While Android has languished in a distant second place to iOS in the pro audio stakes, the recently announced Android 5 bring with it some audio enhancements, ones that Algoriddim is all too keen to bring to their djay 2 app. Aside from improvements and bug fixes commensurate with a v2.1 release, there’s an all new free version to compliment the full powered one, as well as exploiting the new multi-channel features of Android to make the Pioneer DDJ-WeGO3 all Android plug and play. Check the above video to see it in action.
Some words from Algoriddim:
Algoriddim Announces Audio Enhancements for Android 5.0 Lollipop, Plus Free Version of djay 2 for Android with Spotify
Award-winning djay 2 app for Android now supports advanced performance features including low-latency, multi-channel audio output and full support for Pioneer’s DDJ-WeGO3 USB MIDI Controller
(MUNICH, Germany) – February 26, 2015 – Algoriddim, the world leader in mobile DJ apps, today released a major update to djay 2 for Android. Users will also be able to download djay FREE, a free version of djay 2 for Android with full Spotify access, music library integration, and a host of advanced features including Looping, Hot Cues, FX, and more.
“We’re very excited to bring djay FREE to Android. It will allow any Android user to download our award-winning app and experience the joy of mixing music,” said Karim Morsy, CEO of Algoriddim. “It’s also a giant milestone for audio apps on Android as we are introducing low-latency, multi-channel audio support to djay.”
Fully leveraging the enhanced audio capabilities of Android 5.0 Lollipop, djay 2 now supports USB audio devices with separate dual stereo outputs to allow users to prepare and preview the next song independent of the mix that is currently playing through the main speakers.
djay 2 and djay FREE are both seamlessly integrated with Pioneer’s DDJ-WeGO3, a dedicated USB MIDI controller for djay. This means users will gain full hardware control over the app allowing them to mix millions of songs from Spotify or the music library on their Android device.
A Spotify Premium subscription is required to access the Spotify music catalog. A seven day free trial of Spotify Premium is available to all djay users. To learn more about using Spotify with djay visit http://www.algoriddim.com/spotify.
djay FREE and djay 2 work on any Android device running Android 4.1 or higher. Support for the latest audio enhancements including support for multi-channel audio devices requires an Android device running Android 5.0 Lollipop.
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This release is quite a landmark for mobile based DJing. Because of the technical issues with Android, iOS has dominated the DJ and production sector. But with Android 5, the world of multi-channel audio is now possible. And in the video we made previously, and this one created by Algoriddim themselves, it’s clear that performance is getting better with each Android release.
But Android still has some way to go before it’ll be widely accepted. The new upgraded version has to be out in the wild for quite a bit longer yet, and have companies like Algoriddim take the punt on the platform. And while dominant on smartphones, but still lags a little behind iOS on tablets, which I suspect is the preferred mobile platform of choice for audio professionals.
Stay tuned, because the next story is all about mobile audio latency…