I’ve got a secret for you. You don’t need a crate full of dusty LPs and multiple turntables to be a deejay anymore. App developers and accessory makers have created some amazing things to get you hooked into your own nightclub scene. All you really need is a good quality app and a decent set of speakers and you’ll be working cousin Bill’s wedding in no time at all.
The first thing you want to do is make sure you have lots and lots of music on hand. Ideally, you’ll be setting up your deejay equipment somewhere that you can access the Internet, that way you don’t have to load your entire music collection into your iPad before heading out. It would be even more ideal if you already had a premium subscription to a music streaming service like Slacker, Spotify or Rdio. That way, you could call up almost any song that is requested and play it on the spot.
The best way to properly deejay an event without missing a beat is with a good quality app that is specifically designed for deejaying. My personal favorite is djay by algoriddim. It features everything you would need to set up songs back-to-back, sync tempos and smoothly transition from one song to another. Touch DJ Evolution is another good app that is fairly simple to learn. DJ Mixer Pro is a decent app that you can download for free and buy the features you want a la carte instead of having to pay a premium for bells and whistles that you may not want or need.
Once you’ve got a plethora of music in your arsenal and a top-notch deejay app, you’ll need a good set of speakers. The best way to approach this is by getting a nice set of AirPlay enabled speakers. That way, you don’t have to worry about setting them up near the iPad because of the connector cable’s length or having to get an adapter to plug the iPad into the speakers. Pioneer will be releasing a line of AirPlay speakers this fall and Bang & Olufsen offer a top of the line speaker system. If you really want to push the limits, invest in a wireless subwoofer for deep, resonating bass.
Don’t show up at your deejay gig without a way to keep your iPad charged. Nothing would be worse than having your battery go dead in the middle of Madonna’s “Express Yourself” remix. If you can plug your USB charger directly into a wall port, that would be fantastic, but be sure to have an emergency charging station on hand that is either battery powered or solar powered so you won’t be left in the dark.
If you really want to impress your friends, get a pair of fancy headphones. That way, when you are spinning your virtual records, you can line up the next song without everyone else hearing you queue it up.
Of course, nothing beats IK Multimedia’s iRig MIX. This external gadget acts as a real deejay mixer so you don’t have to stay inside your apps. We have a hands-on review of the iRig MIX for you here.
If you have all of the things I’ve mentioned above, you’re sure to be a big hit at Aunt Linda’s retirement party. Of course, all you really need to do to deejay a party is set your iPad’s music library to shuffle and let chaos do it’s work.