Apple has long been a critical brand for producers, musicians, and DJs, but in recent years many of their software music tools have fallen out of vogue as more specialist companies have dominated. Today Apple has unveiled two new releases: a major GarageBand iOS update to make the app feel more focused around looping, and a Music Memos app that acts central recording app for musicians. Keep reading for an overview of both exciting developments.
The ultimate goal for any DJ application is to optimally and efficiently handle audio. Mixvibes, the company behind Cross DJ, knows this and that is why the company is boasting a universal, redesigned update, Cross DJ 3.0, for iOS and Android devices. Cross DJ 3.0 includes a new audio engine for iOS, a fresh interface, and MIDI support for Android compatible controllers.
OS X DJs and producers beware! Native Instruments has announced that by upgrading to OS X 10.11, (aka El Capitan), users will lose primary functionality of multiple DJ controllers, software plug-ins, and access to audio outputs on legacy hardware. With any big upgrade there are bound to be a few hiccups, but they are rarely caught this quickly.
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.
With Apple’s WWDC coming to an end a lot of new gear is coming out, and it follows that some of it applies to the DJ world. One of the companies we feature pretty regularly on the blog is Algoriddim, the folks behind djay Pro (Mac) and djay 2 (mobile). Here’s some of the new features forthcoming in djay Pro: Force […]
Apple has unveiled a new set of Macbooks that are incredibly thin, come in three different metallic colors, but also only sport a single USB-C port that acts as a dual conduit for data and charging. Here's a few reasons why DJs eyeing a Mac should hold out for upgrades to the Macbook Pro line and avoid this flashy line of notebooks altogether
DAWs differ based on the producer - and it's not one size fits all by any means. Today Apple announced Logic Pro x 10.1, which is built to be an avid tool for EDM and hip-hop track creation while also improving software designed for all music production. Logic now features more editing power, along with a better Drum Machine Designer meant to streamline production so producers can focus more on the making the music. Read more inside about the new features that Apple packed into Logic Pro X 10.1.
Algoriddim is a household name when it comes to DJ applications. Their djay app for iOS and Android has been downloaded millions of times by users all across the globe who were looking for a way to get their feet wet in DJing. djay is also the name of Algoriddim's Mac dedicated software that has recently been given a total over-haul and redesign. Today, Algoriddim announced the release of djay Pro, the latest desktop DJ software for Mac OSX. I had the pleasure of talking to Algoriddim's CEO, Karim Morsy, who walked me through the software which has everything from automatic iTunes playlists to MIDI capabilities and even full Spotify integration.