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There's a lot of ipad DJ apps out there, but the most advanced app for djing is definitely the new Djay app. It's a full virtual turntable interface that lets you DJ and scratch records from your music library. Most notably is the app's ability take 2 songs and automatically beat-match them for you, through an advanced beat analysis algorithm they developed. If you're using it at a party, you can use Airplay to stream your sets into speakers and then record your live set into an AIFF file. The Djay app is $19.99, but it's worth every penny and no other ipad dj app comes even close to the capability of Djay.
Here's a promo video of this amazing iPad dj app:
It's not out yet, but the Mixr iPad dj app is looking hot! I've been lucky enough to try it out and I think it will give Djay a run for it's $$. You use the iPad's touch screen to manipulate virtual records by hand, just like on a standard DJ turntable. The app features two decks with pitch control and mixer functions where tracks can be easily added onto the turntables via drag and drop. Cue tracks and precisely beat match them together. It's the closest thing to a real DJ experience that can rival Djay.
Check out this dope iPad dj app in action!!
I have the BabyDecks DJ app and love it. It was the first turntable/djing app on the iPad so It looks a little outdated compared to the Djay app. However, it's a very high quality app, and everything works as expected. The downside is that there's no recording feature, and it's on the pricey side at $24.99.
This app is so easy to use, even a cat can DJ with it
JK, for real tho, here's a better video showing off a bit of what the Baby Decks app can do:
If you want to spruce up your library with more loops and samples that you can use while djing, you may want to download a few of the Groovemaker apps. It's a great way to dj on your iPad. Each app comes stocked with hundreds of loops that you can mix on the fly and create tracks in real-time while djing. It's easy to create and record songs by mixing drum parts, loops, and samples together. The app is ideal for live music at parties and allows you make a recording of your sets. There's an app for every genre–hip hop, house, rock, etc.
Analog Scratch DJ is an awesome dj app! It looks like the real thing and is great for real time cueing, mixing, and scratching records. You can even hook up a mic to it and MC. Much better than the Baby Decks app, for sure.
I think DJ Mixer 3 is the best free app for djing. It lets you scratch music on your ipad and even import music from your ipod into your Ipad, which not many other apps will let you do. It has turntables and headphone monitoring and you can speed up the record you can dj with it by just picking 2 songs a pressing 'mix'. The best part about this app is that it's FREE (at least for now)!
Sonorasaurus Rex is the best iPad dj app! There's no turntables, but the interface design and layout of the app is brilliant and it has the perfect set of controls for live mixing, waveform scrubbing, and cueing. The app is not perfect for djing, but it's very usable especially on the ipad, and I feel my money was well spent.
The new MidiPad app isn't out yet, but it's already one of my best dj/music production apps for the iPad. MidiPad lets you use your iPad as midi controller that can wirelessly control the DJ software running on your Mac (Ableton, Mackie, etc.) via network-MIDI-protocol. It has a clean, minimal interface and can be used to program any midiable function. At times when you don't have an internet connection, you can even create an adhoc wifi network between your laptop and iPad without any noticeable latency. Check it out:
MixxMuse DJ is a futuristic dj app worth checking out:
As a DJ just starting out, I use the 2 TurnTables app. It's the best iPad dj app for beginners, it lets you mix 2 songs on your iPad in a simple way. Overall it's a super basic but effective dj app for just mixing songs together, with independent volume controls and a cross fader. It can also play music in the background while your other ipad apps are running.
You should try DJDeckX. It's a basic iPad app for djing, and should do what you want. The basic mixing functionality is there and it works relatively well, although setting cute points and scrubbing through tracks can be tricky. Other than that, I love the app, it's worth the $$.
I use IDJ. I like it because it's made by turntable maker Numark, it's very very basic, no turntable visuals or anything, but basic enough to dj with. It's also great for creating playlists with no breaks between the songs with crossfade and beat matching. I haven't found a better app that can do this for the price.
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