Djay Pro

The smash iOS app moves to OS X – but does it make the grade?

Mac Format - - RATED | MAC APPS -

£39.99 De­vel­oper Al­go­rid­dim, al­go­rid­

Re­quires OS X 10.9 or higher

On pa­per, djay feels like an in­con­gru­ous can­di­date for pro­mo­tion from iOS to Mac. The joy of djay (or in­deed djay2) on iOS is be­ing able to spin vir­tual vinyl on a pair of pre­tend decks. Thank­fully, what djay Pro lacks in tac­tile fun, it makes up for by do­ing ev­ery­thing it can to help you seam­lessly mix tunes to­gether and make them sound great. It hasn’t ditched the vir­tual decks, but it doesn’t feel as nat­u­ral with a mouse.

The app au­to­mat­i­cally in­te­grates with your iTunes li­brary and fea­tures all the tools you’re likely to need: a sync but­ton for au­to­mat­i­cally match­ing up BPMs, mul­ti­ple cue points, flex­i­ble loop­ing op­tions, a sam­ple pad and a bunch of au­dio ef­fects. If you’re feel­ing am­bi­tious you can even work with four decks.

It can get cramped, though, be­cause djay Pro in­sists on keep­ing the file browser on screen at all times. The FX/Loop/Cue points in­ter­face is hid­den, but can slide in un­ob­tru­sively; sim­i­larly, the sam­ple pad is hid­den but ob­scures your decks when it ap­pears. Al­go­r­rid­dim boasts that djay Pro has been re­built

A com­bi­na­tion of per­for­mance and price, per­fect for mess­ing about at home or tak­ing out to a club.

to take ad­van­tage of the power of the Mac; it would be nice if more at­ten­tion had been paid to the UI, be­cause what works on multi-touch screens doesn’t al­ways work with a key­board and mouse. Th­ese are small quib­bles, though. Jim McCauley

Per­haps un­der­stand­ably, the OS X ver­sion in­spires less spon­tane­ity than its iOS pre­de­ces­sors.

A cheap and easy way to DJ

Great tools and ex­cel­lent sound

Not enough evo­lu­tion from iOS

Needs a MIDI con­troller to excel

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