DJ Mag Tech has been playing with some wonderful apps that will help you craft killer dance tracks. We’ve put together a list of our favourite five that offer professional results in a format accessible for newcomers to the production arena.
Algoriddim has released djay Pro for iPhone. The popular DJ app and winner of two Apple Design Awards has been redesigned from the ground up for iPhone 7, taking advantage of the phone's unique capabilities such as haptic feedback and 3D Touch.
With Haptic Feedback and 3D Touch djay Pro provides unique feedback on its high definition waveforms so users can literally feel the beats while scratching and scrubbing the music. And with 3D Touch, users can precisely set a cue point without having to lift up their finger while interacting with the waveforms.
Auxy is a new player to the world of mobile music production. The app for iPad and iPhone aims to deliver something different to the current crop of music making applications, by being the first app that allows music creators to make professional tracks from start to finish on their iOS devices. A bold shout but one the company are determined to pursue.
Mixvibes have long been championing its software on Android devices, unlike many of their competitors who only focus on the iOS platform. This is a welcomed partnership — it offers Android users professional quality DJing software that iOS users are already accustom too.
Korg has announced details of its plugKEY sound card, a mini device that allows iPad and iPhone users to plug a keyboard or MIDI controller into their device, as well as having separate speaker and headphone outputs for audio monitoring.
The Japanese company’s device has studio quality ¼” jacks that can also be used to plug into a mixing desk, as well as a microUSB port, which allows users to charge their device as they work. It plugs into iPad and iPhone using a lightning connector.
SoundCloud has updated its Android and iOS apps with a new music discovery feature the company has dubbed “Stations”.
Billed as a “new way to discover the tracks you’ve never heard anywhere else” it’s a smarter, more flexible version of SoundCloud’s previous Related Tracks but designed specifically for the company’s mobile apps.
“It takes our previous “Related Tracks” feature and brings it further, simplifying the functionality and making the recommendations even better,” explained SoundCloud via their blog.
Algoriddim's djay is a name that is best known for the rather excellent iOS app, which has gone from strength-to-strength, even winning an Apple Design Award in 2011, but this software has actually been around since 2006 when it was first released for OSX.
The ethos behind djay has always been to make a DJing platform that is fun to use and very easy to learn, as well as being easy on the pocket. It has been marketed towards casual mixers and the "mix curious", but that is about to change.
Users of our old magazine app may have noticed that they are missing the latest issue of the magazine.
This is because we have launched a brand new app, which kicks the old one (not to mention the competition) in to touch!
One of the most important aspects of being a professional DJ is promotion and unless you are already a superstar DJ with a team working behind the scenes this means self promotion. While the Internet has made releasing and promoting music easier than ever the sheer volume of releases and information out there makes it harder than ever to stand out from the crowd and get some attention.