MixVibes’ angry iPad app – CrossDJ



First seen at Musikmesse 2012, MixVibes Cross is truly living up to its name. Starting life as a cross-platform (geddit?) application, CrossDJ is the iPad version, that aims to cram in as much as is practical into the iPad’s screen, and does so with some clever interface trickery and layering.

There’s a video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMLcvU_P48c

…and some official words:

MixVibes Release CrossDJ For iPad -

The World’s First Professional DJing App

MixVibes is proud to present the most exciting DJing application they have ever created: CrossDJ for iPad. MixVibes brings you a comprehensive iPad DJing experience with a user friendly yet professional and feature rich layout. This application allows all DJs to enjoy performing quality sounding mixes on an iPad.

CrossDJ was developed by the same professional software team who developed ‘Cross’, awarded ‘Best DJing Software’ in 2010 and 2011 the MIXMOVE awards in Paris. MixVibes has been providing DJs with professional solutions for over 10 years. Hence, no other iPad DJing application has ever received such expertise, attention to ergonomics and user feedback in its development.

www.djworx.com: “A decade later, [MixVibes has] fully matured software running on Mac and PC – and now iPad”.

A complete DJing tool, CrossDJ is a fully-fledged DJing controller. It features a full 2-channel mixer with 3-band EQs and Kills, preset Loops, 6 Locators, High-precision audio FX with X/Y control pad and much more. These professional features are what will no doubt make this application a reference in the DJing Market.  Eric Guez C.E.O. of MixVibes commented, “I believe that the iPad is and will become a serious DJing tool in years to come.”

In addition, CrossDJ takes advantage of the iPad/iPhone media management paradigm with fluid, rapid and intuitive browsing and loading. You can easily access all iTunes playlists and browse media using a Dynamic Triple Criteria Filter.

The audio stream can be split in order to be able to monitor tracks with headphones, which is essential for a professional mix.

Clean mixes and clear sound is what you are getting with CrossDJ!

Available from the App Store – Expected Launch Date: 7th May

Special launch price 7.99€ (ends 4th June) 

Normal price 14.99€

iPhone version launching summer 2012

CrossDJ – Main Features

A DJing Controller

Thanks to 10 years of expertise in DJing software, MixVibes brings you a professional iPad application including all the main DJing features you need to perform and control a seamless mix. The mixer section includes 2 players with 3-band equalizers, frequency kills, gains, 2 volume faders, a crossfader and 2 pitch sliders with adjustable range (4%, 6%, 8%, 16%, 32%, 100%).

FX Touch Pad and Vinyl Wheel

The interface features 2 deck views:  The “vinyl record deck” allows precise scratching and the possibility to cue a track as you would with a regular turntable. The “FX view” features a large X/Y control pad allowing you to explore the full extent and potential of the 13 audio FX. The “FX hold” feature allows you to lock down an audio effect on a precise setting point. These features are the gateway to a whole new spectrum of creative possibilities.

Two Loop Modes

The first mode is the regular loop mode with 8 different lengths of loops varying from 1/8 beat to 16 beats (4bars). The second mode is called “slip” mode. Here, loops are active only when a finger is pressed on the loop. While the loop is active the track keeps playing so that when you release the finger the musical flow is not affected.

Star Features

The BPM analysis algorithm used by CrossDJ has been fire-tested and perfected to the max for the iPad. This analysis is performed automatically the first time you load a track. Once analyzed, the mix is visually assisted with a sync meter and high definition waveforms. Thanks to the “Beatgrid” feature, mixes will be flawless and synchronized automatically. Edits to the beat grid are doable on-the-fly and saved to the collection.

www.digitaldjtips.com: “We think it is a contender for best elastic beatgridding of any DJ software”.

Headphone Monitoring: Split Output

CrossDJ offers the possibility to monitor the mix with headphones using multiple routing modes. The split routing allows monitoring, which means you are performing a mix in actual professional conditions. The default setting plays music directly through the master stream.

Media Management

CrossDJ is stocked with a combination of MixVibes’ multiple award-winning Media Management system and Apple’s intuitive track search paradigm. Media browsing is made through a multi-criteria filter or directly on the full size iPad keyboard. Hence, loading a new track is done in seconds.

www.djworx.com: “Given [MixVibes’] excellence in library management, the iPad version is equally endowed with solid library skills too.”

Sound

CrossDJ is compatible with most popular audio formats including every iTunes compatible format and many more. A pristine sound quality of CrossDJ will be offered through the headphone plug jack and the USB port.

Clean mixes and clear sound is what you are getting with CrossDJ!

The World’s First Professional DJing App” – Hmmm… that’s some big marketing words right there There are a number of apps which do more or less the same thing, just in different ways.

Having played a little at Messe, I’m pretty damned impressed. And the video also shows that DJs can do what a DJ is supposed to do, albeit one finger at a time. I think the guys at algoriddim needs to take note – I love djay, but this is hot.

Does this mean I’m going to have to buy an iPad again? Bugger. Looks like tablet DJing may well be coming of age.

  • kingpinn

    In my opinion, the Mixvibes software is for the home user, the Mixvibes GUI is far to busy, too many things telling you are in or out of time/phase, too many colours and the buttons/controls can only be described as some ones first attempt at making buttons on Photoshop. All they really need to do is tone down the sparkle and make a very straight forward DJing application. If they wanted to make something professional, they really need to pay attention to what the professionals use.

    Rane’s Serato is simple, easy to use and can run on pretty much any computer from the last 5 or 6 years without any issues. They have led the way and it only makes sense for other brands to learn from this.

    Native Instruments have made their Traktor software look, sound and feel amazing, but this has come at a price and that is high CPU usage, I use a Macbook Pro so I am able to use Traktor, but as the software progress’ I will have to upgrade my computer to use it!

    As a DJ who has used pretty much all of the software available, my advice to software manufacturers is: less is more, simplify your GUI and everyone benefits!

    These are just my opinions based from experience of using DJ software in clubs and in the studio.

    • lionel@mixvibes

      Hi KingPinn,

      Thank you very much for your inputs, indeed it helps the manufacturers. The GUI of DJ software is a matter of taste. Some DJ prefers Serato, NI or MixVibes. In the other hands, it is always difficult to include features that all our DJs are asking while keeping a clear interface.
      With CrossDJ for iPad, we have tried to include all the main professional features for Djing and keep the workflow clear to the end user. Thanks to the iPad technology, we can have different pane (FX, Jog wheel, loops,…). It is the same for the media management. The DJ can switch easily from one pane to another just by touching the screen.
      It is the version 1 and the early test has been very successful so far.
      But your opinion is more than valuable: manufacturers should always listen to DJs and this is what we are trying to do since 1999.

  • https://www.google.com/profiles/101315002926990446824 Trent Warren

    I like what I see in the app on the effects & loop side of things. I still think djay will have it beat [when you add in the iDJ Pro controller], but I hear Numark is working with MixVibes to incorporate MIDI connections… One more thing, can you guys do a review of Waves ‘Mashup App’ and compare the effects systems in all of the top iOS DJ apps: djay, DJ DEX, CrossDJ, etc…?

  • http://twitter.com/jayminho jayme pereira nunes

    i think its just a matter of time before NI comes up with a DJ APP

  • http://twitter.com/dj_cross_fade MUSIC HEADZ TV

    this is sick

  • https://www.google.com/profiles/102464862545895828316 Serjoka

    I really like the look and feel, clear and elegant, much better than any ohter App for iPad (DJay included). All of the controls are right where you expect to find them without having to open any annoyng dialog window for effetcts, cues and so on. It’s also great to have a X/Y pad. About coloring it reminds me a bit the new NI Kontrol F1 (Top color of the cue button, for example).

    But the overall approach, features and clever arrangement makes this app really engaging (still it’s an App, for very personal home purposes).

  • bbpmdj

    OMG How cool is this? Way Cool!!! I don’t have an Ipad, so I’m gonna have to wait for PM for BBPB…

  • BazylP

    “www.digitaldjtips.com: “We think it is a contender for best elastic beatgridding of any DJ software”.”

    Is this similar to warping in Ableton or Anchor Points in M-Audio Torq where you’ll be able to match tunes with irregular/inconsistent beats?

    Thanks
    BazylP

    • lionel@mixvibes

      Hi BazylP,

      The application allows you to edit the Beat Grid of a track. It automatically detects the BPM and the grid of a track. However, for some tracks which was recorded with a variable BPM, you can set the DownBeat, move forward or backward the Grid, shrink or extend the grid.

  • Huguesad

    I saw a couple of demos of CrossDJ for iPad at the frankfurt Musikmesse.
    Was totally amazed by what it has to offer.
    If you check out the video above, its not my taste of music but you can tell that this app has got a whole lot going on for itself.
    Obviously other player on that market are offering decent options but as a DJ and iPad owner this one got me really excited.
    this actually looks profesionnal and has what you need to offer a real mix.
    Of course you can always argue about this and that but technically its strong, I would event say innovative with the sweet fx touch pad!!

  • bbpmdj

    Think this is cool? So is the PaceMaker App for BlackBerry PlayBook… Right now in Beta, then should be out for everyone in June… I’ve see the Beta and it’s way cool… Just a couple of things for them to work on, then it will be ready for prime time! Just can’t wait!!!

  • Beatster

    Bottom line is the app is awesome.
    :)
    totally rocks!