Thing is, I have no vinyl. I think the last record I bought was Queen: Live at Wembley. The one with the big fold-out cover shot of the band in front of a gigantic crowd. I used to imagine being part of the crowd when Freddie did his doo-wop scat thing and the crowd repeated it back to him, until he just went crazy and they all laughed.
Where was I? DJs. And vinyl. Spinning tracks and scratching and all that. With MP3s. I’m not in the scene, but I’m lead to believe that this is fairly standard issue these days. Digital DJs have the choice of anything from the Pioneer CDJ decks with USB ports for MP3 libraries, through to the super-pro Serato gear, with its time-coded vinyl (which, incidentally is designed by a bunch of Kiwis!).
The Vestax Spin sits at the very entry level of this type of technology. The deck and software is only NZ$499, and operates as a basic USB controller using your iTunes music library. The included software is Mac-only, but if you hunt around you’ll notice the Spin is compatible with some alternative Windows software.
The whole thing is amazingly intuitive and responsive. Drag an MP3 file onto one of the on-screen turntables, and it starts playing. From there, you can use the physical decks and mixers to stop, spin, mix and loop the tracks. Each deck has independent controls for tempo, equalizer, gain, and a few other tricks.
A microphone is included in the box, so all you need is a Mac, and some serious looking DJ headphones that you can tuck under your ear. Then you just need to practise that one-handed wave dancing thing that DJs do.
Please don’t take the video below as any more than an example of how easy the device is to use. I’m sure you could do a lot more with it than mix Akon and Willie Nelson like we did:
In summary: bloody good fun, $499 from Mix Foundation.