IK Multimedia is the darling of the iOS music accessory market. The company is best known for the iPad/iPhone guitar connector, the iRig. However, the iRig Mic is one of the most popular iOS-compatible microphones, Slash has shown love for the company’s AmpliTube app, and the iRig MIX is the only physical mixing board for deejays made specifically for the iPad.
In March of this year, IK Multimedia released DJ Rig, a top-quality iPhone deejay-mixing app. Unfortunately, the app was not optimized for the iPad. Finally, a few weeks ago, the music company released DJ Rig for iPad and the app is everything it should be on a screen more befitting of such full-featured technology.
The iPad optimized app is just like the iPhone version, except that it takes advantage of the larger screen size by putting all your favorite features right on the board.
Users add songs by tapping the plus symbol above the turntable pad. Add one song to each side so that you have one song ready to play and another queued up and ready to go. Once you’ve selected the song, it takes a few seconds to analyze and then you can hit play and start the dance party.
This app includes typical features that come with the top-quality deejay apps, like crossfader, beat sync, equalization adjustment, effects and sample machine sounds. It also fills the roll of being a heavy duty deejay app with deck modes that go beyond the virtual turntable. You can view songs with digital interface or waveform.
There are controls for volume, pitch and kill EQ, headphone monitoring connection, and manual adjustment for beats-per-minute (BPM) so you can fine tune your song sync and revert to actual speed slowly.
The nine sample pads can be used during live performances by tapping the “pads” icon from the list in the upper corners of each deck. You can also add additional sample sounds through in-app purchases.
The deejay effects utilize an XY pad and allow the user to adjust frequency and resonance of “Low Pass,” “Delay,” “Phazer,” and more.
Pro deejays will appreciate the ability to add auto cueing, looping and up to five cue points for outstanding mixing options.
If you don’t already have a playlist in mind, you can select the AutoMix feature to let DJ Rig select the next song for you. You can even enable the auto sync function for seamless dance transitioning.
This app works perfectly with the iRig MIX from IK Multimedia. Obviously, the two were meant for each other. The iRig Mix replaces the digital crossfader, cues, and equalization controls on your iPad’s screen with a physical mixing board.
DJ Rig for iPad is long overdue and the optimized version of the full-featured deejay app was worth the wait. It offers everything you need to mix tunes like a pro, or just have a playlist working in the background for fun.
What I liked: Everything about this app is simple to use and easy to understand. You don’t have to be a professional deejay to be able to take advantage of all of the app’s features.
What I didn’t like: It is pretty expensive. Pros will consider the price to be a bargain, but if you aren’t making a living spinning virtual records, the cost may seem too high.
To buy or not to buy: If you are a professional deejay, you’d be making a big mistake not to add this app to your mixing board. If you just like messing around with music apps, try the free version first to see if it is worth the premium price to you.
- Name: DJ Rig for iPad
- Version Reviewed: 1.0
- Category: Music
- Developer: IK Multimedia
- Price: $19.99