MixVibes didn’t only have an iPad version of Cross to show at Musikmesse, but also the next full release. Leapfrogging v1.8 and 1.9, v2 of Cross is upon us, and has some important and very useful updates thrown into the application.
So let’s have a look at what’s new in MixVibe’s own words:
- New redesigned modular user interface
- New 4 channel Mixer: 2 player channels + 2 sample channels
- 2 new assignable FX units with 2 parameters
- 2 x 8 pad sample decks with advanced performance features
- Quantize feature to eliminate rhythmic errors when using live samples
- Sample rolling frequency for a sequencer approach
- Access to 8 locators
- Loop locators, hot samples…
So Cross goes 2 + 2 channels. Works for me – 2 real decks for me is the minimum and maximum that I want. The other 2 channels being handed over to getting clever with samples is ideal. As far as I can remember, the sample decks can be one shot, loops or full tracks, and can also be synced to the master playing deck too.
It’s fair to say that the major players in the DJ software industry seem to be heading to a place of commonality, where they all have the same features, and it’ll be the detail that sets them apart. I feel that Cross leads the way for library management, Traktor for effects and Scratch Live/ITCH for ease of use. Virtual DJ 8 is about to unleash some pretty cool video features too. So it’s hard to pick a leader, but for me the overwhelming decider must be stability. All the most amazing bells and whistles in the world are useless if it crashes in front of a packed dance floor.
But I have high hopes for this v2. It’s had long enough to mature, and seems to have all the right features. It will be the execution of those features that matters. Probably looking at June for this to hit the digital streets. Expect a full review in due course.