Djay

Djay

Is ‘Djay a Grandmaster Flash or flash in the pan?

Could the iPad be the next DJ turntable? With Algoriddim’s Djay app it’s certainly an authentic looking alternative.

Its striking turntable/crossfader interface reacts convincingly to touch input but is it enough to substitute the unmistakable feel of working with 12″ vinyl records? Perhaps not but the cost and convenience of an iPad based DJ set-up certainly has its advantages.
Getting started is a breeze, simply open the app, and select a non-DRM track from your iTunes library. Djay will calculate its tempo (or BPM – Beats Per Minute), draw a waveform of the track and apply any available artwork to the record on the turntable. From choosing a track till it’s ready to play the whole process takes about 15 seconds.

The interface is intuitive and within ten minutes of use it’s possible for an experienced DJ to sound like they’re performing on traditional DJ equipment.

Beginner DJ’s are also catered for with BPM sync tools that assist with mixing. Annoyingly the BPM calculations can occasionally go awry and we could find no way of manually correcting it.

Whatever your skill level, Djay also includes some easy and fun scratching tricks that could otherwise take years to perfect on traditional equipment.
Sadly the ‘Automix’ function doesn’t always automatically ‘beat-match’ your tunes as you might expect. Results seemed to vary from one record to the next making it possibly more suited for background music purposes.

AirPlay support is included but our attempts to wirelessly broadcast music created a latency that made beat-mixing records incredibly difficult.

Once you’ve mastered some skills you can record your DJ masterpiece within the app and have it saved in AIFF format. Recordings can be exported via iTunes or played back within the app itself.

Arguably, Djay may lack the prestige of owning a proper turntable set-up but it’s definitely a more accessible starter option for any wannabe DJ. Experienced ‘scratch DJ’s’ or those accustomed to feature packed ‘CD Turntables’ may find the tools in ‘djay’ slightly lacking to warrant professional use.

Ultimately ‘djay’ is best suited for enjoying at home or adding some excitement to a party.

Rated 5 out of 5

Intuitive, accessible & fun, Djay is a solid turntable app for home or social use.

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