iPad DJs Show You How It's Done (Literally and Figuratively)

Cut past the nerdy hipster schtick, and—if you're not trying to DIY—the technical orientation. Starting at 5:20, these guys bust a surprisingly palatable mashup of Prince, Vampire Weekend, G'N'R, Eurythmics and... I Dream of Jeannie.

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We've seen other iPad DJs, and God knows we're going to see a lot more, in every style. But I like how this duo explains the main point of their novelty twist: To go wireless, and do their mixin' away from the computer. As one of the Andrews so cogently puts it, "I don't think you could ever do this with vinyl." Go ahead, try this at home. [Thanks Andrew Andrew!]

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James A Nguyen

If I'm understanding this correctly—they don't do a very good job of explaining—

they're using the ipad as a midi controller to control Ableton Live? Yawn. Far from innovative other than the shtick that it's an iPad. This isn't any different from any dj/musician using a phsyical midi controller to use the same Ableton software on the laptop.

Paul Van Dyk for example has been doing concerts w/ Ableton for years.

This guy, Dj Enferno, has been doing some *wicked* live shit using traditional turntables, Serato, Ableton live, and physical midi controllers.

[www.djenferno.com]

Thought this might be interesting. But alas, it wasn't. I'm a traditional DJ but I love seeing ppl coming up w/ new, innovative ideas that leverage tech. These guys however really aren't leveraging any new ideas at all. Unless I'm fundamentally missing something in their setup.