Oh how times have changed for MixVibes. I remember the picnic table for a stand days running very early betas of V1 hoping that they’d run long enough for a demo. Now, almost a decade later, they have fully matured software running on Mac and PC – and now iPad, as Cross has now grown up from remote app to fully fledged app.
It’s unmistakably Cross. Visually it’s the same look and feel, but has been optimised to give you all the controls you need. Obviously not all on one screen, but neatly split down into logical sections. Cross for iPad ( I assume that’s the name) has full on screen jog wheels (responsive ones too), which toggle to give access to a large X-Y effects pad. They haven’t skimped on effects either – I counted 13 including filters.
Cross gives you all the usual stuff – loops, hot cues, EQs waveforms, beat grids, pitch control, sync – all the usual stuff that you’d want and expect from an iPad DJ app, including the necessary split cueing. And given Cross’s excellence in library management, the iPad version is equally endowed with solid library skills too.
The other thing is that you’ll be able to use controllers with it too. First it’ll be MixVibes’ own U-Control, but others will follow.
I didn’t spend anywhere near enough time with it, but did however get a good vibe from it. So much so in fact that given the predicted influx of iPad apps and products, I’ll have to reinvest in an iPad. I sold my original one, but it seems apparent to me that things have matured.
The app has been submitted to Apple for approval so it won’t be long now. It does however seem that MixVibes have beaten the other DVS companies to the app post, although I did see a much simpler iPad version of Deckadance at Musikmesse. We can only wait to see if or when Traktor, Scratch Live or Virtual DJ make a full on DJ app.