Ever since I first got my iPad I was obsessed with the idea of DJing from it. It just seemed so perfect for house parties and little unexpected sessions. I started off with the simplest setup possible - i.e. just a headphone splitter cable:
I still use this simple setup occasionally, because it's so easy to keep the cable in your bag all the time and be ready to play some tunes at a moments notice.
So then iOS6 came along with multi-route audio and I wanted to take advantage of it with a sound card.
I also wanted a stand for the iPad so I had the idea to fix a stand and sound card together to try to keep things simple.
After much research I decided on the ESI Maya 44 sound card and a Wallee Kick Stand
These are a surprisingly good match in size and construction, and I attached them with some self-adhesive velcro strips so that they could still be separated if i need to use the sound card with my laptop.
I also had to add a powered USB hub since the iPad could not power the sound card on it's own, so i went for a small LinkSys one which I stuck to the top of the sound card.
Once assembled it looked like this:
This was great. However, I craved some physical controls. I find the touchscreen is great for most operations, but not for everything and particularly not for the crossfader.
My priority was to keep the setup very compact so after some research I opted for the Ion Audio dj2Go:
I was pleasantly surprised by this controller, but I felt it was really missing EQ knobs, which would have made it perfect for me.
So I added another controller to give me more knobs - an Akai MPD8. This was a good match as it's the same dimensions as the other controller, and it allowed me to map EQs and filters to the knobs and also have the pads for cue points.
So here's the full setup that I've been using for a while now: