The iPad is quickly becoming a source for the music playback format, especially deejay related apps. Amidio Inc., maker of Touch DJ 2 and Seline Music Instrument, has just released a free deejay follow-up app, Touch DJ Evolution.
Similar to Touch DJ2, this app utilizes visual mixing as a helpful way to set up and play songs. This means that the graphic display of the tracks show up as waveforms next to each other. Some instruments, like the bass drum, show up as a different color than the others, allowing the deejay to match the beats by adjusting the track position and pitch so that the two parts blink at the same time.
Touch DJ Evolution offers beat maps, cross-fading, cueing, loops, equalization, BPM detection and five pre-recorded tracks. There are multiple effects like, delay, gate, filter and repeater, which can be adjusted meticulously on a 0-100 percent scale. There are also additional sci-fi sounds that you can add to your mix for extra leveling. All of this comes with the free app.
For an additional charge you can upgrade the app to be a more useful tool for your deejaying arsenal. At the free level you cannot import your own songs, record your mixes or take advantage of the Party mode. There are five preloaded songs for you to try out, but you will want to pay the extra cost for the additional options. For $9.99, you will get all available features, plus any updates or additions at no additional charge. You can also purchase features individually if you do not need the full range of options. In addition to the premium, full-featured app, you can purchase the ability to upload your own music for $2.99, record your mixes, enable Party Mode and add more effects for $1.99, and enable Auto Cross-fade, Sampler, and Auto Equalization for $0.99 each.
What I liked: There is a detailed how-to guide that even includes some basic elements of proper deejaying for beginners to the music mixing genre.
What I didn’t like: I’d like to see the option to remove certain tracks of a song, like vocals or drums. This is not a normal ability in any deejay app, but it should be.
To buy or not to buy: For the premium cost of $9.99, it may be a bit pricey. Things like auto equalization or auto cross-fading should come with it. But the ability to purchase certain features individually allows you to customize your app for the price you want to pay. Download it, try it out, see what you want to add. You may decide that $9.99 is worth it for the premium package, especially when you take into account that any additional features will be included for free.
- App Name: Touch DJ Evolution
- Version Reviewed: 1.0
- Category: Music
- Developer: Amidio, Inc.
- Price: Free