New ‘djay Pro’ App for iPad Brings Redesigned Interface, Powerful Mixing Tools …

10 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Algoriddim launches Djay Pro, a new professional-grade app for DJs with an iPad Pro.

Founded out of Munich, Germany, in 2006, Algoriddim has built a solid army of fans on iOS and Mac, with slick DJ-ing apps that let you mix from your Spotify library in addition to your own digital collection. Duet Display, the $9.99 app that turns a tethered iPad or iPhone into an extra display for your Mac or Windows PC, is now more capable than ever thanks to performance improvements and new split-screen multitasking support. The creators of Djay think that they’ve hooked a lot of people that way, and they’re hoping to help those people take the next step toward being a live DJ with their new app, Djay Pro. Or you can allocate two-thirds of the display for Mac apps if you own an iPad Air 2 or iPad Pro, while the other third can be used for your favorite split-screen iOS apps. On the back of its popular Mac App of the same name, dJay Pro for iPad lets you mix up to four audio tracks, as well as side-by-side 4K video streams.

But more than that, it has been built specifically with Apple’s new iPad Pro in mind and claims to leverage the superior video and audio capabilities of Apple’s new tablet. It takes everything in the existing Djay app, spreads it out for easy access across the iPad Pro’s huge screen, and adds in features that amateurs might never think of using but that someone actually DJing at a club might need. In fact, I’m using the new version right now on a four-year-old iPad connected to the latest MacBook (yes, the one with the single USB Type-C jack). That includes the ability to queue up four tracks at a time and to broadcast, sync, and manipulate video feeds along with your music — both features that were previously only available in Djay for the Mac. “The idea with Pro,” says Christoph Teschner, one of the co-founders of Djay creator Algoriddim, “we have created 20 million users on iOS with consumer level software, and there’s a big percentage that wants to advance, wants to … take this thing to a club and get more creative.

Djay Pro will normally cost $30, but for launch it will set you back $20 — double that of its existing iPad app, Djay 2 — and there’s no upgrade option for those who’ve already shelled out for the “lesser” version. In the current version of Djay, all you see are two spinning platters representing your tracks; loops and effects are available, but they’re hidden away inside of menus and under other layers. Algoriddim, the team behind dJay Pro, say it thinks DJs will “take notes about a tracklist or write down song requests on the fly” when multitasking. The app also works with controllers from Pioneer DJ, Numark, Reloop and others. dJay Pro is a worthy competitor to the likes of Native Instruments’ much-respected Traktor, an app that first proved just how professional a DJing experience the iPad could provide. Combined with the touchscreen, Algoriddim thinks it’s giving DJs its best tool yet for mixing music. “In my mind, this is already a step ahead of the Mac app because you have the touch interface,” says Michael Simmons, Algoriddim’s product VP.

Algoriddim has also rebuilt the music engine at the core of Djay, making the Pro version more precise in its ability to break music into individual beats. For example, there’s the occasional graphical weirdness (app flicker when dragging windows from one display to the other) when running at the most conservative, energy-efficient settings. However, compared to previous versions of Duet, 1.2 feels much more stable and my MacBook CPU isn’t nearly as taxed (the release notes claim a 50 percent reduction of Mac CPU usage). Cramming all of Djay Pro’s controls into a smaller screen doesn’t work as well, so it also offers a condensed view that strips away many of the on-screen buttons. That should make Djay Pro more usable on smaller iPads, but it also takes away some of the app’s biggest selling points — immediate access to the key things you want to do.

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