Cue up the Rocky montage music and get ready for your Apple devices to strut their stuff. It's hard enough being in a competitive market with PC evangelists and Android users, so why not download a couple of apps that could really showcase your Mac and iOS device's true capabilities? Your technology has fast processors, video games and multitasking, too (the iPad is getting there…hold your horses!). Here are a couple of apps that can really show what your Mac, iPhone and iPad are made of.
It’s an uncharacteristically rainy spring day in San Francisco, and Rana Sobhany is at the Hotel Kabuki preparing to go on stage at the SF Music Tech Summit with her iPad. But this time, the iPad DJ isn’t on stage to rile up a Saturday night crowd looking to get their groove on. Instead, she’s demonstrating to a room full of music and tech geeks about the benefits--and limitations--of making music with the iPad.
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.
DJ Charlie Darker mixing at the Poleng Lounge in San Francisco.
It’s midnight at the Poleng Lounge in San Francisco and walking beyond the entrance is a challenge for partygoers, the place is so packed they have to wait in line to walk a few feet. The dance floor is so crowded dancers can miss a step and not fall down until the music stops. A young woman waiting at the base of the DJ’s platform wants to talk to the DJ spinning. Several minutes pass, finally DJ Charlie Darker leans down to listen to her, she wants him to play some hip-hop. Darker tells her “I am playing hip-hop.” Oh Dang! Where the hell has she been? Darker has been spinning hip-hop since he fired up the turntables and his MacBook Pro.