That is why a compatible charger is needed for both places. The Scosche USBH3 is the perfect replacement home charger for an iPad.  It features two USB ports on it. However, these two ports are not the same. One is rated with output of 1 Amp (1000 mA) and the other is rated at an outstanding 2.1 Amps (2100 mA). Each outlet is color coordinated and labeled to reduce confusion.  The 2.1A USB port is designed to have a higher output to charge the iPad faster. The Scosche revive II USBC3 is the same type of charger, however it is designed for the car.  Just plug it in and the iPad is ready to be charged on the road.
Keep the iPad Clean and Protected
Scosche IPDC iPad Case
With all the use that the Apple iPad is getting, it is best to keep it protected.  The Scosche IPDC is a low profile polycarbonate clear case for the iPad.  This will protect the housing from dings, scratches, and other blemishes. The Scosche FPPD2 is a package of ultra clear screen protectors that fit perfectly on the face of the iPad.  Protecting an iPad has never been easier.

Installing an Apple iPad in a Toyota Tacoma

The 12-volt industry is constantly evolving and looking for new ways to enhance the drivers experience in the car.  One of the popular styles of car audio installations included integration and OEM integration.  This means that the installer is taking aftermarket components and making them look as though the car came that way.  OEM integration will typically leave the stock car stereo and use other components to enhance the audio in the car.  Other types of integration include adjusting aftermarket items to look as though the manufacturer meant for them to be there.  Recently, a video on YouTube showed SoundMan Car Audio install and integrate an Apple iPad into a Toyota Tacoma.  At their shop in Santa Clarita, California, the installers at SoundMan used an Audison Bit One processor to play the audio from the iPad.  A special dock is used to convert the audio signal from the iPad to a digital optical signal, which is needed to connect to the Bit One.  After a lot of custom work and integration of aftermarket components, the iPad was successfully installed into the Tacoma.  The Bit One controller was installed to the left of the steering wheel and seamlessly integrated into the vehicles interior.  The controller allowed the audio of the iPad to be controlled, as well as the switching of audio sources.  Bluetooth was also connected so that the driver can talk hands free with a push of a button.  The final installation featured a custom dash kit with a suede back panel, which the iPad rests on to keep the back scratch-free and protected.

The video became an instant YouTube hit once people found out that an iPad could be installed in a car.   Both of the videos below show the installation process and some of the troubles that they encountered throughout the procedure.  Projects like this are what car audio installers dream of.  It encourages us all to think outside the box and do something that the world has never seen before.