Despite the current technical limitations, it would appear that support for the Android platform is gathering pace in the DJ world. MixVibes made the bold move and put out a version of Cross DJ (now at v2) that seems to be garnering much praise and just about all of the market share. But algoriddim has been watching, waiting, and working hard on converting their iOS scene defining djay onto Android. And today, they’re releasing that app — say hello to djay 2 for Android.
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ALGORIDDIM UNVEILS AWARD-WINNING
DJAY 2 APP FOR ANDROID
Top DJ App With Full Spotify Integration Has Arrived On The Android Platform
(Munich, Germany) – October 28, 2014 – Algoriddim, the world leader in mobile DJ applications, today announced that its best-selling iOS app, djay 2, is now available on Android. djay 2 runs on all popular Android smartphones and tablets regardless of screen size and resolution, and delivers unprecedented low latency audio performance on the Android platform.
djay, downloaded by over 15 million users on iOS, now turns any Android device into a full–featured DJ system. Seamlessly integrating with Spotify, djay 2 gives users direct access to mix millions of songs instantly. Whether a professional DJ using the app’s advanced MIDI capabilities or a beginner who simply loves to play with music, djay 2 offers the most intuitive yet powerful DJ experience on an Android device.
For users who just want to lean back and have a continuous music mix at their next party, Automix in djay 2 allows users to pick their favorite tracks and automatically mixes these tracks for them with beatmatched, DJ-style transitions. This means users can step away and enjoy live DJ mixes based on their personal musical taste. All with the simple tap of a button.
“We’ve constantly been pushing the boundaries of what’s possible on a mobile device and made DJing accessible to millions around the globe.”, says Karim Morsy, CEO of Algoriddim. “We’re thrilled to bring djay 2 to Android and introduce a new era for high performance audio applications on the platform.”
Algoriddim has partnered with Spotify to give Android users a fully integrated DJ experience. For the first time Spotify Premium users on Android can mix millions of songs, and using Match, they’ll also get real-time, intelligent suggestions on what to play next. Match, powered by The Echo Nest’s analysis of all the music on Spotify, is an innovative, first-of-its-kind feature that recommends tracks that go well with what the DJ is currently playing
“With the launch of Djay 2 to iOS, we made it easier than ever to access and DJ millions of songs,” says Ronald Pompa, Product Platform Owner at Spotify. “Now, Android users can join in and start mixing. Djay 2 will help music fans around the world, regardless of their skill level, select the right track for their set – or simply lean back and let Djay 2 turn any Spotify playlist into a slick DJ set”.
- Spotify integration
- Android Music library integration
- Colored HD Waveforms™
- Live Recording
- Sampler with bundled sound packs by Snoop Dogg and other artists
- Match: intelligent song recommendation engine powered by The Echo Nest
- Pre-cueing with headphones (works with Griffin DJ Cable)
- Mixer, Tempo, Pitch-Bend, Filter and EQ controls
- Looping & Cue Points
- Time-stretching (change tempo without affecting pitch)
- Automatic beat & tempo detection
- Audio FX: Flanger, Phaser, Echo, Gate, Bit Crusher powered by Sugar Bytes
- Support for all major audio formats
- Support for streaming to Bluetooth devices
- Professional MIDI hardware integration (works with Reloop Beatpad)
- High quality audio analysis and processing by zplane.development, including élastique efficient V2 and [aufTAKT]
- Exclusive WARP FX for users of SONY Xperia devices.
To see the official video of the new djay 2 for Android in action go to:
Watch DMC Champion DJ Rasp perform with djay 2 for Android:
djay 2 is now available on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore for a special limited time introductory price of $2.99.
djay 2 works with smartphones and tablets running Android 4.1 or later.
A Spotify Premium subscription is required to access the Spotify music catalog from djay 2. A FREE trial of Spotify Premium is available. To learn more about using Spotify with djay 2 visit http://www.algoriddim.com/spotify.
As ever, my friends at algoriddim contracted my video making skills to create both the promo video and to shot the demo with DJ Rasp. I had no involvement in the product or its development whatsoever.
Finally for Android
Every time I make a video for djay, I follow the comments on Youtube for feedback on the videos themselves. But there’s always an overwhelming message to be read — where’s the Android version? Well it’s here, and it works. And with Spotify too.
It’s not like algoriddim has been sitting around with nothing to do — the Android platform is huge and varied, and aside from circumventing the technical issues, each device is different. It’s not a simple matter of porting iOS to a one-size-fits-all Android version and hoping it works. I’m told that they have been working with over 40 different devices, with interesting results. Some very low end phones outshone some very expensive devices from a performance perspective.
It’s worth pointing out that because of the current technical limitations, djay 2 for Android is still missing key features. Some small (sample editing and vinyl graphical representation spring to mind), but the biggest is still having to split the headphone stereo to mono via a cable such as the Griffin DJ cable. The latency is a real mixed bag as well. In testing, I found that the Google Nexus devices offered the best performance with scratching and hitting buttons.
To be clear — while pointing out issues that are at the very top end of what Android technology can handle, for those just wanting to mix, djay 2 for Android can do that just fine, and has all the tools you need.
It will get better very quickly
Here’s the thing — Android L is just around the corner, and with comes better performance and true multi-channel audio, thus putting it on a more even footing with its iOS sibling. But it was important for algoriddim to stake their claim on the Android platform, and I feel that many of the things missing compared to the iOS version will be added quickly. Even while we were filming the DJ Rasp demo, they added scratch curve and fader reverse while we waited. In no time the iOS and Android versions will be like for like, and probably having some magic on each platform that the other doesn’t have.