When you launch Algoriddim's djay 2 (reviewed on iPad; also available separately for iPhone/iPod touch), you'll be met with the same virtualized turntables that you remember from the first go-round. Whether you've ever scratched a record – or used the prior version, for that matter – your fingers will immediately know what to do. And it's even more fun this time around. The new dual-turntable interface turns up the volume on the realism, polishing the rougher edges and adding grooves to the digital vinyl that correspond with the rhythm of each song. And the color-coded waveform layer feature proves a killer addition to this excellent sequel.
We know you'll be sad, but your trusty recap writer is taking a sabbatical for the next two weeks. Fear not -- MacLife.com readers will be in good hands during our absence, and there will be plenty of great content to enjoy while we're away! For that matter, here's a handful of news to close out the work week with, and we'll see you back here on Tuesday, August 13!
We don't know about you, but it's been a long week and we're looking forward to some vacation time in the weeks ahead! Apparently the folks at our favorite tech companies are working through the summer, however, because there's some cool stuff on the way judging from Thursday's headlines, which we put into snack-sized form to kick off your Friday right here...
Building upon the slick, familiar interface it's tweaked to perfection with Djay, Algoriddim has expanded the definition of the multitouch DJ by bringing video mash-up creation to the masses. While certain to increase the ranks of unwatchable videos on YouTube, Vjay adds to a growing list of apps that take us down avenues of creativity we might not have otherwise turned onto.
Funky-fresh purveyors of groove-o-licious iPhone rhythms, algoriddim, have announced that they've released a new update to their music mixing iOS app, djay. More importantly, they've also announced that for a limited time the app will be on sale for just 99 cents. So if you've got a craving to create your own funkadelic tracks then get thee to the App Store.
As we move further and further away from vinyl, it’s become apparent that DJs both new and seasoned are looking at the iPad as a tool in their ever-changing arsenal to get your booty shaking. (Remember our interview with Rana Sobhany, the “iPad DJ”?) The touchscreen allows developers to re-create anything from old-school sound boards to fancy new apps that play music while filling your eyes with more colors than a tie-dye factory. While pushing a few buttons to create a bass groove is fun, the wannabe DJ inside each of us compels us to seek out apps like djay, with its virtual vinyl ready to rock your house parties.
The recent spike in sales of vinyl and turntables brings a warm glow to
our hearts. We love our technology, but vinyl is just a beautiful
format. Having said that, vinyl records aren’t perfect. They’re bulky,
fragile, and easily scratched, and those milk crates filled with your
block-rocking jams can get heavy. Fortunately, DJ software is a
rock-solid alternative for amateurs and pros, and one of our favorites,
djay (5 out of 5 stars, Jan/10), just got a sweet dedicated hardware controller, the Vestax Spin.