Entries in mixing (3)
Continuing our quick look at some of the iPad related announcements at this year's Winter NAMM we have a couple of products from Behringer to mention.
This seems very much like Behringer's version of the already available iO Dock by Alesis, with a lower price tag. Comparing the two, they have very similar specs and input/output options. Have a look at the images below for a visual comparison.
The other connections for the iO Dock are on the sides as shown below:
Current prices for the Alesis iO Dock seem to be around £139+, with prices for Behringer's iS202 not generally available, but B&H have them listed at the moment for $149.99 (about £95). If the Behringer is generally available for under £100, we think it has a good chance of success.
Check out the specs for the iStudio (iS202) at Behringer's site and the video below for a brief preview.
iX16 Digital Mixer
The iX16 digital mixer has been specifically designed to integrate with your iPad as the controller. The iX16 has 16 audio inputs (hence its name we guess). The controller app can control the sound mix over WiFi, so you can stroll around the venue with your iPad and stand exactly where you need to be to get the perfect mix, while the iX16 sits on the sound desk responding to your input.
It's all a bit clever really and not our area of expertise to be honest, but we have done our fair share of show and concert setups between us. The iX16 and accompanying software is definitely on our wishlist.
For the full details check out the iX16 page and be sure to take a look at the video below for a brief look at the iX16 and the iStudio iS202 from musicianews.com (if you are watching this on your iPad, the video stops at around 3:32 but will carry on playing with a blank screen until 8:09).
Free until 31st December (and only 69p thereafter) Mashbox is DJ mashups made easy.
Brought to you by electronic music and DJ track superstore Beatport.com, Mashbox lets you create your own unique mixes from the two tracks you have cued up on on what looks like a reel to reel tape machine.
Special Tracks, Special Mixes
But these are not just any old tracks you have on your iPad. The tracks you use in Mashbox are specially constructed with specific cuts from the song's beats, percussion, bass-line, main theme, and other key elements.
Essentially, they are a bunch of samples from each track that you can mix together to create your own DJ mashup. There are 6 rows of sequences with variations on these samples so you can mix things up even further.
Three tracks are suppled with Mashbox, further tracks can be bought via in-app purchase for £1.49 each, with more being added constantly according to Beatport.
We had a lot of fun playing with Mashbox, with its vintage look, distortion and delay effects, BPM dial and great sound, it's definitely worth grabbing before the end of December for free.
Here's a very short video demo of Mashbox from Beatport:
App Store Link: Mashbox
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!
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.
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.