Three years ago, Rana Sobhany first ‘outed’ iPad DJing, touring her simple two-iPads-and-a-mixer set-up. How far we’ve come since…
Of course we’ve been heavily covering iOS as a DJ platform from the off, and have had a dedicated iOS editor, DJ Hombre, for over a year now. We’ve always been sure iOS is going to be a dominant platform for DJing. (Actually, to put it more accurately, we think laptops were always an imperfect solution, so anything with another angle on it all needs to be taken seriously.) And with big names like Traktor finally jumping on board, this could be the year it goes mainstream.
Two of the big issues with iOS were that there weren’t two stereo outputs (so headphones monitoring in stereo was impossible while pushing a stereo signal to front of house), and that the devices were limited in storage capacity. iOS 6 solved the first issue, and the recently-announced 128GB iPad solves the second.
In this quirky product video, watch DJ Shiftee as he flies in to Berlin with Traktor DJ on the iPad and a boombox on wheels, and performs a mashup, before moving in to the club… and ending up busking!
The method behind the madness is to show multi-touch FX, freeze mode, a live mashup, using the software almost as a Maschine-style touchscreen pad controller, and potentially the most interesting use case: As a third deck for Traktor in a club.
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.
The Vestax Spin2 promises to build on the original Spin, by offering better compatibility with all versions of the djay software that it’s built to control.
The original Vestax Spin, which we reviewed back in 2010, was developed specifically for Algoriddim’s djay for Mac. Later, it was one of the first controllers to offer support for djay for iPad – albeit via the camera connection kit (CCK), which meant your iPad couldn’t charge at the same time as using the controller. (Of course, as the camera connection kit doesn’t work with iPhone, that meant it couldn’t control the iPhone version of djay at all.)
Now the Spin2 has arrived, with the promise to fix these limitations, among other things. So how exactly has the Vestax Spin controller evolved, and how does the Spin2 shape up with other controllers at a similar price point? That’s what our Vestax Spin2 review will reveal…
There are no details at all about the app yet, save for a picture of Richie Hawtin using an Pad on a yacht or something, posted on the Traktor Facebook Page alongside the words “Richie Hawtin (official page) gets first touch on the upcoming Native Instruments iPad app.”
Want to jump ship from BPM DJ to DJ Player? Even if you’ve never owned BPM DJ, here’s your chance to do so for free.
Got an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch? Want to get a free copy of DJ Player, the most expensive DJ app in the App Store, usually US$44.99?
Thanks to a business decision by Red Bull, the company sponsoring a very similar app called BPM DJ, it turns out that anyone who wants to grab a copy of DJ Player will be able to do so, at least for a short time period, this coming weekend.
Hardware and software, with a couple of twists: DJ Rig is IK Multimedia’s take on the iOS DJing experience…
The iPad DJ scene is jumping forward fast right now, the latest addition being the DJ Rig for iPad software from IK Multimedia. We’ve already reviewed DJ Rig for iPhone and iPod Touch, as part of our look at the company’s own hardware solution, the iRug Mix Mobile iOS DJ Mixer.
But now, the software is finally available for the iPad too, and IK Multimedia is selling it as offering “a comprehensive DJ setup that packs all the features the most demanding DJs need”.
Slimline, portable and affordable, the new iON iDJ2Go offers users of iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone DJ software a physical surface to mix from.
In 5 Reasons Why iOS Is Great News For DJing, we discussed how DJ apps on Apple devices let potential digital DJs who own an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad dip their toes into the world of DJing at next to no cost.
But after the inital buzz of mixing tracks on your mobile device fades, you soon realise that a flat touchscreen perhaps isn’t best suited to those functions DJs do most, such as use of jogwheels, rotary controllers and buttons. This is where ION’s new iDJ2Go, which we review today, comes in.
The main screen of Cross DJ For iPad, showing a traditional layout but with a wealth of extra information too.
Ever since MixVibes showed an early iOS version of its well-regarded Cross DJ system at Musikmesse earlier this year, we have been eagerly waiting to bring you this review.
Finally, with the app due to hit the app store shortly (it’s now available!), I’ve been able to spend a week of quality time with it. The press release boldly claims it to be the “World’s First Professional DJing App”. Similar claims have been made before by other DJ apps that have often fallen short of expectations. So given that the DJ app market is already competitive, does Cross DJ live up to the hype, and will it stir the competition up?
DJing on Android - it’s like iOS a couple of years ago.
If you don’t own an Apple mobile device then perhaps you do own a smartphone or tablet running the Android operating system. Indeed, Android currently accounts for the largest market share of smartphone devices – so why do we not hear much about DJ apps (or indeed any music apps) on Android?
We get asked all the time to cover Android DJing apps and music services, but up until now we’ve struggled to find anything worth reporting to you. So why might this be?
Another new DJ app? What, if anything, makes DJ Rig different from the rest? We find out...
Since NAMM 2012, IK Multimedia (better know for its guitarist-focused products) has been promising a new range of iOS DJ software and hardware, in the form of the iRig Mix (a slimline, portable mixer for iOS devices) and companion app DJ Rig.
The iRig Mix is coming soon (check out our review), but we’ve already had a chance to test the app. With the competitive nature of the market for DJ apps on iPhones, how well does DJ Rig fit in – and has the company learned from the mistakes made in some other, similar apps?
Recreating the vinyl look, feel and sound on your iOS device? That's the promise of AirVinyl, one of three music playback apps we look at today.
I hope you’re as obsessive as I am about ensuring all the information about your DJing tracks is correct – title, artist, album and so on. After all, it’s pretty much essential for effective use of DJ software. But more than that, it has the added bonus of making whatever general music playback software you use work better too.
And if you’re an iPad / iPhone / iPod Touch user, there’s a wider choice than just the standard and rather uninspiring Music app to choose from. You’ve done the work on your collection, so why not use your downtime to get to know your music a bit better? Here are three alternative music library apps that will help you to do just that: