While we can talk about major players in the software game, none of them are quite as ubiquitous across platforms as algoriddim’s djay suite of software. And with the release of djay Pro a couple of years ago and subsequent releases on iOS and Windows, it firmly staked its claim in the pro market. And now here’s djay Pro 2 for Mac, that takes the established features and makes them significantly better, and adds some cool new magic into the mix. Geddit? The mix? I’m wasted on you lot.
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Algoriddim Unveils djay Pro 2 for Mac
Next Generation of the Award-Winning djay Pro App Arrives on Mac, IntroducingArtificiallyIntelligentDJMixingviaSpotify,Beat-MatchedPhoto Visualization, and a Modernized User Interface to Mix Music Like Never Before
(MUNICH, Germany) – December 12, 2017 – Algoriddim, creators of the world’s best selling DJ app with over 30 million downloads, today released djay Pro 2 for Mac. The multiple award-winning DJ software has been taken to the next level with a modernized user interface, countless new features, and advanced music analysis tools that make it even easier for DJs to focus on their performance. djay Pro 2 allows users to directly access their Spotify account to find, play, and mix millions of songs in pristine sound quality with up to 320 kbps. Its extensive integration with Spotify’s Browse section provides curated playlists for DJs to instantly discover new music by mood, genre, and popularity.
“Algoriddim has redefined DJ software with djay Pro for Mac and iOS,” said Karim Morsy, CEO of Algoriddim. “This next generation of djay Pro adds a host of new features for live performance, playlist management, and music analysis. And we’re incredibly excited to introduce Automix AI, a revolutionary technology that will assist DJs and change the way people listen to music.”
Using machine learning and training sets from human DJs, Automix AI intelligently identifies rhythmic patterns and the best intro and outro sections of songs. Automix AI calculates optimal fade durations and automatically applies parameter changes to EQs and filters for a seamless transition. Beats and tempos are matched using Morph which ensures that a song’s BPM is maintained during a transition. This innovative song mixing technology allows for seamless cross-genre mixes with varying tempo.
Using Match, an innovative song recommendation engine powered by Spotify, users get a continuous queue based on danceability, BPM, key, and music style. Automix AI allows users to fully lean back and enjoy the mix, yet users still have full manual control over Automix AI settings on-the-fly, as well as the ability to change the source music at
any time. Using the transition button, users can trigger a seamless mix to the next song at any time.
Advanced Media Library: Spotify, iTunes, Videos, Photos, File System
Successful DJing is dependent upon having a well organised media library. New in djay Pro 2 is an advanced library management system that is built around a sophisticated integration with Spotify, iTunes, Video, Photos, and the file system. djay Pro 2 now also offers its own playlists that make music management easier than ever. These appear in their own tab in the library manager, and allow users to create their own custom and smart playlists. Via the split view, users can even manage their songs from iTunes and Spotify side by side. To help organize users playlists and quickly locate songs, djay Pro 2 includes a powerful Smart Filter. With 12 different criteria, users can create rules that display exactly what they need, either to create permanent playlists, or to temporarily find a specific song.
People love music as much as they love their photos. Therefore, djay Pro 2 introduces PhotoBeat and unifies music with photos in a first-of-its-kind way. Users can simply drag an album or a selection of photos onto the visual decks and djay Pro 2 instantly creates a perfectly beat-matched slideshow in perfect harmony with the music. Photos are cycled on beat and the rate can be adjusted on-the-fly in a range of a ¼ beat all the way up to 4 beats per photo. Users can also apply effects to their photos in just the same way as video, as well project the visual output via an external monitor through HDMI or AirPlay.
Every feature of djay Pro 2 has been carefully adapted for Accessibility, so vision impaired users can seamlessly dive into the experience. With VoiceOver enabled, users hear a description of everything happening on their screen through their headphones independent of the mix that is playing through the main speakers. This fundamentally transforms the workflow for vision impaired users and opens to them the door to live creativity on their Mac like never before.
Keyboard Shortcuts Editor
djay Pro 2 includes a full keyboard editor which allows users to assign any feature in djay Pro 2 to a custom keyboard shortcut. This is especially useful if users work with the Touch Bar or a hardware controller and want to add more instant features to their setup via the keyboard.
djay Pro 2 integrates seamlessly with existing professional DJ hardware and is officially certified by Pioneer DJ for plug and play integration with their CDJ line up, the worldwide standard for performing DJs. In addition, over 60 MIDI controllers are supported out of the box and can be re-mapped via djay Pro 2’s extensive MIDI learn system.
Cue Points and Loop saving: save and name up to 8 cue points and loops per song
Cue Loops: assign loop triggers to cue points
Split library: view iTunes, Spotify, Finder, and custom playlists side by side
Single Deck mode: preparation view with a bigger library, ideal for preparing sets
Smart Filters: instantly filter your playlists by BPM, key, date, genre and other metadata
New audio engine: high-res waveforms, post-fader FX, high-quality filters, extensible master output effects via Audio Unit plug-ins
Regulars here will be aware that I take on photography and video clients to keep DJWORX running. Algoriddim is one such client. And while I get paid to make such things for them, I have no regular input into the product (other than the occasional idea), neither does getting paid by them buy my opinion. And for full disclosure, our Dan writes the manuals for algoriddim too.
So about djay Pro 2 — I know many of you won’t set foot outside the safe places of the usual software suspects. But with each release I find myself increasingly impressed with djay Pro. Granted, you can be forgiven if you’re a DVS user, because djay Pro doesn’t do that. But for great many other users, djay Pro 2 has a great deal to offer, and some of that isn’t offered in your safe places.
Now I could talk about all the new features, but I made the above video about that already. But it’s good to see djay Pro 2 updating elements to bring them in line with the competition. There’s still some way to go, but the good people at algoriddim keep working hard to level the playing field.
I could ramble on about djay Pro 2, but having just spent well over a week playing with it in into the wee small hours, I’ll leave you with the ample written and video words to chew over and dissect. I’ll be at a Christmas dinner while you do, but will happily answer any questions upon my return.