Developer: algoriddim GmbH
Price: $0.99 Download on the App Store
An outstanding party playlist is irrevocably the most important part of the evening. It sets the tone for the night and can turn your shindig into a chest pounding, musical masterpiece or consequently, it can also turn the party into a "Hey, can we get that to go..." mass exodus.
With a little bit of practice, you can be a spinning master at your next party with algoriddim's djay app for iPhone. If it seems a bit overwhelming to become your own DJ, don't worry as Tiësto and Armin van Buuren had to start somewhere and what better than the comforts of your own living room. But before you unleash your new sexy mix, there are a few things you'll need to know about this very robust iPhone DJ app.
First and foremost, djay is way more than a toy and even though you can use it to make a quick mix, where it becomes extraodirnary is its beautifully executed combination of taking the most used features of expensive mixing equipment and code it to take advantage of the very powerful iOS operating system. djay truly is a groove making machine and you're going to be hooked.
If you want to stand apart right away, I highly recommend getting yourself the Griffin DJ Cable. Designed specifically for the djay app, it allows you to pre-cue, i.e. output your current mix to the your own speakers and setup a second mix and preview it via your headphones. This is great for keeping a pulse on the crowd while getting another mix ready. Rule No. 1 in DJ Fight Club is to never let the music stop and this is a must-have accessory.
Even better than the cable is the fact that the professional DJing app allows you to connect directly to your device's music library, allowing access to all your songs that you already love. When testing this out, I found the latency (how long it takes to load a song) was very low and was easily manageable.
After you import your songs, the controls will take a bit getting used to. A bit of advice, don't over mix or it will sound less than ideal. Too much scratching and you're bound to loose a few fans. Great mixing is at the intersection of great music and subtlety, meaning too much is just too much. Think about some of your favorite clubbing mixes. They have smooth transitions, contain a good beat and just keep the party going.
As expected, djay integrates all the major functions, including transitional controls as fade, backspin, reverse, brake and looping (auto, manual and bounce) along with a cue point trigger and live recording among many others. It even goes so far to integrate with AirPlay so you can wirelessly transmit your mix to Apple TV or AirPort Express base station and supports all the major audio formats, but not for DRM protected songs.
Of course, you don't have to use the app for hardcore, "up in da club" mixes. The djay app, while feature packed, can also be used to throw a few pocket mixes together for your own entertainment.
That's the greatest aspect about this app. It's designed with the professional DJ in mind, but is easy enough to navigate for the amature DJ as well. In my opinion, this is the best djay app on the market. Even you want an even better experience, check out the djay iPad app for $19.99.
Algoriddim's djay App