Video and audio 'mash-up' tool gains new features, 'App of the Week' honor
Vjay, a remixing app for iOS that lets users mix and match video and audio with transitional, beat-matching and "scratch" effects has been updated with new features aimed at the latest models of iPad and iPhone, and has been named an "App of the Week" on the iTunes store and made available for free for a limited time. The iPad version normally sells for $10 and works with the iPad 2 and later, while the separate iPhone version (usually $3) requires an iPhone 4S or later. Video time-stretching and key-lock are among the new features.
App for iOS can control DJ deck functions over Wireless Direct
Pioneer has created a DJ system that can be controlled through an app. The XDJ-R1 can follow commands sent from a "remotebox" app on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch over Wireless Direct, allowing the DJ to move around a venue and still have control over most of the deck's functions. This includes controlling the volume levels, playlist management, and the ability to mix songs from a USB device.
iPad app offers BPM tracking, sound effects, loops
Little Worlds Studio has launched a new iPad DJ app, DJ World Studio, with a low-latency, vinyl- and CD-styled interface that supports multi-touch input. The app features both pitch-bend wheels and vinyl scratch turntables, with side-by-side audio waveform displays for easier cuing and mixing. It can import MP3s from any source and remix songs live.
iPad gets new options for DJs
Close on the heels of Saturday's iPad launch, GrooveMaker has already released four looping apps: GrooveMaker D'n'B for iPad, GrooveMaker Hip-Hop for iPad, GrooveMaker House for iPad and
GrooveMaker FREE for iPad. The first three focus on specific musical styles, allowing remixing with over 300 loops in each app, while the free version gives users a chance to preview the software using 120 loops from the Hip-Hop and House collections.
Mix both video and audio together
DJMixersoft has released an update to DJ Mixer Professional. The software provides tools for mixing music or video, along with a variety of effects and filters for altering media. Version 2.0 brings new tools for mixing video and audio together, while BPM detection enhancements are claimed to help synchronize tracks. Support has also been added for either automatically or manually mixing tracks.
Create full-length mixes up to 80 minutes long
MixMeister has launched MixMeister Express 7, an update that brings Mac compatibility to the audio software. The utility provides tools for creating full-length mixes up to 80 minutes in length, while allowing users to transfer the finished product to portable media players such as an iPod. Support is also offered for synchronizing and importing from the iTunes library.
Additional Snow Leopard support, new video mixer
DJMixersoft has introduced DJ Mixer Professional 2.0, the latest version of its DJ mixing software. The app enables users to automatically or manually mix different songs, with tools for beat-matching, synchronizing, and pitch scaling. Version 2.0 adds support for Mac OS X Snow Leopard, while allowing users to mix video clips. The video feature provides pitch, break, and scratch functionality.
Ableton releases Live 7 LE
Ableton has released Live 7 LE, its affordable professional-grade music-making solution. Built on the Live platform, the single-screen music production and performance solution offers most of its Ableton Live 7's new features for recording, songwriting, remixing and DJing. It includes studio-quality recording up to 32-bit/192 kHz; 64 audio tracks and unlimited MIDI tracks per project, MIDI sequencing for software instruments; and more than 20 built-in audio effects, including a host of creative delays, filters, distortions, studio compressors and EQs. The software also offers two software instruments-Simpler for creative sample-based synthesis, and Impulse for dynamic, sampled drums as well as support for VST and AU effects/instruments (along with automatic plug-in delay compensation).
MOTU's 828mk3 unveiled
MOTU has unveiled the 828mk3, a cross-platform FireWire audio interface with on-board effects and mixing functionality. The 828mk3 features a 32-bit floating point DSP for digital mixing and effects processing, more I/O, 192kHz operation, and true hi-Z guitar inputs. The device also offers signal overload protection, digitally controlled analog input trims on all inputs, two banks of ADAT/TOSLink optical, and MIDI I/O. The 828mk3 will ship in February for $800.
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.