DJ tool adds Spotify, better MIDI support
Thanks to numerous technological advances over the past 40 years, the tools -- and skills -- needed to cut and mix music together in a live environment has been drastically reduced. What used to require multiple record decks, crossfaders, and not to mention a large library of vinyl records, has been reduced down to a single piece of software that can run on a laptop. Algoriddim, a company that has become well known for its iOS DJ apps, recently released a new Pro version of its desktop app Djay. Built specifically for OS X, Djay Pro takes full advantage of 64-bit processing, multi-core track analysis, and Retina displays, but does it do so in a way that is accessible to anyone? We have spent the last few weeks digging around the app to find out.
VU Wireless Car Charging Mount, VU Solo give consumers new options for charging
Tylt unveiled two new wireless charging solutions, adding the VÜ Solo and VÜ Wireless Car Charging Mount to its lineup. The VÜ Solo is a wireless Qi charging base powered by Micro USB, keeping it compatible with existing smartphone and tablet charging blocks. Only a single Qi coil is in the base, but Tylt includes a Micro USB cable that contains its Alin positioning system to ensure the device makes contact at the correct point. Devices that require 1A to charge can use the base, which also features a non-slip surface and suction base. Price for the VÜ Solo is set at $40.
Boinx Software releases update for FotoMagico, optimized for 4K video
Boinx Software has announced the release of an update for its slideshow creation tool, FotoMagico. Now optimized for the production of 4K video, FotoMagico v4.5 can now better accommodate later versions of OS X, from Mountain Lion to the upcoming Yosemite. Users can quickly preview special scaling animations when using 4K clips, and overall software performance and stability is improved. Priced at $100, FotoMagico v4.5 is available as a free update for existing v4 users.
Philips teams with DJ Armin van Burren on M1X-DJ System for iOS devices
Philips has teamed with DJ Armin van Buuren to launch the M1X-DJ System for Apple's iPad and iPhone. The audio dock integrates a Lightning connector, but also supports connectivity over a Bluetooth connection. It has also been designed to work seamlessly with the djay 2 app from Algoriddim allowing users to switch between tracks or mix tracks together.
iPad placed between traditional platters
Numark has introduced a new DJ controller, the iDJ Pro, that is designed to work with an iPad running Algoriddim's Djay app. The brushed-aluminum housing integrates a 30-pin dock connector, placing the iPad flat between a traditional dual-platter configuration.
Djay for iPad 1.2 optimizes for iPad 2
In a still-rare move, Algoriddim on Tuesday optimized its signature Djay for iPad app just for the iPad 2. The 1.2 upgrade ($20, App Store) takes advantage of the second core to produce a much more accurate map of the music and in turn allow more features. Tracks can now be locked into key and stretched out on each turntable to beatmatch or achieve an effect without affecting the pitch.
Djay for iPhone and updated Djay for iPad arrive
Algoriddim expanded the footprint of its mobile DJ apps on Tuesday with its first phone-sized music creator. Djay for iPhone ($10, App Store) brings all the features of Djay for iPad but in a smaller version. It uses the usual two virtual turntables in landscape but switches to a single visible deck when held vertical for those who can work with one turntable at a time.
We review Algoriddim's Djay for iPad app
iPad DJing has quickly become a popular if small subset of the music scene; artists like Rana June Sobhany have shown that one or two iPads and a mixer create an extremely portable deck and surprisingly varied mixes. Algoriddim is trying to take that one step further with Djay, where it's hoping to recreate much of the twin-turntable-and-mixer experience on a single screen. We'll find out whether DJs really can skip the notebook or the vinyl in our Djay for iPad review.
Device can be used with iTunes content
Vestax, in collaboration with Algoriddim, has introduced Spin, a DJ controller for Macs. The device works in conjunction with the DJ software djay 3, enabling users to mix and play music from their iTunes playlists. Touch-sensitive jog wheels can be used in analog mode to mimic the scratch and mixing functions of genuine turntables.
djay 3 improves multi-touch trackpad scratching
algoriddim on Tuesday introduced a new version of its digital turntable software for Mac and iTunes, djay 3. The app adds support for Multi-Touch gestures, enabling users to control a variety of parameters including effects, track scratching, or crossfade between the two virtual tables. Version 3 offers a redesigned user interface, automatic tempo and beat detection, and an auto-cut scratching function that syncs with the song's beat and rhythm. MIDI support has been added, along with support for MIDI Learn controller mapping.
Djay 2.1 with multi-touch
Algoriddim on Tuesday unveiled Djay 2.1, a major update to the company's digital turntable software that adds compatibility with Apple's multi-touch trackpads on the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. Djay uses different sets of finger gestures to control the interface, allowing users to scratch tracks, apply effects, and crossfade between the two virtual tables. Algoriddim is selling Djay 2.1 from its website for $50, and is available now.
algoriddim has announced a new version of its turntable-style digital audio player, djay, featuring new plug-and-play support for the VCI-100 and VCM-100 USB MIDI controllers by Vestax. This is the first opportunity to utilize a Mac OS X-native application to power these DJ controllers. djay integrates with the user's iTunes library and allows to mix an entire digital music collection with two realistic interactive turntables. In djay's Automix mode, music can be automatically mixed using DJ-style transitions. Users can perform live, record their mixes, and even send them over the Bonjour network to other connected djays in real-time.
First Look at Djay 2.0
Mixing music as a disc jockey can be an cluttered proposition, requiring turntables, a mixer, expensive needles, among other pieces of equipment. A decent collection of vinyl can also prove to be unwieldy for some who don't have vintage record or specialty shops nearby. Algoriddim's Djay 2.0 provides users with most of the resources they will need for doing gigs and live parties. By using an iTunes library to provide mixing material, users require little more than the app, a Mac some headphones and speakers, maybe a USB audio interface if they want to do some of Djay's more advanced features.