December 4th, 2013
A great technical feat…DVS functionality working with an iPad.
Well who’d have thought it? The humble iPad, the butt of many DJs jokes (many of whom should know better, as they use laptops themselves!) has grown into a truly capable DJing platform. Not only do Algoriddim and Native Instruments shift millions of copies of djay and Traktor DJ respectively, but then relative minnow DJ Player wades in with the trick to trump them all: Digital vinyl.
Yup, that’s right, one of the headline features of the latest release of this iPad software is the ability to hook it up to good old fashioned record decks and control vinyl and DJ away like it’s good ol’ 1988. But how well does it work? And is it a viable set-up for serious use? That’s what we set out to find out today.
October 31st, 2013
Junglator is a fun new app for drum & bass enthusiasts with iPhones.
Full Junglator app review: As we have previously discussed, iOS is becoming another tool in the marketing machine when promoting new music and finding ways of experiencing that music further than simple playback. Earlier this year we looked at the impressive NinjaJamm app and last year we checked out a few early adopters of the “remix-on-the-go”-style approach.
This week sees the launch of a new app aimed squarely at the drum & bass enthusiast, called Junglator (any suggestions for a better name might be welcome!). As a hardened old skool raver I spent many hours of my formative years at raves and early jungle events (such as Jungle Fever and AWOL) so I’m a bit precious when it comes to the music and was keen to see what the new app on the block could offer…
May 23rd, 2013
The Blue Mikey is a small microphone for iOS that gives you stereo line input.
A while ago we were asked by a reader, “How can I record my DJ set on my iPhone?” The initial answer was that this is not possible (iOS devices don’t have a line input). Plus, we reasoned, dedicated audio recorders are coming down in price all the time, so why would you want to record on your iPhone or iPad?
But if it were possible then there are indeed advantages to recording your sets this way. One of the possible workarounds we identified in our first article was the Blue Mikey Digital which incorporates a stereo line input into the unit. It wasn’t available yet back then, but now we’ve been able to get our hands on one. Let’s take a look and see if this tiny little microphone/line input could be the answer…
April 29th, 2013
Coldcut’s iPhone remix app has finally arrived and offers the chance to remix your Ninja Tune favourites wherever you like…
Ninja Tune, the legendary label formed in London 1990 by sampler pioneers Coldcut and home to The Cinematic Orchestra, Bonobo, Roots Manuva, The Heavy, Wiley, Coldcut, Amon Tobin, Toddla T, Fink and many more, has released Ninja Jamm – an iOS remix, re-arrange, and re-mangle app.
How the app came to market is a story in itself (indeed, Matt Earp who was heavily involved in the development process, has written about it on CreateDigitalMusic) – but now it’s finally here, how does Ninja Jamm compare to other artist-based remix apps? Let’s find out…
April 24th, 2013
News & Opinion
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.
April 19th, 2013
DJPlayer happily working in a Numark iDJ Pro, portrait mode being a new feature of v6.
In our last article about DJ Player (v5.8) I jokingly said that keeping up to date with versions of the app was becoming a full-time job – little did I know that only a week after that article I’d receive a beta version of the app, something which goes some way to proving this!
In case you didn’t know already, DJ Player is a universal DJ app for iOS and has been around for over four years, gradually building an established mass of DJs who use the app on a regular basis. It eschews the regular “DJ app” convention by moving far away from physical world replication (it doesn’t show spinning vinyl or jogwheels on screen). In fact, only as recent as update 5.8 did a small scrolling waveform window appear. iMect definitely does things its own way.
April 11th, 2013
News & Opinion
Learn to use the FX, filters, loops, library and more on Traktor DJ by following this series of free training videos from Native Instruments.
Native Instruments has uploaded a whole playlist of Traktor DJ training videos to its YouTube channel, to help new users of the iPad DJ app get to grips with their software.
The videos start at the very basics and work through all the main features, from loops and FX to library and the slicer-like “Freeze” mode. They’re clearly presented, talking slowly through each feature and showing you a demo of each function as well.
April 9th, 2013
News & Opinion
Audiobus offers a lot of scope for creative routing of audio within your iOS device, not to mention the possibility of uploading your mix to external services.
Algoriddim just updated its djay and vjay apps with a whole host of improvements and fixes, hot on the heels of the last flurry of changes.
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…
April 5th, 2013
News & Opinion
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.
March 28th, 2013
CrossDJ for iPad now has keylock, and the makers are claiming it’s the best in the business. We decided to find out…
When we first reviewed CrossDJ for iPad by MixVibes in May last year, one of the biggest criticisms from your comments was the lack of keylock functionality. Maybe not surprising, as a few other DJ apps already had keylock on iOS in one guise or another, so expectations had been set high.
Well, the good news is that version 1.1.0 of CrossDJ for iPad now has the all-important keylock feature. Now, we could have just reported that and moved on. But the official wording from MixVibes makes a grand claim, that we thought we couldn’t just leave it at that…
February 26th, 2013
With 20 million tunes available, adding Deezer to DJ Player gives the iOS DJ a world of music for instant access… as long as they’re online.
With streaming music services revolutionising the way people access music, it was only a matter of time before someone got a streaming music service right there inside an iOS DJ app.
This is exactly what iMect, the maker of DJ Player for iPad, has done in the imminent new 5.8 version of that app. By plugging music streaming service Deezer in to DJ Player, the company has neatly offered iPad DJs immediate access to many millions of tunes.
February 21st, 2013
With Traktor DJ, Native Instruments has finally brought to market its vision of how DJing should be done on tablets.
Traktor has long been a firm favourite with digital DJs, including with about three-quarters of Digital DJ Tips readers. The desktop software offers a wealth of functionality and pushes the boundaries with things like its extensive effects and Remix Decks. Now, Traktor DJ has joined its bigger brother, bringing the world of Traktor to the iPad.
So what does the newest DJ app for the iPad (iPad 2 and upwards with iOS6, to be precise) look like, and what does it do differently from other iPad DJ apps in order to stand out from the crowd? Let’s find out in our full Traktor DJ For iPad review and video talkthrough…
February 19th, 2013
News & Opinion
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:
February 13th, 2013
Making great mashups on your iOS device with iMashup is now even easier with the ability to copy segments – a new feature in v2.0.
In November last year, Mixed in Key launched iMashup for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, which we instantly loved. The app has actually been updated a couple of times since our first review, providing not only a series of bug fixes but new features including colour-coded envelope types, a filter on the library screen and an in-depth tutorial.
These were all nice additions (in particular the library filter) but didn’t address the most requested features of looping and copy/paste. That’s all changed in v2.0. Read on for more on these, and another killer new addition to the software’s spec…
February 8th, 2013
RekordKrate a new iOS app to assist with choosing that next track in the mix.
It’s a long time since DJs moved away from well-thumbed records boxes as their music library system. Nowadays, laptop and iOS DJs, of course, tend to select their tunes through lists, virtual crates, smart crates and so on. But for pro and semi-pro DJs playing from USBs plugged in to CDJs in dark clubs, all they had to replace their lovingly packed record boxes were small LCD displays on CDJ players.
The new RekordKrate app aims to put some of the big-screen library navigating power enjoyed by laptop DJs into the hands of USB (and CD) DJs, by allowing them to use their iPads (and soon iPhones and Android devices) to browse their music libraries easily. Crucially, it also allows them to quickly choose a next song based on harmonic key and BPM.
February 6th, 2013
Mixvibes CrossDJ arrives for smaller iOS devices such as the iPhone and the iPod Touch. Can it replicate the success of the iPad version?
MixVibes has recently released an iPhone version of its excellent Cross DJ software.
DJing on smaller iOS devices has its challenges, mainly that the smaller screen means apps can tend to feel cramped and busy. However, we loved the sleek interface and functionality of the iPad version, so were interested to see how the experience translated to the iPhone version.
January 16th, 2013
Spreaker is a new broadcast app for DJs that allows them to construct complete radio shows from little more than just an iPad.
Have you ever considered doing online radio broadcasting? In this age where DJs need to try harder and harder to stand out from the crowd, one way to differentiate yourself in order to get more gigs could be to run a regular radio show. Not a live mix, but a “proper” show, with chat, music and so on – like an EDM round-up for your town, for instance.
Of course, this being 2013, there’s no need to have access o radio studio any more for any of this. Spreaker DJ for iPad lets you put together and broadcast your own radio show, live, using little more than the iPad and a microphone. Let’s take a closer look…
December 19th, 2012
The Philips Party Machine is a loud, brash but fun speaker unit that’s aimed at the party crowd rather than serious DJs.
Have you ever been invited to a house party only to turn up and find the host has supplied drinks and food, but simply docked their iPhone into the hi-fi? Guests are submitted to a random selection from the host’s music library. At best, you may be at a party where they’ve done a little homework and prepared a playlist, but the result is more often than not an instant mood killer.
Philips thinks it has the solution to this kind of issue with its Party Machine. I got the chance to take a closer look and have a play earlier in the month. Here’s my Philips Party Machine review along with an exclusive talkthrough video.