Having recently cast my beady eye over Numark’s iPad rocking iDJ Pro controller, I commented that a lot of screen space was wasted and could be filled with other things, such as sample pads. And lo, djay for iPad gets bumped to v1.6.1 and sample pads are included.
I take no credit for it – they were already working on adding it in. This functionality had only been seen in the David Guetta iPhone app, and it was tragic that it hadn’t been included in anything else. But for now, this is limited to the iDJ Pro, so while other things have been updated (full list below), Numark have first dibs on this functionality.
Here’s what else has changed:
What’s New in Version 1.6.1
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✔ Added support for Vestax Spin 2 controller
✔ Feature improvements for Numark iDJ Pro controller
✔ Show all tracks when using iTunes Match, including ones that are not downloaded
✔ Remember remaining/elapsed time setting
✔ Fixed multi-route audio output selection with multi-channel audio interface and headphones jack
✔ Improved VoiceOver labels
✔ Stability improvements
➤ Note to users of the Numark iDJ Live controller: If you’re having problems with your iDJ Live and iOS 6 please visit http://www.numark.com/idjliveoffer for a free iOS 6-compatibility upgrade for your iDJ Live controller.
And it works really well. Pressing the above icon, you’re greeted with 8 pads split into 2 banks, preset with the obligatory one-shots, as well as 4 drum sounds. Hitting the edit button brings up the ability to load in the presets again, or load in your own samples. There’s also a separate volume control for the sample channel. One thing to note – the samples can’t be used with the filter or effects. They sit right on top of your playing decks.
One of my issues with iOS devices has been the latency i.e. the difference in time between the press and the actual things happening. But I was able to hammer away on the iPad just fine.
Overall, it’s a very worthwhile update. Here’s hoping that other djay for iPad users get access to it soon.