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 […]
Makers of the now-defunct Pacemaker DJ hardware are back with a brand new iPad application that breaks down one of the biggest barriers in DJ applications, making it possible to stream music directly from a major streaming service, Spotify. Targeted at users who already use Spotfiy but with enough features to make experienced DJs happy, you're likely to see Pacemaker at a house party near you. Get the full details on the app in today's article and video.
DJing on just an iPhone can be relatively difficult; with limited screen space, it’s not the most ideal platform for a lot of musical interactions that work better with larger control surfaces. The Amplify app studio team created Junglator with that in mind, creating an app that allows anyone to quickly make interesting and fun […]