djay Pro 1.1 with Pioneer, Spotify, video, and the Apple Watch

djay Pro 1.1 with Pioneer, Spotify, video, and the Apple Watch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0NbXOFxLcA&feature=youtu.be

When algoriddim contacted me just before Musikmesse about another video project for the next release of djay pro, I was surprised as v1 had just come out. But when I found out what was coming, I totally understood. Because the supposed entry level Mac only app really deserves a seat at the top table, because djay Pro 1.1 now  works with the latest Pioneer players, 320K Spotify files, and has vjay for iOS’s video features built right in too. And there’s an Apple Watch app too.

Let’s first hear what algoriddim has to say about djay Pro 1.1:

Algoriddim introduces djay Pro 1.1 with live video mixing, native Pioneer CDJ/XDJ integration, and Spotify streams with up to 320kbp/s

(MUNICH, Germany) – April 23, 2015 – Algoriddim today released a major update to djay Pro, free to all existing users, with live video mixing, plug & play support for the Pioneer CDJ and XDJ line-up including enhanced Spotify integration.

The all-new video mode in djay Pro allows users to apply visualizers to their music and mix videos in real-time, all with stunning transitions, visual FX, title and image overlays, live A/V recording, and comes with extensive pre-bundled video content so users can get creative right away.

Furthermore, Algoriddim partnered with Pioneer DJ for a seamless plug-and-play integration of djay Pro with the CDJ-2000nexus, CDJ-900nexus, and XDJ-1000, the worldwide club standard for professional DJs. For the first time, users can access Spotify and iTunes playlists directly from the CDJ and XDJ screens including displaying waveforms, song information, and cue points.

Spotify integration in djay Pro now supports high quality bit rate with up to 320 kb/s.

New Features Overview Mix Audio + Video (HD)

  • Video library with pre-bundled content
  • Video mixing and scratching
  • Transitions (inkl. split a/v crossfader mode)
  • Audio reactive visualizers
  • Audio Visual FX / Visual FX (chain-able)
  • Live title & image overlays
  • Cue Points & Looping
  • A/V recording
  • External displays / Airplay

Pioneer CDJ/XDJ integration

  • Native support for Pioneer CDJ-2000nexus, CDJ-900nexus, and XDJ-1000
  • Guided plug & play setup
  • Full hardware control including slip mode, scratching, pitch bending, looping, cueing, master tempo
  • Full library navigation including Spotify, song information, waveform, and cue point display on the CDJ/XDJ screens

Advanced media library

  • iTunes + Spotify
  • New cover collection view
  • Song recommendations
  • Finder integration for local file system, external HDs,
  • Video library
  • History

Advanced features

  • Up to 8 cue points (synchronized via iCloud across Mac, iPad, iPhone)
  • External mixer mode
  • History sessions export as CSV, iTunes, or Spotify playlist
  • Support for high-quality bit rate (320 kb/s) when using Spotify
  • Enhanced MIDI support including Numark Mixtrack Quad and Mixtrack Edge, and Denon MC6000, MC6000MK2, MC2000

Official promo video: http://www.algoriddim.com/djay-mac/cdj-video

djay Pro + VJ mode demo video:

http://www.algoriddim.com/djay-mac/vj-video

djay Pro + Pioneer CDJ-2000Nexus scratch demo video:

http://www.algoriddim.com/djay-mac/cdj-scratch-video

Download on the Mac App Store:

http://www.algoriddim.com/store/djay-mac

Free trial:

https://www.algoriddim.com/files/djay_Pro.zip

Official web site:

http://www.algoriddim.com/djay-mac

djay Pro 1.1 is a free update for existing users and works on any Mac running OS X 10.9 or later. It is available on the Mac App Store for $49.99.

djay + Spotify:

A Spotify Premium subscription is required to access the Spotify music catalog. A 30 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.

algoriddim djay pro apple watch pioneer (1)
A slightly dusty XDJ-1000 showing four decks with djay Pro.

About djay Pro 1.1

There’s a lot to talk about here. The first is djay pro working with Pioneer players. Not all of them you understand, but the Pioneer Pioneer CDJ-2000nexus, CDJ-900nexus, and XDJ-1000 are supported. I had the XDJs to work with for the video, and it was a simple plug and play exercise, and while I only (only haha) had a pair, it looks like you can use and configure four decks.

Setup was easy — USB from each deck to my MacBook Pro was all that was needed, and I used RCAs from the XDJs to the DJM. It all works pretty well too. And while there are still some glitches to iron out, responsiveness is bang on the money, and being able to work with all the features including slip mode is more than I had hoped for. I had expected a worse experience than I had, but for the first incarnation of this support, I’m throughly impressed.

The best bit is that you can funnel your Spotify files (in glorious 320kps) into the CDJs as well, including artwork and waveforms. There’s a delay while the waveform is built, and the XDJ display isn’t as detailed, but it does work. The thing to remember is that djay is linked to both players, so if you scroll on one player, the Mac screen moves and this is also reflected on the other player too. This is much the same as they Numark NV and Kontrol S8 too, and is a limitation of the technology used to feed info from the laptop to the screens.

But in use, it’s still as good as using local files, albeit slower to get the full waveform experience, unless of course you’ve used the Spotify tracks before, in which case the waveforms are stored on your hard drive, as are cue points, and usefully there are now a full eight of them, a nod to the growing range of controllers being added. Numark and Denon users rejoice!

Last but not least is video. It’s an area that still wallows on the outer edges of DJ popularity, but is great to see finally making it into the Mac version. And it’s certainly ticking a lot of boxes, with the ability to mix and record in HD, as well as audio and visual effects, with text and image overlays is very nice indeed. The cherry on the top is the ability to do all this with controllers and other hardware. Yes, you can even use the listed Pioneer gear to scratch video. Here’s an audio scratch demo so you can see how well it works.

If this is v1.1, I can’t wait to see v2.

And now the Apple Watch version

It’s worth a read , and to watch the video too.

Algoriddim Transforms Apple Watch Into The World’s First Wearable DJ Controller

Apple Design Award winning app djay receives major updates across all Apple devices and arrives on Apple Watch

(MUNICH, Germany) – April 23, 2015 – Algoriddim, creators of the world leading mobile DJ app today released a major update to djay 2 for iPhone with seamless Apple Watch integration. Users of any skill level will now be able to use their Apple Watch as an interactive DJ system. Whether practicing on-the-go, mingling with guests at a party, or rocking out on the dance floor, djay on Apple Watch frees the DJ from the DJ booth and opens the door to completely new ways to mix tracks.

With djay on Apple Watch, users can browse their entire iTunes library plus cue up and mix their favorite songs, all while controlling audio effects and loops for each deck individually – right from their wrist. Or they can simply use Apple Watch to engage djay’s popular Automix feature that pulls tracks from Spotify and mixes them automatically.

“We extracted the essence of DJing and put it onto Apple Watch”, said Karim Morsy, CEO of Algoriddim. “We believe this will transform the workflow of the DJ. I’m confident to say that you can now perform a full DJ set right from your wrist and we can’t wait to see what our users come up with.”

djay 2 for iPhone ($2.99) with Apple Watch integration as well as djay 2 for iPad ($9.99) will be available FREE on the App Store for one week only.

djay for Apple Watch Features

Deck Controls

  • Library access: browse your iTunes music library and cue up tracks from your favorite playlists
  • Song loading: load the next song onto the deck
  • Song info: view all important information about the currently playing song at a glance: title, artist, album cover, remaining time, BPM, and key
  • Play/Pause: instantly start and stop playback of the deck
  • Seeking: navigate forward and backward within a song, in perfect sync with the beat
  • Looping: automatically loop sections of a song in perfect sync with the beat
  • Audio FX: choose from a list of stunning audio effects and apply them in real-time

Mixer and Transition Controls

  • Sync: automatically match the BPM of two songs and synchronize their beats with the tap of a button
  • Crossfade: gradually blend one song into the other for a seamless transition
  • Automix (via Force Touch on Mixer page): turn on Automix mode and let djay mix your favorite iTunes playlist automatically with beat-matched, DJ-style transitions

Automix mode

  • Automix: turn on Automix mode and let djay mix your favorite iTunes or Spotify playlist automatically with beat-matched, DJ-style transitions
  • Match: powered by Spotify, Match finds tracks that go well with what’s currently playing to create a seamless mix for you

Glances

  • Quickly see information about the currently playing song

Official video: https://youtu.be/gv9US7KulTc

Download: http://www.algoriddim.com/store/djay-iphonehttp://www.algoriddim.com/store/djay-ipad

Official web site:

http://www.algoriddim.com/djay-watch

Requirements

djay for Apple Watch requires an Apple Watch and djay 2 for iPhone (running iOS 8 or later)

djay + Spotify:

A Spotify Premium subscription is required to access the Spotify music catalog. A 30 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 apple watch

I get algoriddim making this. It’s an Apple device, and they have versions of djay for all the others so why not this one too? I think this more about “because we can” rather than aiming to replace conventional gear. I certainly don’t ever see djay for Apple Watch getting plugged into a controller. It’s probably best to view it as fun with potential accessory style uses (big airhorn button?), but I really can’t see it causing many, if any DJs to ditch their controller any time soon. So don’t get all bent out of shape about it — a kid with an Apple Watch is not taking your regular gig. But is could be helpful to use alongside the regular djay.

Summing Up

Apple Watch aside, djay Pro now absolutely deserves to me taken seriously by a great many more people. If the likes of Pioneer are opening up so wide that algoriddim can have a bash at their pro players, then that’s a testament as to how well regarded it is as apps go. It has all the key features necessary for DJs of all levels, and will only see them develop. I can only think that a Windows version would be very welcome, and the final icing on the cake being DVS.

Having got the core features nailed, I’m looking forward to watching (no pun intended) djay Pro develop. I already like djay Pro a lot, so for me it can only get better.

djay Pro 1.1 with Pioneer, Spotify, video, and the Apple Watch

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