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    Default Is it possible to setup a professional DJ rig with an iPad?

    As tablets become more and more powerful it seems to me like they would be much better suited for DJing then lugging around a laptop. I have not found a way to get my VCI-100 to work with my ipad. Are there any professional controllers out there that really work well with the ipad?

    I am not about to buy one but I do see the potential for using the new windows surface pro + traktor + any controler you want to make an ultra portable pro level rig. I just want to use the gear I have in some new ways.

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    What is your criteria for "Pro Level"? Is a VCI-100 pro level? I think pioneer and denon have iPad apps to use with their respective CD players and I think people even get paid using those setups, so I guess that would be Pro level.

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    Not as yet I don't think it would be possible but I believe it is just round the corner. I love the advantages of digital dj ing and controlerism but I am at present going back to my routes analogue style as I feel more in touch with the music. A nice hybrid setup is perfect for me at the moment having. Having an ipad at the centre of that would certainly be easier than a laptop or my iMac. Fingers crossed the technoe is round the corner and I believe it is.
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    "Professional" can be a subjective term these days. Play what suits you because if it isn't pro today it may be tomorrow

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    if using a controller in the first place a laptop is not much more then an iPad to carry around. the controller would need a bag or case that a laotop would fit nicely into.
    I've used my iPad on it's own for one small gig and was fun. I highly doubht I'll do that again anytime soon. it's not quite there yet.
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    TouchOSC and Lemur are wonderful, but I believe you are asking about standalone apps that dont require a computer. New NI iPad app soon to be released!!

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    Lets say the standard used to be two 1200s and a DJM600 to be a "pro level setup". Now that we have moved into the digital age I think of "pro level setup" as any setup that could be taken into a club and doesn't have any use or reliability drawbacks. I am curious to see what this new NI app is as it may be just what I am looking for.

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    Not with an iPad, no; a Surface Pro, or any other Windows-based tablet, for that matter, would work just fine though. When 1080p Wintabs start being available at the 200 mark, I'll be switching away from my MBP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdcdesign View Post
    Not with an iPad, no; a Surface Pro, or any other Windows-based tablet, for that matter, would work just fine though. When 1080p Wintabs start being available at the 200 mark, I'll be switching away from my MBP.
    Ahem, *cough* bullshit *cough* - a $200 tablet aint gonna cut it any more than an Ipad im afraid.

    You do realize that the Surface pro is going to be around $800 right ? .. the regular surface is no more than a netbook with a touchscreen and intensive apps like Traktor wont run on anything less than the pro.

    DJ player for the iPad/iphone is more than capable of being combined with pro controllers and IMHO is "Pro-enough" its got quite a few tricks up its sleeve and full midi mapping with a camera kit usb connector.

    Maybe you should check this out ......VCI400 + Ipad

    http://www.digitaldjtips.com/2012/10...i-route-audio/

    Personally I LOVE the Wireless feature of the Pioneer Aero, as it means you can lift up your pad and browse your collection on Rekordbox, I hope someone brings out some sort of wireless audio router that can be used with ipads and brought along like we would an Audio4 in the near future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deevey View Post
    Ahem, *cough* bullshit *cough* - a $200 tablet aint gonna cut it any more than an Ipad im afraid.

    You do realize that the Surface pro is going to be around $800 right ? .. the regular surface is no more than a netbook with a touchscreen and intensive apps like Traktor wont run on anything less than the pro.
    That's why I said WHEN there's a Windows tablet out for 200. And considering how I can run Traktor 2.6 fine on an EeePC 701 (800mhz Celeron), I highly doubt a cheap tablet with a Haswell-Y processor in it is going to struggle lol.

    In fact, THIS would work perfectly: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/C97-Atom-N...606#vi-content

    Just a shame the resolution is so painfully low It's bad enough on a 1280x800 MBP, can't imagine how horrible it'd be at 1024x768...

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