Being the guy that makes algoriddim’s promo videos, I’ve always followed the comments on Youtube. Wading through the usual trolls and idiots, there have been a common longstanding question:
“When is the Windows version coming?”
And today, that question is answered. Literally, it’s today.
Here are the words:
Algoriddim Unveils djay Pro for Windows
Award-Winning djay Pro App Arrives on Windows 10, Integrating Spotify and Fully Leveraging Microsoft Surface Studio
(MUNICH, Germany) – April 10, 2017 – Algoriddim, creators of the world’s best selling DJ app with over 30 million downloads, today released djay Pro for Windows. The acclaimed DJ software has been recreated from the ground up for Windows 10, specifically leveraging the unique capabilities of the Microsoft Surface lineup. djay Pro delivers a unique experience that bridges desktop and touch interaction while seamlessly integrating with iTunes and Spotify, allowing users to mix millions of songs instantly.
“We’re thrilled to unveil djay Pro for Windows,” said Karim Morsy, CEO of Algoriddim. “Our mission has been to open up DJing to everyone. By introducing our app to Windows users for the first time, djay Pro has become a truly universal, cross-platform solution for all DJs. With direct access to Spotify and a native Windows 10 look and feel, djay Pro is the ultimate performance tool to mix music on Windows.”
“We are extremely delighted to see the award-winning djay Pro app come to the Windows Store,” said Adam Denning, Partner Group Program Manager at Microsoft. “This app showcases the power available for developers to build beautiful and engaging apps with the Universal Windows Platform. For us on the Windows Bridge for iOS team, it has been amazing to work with the brilliant minds at Algoriddim. Just as Algoriddim will create a world where every person can be an artist and bring their digital media to life, the Windows 10 Creators Update will empower everyone to create and share their best work.”
Over the past 10 years, Algoriddim established itself as a leading innovator of DJ software, winning numerous awards across multiple platforms. Partnering with top tier brands, Algoriddim has made DJing accessible to millions of users around the globe. djay Pro opens a new chapter for DJs on Windows as the first solution with native Spotify integration, including innovative features such as Surface Dial integration and a truly native Windows 10 experience.
Surface Studio and Surface Dial Integration
djay Pro fully leverages Surface Studio with its beautiful PixelSense display and it’s the first app to support location-aware Surface Dial integration. With Surface Dial users can browse their music library, scratch, scrub, loop, and precisely adjust knobs and filters on screen and for each deck individually, providing a first-of-its-kind interaction paradigm to DJs.
Built for Windows 10
djay Pro is built from the ground up as a native Windows 10 app using the Universal Windows Platform (UWP). By leveraging this modern foundation, users will be able to install the app through the Windows Store with a single click, requiring no additional setup. It can seamlessly leverage all available input methods such as keyboard, mouse, touch, pen, MIDI controllers, and the new Surface Dial to give the best possible control of all of djay Pro’s features.
Bridging Desktop and Touch
To take advantage of Algoriddim’s existing world-class technology for high-performance graphics, audio, and hardware integrations, djay Pro for Windows was built in collaboration with Microsoft using the Windows Bridge for iOS project. This enabled creating a truly cross-platform app that bridges desktop and touch devices, while at the same time feeling completely native on Windows 10. Its deep integration with the Windows platform delivers an immersive experience with low-latency audio, smooth graphics, and plug-and-play hardware support.
djay Pro is the first DJ software on Windows with official Spotify integration. It allows DJs to directly access their Spotify accounts 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. Using Match, an innovative feature that recommends tracks that go well with what the DJ is currently playing, users get an instant selection of tracks based on danceability, BPM, key, music style, and how well the song mixes with the currently playing track.
djay Pro integrates seamlessly with existing professional DJ hardware. In addition to supporting over 60 MIDI controllers out of the box by manufacturers such as Pioneer DJ, Numark, Reloop, and others, djay Pro also includes an advanced MIDI Learn system. This enables users to map each hardware control on their device to individual actions in djay Pro and customize their setup to match their style and performance needs.
Windows Store Link
djay Pro for Windows is available now for $49.99 (US) from the Windows Store.
djay Pro for Windows is compatible with any PC running Windows 10 Desktop Version 1607 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 djay users: http://www.spotify.com/djay
To learn more about using djay with Spotify visit http://www.algoriddim.com/spotify
Now you know
Those of you that follow DJWORX on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram will have seen me posting pictures of a Microsoft Surface Studio in the Worxlab. I was fortunate enough to have one as a guest for an all too brief moment in time, but was made available to me to shoot this video. It was also a very timely occurrence as my iMac had died, possibly for the last time the week before, so I have at least had a chance to play with one before they’re generally available.
I would say that I’m not the biggest fan of touch screen DJing. I definitely prefer physical controls to virtual ones. But I’m happy to report that my time with djay Pro on the Surface Studio has done a lot to change my mind. It was a total hoot — perhaps because I know djay Pro so well across all the platforms, but also because it’s optimised for Windows and touch screens, something that so far Apple has avoided for desktops machines. And I’d say it’s most definitely the form factor too — being a larger size definitely engaged me more than on an iPad Pro, which in comparison felt like an iPhone.
It is often said that DJing with a controller is a tad boring. And I would tend to agree, especially if you’re doing a 4 hour set in the corner of a bar. But I found myself entirely engaged with the Studio. Dragging and dropping tracks with my finger felt more like DJing that using a trackpad. It’s not good for the finer points of turntablism, but for the regular menu of digital DJ tricks, this is a really nice experience. And I did it all with Spotify too. Yes, there is enough old school Acid House on Spotify for me to knock together an impromptu mix.
On a totally unrelated side note for those that are interested, the Surface Studio is truly amazing for Photoshop, as is standing in front of a screen for a change. I would happily have one in the studio dedicated to photography. And I’m sure it’ll be even better once the dial is properly enabled.
FOR EVERYONE ELSE
djay Pro is finally here for Windows. Well Windows 10 at least, and bar the specifics of file management, it’s the same experience on Mac OS and iOS. All but video anyway, something that is missing in this first release. Like everything PC, there is a multitude of permutations of available hardware, making testing a lengthy process. It’s best to nail each part one at a time than hold back everything until it’s all ready.
But if you’re familiar with djay and djay Pro on other platforms, the experience is seamless. Everything is there — iTunes and Spotify, the effects store, sample packs… and all very immersive too. As a Mac user, I was happy to be shielded from Windows. But this is largely no different to any other bit of DJ software in this respect.
Many will rejoice at the long overdue arrival of djay Pro for Windows. And bar the lack of video, this is the same experience as other platforms. It’s available now for $49.99/£38.59.