Splyce is a relatively new app to make its debut on the Apple App Store. I’ve been trying it for a few days intensively, but I’d given it a spin (like what I did there? DJ? Spin…?) before I planned to review it, too. When I first saw it, I thought “it’s free, may as well give it a go”. Then, once I’d used it, it became “I can’t believe this is free.” (Though it is worth mentioning that you get about 2/3 days and then you will have to pay £0.69 to keep using all of the features in the app).
The UI of the entire app is absolutely beautiful, right down to the welcome tutorial. I love it when apps look great on their first launch, it sets the mood for your entire experience. I must admit, on its first use, I became extremely confused. It asked me to select my favourite songs, which I did, and then it began to re-order them and count the bpm’s (beats-per-minute) of each track. This is where the genius work comes in. Due to the nature of the app, its preferred usage is, say, at a party – you pick the songs, select the way that you want them to play (I’ll get to that later) and then it does the rest for you. It would be nice if they’d include the option to play a single track/album/etc to absolutely wipe the floor with the standard music app, but the developer’s goal clearly isn’t world domination, yet.
Dragging down from the top will reveal the settings/options pane (which you’ll be able to see in the picture just further down in the article). You’ll see mix mode. Toggle this a couple of times and it’ll describe to you the different playing modes. I must admit, the “I’ll Follow You” option is epic, but it does have a tendency to make a guy’s song sound like said artist has had some kind of an allergic reaction, thrusting the vocals one or two octaves below the norm. Perhaps the developer might need to tweak the margins as to when a song just shouldn’t have its pitch or bpm adjusted. Generally, though, it gets it right on. If any songs in the playlist look like they’re not in the right place, hold your finger on it and swipe to the right and it’ll throw it somewhere it belongs in that playlist. Hilariously, if two songs don’t flow from one to the next, it will actually make a DJ mix-down sound effect before it changes to the next song. And it is executed with absolute precision.
Exploring the settings pane even more, you can alter the overlap time of the tracks, and you can even change when a track should be cut short. Sometimes those power ballads just go on a little too long, don’t they.
For the stark ravers among you, the “Order” button will ensure that the playlist is ordered so that the songs begin on the slowest, and become faster as they progress. This, or the ability to order them yourself. It would be great in the future to see more ordering options introduced; starting with the fastest and getting slower, interval (having them get faster and then slower to break up the “event”) to name a few. To add, I have been using this app at work to play music in the store and the transitions between songs are so slick you barely even notice that it’s happened.
I do find it great that you are able to change the colours of the interface depending on your tastes. On some of them, the saturation is a little high which can render some of the text unreadable – maybe that’s just me with sensitive eyes, you tell me. Last to mention is the Lighting option – this, as much as I have tried to wrap my head around, I just do not get. I don’t care for it all that much because my phone is simply that – a phone. It doesn’t have the facilities to become the ultimate lighting desk. The idea is fantastic, and I do appreciate the software engineering that has been vehemently incorporated in to the app to actually change the LED flash-rate depending on the bpm. But, the only time you’d likely use your LED flash to do this is at a rave, in which case you would not be playing your own music anyway… Also, do not use the feature if you suffer from epilepsy. Switching it on primarily causes the actual screen to flash, and even I, a non-epileptic was quite stunned.
This app has been designed to perfection. The features are extremely cleverly thought-through, and they’re brought to life with technical brilliance. I really do “rave” about this app. It’s even made work more enjoyable through using it, so who can complain about that? I feel that this app will be very much sought after given a couple of months, because, let’s face it, everyone wants to be their own DJ, don’t they?
Overall rating; 4.5