App of the Day: djay for iPad

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Algoriddim's djay for iPad, a tablet-optimized version of the popular DJ software for Macs, is one of the first apps to take advantage of the new audio options afforded by iOS 4.2. Yes, even you can beat match your tunes!

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What is it?

djay, iPad, $20. One of the first truly compelling DJ apps for the iPad, djay will let you load two songs from your iPod library, automatically detect and match their BPMs, crossfade between the two, speed and slow their pitches, set and trigger cue points, adjust EQ, and record all the magic as its happening. You can "scratch" the tiny little records—which awesomely are stamped the files' artwork—to manipulate playback, or drag your finger across a waveform to jump through a song. Or just hit "automix" and let the app do the work.

Who's it good for?

People who like the idea of being a DJ more than the reality of going out and buying a bunch of DJ equipment; people who consider themselves iPad music app enthusiasts; people who play their party playlists from their iPad; people who really enjoyed Kanye West's College Dropout-era chipmunk soul samples or that 800x slower Justin Bieber jam and want an easy way to make their own.

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Why's it better than alternatives?

It's beautifully designed, just like the Mac software that preceded it, and it eliminates the headache of iTunes file sharing by letting users draw from the songs they've already loaded on their iPad. It was built for iOS 4.2, so it works flawlessly with AirTunes and can run in the background while you surf the web or check your email. And—and!—it has an Automix option that will match and transition songs for you, basically taking the work out of this whole DJing business. Just stand by your iPad and make yourself look busy—everyone will be very impressed.

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How could it be even better?

One big thing that's missing, though I've been told it's slated for forthcoming updates, is the ability to set endpoints for loops and automatically loop sections of a song. It'd also be nice to have an easier way to pull up a certain group of songs—some sort of queue or tray or something—than tapping the add new song button and navigating through every time. Also, some more effects could be handy, as well as some additional options for the recording feature.

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You can grab djay in the App Store for $20.

For more apps, check out our weekly app roundups for iPhone, iPad, and Android

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DISCUSSION

Dj Orphic has prepared a statement for this article

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Listen, while using this app is technically Dj'ing and although it is a neat app you could never bring this to a real show without being laughed at, kicked off the stage, and possibly being blacklisted by promoters.

This is to real Dj'ing like a point and shoot camera is to a DSLR for professional photographers.

It is fine to play around with this, maybe use it for some house parties, but show up with this at a real party and you are like a wedding photographer showing up to a wedding with a point and shoot camera.

I personally have no problems with this app which may sound hard coming from a professional Dj of 9 years but I do have a problem with people not really looking into the depths of my craft if they have a serious interest.

Beat-matching is an awesome thing, it forces you to practice hard and it puts your ass on the line and it makes you really learn song structure, theme and composition which makes it easier to jump into music production like I have done.

Auto-syncing is like the "auto-tune" of the Dj'ing scene. It is cheating and the worst part is that it makes you lazy and it is not accurate in all situations and is prone to fail. When you have to perform without it you are going to sound like shit (think Ke$ha on SNL).

You would not believe how many fake ass Dj's I have seen rely on auto-sync, have it fail on them and get kicked off the stage.

If you really want to get into Dj'ing, maybe get this app to play around with but in the end look into something more professional, this is just a really neat toy.

I am not an elitist, I am a realist.

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Goes back to mixing records on his turntables.

#mixthatnoise