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You Too Can Be a Superstar DJ

This app released yesterday, just in time for the party season, looks like a ton of fun. djay for iPad by algoriddim is a realistic simulation of a DJ mixing desk with full and instant access to your iPad's music library, no messy importing or file transfers to worry about.

The Digital Advantage

Despite being a simulation of a turntable, this app has some clear advantages over the real world/analog mixing desks, with features such as each track having a visible waveform displayed above the virtual turntable. As you will see from the video below this is an excellent aid to DJs who are mixing tracks live and scratching.

Auto beat matching enables another key feature 'Auto-cut Scratching' which "automatically applies the rhythmic pattern of the currently playing song to your scratches in real-time". Add to this AIFF export of performances which can be recorded within the app, plus AirPlay compatability and this app becomes really appealing to Digital DJs.

There is even an 'Automix' mode so you can leave the app to mix together tracks on your party playlists. Combined with iOS 4 multitasking and a VGA out capable app for visualizations (we are still trying to find a non-Jailbreak one of those) you could run your whole party from your iPad. Just awesome!

Real Pre-cueing

If you want to use this app properly with pre-cueing then you can get a fully compatible audio splitter (not your bog standard one-into-two headphone splitter) that works with a number of DJ apps. This allows you to monitor one deck and cue up a song independently of the main mix, something professional DJs do all the time in live performances. The splitter is linked to from algoriddim's site and is available on eBay from a European company called Yumatron for £10.96 plus p&p.

Professional Quality

algoriddim are not new to this type of app, having received rave reviews for their Mac desktop version of djay in the past and their experience and programming skills really shine through in this iPad version with its host of other features.

This is perhaps reflected in the pricing for the app at $19.99 (£11.99) but even so, it has very high ratings in the app store already (mostly 4 or 5 stars).

The video below from editorskeys on YouTube shows the amazing, realistic sounding mixes that can be made with this app if you know what you are doing. Whilst watching this we had to keep reminding ourselves this was done on an iPad, brilliant stuff!

If you have tried djay for iPad and would like to let us know what you think, please leave us a comment below.

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Reader Comments (4)

The DJ APP looks REALLY NICE! This may be a big hit if it really works well. I wonder if you could try this particular app at the apple store? I know there are many free ipad giveaways right now- restockit is giving away free ipads thru dec 10 so that may be an option as well. http://tinyurl.com/238d4ba

December 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKes

I've written an in-depth review of djay over at http://www.digitaldjtips.com/2010/12/djay-for-ipad-review/ - to summarize, it's awesome fun, works really well and I'd recommend it to anyone interested in DJing. There should be some more interesting features e.g. looping coming in future but for now they've really nailed the core stuff. Great value.

December 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTom D

@Tom D - great review, the comments are good too, recommended reading for those curious to know more about djay for iPad.

December 3, 2010 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

The cue adapter linked to eBay in Europe excludes shipping to North America. I cannot find any other domestic sources.

December 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPoseidon79

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