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.
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.
Last year innovative music production app Auxy rolled out for iPad, bringing a fun-filled creation process that was strongly received (the app maintained a near-perfect rating in the iTunes App Store). Now, the team behind Auxy has rebuilt the entire app from the ground up for iOS, incorporating a new synthesis engine, and a master chain for FX. Read on for details and videos of it in action.
The team behind touchAble, the iOS controller for Ableton, is celebrating the app turning five years old and amidst the celebrations the team is offering an updated version of the app. TouchAble 3.1 improves upon the foundation of earlier versions with new features that were primarily requested by the user community which includes modulation wheels, variable font size, and more performance enhancement additions. iOS DJs and producers may find that touchAble is the most optimal and affordable way to control Ableton Live.
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.
Chances are that you are going out this weekend (or staying in) to play a gig. Recording your set should be a no brainer: it's great for learning, promotion, and posterity. However most DJs show up and, in the stress of the moment, skip the recording process because it feels too complicated. Here are 3 dead simple ways to record your live DJ set this weekend.
When you combine the number of new music projects that are being created daily with the fact that SoundCloud has over 12 hours of audio being uploaded to it every minute, getting your music in front of your existing fans is getting harder than ever. ToneDen’s free music sharing app aims to solve this problem by letting you instantly send your SoundCloud tracks to fans who follow you on their service.