DJ Rig for iPad Now Available from IK Multimedia

Could the new DJ Rig iPad app and iRig Mix hardware mixer be the real answer to the question of DJing with in iPad? IK Multimedia today released DJ Rig for iPad to the Apple App Store. The new offering adds many features to the previous DJ Rig for iPhone app, and includes a full DJ hardware simulated environment, with two decks, a mixer, multieffects and a phrase sampler. Hit the jump for more details, images and videos.

 

Central to the promise of DJ Rig is that if you comine two iPads running DJ Rig with a hardware mixer, you’ll have everything you need to run a full-fledged DJ set. That could be said of other iPad apps as well, but DJ Rig does offer a compelling and promising feature set, and IK Multimedia hopes you’ll couple it with the compact iRig Mix hardware mixer ($99.99) for a streamlined setup.

DJ Rig’s interface replicates a dual-deck hardware setup. Each deck routes to the iPad output jack (split stereo). Each deck also has three visual modes: Vinyl, with tradition scratch effects; Digital, for CD jog wheel-style control; and Waveform, which includes cue points and syncing.

As you may expect from an iPad app, DJ Rig includes an AutoMix feature that can crossfade and mix music on its own, as well as other digital mixing aids such as Beat Match, Tempo Sync, and X-Sync that help align the beats of two tracks.

Hungry for effects? DJ Rig serves up 18 tempo-synced effects: Delay, Flanger, Crush, HP filter, LP filter, BP filter, Compressor,Wah, Phaser, Fuzz, Reverb, and Stutter, plus six that IK claims are new for this release: Noise, Tail, Brake, Spin, Twist Up, and Twist Down. You can tweak these effects til your fingers bleed with an X/Y touch interface.

The phrase sampler looks particularly cool. The 9-pad bank of samples lets you add your own sounds or grab live samples and loops from your tracks.

Curious and thrifty DJs may want to snap up DJ Rig for iPad from the App Store soon, as the $19.99 price tag is listed as “introductory.”

Check out some of the other DJ Rig for iPad features, and let us know what you think in the comments:

• Live sampling functionality with volume and pitch control.
• Three deck display modes:  Vinyl, Waveform, or Digital Deck.
• Digital scratching engine with CloneDeck™ technology.
• BPM detection and beat map analysis with Tempo Sync and Beat Match.
• X-Sync mode detects the BPM from external audio sources and automatically syncs the audio/tempo of internal decks to external devices (when used with iRig Mix).
• Looping section with continuous loop surface; create loops with tempo divisions always to the beat. Manual and slip mode available.
• 18 effects with X/Y touch interface control.
• On-the-fly expandable sampler machine with 9 pads and 4 banks.
• 5 visual cue points per song and Auto Cue for automatic first-beat positioning.
• 3 crossfader curves for customizing fades and crossfade filter.
• Direct access to iPod Music library and playlists.
• AutoMix for automatic mixing of playlists or entire library.
• Live recorder allows recording of full mixing gigs.
• Supports/plays all major digital audio formats including MP3, AAC, WAV, AIFF.
• Multiple output configurations.

Stay tuned for a review of DJ Rig and iRig Mix, right here on your favorite DJ Interwebs destination. –Markkus Rovito

VIDEOS:

Mixing with DJ Rig for iPad and iRig Mix on 2 iPads

Scratching with DJ Rig for iPad and iRig MIX On 2 iPads

More videos of DJ Rig for iPad.

  • Duke

    Can somebody please tell me is there away to get a full screen library on DJ Rig
    Thank you,

    Duke

  • Peter DiFalco

    I have made suggestions to the support channel. I don’t expect much movement on the multi-touch gesture issue – the IK apps are designed to be used as tiny replicas of physical interfaces, and I think time will show that to be an archaic design for touch apps. However I did receive a reply from the dev team about forthcoming support for multi-routing under iOS 6 which I find very encouraging.

  • deejaesnafu

    That is mad weak scratchin yoooo

  • Peter DiFalco

    I’ve been using DJ Rig on 2 iPads since it came out, and I’m finding this new version to be somewhat disappointing. Besides the lovely retina-quality graphics, the update fails to address some of my criticisms of DJ Rig (and most iPad DJ apps in general): poor track browser, and lack of multi-touch gesture support, too many functions buried under menus. It does add the much-needed countdown timer, but watch out! It doesn’t count real-world minutes and seconds if you speed up or slow down the track. For instance, a track sped up 10% should show 10% fewer minutes and seconds remaining, not just countdown the time faster. Maybe it’s a minor point for some DJs, but I work on the radio and need to really know how many minutes and seconds I have left.

    Further, with this version we’ve actually lost valuable functionality: the iPhone version of DJ Rig has a nice single deck mode which I use on two iPads with a DJ mixer – the same setup demonstrated in IK’s own scratching tutorial with their mixer. @facebook-1169749589:disqus might not roll with two iPads, but since I have an iPad 1 and new iPad, I use them both with a four-channel mixer and two 1200s, so my full music library is available to me. There’s no single deck mode on this new app! Single deck mode gives you a much bigger waveform view for cueing as well as a larger manipulation surface on the virtual turntable.

    So pluses: great sound quality, nice graphics, countdown timer.

    Minuses: just another one-finger virtual button interface with lots of unexposed functionality, no single deck mode.

    So I’ll probably stick with the iPhone version (where I’ve made in-app purchases to unlock functionality I don’t wish to buy again) except for live gigs, when the multi-touch interface of TraxPad is my weapon of choice.

  • Some people might already have an iPad but I don’t think any body is going to pick up a second Ipad just to DJ with. Plus I’d rather spend that money on actual hardware with a little bit more of a “feel’ to it.

  • Not sure if awesome or a useless expensive toy 😛

  • Mike

    That’s not how you hold a crossfader!

    • Correction: That’s now how YOU hold a crossfader. Apparently this anonymous pair of hands does it all the time!