updated 02:33 pm EDT, Thu May 22, 2014
Spotify access now integrated in djay for Premium account holders
The music-mixing app djay for iPad and iPhone has been updated to version 2.5, offering Spotify integration to those with Premium accounts, enabling users to unlock as many as 20 million streaming songs for use within the app. A free seven-day trial of Spotify Premium is available to all djay 2 users. In addition, the new update introduces Match (powered by The Echo Nest) that recommends complementary tracks.
The app also has an Automix Radio feature in the new version that will automatically pick and mix songs from Spotify for subscribers. The update also features a new audio effects section, including a free sample pack and additional effects available as an in-app purchase. Djay 2.5 for iPad is half off its usual price, and is free for the first time for iPhone.
Native Instruments optimizes iMaschine for iPad
Audio and music app makers Native Instruments have updated the company's "beat sketchpad" for iOS, iMaschine, to version 1.1.0. The new version offers an iPad-optimized layout as its main new feature, though it also includes many new sounds, iTunes sampling abilities and more. The app features a new user interface for both the iPhone and iPad that features two-handed operation on the iPad, using a unified single-window approach.
The iMaschine app now includes an all-new expansion pack called the "Quantum Collection" that are drawn from the recently-released Maschine 2 library. The effects-performance controls have been given a more intuitive makeover, and swiping left or right now acts as a undo/redo. The new version also includes a much-requested metronome on-off switch. The update is free for current users, with the program selling for $5 from the iOS App Store.
Mixvibes debuts Cross DVS for any soundcard, mixer
Mixvibes has introduced its latest product, the $149 Cross DVS system. It includes its flagship Cross DJ software as well as two control vinyls for us on turntables. Over 80 MIDI controllers are supported, and the system works with any mixer that uses a four-channel sound card with ASIO or Core Audio drivers. Buyers also get ISO files to burn control CDs if using CD-based turntables.
Also included in the Cross software are more video mix options, as well as more CDJ models in the HID mode. It features a keylock to ensure sounds are harmonious, four full-featured decks, two video decks, two 8-pad samplers, two-player timecode control and iTunes integration. The software also allows direct sharing of a users' mix to Mixcloud, Soundcloud, YouTube or Dailymotion.