August 1, 2013
The news of Algoriddim being released is actually nothing but old new now. Every reviewer and news website that has anything to do with digital music production will likely have stated this by now. I think the bigger headline here is the one that isn’t printed at the top of the page – it is the one that we internally infer by realizing where this is all heading. All the big names, such as Traktor and Serato, are doing their part to keep up with the tablet and mobile app revolution. It would be silly to ignore that purely mobile market, even in a D’s market.
Each of these companies are offering their version of the tablet DVS at a pretty low cost. The exception here is Serato, who sees their Serato Remote as more of an extension of their DVS rather than a separate but equal tool that can …
May 31, 2013
They say that mobile devices really stand to capture more attention and business than the plain laptop or desktop computer. For a DJ this is not a guaranteed truth. There is much that needs to be work on in terms of interface and usability, and there are hoops that need to be jumped in order for the modern DJ to really embrace the platform as something serious. DJ programs for iPhones and tablets are common, but what it is also common is how under-performing they actually are. At most, a DJ can get by with algoriddim’s djay for iOS, but they can never be as proficient as someone who owns a real pair of decks and a real pair of headphones.
But just because DJ software and other application aren’t going to storm the tablet and a mobile user by surprise doesn’t mean that music has no place on a …
November 17, 2012
When you have Apple apps that perform like they should, you end up with somewhat of a serious threat to those who are developing independent hardware/software that does the same thing. It all comes down to pricing. I have sat here and read over countless articles on Synthtopia where some lone software engineer creates a specific application for a simple task. It could be a sequencer or a fun tool to create music on the fly, but regardless of what it actually is – the price is almost always pocket change in comparison to software you buy at a store.
Algoriddim made it clear to the community that their djay app was nothing to taken lightly – and I can no longer perceive it to be some whimsical toy, when it is anything but. Their newest app is called vjay, and yes it does exactly what it sounds like. This …
October 19, 2012
For the absolute novice who wants start spinning music right away, his/her options are either plenty or limited depending on what type of budget he/she is working with. Of course, if money was not an issue they could skip the controller setup and go for a pair of CDJ variants with a matching mixer – but keeping cost down and going for an all-in-one machine is desirable for many. Only a laptop and a DVS would be required in this setup.
Let’s assume the VCI-400 is completely out of reach. Vestax has also given us two flavors of a scaled down controller, the Spin and the Typhoon. Both are pretty much the same in terms of functionality, in the $300 range, and are capable of being used with the iPad and Algoriddim’s djay software.
The second version of the Spin (Spin 2) has gotten the most attention this year at …