Chrismast Gift Guide 2013: DJ
Christmas time is party time, and what sort of a party would it be without a DJ? From old-skool cool to cutting edge digital tech, this mix has got the lot.
Pioneer XDJ-R1 (£850)
DJ tech moves quickly but the XDJ-R1 should have things covered for the forseeable future. It's a powerhouse of a DJ console, combining a pair of CD decks, internal effects, a USB interface for playback from memory sticks and hard drives, Mac and PC connections plus the option of wireless control via an iPad. Fab.
Novation MiniNova (£300)
Daft Punk don't have a monopoly on the robot DJ thing. The MiniNova's vocoder takes the whimpiest of voices and turns them into fearsome mechanoids. Plug this into your mixer and chat nonsense over any record for instant kudos, or pick a more tuneful setting and actually sing along.
Traktor DJ (iOS, from £1.49)
The iPad DJ dream is becoming a reality with this giant leap in mobile tune-mixing technology. The iPhone app is fun too but you get a lot more control on the big screen. If you know your recipient's iTunes account name you can gift the app via iTunes (click on the arrow next to the price in iTunes and select Gift This App).
IK Multimedia iLoud (€240)
Take the mobile DJ concept a step further with the iLoud wireless speaker. It'll go for up to 10 hours on its internal battery, fed via Bluetooth or a 3.5mm cable. It also has a neat trick for guitarists, simulating amps and pedals via the AmpliTube app for iOS. Oh, and you won't believe how loud this thing goes; it's quite remarkable for something this size.
Christmas Gift Guide 2014: brilliant present ideas