This seemingly major update adds the performance-oriented Live Loops view with tempo-synced Remix FX to the GarageBand for iOS music workstation app. Is this a vital new companion to DJs and live performers or more a watered down version of Novation Launchpad for iOS or Ableton Live? We dissect the new features in this Garageband review.
There's a unspoken competition in the casual music app industry right now to see who can design the best party mode / basic auto DJ mode in their music software. We've seen Pacemaker and Spotify both recently make their entries, and now Serato has launched their own Serato Pyro app (available in the US as of Thursday morning). Could Serato Pyro be the winner? We take a quick look at the app in this article.
The DJ industry isn't as mobile device-obsessed at this NAMM as in recent years, but we did spot one unique app being shown in the always-awesome basement, a new iOS app called Playground. The free song player has done an excellent job of making playing music on an glass-screened mobile device fun - something that often many pad and knob-filled mobile performance tools miss the mark on.
This week two companies have made additional forays into the casual DJ mixing market - Spotify and Pacemaker. With a new Party mode, Spotify hopes to automate DJing for a lot of casual music consumers; while Pacemaker's new update adds "move-in transitions" that allow automated mixing between two tracks. Should DJs feel threatened? Read on for our thoughts.
We've seen a lot of very interesting developments from Pioneer DJ, but here's one we weren't expecting at all: an iPad application designed around the FX workflow of their RMX-1000 hardware. The app allows producers to apply any set of Pioneer FX to audio that's being routed within or through the iPad, using Inter-App Audio or Audio Bus. Read on for more details on how Pioneer DJ's first major iOS app works.
Since the dawn of the iPad, we've gone from wondering if we'd ever DJ with it, to reluctantly trying to DJ with it, to happily DJing with it as a compromise in certain situations. With the new Reloop Beatpad 2 combined with Algoriddim Djay 2, could the day of no-compromise iPad DJing finally be upon us? Join us for our in-depth examination.
With the announcement of the brand new iPhone 6S and 6S+, Apple has also introduced a brand new technology - 3D Touch - that allows users to control their phones with the strength and depth of their touches. As we watched the Apple Keynote, it became clear that one subset of users and app developers could stand to seriously benefit from 3D Touch: music app users. Read on for an overview of the technology and how we imagine it will quickly become integrated into iOS music apps.
Berlin-based developers Zerodebug released touchAble 2 for iPad last November (read our review of the software here), which was widely considered to be one of the best low-cost options for Ableton controllers on a touch device. Today they’ve put out a new version of the app for iPhone/iPod Touch users, touchAble Mini, which offers a very […]