DJ Con­nect

Add stereo to your mix with some next-gen­er­a­tion pre-cue­ing kit

Mac Format - - RATED - $99 (about £60) Man­u­fac­turer Grif­fin Tech­nol­ogy, store.griffin­tech­nol­­nect Out­put Line-level stereo (3.5mm) Con­nec­tion Light­ning, 30-pin and USB Top-notch sound for DJing Not limited to djay only Works on both Mac and iOS Won’t need the

Whether you’re DJing on your Mac or on iOS, you won’t get far un­less you can ac­cu­rately pre-cue your next song to start at the right point for seam­less cross­fad­ing. With a cheap split­ter cable you can have one song play­ing while you lis­ten to your next one on head­phones, wind­ing it to the right point and en­sur­ing that the beats match be­fore drop­ping it into your mix.

Al­ter­na­tively, you could spend £60-ish on Grif­fin’s DJ Con­nect.

On the face of it, it’s a fancy split­ter with a big il­lu­mi­nated vol­ume knob that we guar­an­tee you’ll turn to the max­i­mum ev­ery time you use it. How­ever, the real rea­son you’d want it is for its high qual­ity stereo through line-level RCA out­puts, the sort you’d plug into a de­cent sound sys­tem, rather than mono sound through the usual 3.5mm jack.

Grif­fin’s part­ner­ship with djay cre­ator Al­go­rid­dim means you’re in­formed that it’ll work per­fectly with both the mo­bile and desk­top ver­sions of djay; thank­fully this doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean you’re locked into that app: we spent a very en­joy­able hour test­ing it with Trak­tor DJ on the iPad.

It’s a solid lit­tle piece of kit with enough weight to en­sure it won’t slide around, and it comes with Light­ning, 30-pin and USB leads to con­nect all your Ap­ple hard­ware. You’ll need your own RCA leads, though, but if RCA mat­ters to you, you prob­a­bly al­ready have a drawer full of them. Jim McCauley

Overkill for DJ dilet­tantes, but if you take your DJing se­ri­ously then this is worth the price tag.

Don’t fo­cus on the mas­sive knob; the DJ Con­nect is all about the audio qual­ity.

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