New ‘djay Pro’ App for iPad Brings Redesigned Interface, Powerful Mixing Tools, and More

Following the launch of the ultra powerful iPad Pro, Algoriddim, the developers behind the popular line of djay apps for Mac and iOS devices, set out to build a professional quality djaying app designed with the new tablet in mind.

The result of that effort is djay Pro, which is available today for both the iPad Pro and older iPads. djay Pro takes some of the best parts from the djay Pro app for Mac and refines and improves them for use on a touch screen. Algoriddim tells MacRumors that the screen size and the power of the iPad Pro allowed the app to come together amazingly fast because they were so excited by what’s possible with Apple’s latest tablet.

djay Pro is designed for professional users, but it also has a clever interface that’s able to shift and grow with skill level. Algoriddim’s Michael Simmons likened it to the layers of an onion, with users able to add or subtract layers of tools for as much simplicity or power as they desire.

At its core, djay Pro has a fresh design that’s modern and less distracting while still incorporating all of the tools a professional needs. The default app interface includes two decks along with a range of different mixing tools, but it is able to incorporate up to four decks, displayed vertically or horizontally for mixing up to four audio tracks together. Advanced performance modes offer access to horizontal and vertical colored wave forms, live sampler and drum pads, and FX racks.

The built-in music library is able to combine local music, a Spotify catalog, and files stored in iCloud Drive or Dropbox into a central location so tracks can be mixed together and manipulated regardless of where they’re stored. It also includes a song recommendation engine that’s able to suggest tracks that will go well with what’s playing.

djay Pro includes all of the video features from vjay, allowing users to create video mashups to go along with song mixes. The video features sync to the music and there are audio visual effects with video tweaks that mimic sound effects like echoes and strobes. Pre-bundled video content is included, and there’s support for title and image overlays.

djay Pro offers support for iOS 9’s split-screen multitasking feature, allowing the djay Pro app to be used with Slide Over or full Split View mode on compatible iPads. With split-screen multitasking, djay Pro has the potential to be used along with other music apps, and because it includes integration with music libraries and Spotify, it is the first app that allows users to select and control their music using the multitasking window. Apps like Spotify and Apple Music have not yet integrated multitasking support.

Specific to the iPad Pro, the new app includes a selection of more than 70 keyboard shortcuts for the Smart Keyboard that merge touch and key strokes in a unique way that can only be done on a tablet, plus access to the camera and AirPlay for recording 1080p videos and displaying them in real-time. Also unique to the iPad Pro is the ability to import and work with both 4K and 1080p video when using the app’s video manipulating features. The iPad Pro is the only device that can handle two 4K/1080p video streams at once as the Mac version only supports 720p video.

The app integrates with professional DJ hardware and Cue Points, beat grid edits, metadata, and FX purchases from other versions of djay for Mac and iOS will sync to the new djay Pro app.

djay Pro was designed with the iPad Pro in mind, so the iPad Pro is going to offer the absolute best performance with the app, but it is also fully functional on other iPads like the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 4, aside from the iPad Pro only features.

djay Pro can be downloaded from the App Store for $19.99, a limited time sale price that will rise to $29.99 in the future. [Direct Link]

In celebration of the launch of djay Pro, Algoriddim is also making djay 2 for iPhone, normally $2.99, available for free for a limited time. [Direct Link]

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Djay for Mac Goes Pro With Spotify Integration, Revamped Interface, and More Powerful Features [Mac Blog]

Algoriddim has long been known for its popular DJ app djay, which began life on the Mac before moving to the iPad, iPhone and most recently Android, with the various versions winning a number of awards and contributing to making djay the world’s best-selling DJ app with over 15 million downloads.

With djay having proven popular among both amateur and professional DJs, users have been asking for more from the software, and Algoriddim is delivering that today with the release of djay Pro for Mac. Going well beyond the previous version of djay for Mac, djay Pro takes advantage of Apple’s latest hardware and software improvements to support 64-bit processing, 60 frames-per-second graphics rendering, up to four decks, seamless integration with dozens of MIDI controllers, and a variety of audio effects.

On the library side, djay Pro offers an all-new music library with inline search, instant preview, and song recommendations powered by The Echo Nest, as well as easy integration of iTunes libraries and, for the first time on desktop, Spotify playlists. Users can easily drag and drop tracks from iTunes and Spotify libraries, not only from within djay Pro but also from iTunes and Spotify Mac apps.

Turntable view
In our testing, djay Pro performed extremely well, with high-quality turntable and waveform graphics making for a pleasing user experience. And while djay Pro adds a number of new effects and other tools compared to the previous version, the app’s thoughtful and intuitive layout makes it easy both for experts to dive right in and for beginners to keep things simple at first before growing into djay Pro‘s full capabilities.

A customizable layout allows users to choose from several modes dividing the app window between music library/queueing and the turntables or waveforms, and the library portion of the window can be easily toggled between light and dark views to match user preference for various environments. Users of both Mac and iOS versions of djay will also find their cue points, beat grid edits, meta data synced between the apps via iCloud.

Horizontal waveform view with four decks
All of the new features included in djay Pro do come at a price, however, with Algoriddim electing to offer the new app at an introductory price of $49.99 and an eventual regular price of $79.99, a significant increase over the $19.99 standard pricing of the previous version. But with djay Pro aimed in large part at serious DJs looking for the most powerful tools for Mac, Algoriddim believes djay Pro still offers a very solid value compared to traditional DJ setups.

The base package includes a set of five „Essentials“ audio effects such as Echo and Flanger, and a one-time $9.99 in-app purchase adds 34 more effects from Sugar Bytes for use across all of the user’s Mac and iOS versions of djay.

djay Pro is launching today via the Mac App Store [Direct Link] and replaces the original version of djay for Mac, which will no longer be available. djay Pro requires a minimum of OS X 10.9 Mavericks, and a Spotify Premium subscription is required to access the Spotify catalog from within the app. A free seven-day trial of Spotify Premium is available for djay Pro users to test out the service and integration.




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Spin2 Is The World’s First MIDI DJ Controller Designed For Djay In The App Store

The world of djing has changed quite a bit since the iPhone and iPad. Companies like Algoriddim released djay, a popular DJ app that has won an Apple Design Award. DJ controllers have started interfacing with these kinds of apps, but a new product called the Vestax Spin 2 is the world’s first MIDI controller created exclusively for djay and vjay, Algoriddim’s two iOS and Mac apps.

Developed as a joint effort between Vestax and Algoriddim, the Spin 2 is a portable, studio-grade mixer and controller with touch-sensitive jogwheels, sample pads, and strip touch control. The controller works with both djay and vjay, Algoriddim’s music and video mixing apps. The Spin 2 can be setup to work with an iPhone, iPad, and Mac running the software.

Some features:

Charges iOS device while you play Compact and lightweight body, ideal for portability Touch-sensitive jog wheels: scratch, bend, scrub Strip Touch control for easy in-track searching Hot cues, looping, and sample pads Dedicated filter and FX controls Built-in multi-channel audio interface for output and pre-cueing (Mac and iOS)

The Spin 2 is available exclusively from the Apple Store for $350.

Source: Vestax

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