Numark has at last announced its iDJ mixing console for iPods.

The product was first shown in relative secrecy by the company at Musikmesse 2005. A wave of speculation ensued as iPod DJs across the world considered the new device.

The iDJ is a two channel mixer that lets iPod DJs use their portable music libraries alongside other music and sound reinforcement systems. It's equipped with two universal iPod docking stations (built for all iPods that have a bottom FireWire connector. The device also charges iPods up while they are connected.

The iDJ mixer is equipped with two large, circular iPod navigation controls. It also offers a three-band equalizer (EQ) with gain control on both channels. iDJs can also use the device's dedicated microphone input, which carries tone and level controls.

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Users aren't restricted to using iPods: the iDJ has phono/line inputs for adding additional devices on both channels. The product also offers a USB port, so it can be used as a "music-loading base" - uploading ne sounds to an iPod from a computer. The unit even supports the iPod's recording capabilities.

Numark's iDJ console weighs four pounds. Its dimensions are: 11.3"-x-11.5"-x2.6", it carries a Kensington security slot and uses a 9 volt power supply.

The mixing desk costs $399 (no UK price revealed yet), and should ship in "late summer".