Algoriddim has today announced an update to djay Pro AI on iPad, introducing gesture-based control of the app, allowing users to mix and manipulate music hands-free.
Users choose from a set of hand gestures to scratch, create loops in sync with the beat, and apply filters and effects. Meanwhile, clapping triggers an automatic transition from one song to the next.
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Think of it as “Minority report for DJs”. It works by using the user-facing camera on your iPad, and it leverages the power of Apple’s new A14 Bionic chip.
“These hand gestures are intelligently detected in three-dimensional space and mapped to advanced DJ performance techniques in real time, with maximal accuracy and instantaneous reaction time.” says Algoriddim.
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“Gesture Control is a new paradigm with implications beyond DJing and music creation. It is a major step forward with how people interact with mobile technology.”
Gesture Control is available as a free update from today for existing users of djay Pro AI on iPad, although you need a modern iPad (with a USB-C, not a Lightning port, basically) for it to work.
There are other improvements too, though, that make it worth updating whichever type of iPad you’re running on. They include:
- Access to music files on Dropbox or Google Drive as well as from iCloud
- A visualiser that shows alongside the virtual turntables so you can easily add live photos, streamed music videos from TIDAL, or a favourite video from you device’s camera roll to your performances
- New integrations, including with Pioneer DJ’s new DDJ-FXX6 controller
djay for iOS is available as a free download on the App Store, but to use the juicy stuff, it’ll cost you $6.99 / €6.99 / £6.99 per month. A free trial of the full Pro subscription is available, that covers iPad, iPhone and Mac.
Here’s a video Algoriddim made explaining the gestures you can use:
..and here’s a performance video by DJ Ravine: