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 Touch for DJing
Force Touch is a new feature that will be available in 2015 MacBooks that replaces the old trackpads. Instead of the user clicking down on a mechanism to control the software, a click is initiated by the software according to the level of force applied to the trackpad. (On the Mac you don’t click the mouse, the mouse clicks you!)
So what does this do for DJs? In the latest update for djay Pro DJs can utilize this feature to trigger additional actions with one click. These actions include previewing tracks, activating cue play, killing EQs, engaging a high pass filter, and resetting sliders. All of these features will only be available on the 2015 MacBooks with Force Touch trackpad.
Support for the Beatpad 2 and Slip Mode
Additionally, the djay Pro software has added support for the Reloop Beatpad 2, a cross platform 2 deck controller that is compatible with Android, iOS, and PCs. A prominent feature of the controller is the eight hot pads that will have the ability to be utilized as a beat slicer in the djay Pro software, much like other DJ softwares on the market. This will also allow for mapping MIDI aftertouch messages and the beat slicer can be translated into other controllers besides the Beatpad 2.
Along with the ability to slice up beats the software has added the popular slip mode feature which most DJs can find in CDJs and other software ecosystems. This will allow users who aren’t as familiar with djay Pro to become more comfortable with the software by being able to continue mixing within their current workflow. The slip mode can be activated by holding the CMD button whilst scratching or clicking play/pause, cue jump, or loop buttons.
More Features = Better Software
djay Pro continues to step up their software game with new features in every update. What was once just an app for a DJs phone is now a full software solution for more than just 2 channel mixing. Along with this update DJs will find that bugs have been fixed, improved performance with video files, and an improved library system.
At only $49.99, djay Pro is an affordable software solution for DJs looking for something that differentiates off the beaten path.