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.
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: