djay (software)

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djay
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djay Main Window
Developer(s) algoriddim
Stable release 4.2.3 / 12 September 2014
Operating system Mac OS X, iOS
Type Music software
License Proprietary
Website http://www.algoriddim.com

djay is a digital music mixing software program for Mac OS X, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch created by the German company algoriddim. It allows playback and mixing of digital audio files with a user interface that tries to simulate the concept of "two turntables and a microphone" on a computer. Before the commercial release in November 2007, djay had initially been released as freeware in June 2006.[1] In December 2010 the software was also released for the iPad,[2] and subsequently for iPhone and iPod touch in March 2011.[3]

Compared to professional DJ software like Traktor Scratch and Serato Scratch Live, the software aims to be easier to use and to have a look and feel more akin to other Mac software.[4][5] Its interface consists of two turntables, a mixer and a music library showing songs and playlists from iTunes.

djay for iPad received an Apple Design Award in 2011.[6]

Features[edit]

iTunes integration[edit]

With iTunes integration build right into Djay the user can mix songs directly from the iTunes library. It provides the option of browsing the library in more ways than ever, be it by Playlist, Artist, Album, Genre, Key or History. Simply dragging songs onto the turntables in Djay, transforms them into virtual records complete with album art.

Automix[edit]

Automix mode enables Djay to automatically mix songs from the iTunes library, and play them instantaneously with seamless DJ-style transitions. Using the Automix Queue the user can step in any time and queue up tracks on-the-fly.

Perfect transitions[edit]

Djay's on-the-fly beat and tempo detection allows the user to easily match the BPM of two songs for a perfect transition. On pressing the SYNC button the software automatically syncs the BPM of the two songs so that both are aligned seamlessly.

Record live performance[edit]

Djay lets the user record live mixes and save them in high-quality sound files. It also contains a built-in organizer arranges, previews or exports your recordings.

Multi-Touch trackpad control[edit]

Mac has a convenient tool built into it called the Multi-Touch trackpad. Djay can dynamically utilize this trackpad to fully control the software with versatile Multi-Touch gestures. For example, a rotating gestures can adjust the EQ, while two finger swipe gesture can scratch the record and operate the crossfader.

Visual mixing with waveforms[edit]

Preparing a perfect transition is the art of DJing and Djay makes this easier but proving an advanced audio wave form display that gives an overview of a song's structure and allows the user to visually cue to specific points in order to prepare the prefect transition.

Live sampler[edit]

Djay comes with a built-in sample pack featuring 20 high quality sounds made by ueberschal, one of the leading companies in the sampling industry. In addition, djay allows the user to create custom samples from the turntables or the microphone.

Mixer and EQ controls[edit]

Djay consists of a 3-band equalizers, gain, line faders, and a crossfader that provide the user with all the tools needed for a DJ setup to seamlessly blend one song into another.

Harmonic Match™[edit]

Finding two songs that complement each other is one of the most challenging tasks when mixing music – for beginners and pro DJs alike. With the introduction of Harmonic Match, Djay automatically detects a song’s key and matches it to songs of the same key within the iTunes music library. It also allows the user to transpose songs into different keys, and even sort the entire music library by key.

High-quality audio FX[edit]

Djay includes three FX control panes for different mixing styles: an easy to use one-touch panel for instant FX, a more advanced custom pane, and a highly innovative 2D touch interface. Flanger, Phaser, Echo, Gate, Bit Crusher, Filter (High Pass, Low Pass), as well as six preconfigured instant effects: Absorb, Drift, Sway, Crush, Punch, Twist are bundled in with Djay.

Beat-matched looping & cue points[edit]

Djay offers a range of different looping styles: Auto, Manual and Bounce. Manually set loop in and out points, use Auto-Loop to continuously loop part of a song, or remix live using Bounce-Loop to mash up your song, all in perfect sync with the beat.

iCloud integration[edit]

Djay can now work with iCloud (and the just-launched iTunes Match), meaning one can sync it with the iTunes library in the cloud. That means tunes are synced between every iOS device connected on the cloud. All of these devices can run Djay, and cues and BPM information edited or added in will appear immediately in all of the others. There is a remote control available for iOS to control the Djay app on the MacBook over wifi.[7]

Pre-cueing[edit]

Preview and prepare the next song through headphones before playing it on the main speakers by simply connecting a USB audio interface or splitter cable, Djay offers a variety of powerful and versatile audio hardware configurations.

Live microphone[edit]

Djay allows the user to add live mic input into the mix. Using Echo or Pitch-Changer effects once can transform vocals for the perfect MC performance.

MIDI controllers[edit]

Djay supports a variety of industry leading controllers straight out of the box, including brands such as Vestax, Numark and other established manufacturers. In addition, Djay features a sophisticated yet easy to master MIDI learn system which allows you to and configure and map any controller to your exact needs.

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