Not that long ago, Mixvibes added support for an external MIDI controller to the Android version of Cross DJ, with the promise that more supported hardware on the way. Well, Mixvibes delivers! Cross DJ for Android now officially works with both the Pioneer DDJ-SB and DDJ-WeGO2, along with the already-supported Mixvibes U-Mix Control.
Here’s the press release for your perusal…
Paris, France – November 11, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mixvibes announces Cross DJ Pro for Android with Pioneer DDJ-SB & Pioneer DDJ-WeGO2 support Mixvibes enlarges the range of Cross DJ Pro compatible hardware for Android by adding 2 new controllers: Pioneer DDJ-SB & DDJ-WeGO2. After taking a first step in the Android MIDI control with the U-Mix Control Pro, Mixvibes takes another step forward.
What you need for MIDI control
- Pioneer DDJ-SB, Pioneer DDJ-WeGO2 or Mixvibes U-Mix Control
- 1 OTG cable
- 1 powered USB hub
- 1 Android device with Cross DJ Pro for Android
How to connect
Go through thoses 3 simple steps:
- Power the controller by plugging it in the USB hub
- Connect Android device to the USB hub using the OTG cable
- Go to Advanced settings and hit Connect
Watch tutorial videos:
Pioneer DDJ-SB: http://youtu.be/XRAao2CFfQc – Pioneer DDJ-WeGO2: http://youtu.be/KRP_Cy3jQM4
Combine the control possibilities of hardware with the flexibility of touch screen thanks to a smart mapping of all controls: scratch, EQs, sampler, hot-cues, loops, pitch bend, browse and load tracks, effects & more.
Pricing and availability
The paid version of Cross DJ becomes Cross DJ Pro, and is available at 8,99€ / $9,99 / £6,99 Update is free for all current users. MIDI control is available only in Cross DJ Pro
Amazon Store: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KKMA49K
- Accurate BPM detection of your music, down to the last decimal.
- Stable Sync: one-press, and the 2 tracks never go out of phase.
- Split Mono: Pre-listen your music tracks before mixing them.
- Customizable, manual pitch range (4, 8, 16, 32, 100%) + progressive & manual pitch bend.
- Accurate Beat-grid editing: make any track sync properly.
- Quantize feature: hot cues and loops are automatically set on the beat.
- Smart-seek: Tap on the waveform to fast-forward & get a seamless jump.
- Automix: let Cross DJ mix your tracks and play music automatically, from any sources.
- External mixer: control EQs and crossfader with hardware mixers.
- Low latency: music reacts instantly to your actions.
- Extremely realistic scratch sound as on real turntables.
- 15 effects (Bi-filter, Low-pass, Hi-Pass, Delay, Echo, Phaser, Flanger, Cut, Roll, etc.)
- Keylock mode: change BPM without affecting the tone.
- Key detection: detect the key of the songs and know which tracks sound good together.
- No load time when starting-up the app.
- Autogain: automatically equalizes the levels of 2 tracks.
- 2 turntables, full-fledged 3-band EQ mixer – with DJM EQ preset.
- Sampler: 14 sample banks + record your own samples + quantized loops
- Mix Soundcloud: Explore, play and mix all SoundCloud.
- New Waveform view: scratch & see the music + set cue accurately.
- New Separate tabs: swipe to display different panels on each side.
- Crossfader with 3 modes: cut, autofade, normal.
- Compatible with MP3s, AAC, FLAC and more.
- Multiple sorting options: sort your library by title, artist, album, BPM or length.
- Navigation by folder.
- Large control pads: XY effect pad, 16 hot-cues pads.
- HQ live recording of your mixes. Optimized for mobile & tablet.
- Midi mapping: Mixvibes U-Mix Control, Pioneer DDJ-SB, Pioneer DDJ-WeGO2
- Minimum configuration required Android 4.1 4″ screen, RAM 1GB, Dual-core processor
Mixvibes has been developing DJ apps for Mac/PC, iOS & Android for more than 10 years.
My (quick) take
Neither the DDJ-SB nor the WeGO2 are anywhere near top tier of Pioneer’s DJ controller range, but they aren’t anything to be sniffed at either, and would certainly rock a party, no problems. You’ll still have to plug into the headphone cable on your mobile device, so the audio interface on the controllers will unfortunately remain unused when connected to Android.
This is still baby steps in the right direction though, and we can hope that more controllers will be brought into the fold. So what do we want to see next on the app? Personally, I’ve asked Mixvibes for a small but useful feature… the ability to set a default music folder. As it stands, every time you exit the app, it doesn’t remember where you last were in the folder browser. Being able to set a specific folder to show when browsing would be really useful!
What do you think is missing from Cross DJ? What controllers do you want to see supported?