Vinyl may have been pronounced dead more times than Rasputin, but it looks like the digital hammer’s struck a fatal blow this time - Numark has just unveiled decks with a built-in hard-drive.
The HDX is the world’s first turntable with a CD slot, MP3 player and internal storage, which totals a generous 80GB. This trio of functions is a godsend for any DJ who’s slipped the odd disc hauling records around. Instead of further destroying your back by carrying laptop and turntable, you can now get your tracks onto the HDX's hard-drive via USB 2.0 or rip them directly from CDs.
It’s enough to make vinyl traditionalists lock themselves away and pretend it’s 1992, but the HDX isn’t an anti-scratching robot. Sitting on top is a full size 12in platter with a replaceable vinyl record to recreate the feel of traditional decks.
Numark's machine is MP3, WMA and WAV-friendly and you can hook it up to either a Mac or PC to control and manipulate your tunes from there. As if to court the phrase ‘the possibilities are endless’, there’s even an audio input which could be used to rip content from an old-school vinyl turntable.
Salivating already? The HDX costs a not inconsiderable £1250, which is about the going rate for top DJ tech these days. For more info, head over to Numark’s site.