Macworld Masterclass: Practise your DJing skills on an iPad

Create awesome DJ mixes with djay’s virtual decks and mixer

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  • Intro 1
  • 1. Dig into your record box 2
  • 2. Dig a bit deeper 3
  • 3. Line 'em up 4
  • 4. Mix and Match 5
  • 5. Feeling itchy yet? 6
  • 6. Record your mix 7
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Step 1 of 7: Intro

Is it really possible to DJ in iOS with Algoriddim’s djay app? Well... yes, and it works better than you’d think. You can cue, mix, scratch and loop songs from your iTunes library, record your set, and then export it to your computer. To cue properly, you’ll need a cable, such as the Griffin DJ cable, which separates the main and cue mix outputs. 

Here we’re looking at the iPad version, but it’s available for the iPhone and iPod touch (69p) and Mac OS X (£17.49) as well.

Vital Info

Device: iPad
Difficulty: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes

What you need

dJay app (£13.99)
iTunes library
Cable to split master and cue outputs (recommended)

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Is it really possible to DJ in iOS with Algoriddim’s djay app? Well... yes, and it works better than you’d think. You can cue, mix, scratch and loop songs from your iTunes library, record your set, and then export it to your computer. To cue properly, you’ll need a cable, such as the Griffin DJ cable, which separates the main and cue mix outputs. 

Here we’re looking at the iPad version, but it’s available for the iPhone and iPod touch (69p) and Mac OS X (£17.49) as well.

Vital Info

Device: iPad
Difficulty: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes

What you need

dJay app (£13.99)
iTunes library
Cable to split master and cue outputs (recommended)

Step 2 of 7: 1. Dig into your record box

Launch djay, and tap on the music icon for Deck A. Navigate to the first song you want to play.

Step 3 of 7: 2. Dig a bit deeper

Repeat for Deck B. djay calculates the beats per minute (BPM) of the songs. Start Deck A. Tap the ‘Sync’ button for Deck B.

Step 4 of 7: 3. Line 'em up

Cue Deck B by dragging the vinyl and positioning the start point according to the zoomed waveform at the top.

Step 5 of 7: 4. Mix and Match

Start Deck B, and crossfade between the decks. Tap ‘Sync’ again to nudge B by ½ a beat if necessary.

Step 6 of 7: 5. Feeling itchy yet?

Grab the vinyl and scratch away, like the real thing, or scratch with two fingers for synced crossfading between playing songs.

Step 7 of 7: 6. Record your mix

Tap the ‘Record’ button before your set, and djay will capture everything. Then you can export it to iTunes afterwards.

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