Your dreams of being a DJ are about to come true. Algoriddim, the developers of djay for Mac, have just released their newest app, djay for iPad. It’s truly an amazing and noteworthy app for all music lovers and those with ambitions of being a DJ.
It’s the easiest way to scratch records, remix your favorite songs, and be the DJ you’ve always wanted to be. It brings you some of the same professional tools and technologies as djay for Mac, but on your mobile device.
Your Music. Your life
Djay integrates with the iTunes library on your iPad, meaning you have access to your favorite songs when you want to make a remix. You even have access to your playlists and genius playlists, making it easier to find that perfect song. Tap the new song button and select a song from your library to begin.
Djay will grab your album artwork and start playing your song on the virtual turntable. Enable djay’s Auto-Play mode and it will automatically choose a new song when the current song stops playing. Auto-Play makes it easy to seem like a professional, just turn it on and let djay handle the rest. With djay’s multitasking support, you can set it on Auto-Play and browse the web while it plays. Tap record before your big performance and share it with friends when your done.
Pro doesn’t mean complex
Djay makes it incredibly easy to remix like a pro. Scratch the song by moving your finger over the turntable. The more you move your finger, the more it scratches the song. Use the cross-fader to mix two songs together, touching the slider to adjust which song is playing. Each turn table has a BPM (beats per minute) slider which allows you to adjust the speed of each song.
Tap the sync button to adjust each songs BPM so they are the same. It makes it easier to take two songs and mix them together. Cue points allow you to replay parts of your song, another great tool for creating your remix. Tap the EQ button to change the low, mid, and high EQ levels and change how your song sounds. Djay also allows pre-cueing, making it easy to preview effects and changes before they are played. Djay packs all these features into a simple to use and intuitive interface that you can run on your mobile device.
Be the life of the party
While djay won’t replace $5000 worth of advanced audio equipment, it will make for a great party in casual, non-professional atmospheres. It allows ordinary users to remix songs using similar tools to those that real pros use and have a great time doing so. In my testing, everyone seemed incredibly interested and impressed that I was able to scratch and pitch change on my iPad.
Plug it into your speaker system and become the life of the party. Don’t get me wrong, djay is built just for casual users, but I can still see professionals using it as a simple way to play with music. I can see them using it in times where they can’t fit all their equipment or don’t need the sophistication. Plugging an iPad into a speaker’s audio line in is certainly easier than plugging in five different pieces of heavy and complex equipment.
What to improve
Djay for iPad is still young and constantly improving, as all apps do. There are always new features and ideas being added and planned. Here are a short list of improvements that would make it even better:
- Loops Menu that give you a small library of sound effects, similar for how Djay for mac gives you loops.
- More cue points would make it easier to mix different parts of songs.
- Customize the reverb just like djay for mac. Settings for different amounts of reverb.
- AirPlay support for streaming to your Airport Express or Remote speakers.
- Remote playing from your Mac would be amazing. Having the ability to play all your iTunes library wirelessly and control it on your iPad.
- Track Looping could be a simple addition that would bring it up to par with the mac version.
Djay for iPad is the best mixer available for your iPad, and possibly one of the best reasons for why the iPad should exist. It manages to squeeze a fully featured DJing app into a operating system that was originally designed for a cell phone sized screen. It’s simple and intuitive interface makes it a no brainer for musicphiles or those with dreams of becoming a DJ.
It’s one of those apps that anyone can pick up and recognize how to use it. I’m excited to see what improvements and new features that Algoriddim will add to djay for iPad. Next time your friends are throwing a party, be in charge of music with djay.