djay Pro for Mac: Pioneer DJ TOUR1, NXS2, Link added

DISCLOSURE: I’ve done some freelance work with Algoriddim.
It’s been a while since there was an update to the macOS version of djay Pro, Algoriddim’s flagship DJ software. That might be because it’s already pretty fully featured, but when has that stopped anyone? Now we have djay Pro for Mac version 1.4.3.

This latest update has the usual fixes and tweaks you’d expect, but also brings with it plug & play support for some heavyweight DJ gear, including Pioneer’s TOUR1 festival installation. There’s also complete support for Pioneer Link, the ethernet cable connection that lets Pioneer gear talk to each other. This basically means you just need one USB cable plugged into your laptop to get you mix on.

During the last MacBook Pro keynote, Apple showed off the new Touch Bar using a version of djay Pro with the feature integrated. So far, it’s only been available internally to the Algoriddim team. Now though, it’s released into the wild, included in this update.

There’s also better Spotify integration. It isn’t a huge change, but users can now browse the curated playlists within Spotify, directly from djay Pro itself. There’s also an improved syncing system that is better at coping with variable BPM music… Something I really wish Traktor had!

Check out what’s new direct from them below.

We’re excited to announce a free update to our Apple Design Award winning djay Pro software for Mac. The update comes with major new features including plug & play support for Pioneer DJ NXS2/TOUR1 set-ups and enhanced Touch Bar integration on the new MacBook Pro.

New in djay Pro is also an extensive integration with Spotify’s Browse section, so you can mix curated playlists and instantly discover new music by mood, genre, and popularity. Get a free trial of Spotify Premium to check it out.

What’s New in Version 1.4.3

  • Added plug & play support for Pioneer DJ CDJ-2000NXS2/TOUR1 and DJM-900NXS2/TOUR1 (Pioneer DJ certified
  • LAN Link: Connect multiple CDJ-2000NXS2/TOUR1 with a single USB cable via DJM-900NXS2/TOUR1
  • Added plug & play support for Pioneer DDJ-RB DJ DJ controller
  • Added plug & play support for Numark Mixtrack Platinum DJ controller
  • All-new Spotify browse section: explore by new releases, featured playlists, genres, and moods
  • Enhanced Touch Bar integration: new library and mixer modes, manual deck selection, and more
  • New improved adaptive sync mode for straight and variable beat grids
  • Improved Pioneer CDJ/XDJ integration for all models
  • Added MIDI mapping actions for 1/3 and 3/4 auto loop, skipping 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 beats, and toggling elapsed/remaining time
  • Fixed sync mode loosing sync with some songs
  • Fixed sync mode sometimes not correctly using half/double BPM
  • Fixed slip mode when using manual loop in/out
  • Fixed track preview in media library when selected track was not visible in track list
  • Fixed track list not being selected when ending song preview
  • Fixed song ratings incorrectly using album ratings for album songs without ratings
  • Fixed artist/title display sometimes not being updated
  • Fixed Reloop Mixon 4 mapping issues
  • Various fixes and performance improvements

My thoughts

I feel like a fairly big deal should be made about the fact that not only does djay Pro support the Link functionality, but (correct me if I’m wrong) it’s the only software to use the TOUR1 system for control. If you’re royalty or an oligarch and fancy using your laptop to mix some videos on your DJ setup, now you can! The rest of the updates are pretty much building on what’s there, and the bug fixes are welcomed.

What i’d like to see added in the future is much more for personal preference. The software is already pretty mature on macOS. First thing that would be cool is some MIDI clock or Ableton Link. Coupled with the adaptive internal sync, you could get Maschine or Ableton slaved to some disco classics. I’d also like to have better support for Traktor hardware. Not only are the S-series controllers pretty ubiquitous, but so are the likes of the X1, D2 or F1. Mappings for those would be very welcome. I could even dream of getting the controllers with screens working.

Your thoughts

Do you use djay Pro? What’s your experience with the software?

You can buy djay Pro for Mac from the App Store. Existing users get the update for free.