We’ll go over the features and facts a bit later on, but first, here’s a few user comments . .
“Excellent place to start” . . . (by Fields, MusiciansFriend).
Read the rest of the product report below . . .
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“this an excellent package to get for the absolute beginner. You can hook this up, throw records on, and proceed to juggle as well as scratch right away.” . . . (by Fields, MusiciansFriend).
“it seems like a good entry level product” . . . read more (by Jill Bazeley, Amazon).
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The Numark iBATTLEPACK Vinyl + Ipod Dj Package has 2 direct-drive turntables with pitch adjustment, S-shaped tone arm, and dual start/stop controls. It includes a 2-channel mixer with crossfader, EQ/trim, phono/line/mic inputs, and iPod recording and playback (can be used with iPhone too). The package also includes DJ headphones with 40mm Mylar drivers, seven-position ear cups, and a six-foot cable. You can also connect optional gear like CD players, and mics (1/4 inch jack input). The mixer has rotary EQ and gain controls and a replaceable crossfader.
The package includes slipmats, cartridges, connection cables and User’s Manuals.
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The Numark iBATTLEPACK Vinyl + Ipod Dj Package is said to be OK for a cheap entry level vinyl DJ setup. Some users were very happy with it.
One of the customer complaints abou the Numark iBATTLEPACK :- “the mixer will die on you in no time“. Several other users (off Amazon) say the same thing, however, there are other users who say that they’ve used the system for several months, with no problems at all, who highly recommend it.
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The iBATTLEPACK is summarized by one user “If you buy this and discover you do like DJing, you will need to upgrade. Yes you will learn with it, but you won’t get very far with it.” Some users are certainly happy with it, as a beginner’s scratching setup for the first few months of trying scratching. If you are fairly sure you want to stick with scratching longer than that, then you’d be better off spending more money on better quality equipment to start with.
Users (off Amazon) point out that you cannot scratch with music from your iPod, you can only mix it in as a separate source (it has it own fader on the mixer). If you want to scratch using mp3′s, one of the Serato systems can do the job well (although they cost more than the iBattlepack).
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There are no obvious alternatives to the Numark iBATTLEPACK, to buy as a complete package. However, it is easy to buy DJ vinyl turntable(s), and a DJ mixer, and cables, and put together your own scratch DJ system.
Users point out that you don’t need two turntables to start scratching, you can use just one turntable connected to a mixer, and mix in tracks from other sources. Two turntables would be needed if you want to mix from one vinyl record to another, but that’s a separate issue from scratching. So for example, you could get one of the dual-CD decks or DJ software running on a laptop (plus one of the DJ consoles, if you wish) then going into a DJ mixer with a turntable. As long as your DJ mixer has a phono input, you can just plug one turntable into it, and scratch over your mixes. Some of the dual-CD systems have a mixer which can accept an additional audio input, but some might not, so make sure to check carefully before buying.
One of the best rated turntables is the Stanton T92USB USB Direct Drive DJ Turntable, which gets an excellent 4.5 user rating from 10 user reviews (at the time of writing). A much cheaper option is the ION Audio Profile Pro USB DJ Turntable, which gets a good 4.2 user rating by 11 user reviews and can be used directly with a computer, as well a being a normal vinyl turntable (although not really designed for scratching)..
For suitable scratch DJ mixers to go with vinyl turntables, the best-rated option is the Numark X6 Digital Scratch Mixer with Effects, which gets an outstanding 4.7 user rating by 7 user reviews. Cheaper options include the Numark M2 Professional Scratch Mixer, which gets a good 4.1 user rating by 7 user reviews.
As was explained above, scratching can be done on one turntable, while mixing is done on another system. Another option is one of the Serato systems which allow you to scratch using vinyl turntables but have the scratching done on mp3′s, thus avoiding the extreme expense, and transportation and storage problems of owning and maintaining a large vinyl collection. For 2-CD DJ systems, and DJ consoles, see our list of DJ equipment product reports.
If you want to mix CD’s while scratching on vinyl, you could get one turntable and choose the very well-rated and inexpensive NUMARK CD Mix 1 DJ Package (see our product report on that), which has inputs for vinyl turntables on it’s built-in mixer. While the mixer might not be ideally designed for scratching, for an inexpensive way to get good mixing facilities, as well as scratching, it is one of the least expensive and best-rated options.
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The Accessories for the Numark iBATTLEPACK Vinyl + Ipod Dj Package include better DJ headphones, such as the Behringer HPX2000 Headphones High-Definition DJ Headphones.
You might need a PA system to play it through.
You might also want a dynamic microphone (the iBattlepack has a 1/4 inch mic input). The NADY SP-4C Dynamic Microphone is a low-cost microphone which comes with a 1/4 inch cable, and gets a 4.0 user rating overall from 70 user reviews, although get a minority of user reviews saying that it is unreliable, so if you want something better rated, pay a bit more for the Behringer XM8500 Dynamic Microphone, Cardioid, which gets an excellent 4.7 overall user rating (with no negative reviews at all), plus a suitable mic cable such as the Pyle-Pro PPMJL15 Professional Microphone Cable (1/4” Male to XLR Female, 15 ft.) . You might also want a microphone stand or two.
You might need some more vinyl records.
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Here’s some more user comments from consumer reports by people who’ve used the Numark iBATTLEPACK Vinyl + Ipod Dj Package in practice . . .
“This product is geat for starters. If your just learning I would suggest going with this package as it is easily affordable and works well for the price.” . . . (by Tdog69, MusiciansFriend).
“a pretty good little kit.” . . . (by Tdog69, MusiciansFriend).
“excellent starter package, and is worth every penny” . . . (by Fields, MusiciansFriend).
“Good” . . . read more (by Jill Bazeley, Amazon).
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In summary, the Numark iBATTLEPACK Vinyl + Ipod Dj Package is said by many users to be a good choice for a very cheap way to try out scratching for a while, so why not check the current Amazon price of the Numark iBATTLEPACK Vinyl + Ipod Dj Package , or see above for better quality alternatives..
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