Even if you have no musical abilities, your iPhone gives you the tools to create lush, multi-layered tracks in an instant, thanks to the proliferation of simple, speedy interfaces that require neither practice nor patience. Crossfader might be the best representation of this fact to date. With a brilliant concept that uses the iPhone's accelerometer to mix and mash popular tunes, the app won't teach you how to be a world-class DJ, but it will get your next party started quickly.
Tablet DJs have long been happy with the two primary players in that sandbox: Native Instruments’ Traktor DJ and Algoriddim’s djay, the latter of which launched a stellar sequel not long ago. Both are digital spinning powerhouses, but carrying around a large library of music has always been a limiting factor for covering all potential sonic bases. That’s where Pacemaker is trying to carve out a unique niche: it’s the only iPad DJ software that comes with Spotify support.
There’s something to be said for software that does one thing well. Scratch DJ Academy MIX addresses a very specific need: it automatically analyzes songs--especially dance-friendly electronic tunes--for key and beats per minute, and then offers a limited selection of tools for joining matching songs together in DJ-style mixes.
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.
Sometimes it feels like the whole world has turned into a Portlandia sketch, the one where Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen are cajoled by everyone (the bank teller, a garbage man, and even Carrie’s mom) to “come to my DJ night.” But all jokes aside, as a music fan, more DJs is a good thing. The more DJs there are, the less likely I am to hear the same old “untz-untz-untz” when I head out to my neighborhood bar. But learning how to DJ is quite daunting—the gear can be expensive and complicated, not to mention wickedly heavy. Stanton’s SCS.4DJ changes all that.
The International Consumer Electronics Show kicks off Tuesday in Las Vegas, where a gaggle of new technology products have already been unleashed over the weekend. Computer music technology firm IK Multimedia decided to save their announcements for opening day, with a volley of iOS accessory hardware for DJs and musicians alike.
All-in-one DJ consoles usually come in two flavors: “plastic” and “plastic with tiny bits of metal to keep the plastic together.” Sure, plastic’s light, but a little heft helps when you’re adjusting faders and twisting knobs -- not to mention scratching. That’s why the Hercules DJ Console 4-MX makes a statement with the kind of build quality that’s usually seen only in pro components. It’s not just the metallic goodness we’re happy about, either -- the feel of the faders, buttons, and knobs all benefit from this upgrade in quality. While we wouldn’t recommend dropping it on the floor, it does feel like it could handle the fall better than most.
One of the more popular iPad-only apps on the App Store is developer algoriddim’s djay (lower caps are theirs!), a $19.99 app offering pretty much a full DJ experience on your tablet. Now, the developer has whipped out their shrink ray and is now offering a small-screen version for the iPhone and iPod touch.
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.