djay Pro has been a lesser-known but still rather handy DJ app for the Mac for a few years, and Algoriddim has at last brought it to the iPad platform with particular emphasis on the iPad Pro. This, incidentally, is what that device really needs to get it into mainstream music tech consciousness: proper apps designed specifically to harness its power. This app has been built specially for iPad and some of the specs will make your eyes water.
Rebuilding the app just for iPad lets Algoriddim do some clever stuff. There’s Spotify integration, four playback decks and hi-def waveforms a bit like you get in Traktor for iPad, though not identical of course. Live sampling is available as are drum pads and FX racks, though some effects appear to be part of an in-app purchase which is always a bit of a niggle. There’s the facility to do video mixing as well and on iPad Pro you can apparently mix two streams of 4K video – if you can find any 4K video to stream, that is.
The app is built to integrate with Apple’s Smart Keyboard and has over 70 keyboard shortcuts available, which is surely an admission at last that touchscreens aren’t complete replacements for physical keyboards. Not that this represents failure. In fact, blending the best of touch and desktop controls is probably a pretty good way to go. The video mixing is surprisingly advanced, with visual effects, titles and image overlays, visualizers, HD video recording and video output over all sorts of protocols. With support for hardware controllers from Pioneer, Numark and Reloop, this could be a serious rival to NI’s mobile offerings.
djay Pro for iPad costs $19.99 / £14.99 from the App Store.
Check it out here https://www.algoriddim.com/djay-pro-ipad