July 23rd, 2013
News & Opinion
Traktor Remix Decks for Touch OSC does exactly what the title suggests. (Click to enlarge.)
Until recently, Traktor’s Remix Decks could only be controlled with your trackpad & keyboard, or Traktor Kontrol F1 hardware. Since Native Instruments opened up the mappings for customisation in the last Traktor update, though, it’s been possible to control the Remix Decks with any external hardware you wish – as long as you’re prepared to work on a mapping, that is, which is by no means a simple task.
Enter the guys at the (rather unoriginally named) Digital DJ Tools website, who’ve come up with a mapping to let you control Traktor’s Remix Decks with your iPad, similar to the way the recently reviewed Serato Remote app lets you control elements of that company’s DJ programs. It’s called Traktor Remix Decks For Touch OSC (more naming brilliance there ). And it’s completely free – kind of.
June 2nd, 2013
The Numark Mixdeck Quad works with iPad and djay software, but it’s only one of many choices nowadays.
Digital DJ Tips reader Paul writes: “Please can I have your take on iPad controllers and Algoriddim’s djay software?
“I have the iPad and an thinking of waiting for the Numark iDJ Flex to be launched, just don’t know what to go for. Just want it for house parties and BBQs.”
April 11th, 2013
News & Opinion
A Pioneer DDJ-WeGo powered by Algoriddim’s djay software running on an iPad.
We had lots of questions when Pioneer announced its DJC-WeCAi cable, to enable an iPad to be used in place of your laptop with the Pioneer DDJ-WeGo and DDJ-ERGO controllers.
The cable is designed to plug from the iPad via an Apple Camera Connection Kit into your controller, while simultaneously plugging into any USB power source (such as your phone USB charger plug), in order to provide power to the controller. In the following video, Rik from Pioneer explains exactly how it works, what you’ll need, the limitations of the set-up as it stands, and what’s possible using the cable.
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.
November 29th, 2012
The Vestax V-Midi is a small audio/Midi interface for use with iOS devices.
Vestax V-Midi review: When Apple produced the Camera Connection Kit (CCK) to patch the hole left by lack of USB support with the iPad, digital DJs, musicians and software companies jumped on it as a means to transport CoreMIDI data to/from the iPad for hooking up external gear such as DJ controllers and keyboards.
Unfortunately, the same loophole wasn’t available for iPod Touch and iPhone users, and as such they were left out of the Midi connectivity scene. But now the Vestax V-Midi has come along to change all that…
November 23rd, 2012
News & Opinion
DJ Player 5.5 brings vinyl control to iOS software DJs, and is due to drop before Christmas 2012.
Rapidly becoming the iOS power user’s DJ software of choice, DJ Player is about to cement that position with the imminent release of v5.5, which brings digital vinyl control to users of the software on iPad, iPad Mini, iPod Touch and iPhone.
DJ Player 5.5 can be used with any timecode vinyl/CDs, and you can even have one turntable controlling both of DJ Player’s software decks simultaneously.
November 16th, 2012
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!
October 22nd, 2012
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…
September 28th, 2012
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…
July 11th, 2012
My TouchOSC custom controller design: Want to design one of your own? Today we show you how.
In 4 Easy Steps To Adding A Tablet Controller To Your DJ Set-up, I dove into how to set up and use TouchOSC on your smartphone or tablet in your DJ set-up. While it was a little complex, the end result is quite remarkable.
While the layouts included with TouchOSC are fun and cover a wide array of potential set-ups, part of the fun is being able to make your own customized control layout, and today I’ll show you how easy it is.
June 28th, 2012
DJ Studio provides simple Ableton-like loop triggering on the iPad, with the backing of samples from the well-known Loopmasters stable.
New in the app store is DJ Studio, a free loop-based remixing app. It’s powered by Loopmasters – the company behind the well-known DJ MixTools stems – which has provided the high-quality loops and samples the app comes with.
On first loading I thought “where have I seen this before?”, and it didn’t take long to recall a similar Ableton-on-the-iPad style remixing app, Mashbox (see our previous Mashbox review). So, how does DJ Studio stack up, how good are the loops and samples, and is it easy to get good results without any particular musical skills, as the official blurb suggests? Let’s find out…
March 15th, 2012
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:
February 13th, 2012
Playing back songs is moving far beyond the play button. Is this a taste of the DJing of tomorrow, where nobody just listens any more?
Some of you may actually remember the days when you casually strolled into your local record shop and bought a CD to, you know, listen to. Everything was pretty simple back then.
If an artist wanted to get more creative and showcase more than just their music, they maybe released a CD-R with video content. There may have been a bit of web-based interaction too, but it was fairly basic stuff.
January 26th, 2012
TraxPad for the iPad gives you a single external audio source to add to an existing DJ set-up.
For many DJ, the most exciting thing about having a DJ app on their iPad is the idea that the unit can be used as an “extra deck”, plugging in alongside a normal DJ set-up for adding an extra audio source, rather than as an all-in-one DJing solution. TraxPad is an iPad app which does just that.
I’ve had it for a while now, and I tend to use it alongside two turntables when playing mostly vinyl when I want to occasionally mix a track from the iPad into my set.
July 8th, 2011
News & Opinion
Numark's iDJ Live DJ Controller with algoriddim djay turns your iPhone or iPad into a full DJ system.
Numark’s new iDJ Live DJ controller is the first hardware DJ device specifically designed for iPad and iPhone. Using algoriddim’s djay software, it means that for the first time you can now turn your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad into a fully functioning hardware DJ system.
And before you take one look and say “I bet you can’t DJ on that”, take a look at the video below, showing the scratch capabilities of this little set-up.
July 5th, 2011
Less is more for the stylish Wireless DJ app, one of two we're testing today to add remote control to Traktor.
There has been lots of talk about DJing with the iPad or iPhone, and programs like djay have got off to a great start in this new DJing field, but another way of using your iOS device for DJing is as a remote control for your existing software – just like a DJ controller.
Virtual DJ has already released an app like this for the iPhone (iRemote), and of course TouchOSC is a favourite with Ableton Live users. But there have not been any apps designed especially for Traktor – until now, when two happen to have come along at once.
March 15th, 2011
by Staff Writer
djay For iPad featured in the recent iPad is Iconic TV ad, and the app has now been updated to v1.1.
In a big week for Algoriddim, the company has overhauled and updated the iPad version of djay to 1.1, adding a whole host of improvements, additions and tweaks to the well-received touchscreen DJing app.
We were broadly in favour of the app when we first reviewed it back in December 2010, so we were interested to see what improvements Algoriddim had made for this 1.1 release.
February 14th, 2011
The Pokket Mixer: The perfect way to sneak a DJ set-up on holiday with you?
We’ve all got them: audio devices with headphones outputs. I bet you’ve got one on you this second. If you carry a mobile phone, or an iPod, or an iPad, it’s pretty much certain you’ve got music on you that potentially you could be DJing with, right there in your pocket or bag.
So, what if you bump into another DJ who also has some music on his or her iPhone, iPod or mobile phone, and you fancy an impromptu mix while you sit in the park, wait for a bus or kill a long lunch hour? That’s where the inventors of the Pokket Mixer think they can help.