Numark iDJ3 DJ Controller Review

A DJ Review Of Numark iDJ3 DJ Controller

Numark iDJ3 review

After two somewhat successful attempts at their iDJ product line, Numark is back hoping that the third time is the charm.

First let’s give you a little bit of history on this brand. The iDJ was decent but it was meant for DJs with 2 iPods, and honestly who, even in the DJ world has more than one iPod? Then there was the iDJ2, which was a big improvement that only came with 1 iPod dock and an awesome color screen that allowed you to scroll through your library and monitoring your mixes.

Unfortunately both products had a few smalls that prevented them from being totally perfect. So, let’s take a look inside the Numark iDJ3 controller and see if they’ve listened to the customers.


Upon first glance those of you familiar with Numark will notice that the iDJ3 looks remarkably similar to the Numark Mixtrack. The controls are made in the same style and they even come with the widely adored jog wheels that make Mixtrack so appealing.

The iDJ3 DJ controller also has the same toy-like quality as the Mixtrack but don’t let that dissuade you. This controller is priced well and although it may look cheap, it’s relatively sturdy.

There are three distinct differences however, between this new DJ controller and the Mixtrack;

+ Built-in soundcard

+ iPod dock

+Includes a different DJ program


The Numark iDJ3 comes with some features that all DJs will find appealing, including a center light that lets you know when the controls for the pitch are set to 0. It also has kill switches for the bass & treble controls and auto-loop controls. The auto-loop controls are great for DJs who enjoy impromptu mixing.

Other features include scratch on and off controls so you can easily convert the platters to nudge or scratch, depending on your DJ style. Whether you scratch, sync, stutter or nudge, the iDJ3 controller has options for you.

There are a few features that this DJ controller is lacking though and for some DJs this will be a deal breaker. There are zero FX controls so you can’t filter, echo or phase with this machine.

iDJ3 & Your iPod

Since this DJ controller comes with an iPod dock you’re probably wondering how well they work together.

The first thing you need to know about using this unit with your iPod is that it requires a computer—laptop or desktop—just to use the device with the iDJ3. This will not allow you to use just the iPod with the controller.

Numark iDJ3 DJ controller review

If you were hoping to manipulate your iPod music using the platters, forget it. You can play the music and mix it with other music on the platters, but you cannot add effects or changes to the songs on the iPod.

Although you may be excited about the fact that the iDJ3 has an iPod station, the fact is that the iPod isn’t really part of the mixing station. You can play music from your iPod as long as the computer is plugged in, but otherwise it provides no real advantage.


Remember earlier when I said that the Numark iDJ3 DJ controller comes with different software? Well it comes with MixVibes Cross LE instead of the traditional Traktor Pro LE that most DJs are used to. Keep in mind though that the LE version is the ‘light edition’ so if you want to take advantage of all the features on MixVibes Cross software, you will have pay for the upgrade.

Those of you more familiar with Traktor Pro are probably scoffing right now because you’ve just gotten used to it, but MixVibes Cross is a solidly functioning software program. It has a parallel waveforms feature that is useful for DJs into visual mixing. Also it is easy to integrate with iTunes, which is pretty useful since one feature is an iPod dock.


The Numark iDJ3 DJ controller is reasonably priced, especially for the features. At $209 you will find that it is within the price range for new DJs looking to get started, those looking for better controller features or even a lightweight machine.


While at first I was quite excited about the iPod dock that comes with this DJ controller, but it turns out that it is just another feature without much integration capability. Of course this is a convenient way to DJ if you already have your library of tunes and mixes set up on your iPod but if you’re looking to integrate effects with it, the iDJ3 doesn’t offer it.

The other real pitfall of this DJ controller is that it cannot be used independent of a computer or laptop. If you wanted this machine for portable use, it can do if you have a laptop but otherwise it is not meant to be portable.

There are some positive features that the iDJ3 provides, including the many options for recording. You can drop tracks from your iPod and you also have a built-in soundcard so that’s one less piece of DJ equipment you have to buy.

If you happen to be a DJ familiar with MixVibes you will also be pleased with this unit, as you won’t have to get used to the quirks of yet another DJ software program. Overall this is a solid unit with some unique capabilities. The price is right, but it may not be for all DJs so inspect all the specs before you pay.

You can buy the Numark iDJ3 DJ controller from Amazon by clicking HERE.

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