Those keen on jailbreaking their iOS devices may have heard of Pod2g – he created the iOS 5 jailbreak that was downloaded by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide – well, he’s been busy creating his first app for the iOS App Store; podDJ.
It’s was released on the 12th January at 12:00am but I managed to get a sneak peek at the app before its launch and I have to admit that it’s nothing short of amazing. The best DJing app that I’ve personally ever used on iOS, and amazingly bug free for a version 1 of an app. There’s definitely been a lot of time and care taken to create this app!
You open the app and you’re at the main screen where you have two virtual turntables and all the controls that you’ll need to DJ – you have 3 cue buttons for each track, faders for volume and pitch and to fade between the two tracks. You also have a transform button that you can use to push or cut to the opposite track (useful for more advanced DJs). There are also displays with the name of the song you’ve loaded up, telling you how much of the song has played and how long you have left until the end of the song. You can also access the equaliser to tweak the Low, Medium or High frequency of each track as well as an overall gain.
It’s an intuitive app and within minutes of using it you know how to use all of its features. The UI is beautiful, I especially like the cue points that show up on the vinyl as you add them – everything about this app screams simplicity meets complexity. It’s an app that beginners to professionals can use, and it’s compatible with all existing hardware for other DJ apps available for iPad, such as the Numark iDJ Live and various Stereo splitting cables. You can also virtually scratch like you can on high-end CDJ’s or Vinyl decks – a style that some love and others hate, but something that is always needed for finding precise cue points. I did notice that there are no rewind or fast forward buttons on the app but you can pick up the needle and drop it at a different place on the vinyl and it’ll play from there; definitely new school meets old school.
In terms of customisation and settings, you can tweak the audio output of each turntable as well as a monitor output for VDJ’ing. You can add effects with its built-in EQ – it also has an advanced EQ for real parties and powerful speakers; this app was designed with professional DJs in mind! You can also change the Turntable Emulation, changing the Pitch Slider Range from its default of 8% if you need to.
This app has the fastest reactivity in terms of touch to sound that I’ve ever used – the sound output latency is only 5 milliseconds. 5 milliseconds!? Amazing. It also boasts a zero latency on cue points and the key lock. It also boasts studio quality sound processing, using DIRAC 3 technology and Direct Sound. It’s also compatible with multi-touch so you can do multiple things at once as you would with a physical mixer, and it will continue to play in the background if the app is minimised. It’s completely integrated with iOS6 so when grabbing music from your iTunes, it is done directly and no temporary files are created like in most competing apps (saving valuable space on your disk).
With all these features and an app of this quality, you’ll expect an expensive price tag to come with it, right? Wrong. It costs £6.99 usually, but for its releasing weekend the price has been slashed to just £3.99 and you can grab it here. If you’re into music and DJing, I’d definitely recommend it – an app that is a bit of fun but can also be used professionally! Not sold? Check out the video of fast scratching that you can do on podDJ – nothing short of mind blowing.