Recording your DJ mixes is a bit of a minefield. If you have a spare output that isn’t hotter than the surface of the sun, then you could hang all manner of devices off the back of your mixer, provided “the sound guy” doesn’t rip your arm off for messing with his setup. But in the digital age with mixers and recording devices being more like computers than audio equipment, you’d think that there would be easier ways to record your sets. Well it seems that Pioneer DJ has decided to make good use of the USB ports on their DJMs and have introduced the DJM-REC app for iOS.
It is literally hanging your iOS device off the port of selected DJMs and hitting the red button in the app. But obviously there’s a little more to it than that:
For the Record: New DJM-REC recording app enables DJs to easily record mixes –
Simple set-up plus seamless sharing and streaming
23rd January 2018: We’re releasing DJM-REC, a new app for iPhone and iPad which enables the easy recording and sharing of high-quality DJ mixes.
All types of DJs like to record their mixes in order to review performances and raise their profile via online sharing. However, it can be a stressful process. Connecting a recording device to the back of the mixer can be complicated work in a dark DJ booth, and adjusting the recording level to avoid clipping is also a troublesome task. Once the set is over, making a track list and uploading it to different online platforms along with the audio is a time-consuming chore.
DJM-REC solves all these problems, taking advantage of our experience in designing DJ Mixers including the club-standard DJM-900NXS2. The app offers simple connection, high-quality audio recording plus easy online sharing and streaming.
DJM-REC is available in the App Store at the price of £9.99 from 23rd January 2018.
You can try DJM-REC free for 30 days to get to know all of its features. Mixes recorded during the trial period will remain available for listening and sharing after the trial has ended. To continue recording and using all the app’s features after the trial period has ended, you can upgrade to the paid version.
DJM-REC compatible mixers are as follows: DJM-TOUR1, DJM-900NXS2, DJM-750MK2 and DJM-450
To use DJM-REC, update the mixer’s firmware to the latest version.
KEY FEATURES OF DJM-REC
- Simple connection to DJM series mixers
Install DJM-REC on your iPhone or iPad, then simply plug into any DJM mixer which has the digital send/return feature using a single USB cable. The port is on the top of the mixer rather than the back, so connecting is a breeze even in a dark DJ booth.
- High-quality recording which minimises clipping and distortion
DJM-REC can control the peak limiter in the DJM Mixer. Tap the button to enable this feature and alleviate digital clipping. Audio from a digital mixer can be recorded directly in digital format without the need for analogue conversion.
- Easily share your mixes with the world
Effortlessly live stream your mix through YouTube, Facebook Live, Periscope, Instagram and Snapchat via DJM-REC. Easily upload your recorded mixes, digital recordings of your analogue tracks, and remixed tracks created using features and FX on DJM mixers to cloud services such as Mixcloud and Dropbox.
- Auto time-stamp for effortless track list creation
Time-stamps for tracks are automatically created thanks to the information transmitted from the DJM mixer, such as the fader positions, to the app. The time-stamps are editable and making track lists is easy, as you can edit track information per time-stamp within the app.
- Powerful club-standard sound, remastered easily
Swipe the Loudness slider on DJM-REC to easily increase audio pressure. Punchy, heavier, vibrant bass sound that can’t be obtained by simply raising the signal level of the low range is created when you swipe the Sub Bass slider, as this creates new signals based on the track’s input signals. Old tracks can be refreshed with a powerful club sound, just like the latest releases.
- Other features
- Recorded sound on your iPhone/iPad can be input into DJM series mixers using the digital send/return feature.
- Analogue recording in the app is possible using the microphone function on an iPhone/iPad with an external microphone when your device isn’t connected to a DJM mixer.
OS(iOS) iOS 8 or later iPhone iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6 Plus,
iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6,
iPhone 5s, iPhone SE
iPad 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro,
9.7-inch iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Air,
iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2,
iPad (5th generation)
Display Resolution Retina Playable Files WAV(Sampling rate: 44.1/48 kHz, Bit depth: 24bit)
AAC (bit rate 64kbps, 128kbps, 192kbps, 256kbps, 320kbps)
As simple as it sounds?
Yes. If your DJM is capable, you simply run the app and plug your phone into a USB port on the top. It’s a fully digital process that uses the send/receive USB feature, and also has a limiter for earn things get a bit on top in the heat of the mix.
A very cool feature is time stamping. Seemingly based on fader position, the recorded mix will get time stamps that will allow for easy track listing. This in turn is especially useful when used with the built-in social sharing features. You can for example stream your mixes live, or throw them directly into Mixcloud.
It’s a devilishly simple approach, made easier by the DJM’s USB architecture. It would be nice if other apps appeared that supported other USB mixers. The app is available in the App Store and costs £9.99, although listed as free with a 30 trial.