vjay brings powerful video mixing to iPhone and iPad, and now comes with time-stretching and extra content, including some from Snoop Dogg… plus it’s free for 7 days.
Top iOS video mixing software vjay has been given a major update, and is available completely free now and for the next seven days in the App Store.
From Algoriddim – makers of the equally popular djay software – vjay 1.2 boasts real-time video time-stretching as its headline new feature, and also includes extra stock content from top VJ artists, plus a contribution from Snoop Dogg.
The Toaster (that blue thing) is a Mic-enabled binaural mono splitter, aimed at iOS DJs who want independent headphones and master outputs and a microphone input… all through one socket.
Kickstarter is a site where people pitch product ideas and get other folk to pledge financial backing to help make them a reality – and let me tell you there’s some weird and wonderful stuff on there! (Actually, QuNeo is one of the big success stories in our industry that came through Kickstarter.)
Today something with lower ambitions than QuNeo: The Toaster. It’s a small adaptor for iOS devices that provides mono splitter functionality so you can use compatible DJ software (ie Algoriddim’s djay) to “hack” full headphone cueing as well as a master out, by converting a single stereo output into two independent binaural mono outputs. Nothing new there (there are lots of splitter cables out there) – but this one has a difference.
The new Vestax VCI-400TKT is basically the Vestax VCI-400 with a smart Traktor-centric faceplate and an optimised mapping, so those who want to use the VCI-400 with Traktor can now do so more easily out of the box.
The Vestax VCI-400 controller is on show at Musikmesse 2013 in three new editions, with faceplates and mappings for Traktor (VCI-400TKT), Deckadance (VCI-400DK) and djay (VCI-400djay).
The new editions match the Serato DJ Edition (VCI-400DJ) that was previously announced at the NAMM Show, and brings the total number of variants of this controller to five (or six if you include the DJTechTools version).
Audiobus for djay is the big news, but it’s only one of many improvements. Oh, and if you’re a djay user and are always pushed for storage space on your iOS device, you’ll definitely want to read to the end for some more news…
Plug in a Camera Connection Kit, an external USB power supply or battery pack, and your iPad and Pioneer DDJ-WeGo or DDJ-Ergo, and you can now use Algoriddim’s djay and vjay programs with your controller and the Pioneer DJC-WeCAi cable.
Want to use your iPad instead of your laptop to DJ with? If you own a Pioneer DDJ-WeGo or Pioneer DDJ-Ergo, now you can, thanks to the DJC-WeCAi cable, announced by Pioneer today and available as of May 2013.
The cable allows you to plug in to the iPad and use Algoriddim’s djay and vjay software, “out of the box”. That also means that you can experiment with video DJing from your Pioneer controller, too.
djay LE offers the Mac-only DJ software as a free version to give away bundled with DJ controllers, and which has surprisingly few limitations.
Algoriddim has jumped on the hardware-specific, free-version bandwagon by releasing djay LE, a bundled version of its Mac-only software designed to be supplied with specific DJ controllers, to give new users a chance to try it out.
Currently available for the Numark Mixdeck Quad and the Pioneer DDJ-WeGO, but no doubt coming soon for a DJ controller near you, the software is relatively full featured, with only recording and automix disabled.
Video mixing on the iDJ Pro with vjay app: One of a number of exciting new developments in the iOS DJ space in the past couple of months.
A number of exciting updates for iOS DJs hit the App Store over the Christmas and January period, and due to the tsunami of coverage from the NAMM Show that always happens at this time of year, there hasn’t been editorial space to cover them all.
So for our growing band of readers who use an iOS device for either their only DJ system or as a second DJ system, here’s a round-up of the most significant news from the past couple of months:
Taking full advantage of the iPhone 5′s new longer retina display, vjay for iPhone is a full VJ package in your pocket…
vjay for iPhone & iPod touch review: Back in June this year, vjay for iPad grabbed our attention with its clever pairing of a djay-style interface with powerful video mixing on an iPad.
Pretty impressively, with vjay for iPhone & iPod touch, maker Algoriddim has now managed to streamline the vjay app interface to work on a much smaller screen, taking advantage of the technical advances of the more recent such devices. We already know that vjay is great fun on an iPad, but how does it fare on a smaller screen? Let’s find out!
Pad Grip stand; robust and flexible, and a big magnet for a base means you can attach it to anything metal – just be careful around delicate electronics…
Most iOS DJs start out simply balancing their iPad on existing DJ gear, on top of a laptop or pushed out to a tiny space on the edge of the booth. Stop, now! None of that is good for your use of the device.
What about when you’re sliding your fingers over the X-Y FX pads of DJ Player, or puropsefully scratching with djay? You’re at risk of sending the iPad sliding off the surface and crashing to the floor. Your iPad really does need to be held securely in place, and that is where a sturdy iPad stand comes into play. So today we take a look at the new Pad Grip stand to see if it meets the requirements of the iOS DJ…
We previewed the Vestax Spin2 at the beginning of our BPM 2012 coverage, and now we’re safely back in the office we’ve had a chance to get the video up online too.
If you’re a Mac/iOS person who loves all the advantages of Algoriddim’s djay software (cross-platform library sharing, “cloud” cue points etc), then this is definitely a controller you should look at, as it’s Apple-approved to work with the lot.
DJ in full stereo with headphones cueing on iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch with Algoriddim’s djay and vjay software on the new Vestax Spin2
It’s the BPM Show 2012 in the UK this weekend, and the first product we’re bringing you is the new Vestax Spin2 DJ Controller for Algoriddim’s popular djay and vjay software. It’s the first DJ controller ever to allow users to spin both music and video files, on their choice of Mac, iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.
Fully certified by Apple, it is also the first controller to offer true dual stereo outputs for iOS6 devices, meaning proper stereo headphones cueing and stereo master outputs no matter what device you choose to DJ from.
With BPM and pitch faders now right there on the main screen, the new djay app takes full advantage of the improved screen real estate on the iPhone 5.
A couple of days back we broke the news that Algoriddim had upgraded its iPhone and iPad DJ apps to take advantage of the latest leaps in iOS hardware and software technology. Headline improvements included iOS stereo cueing and in-app music purchases, but there’s more too.
We guessed that if the features had been delivered flawlessly, there’d be a chance that they could usher the market towards mainstream acceptance of iOS DJing. And as we’ve now had time to assess how well the new versions of the software perform, here’s our verdict…
Pioneer DDJ-ERGO-V will soon be compatible with Algoriddim's djay 4.
Pioneer has today at NAMM 2102 announced that its beginner’s controller, the DDJ-ERGO-V, will soon be compatible with Algoriddim’s increasingly popular djay platform for Mac from Algoriddim.
That means that not only does the DDJ-ERGO-V now come with Virtual DJ and Serato Intro in the box, and Traktor Pro 2 compatibility via its own mapping, but it also now works with arguably the fourth largest DJ software as well.
Effects, improved library features, iCloud compatibility... these and more have been added to the latest version of this pack-leading app.
The latest version (1.4) of Algoriddim’s djay for iPad app ticks a lot of empty boxes, bringing it ever closer to being a very useful and mature DJ solution. (Update: You can ready our djay for iPad 1.6 review here). While it will probably not convert any Serato or Traktor fans, it does feature more functionality than you may expect to get from an iPad app.
Of course, there are many apps which claim to be for the DJ, usually split between turntable-based and waveform-based interfaces. djay is (at the moment) the best of the turntable-based apps out there. This is unsurprising really when you consider that Algoriddim have had djay working on the Apple devices since 2008, when it was first unveiled at Musikmesse paired with a MacBook and a Vestax VCM-100 controller.
Buy tunes on iPhone, add cues and BPMs at home on your Mac, DJ at your gig on your iPad? It's all possible for the cloud DJ.
A DJ buys his weekly music from his smartphone, tablet PC or laptop, adding it straight to his cloud storage online. He then uses a version of his DJ software on any of his devices to add cue points and analyse and fix BPMs on the songs he just bought. Again, it all syncs automatically to the cloud.
When he’s next DJing, he again fires up one of his devices (doesn’t matter which) to DJ from. His fully updated library is waiting for him, all of his previously added cues and BPMs present and correct…