The popular DJ system app djay, by Algoriddim, has recently updated their app with some new features especially designed for the iPad 2. With the iPad 2’s duke-processor, you can take advantage of higher precision audio analysis, auto aligning and time stretching. These new features bring the iOS app closer to the high quality of the desktop version.
Djay is a well-designed music playing app full of fun features that even an amateur DJ can master with little effort. No, djay is not better than the real thing, and professional DJs would probably laugh at the concept, but for those looking for a fun way to play music at parties and show off your iPad, nobody does it better than djay.
While playing a song, you can adjust the equalization (turn down the treble and front your bass), loop sections of songs, add scratches (without ruining your precious vinyl) and adjust the speed of your beats per minute (BPM). You can fade out of one song as the next one begins and you can sync the BPM of both songs so that the rhythm matches up for seamless dancing. If you don’t want to sit in front of your iPad all night, you can set djay to automix and it will pick songs for you.
You can record your mixes to share with others by uploading your recorded masterpiece to iTunes. You can also take advantage of AirPlay enabled equipment so you are not restricted to the iPad’s speakers.
I know this app is intended for use at parties, or similar scenarios where you can show off your DJ-ing techniques, but after about an hour of messing around with the features I found myself just mixing songs on top of each other. Because of the high precision analysis, any number of songs can sync up together and blend into a fascinating mix. I was able to make DMX and Bob Dylan sound awesome together by syncing the songs together and then looping the ending harmonica solo from a Bob Dylan song so that it played along with DMX ranting about his dogs. I recorded it, of course.
What I liked: I like the fact that you don’t have to know how to spin records to have a lot of fun with this app. You can use it as a party tool, or you can experiment with songs to discover your own sampling abilities.
What I didn’t like: The help features are limited. There is a lot going on with this app. I never really mastered the looping feature, and the help section seemed a little hard to understand for a non-DJ. There was also a glitch that cuts out the audio channel on one side every once in a while. While this is probably just a bug that will be fixed in an update, it can be frustrating at times. You have to close the app and start over. If you were recording, you lose the file.
To buy or not to buy: Even with the glitch (it’s possible that only iPad 2 users experience this issue) this app is fun and easy to use. At $19.99, it’s hard to say “buy it,” but if you don’t mind the cost, it really is worth the money.
- App Name: djay
- Version Reviewed: 1.2.0
- Category: Music
- Developer: Algoriddim
- Price: $19.99