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