We love music hear at PadGadget. While none of us are professional deejays, we like to participate in a little party mixing every once in a while. We’ve reviewed quite a few apps, as well as accessories, that are dedicated to the art of record spinning. Today, we are going to compare some of the best ones, and tell you why you might want them in your musical arsenal.
Djay ($19.99) – One of our favorite deejay apps is Djay by algoriddim. It has a smooth interface, an easy-to-use design, and lots of integrated features that work seamlessly with your music library. You can sync up songs on the fly, add dozens of effects and adjust volume, pitch or bass for each song. With the virtual vinyl display, you can loop sections, add scratches, increase or decrease your BPMs, and record your performance. You can even let Djay be the deejay by setting the automix function. Of course, that’s not nearly as fun as spinning on the fly. Even after years of trying out new apps for virtual record playing, this app still stands out as being the best in its class. Check out our review of Djay here.
Touch DJ Evolution (Free) This music app allows users to visually spin their tunes. The audio waveforms are the major part of the display, making it easy to line up and prepare the next song in the queue without needing headphones. You can match beats by viewing the multicolored drum track and see whether the songs are synced by watching the blinking lights that match up. There are beat maps, cross-fading, loops, equalization, as well as dozens of effects that can be adjusted on a 0-100 percent scale. There are additional features in the $9.99 upgrade that will make this app more useful at parties. What makes this app stand out above the rest is the deeply integrated visual design. Check out our review of Touch JD Evolution here.
Future DJ ($3.99) This basic deejay app lets you mix like a pro without having to be one. It is fully packed with many of the great features that come with more expensive apps, but isn’t so difficult to understand that you get lost in the mix, literally. You can adjust the volume, pitch and equalization of each song, scratch, break, and reverse portions of tracks, add loops, and automatically detect BPMs for easy syncing. There is a headphone splitter so that you play one song allowed for your party fans while queuing up the next song. This app certainly isn’t the workhorse that Djay is, but what makes it stand out is how easy it is to use. If you are new to record spinning, this might be more of your caliber than one of the more expensive apps. The best part of Future DJ is the loop feature. I’ve never had such an easy time figuring out how to loop a section of a song as I did here. It just takes the touch of a button.
CrossDJ ($9.99) You’re not going to find a better effects app for deejaying than with CrossDJ. This complex app really turns your iPad into virtual dual turntables. You can mix on the fly, sync songs with one touch, adjust volume, pitch and EQ, and much more. This app lets you scroll through your iPad’s music library and pick songs that are similar in BPMs so that you don’t have to change the speed too much in order to move seamlessly from one song to another. The feature that stands out the most is the amazing XY effects grid. This allows deejays to really flaunt their abilities on the fly. You can adjust low-pass, hi-pass, echo, delay, phaser, flanger, and so much more. The XY grid gives you complete control over how the effects sound at any given moment. The only downside to this app is that it is very complex. This is not an app for hobbyists or people trying to learn how to deejay.