Djay 2 Updates

Algoriddim's Djay 2 and Djay 2 for iPhone were updated today, but with different updates for each. The iPad version now has Inter-App Audio (IAA), while the iPhone got Harmonic Match™ key detection.

What's new in Djay 2 (iPad) v2.1.1:

  • Enhanced for iOS 7 with all-new library
  • New exclusive sample packs by Snoop Dogg and DJ Qbert
  • New built-in scratch tools by DJ Qbert (press-and-hold load button to access)
  • Added support for Inter-App Audio on iOS 7
  • Faster track loading on iOS 7
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements

What's new in Djay 2 for iPhone v2.1.1:

  • Optimized for the new A7 processor on iPhone 5s, fully leveraging the new 64-bit architecture
  • Added Harmonic Match™ (key detection and pitch shift) on iPhone 5s: create harmonic mashups by transposing songs in real-time to match their key with another song
  • Up to 2x faster audio analysis on A7 using fully optimized 64-bit processing
  • Bug fixes

Buy djay 2 on iTunes: $9.99

Buy djay 2 for iPhone on iTunes: $1.99

Microsoft Surface 2 & Remix Project

Previously Microsoft has made attempts to court musicians to their Windows 8 and Windows RT platform, but today they announced plans for going all-in to take a piece of Apple's dominance on music apps.

Confusingly referred to varyingly as the Surface Remix or Music Cover, this new pressure sensitive control surface clicks on to the Surface 2 and Surface Pro (1 & 2), to offer a slick music workstation on the Microsoft platform. This thing looks way more impressive than Akai's abortive MPC Fly.

Details are kind of sparse and scattered, as it was just announced a couple of hours ago. Microsoft has launched a SurfaceRemixProject.com site with some flashy videos, but not a lot of specifics such as price or availability. There appear to be plans to do various contests, bringing in some big names like Steve Aoki.

The new Surface 2 models have the requisite CPU and RAM upgrades expected; including an optional 8GB of RAM on the Pro, and storage of up to 512GB on SSD. Prices range from $449/£359 for the Windows RT Surface 2, all the way up to and beyond $899/£719 for the base Pro model running a full version of Windows. Both models of Surface 2 sport a 1920x1080 (Full 1080p HD) display, and will be available on the 22nd of October. Pre-orders start tomorrow, on the 24th.

Here's a little teaser from Linkin Park's Joe Hahn for the Remix Project.

Keytar Jeff with AmpliTube

IK Multimedia have released a new video featuring Keytar Jeff on AmpliTube. As Synthtopia is fond of pointing out: Not even Herbie Hancock could make a keytar cool. But Jeff isn't trying to be cool. He's trying to be a talented musician.

Jeff succeeds spectacularly in this video! I especially loved his cover of Free Falling.

Buy AmpliTube For iPad: $19.99

 

Buy AmpliTube (iPhone): $19.99

DJ Player 7

DJ Player got a face-lift and a ton of new features in this major version update.

What's new in DJ Player v7:

  • Redesigned user interface for new look and feel.
  • Vertically controllable knobs.
  • "BIG" alternative mixing interface.
  • Secondary features for all faders (tap the fader body outside of the fader head).
  • Easier looping workflow (similar to CDJ-2000).
  • Beat/tempo/off/hidden sync modes instead of separate sync/quant.
  • Effects simplified to 3 units per deck. 11 different effects available (two in FX 1 and FX 3, seven in FX 2).
  • Almost all settings are reorganized into an easy interface inside the app.
  • Super low device utilization, improved battery life and even lower jitter.
  • Great smoothness, no GUI stuttering, 60 fps on every device from the iPhone 3GS and the first iPad.
  • Bluetooth audio and AirPlay.
  • New default MIDI mappings with tighter integration. Please remove the old mappings in iTunes File Sharing.
  • Beamz laser controller support.

The following features were removed:

  • Single deck mode, because few people used it. It was a huge amount of code and exceptions to maintain.
  • NetOut WiFi audio transmission. It was too hard to set up and prevent dropouts. Bluetooth audio and AirPlay is supported now.
  • The new graphics engine doesn't allow custom backgrounds yet due RAM issues, sorry.

Buy DJ Player on iTunes: Free ($9.99 Unlock IAP)


Here's a little demo of the new version by Dj Hombre, using digital vinyl with the app.

Cotracks - Collaborative Music Studio

Cotracks takes the idea of sharing an iPad for music performances, as we saw in ReBirth for iPad, and turns it on its side!
This is surprisingly cool. Check out the promo video before the lengthy iTunes description!

Cotracks iTunes Description:

With Cotracks you can create multiple layers of loops and phrases using multiple instruments. Cotracks is designed to maintain your creative flow and is always ready to capture your ideas, regardless whether you are flying solo or collaborating with others.

Collaboration is where Cotracks really stands out. Everyone in your session has the ability to play and record at will without disrupting or being disrupted by the workflow of others. This lets you lay down the foundation of a tune within minutes and makes Cotracks the perfect and inspiring tool for brainstorming new ideas within a group.

Designed for Varying Number of Users

You can start off creating music in a single user mode. Later when your friend decides to join in, you switch to a two user mode. The interface layout will adjust enabling convenient access to the application from both sides of the table. Whenever another friend happens to join you, the layout will adjust again enabling access from all four sides of the device, letting you team up with up to three friends for a super creative music session. Whenever one or more members leave the session, it is as easy as a single tap to switch back to the smaller team or to the single user mode, letting the remaining members continue from where the others left off.

Designed for Variably Skilled Players

Cotracks offers lots of fun at the same time for both novice and advanced musicians with the help of scale based keyboard, flexible quantize, sequence sharing and editing capabilities. For example, a novice musician may grab a copy of a complicated sequence played by a more experienced friend and edit the instrument, sound and effects, record modulation controllers over the sequence and tweak the various playback parameters including key and scale. Essentially creating something new and exiting without necessarily playing a single note. Cotracks is all about giving everybody the means to contribute, which takes the concept of music collaboration to a new level.

Features:

  • Multitrack Sequencer
    • up to 12 instrument tracks
    • beat synchronized playback and recording
  • Interface
    • comfortable access for multiple users
    • instruments may be arranged in multiple orientations
    • dedicated interface modes for single user, two users and four users
    • switch between interface modes with a single tap
    • access four instruments simultaneously
  • Editing
    • nondestructive quantize and transpose
    • change the playback scale of recorded sequences
    • drag and drop copying of sequences between instruments
  • Instruments
    • polyphonic synthesizer with dozens of high quality instrument presets
    • monophonic bass/lead synthesizer with dozens of high quality instrument presets
    • sample player with a library of professional quality samples from Inspire Audio
    • programmable XY-modulation
  • FX
    • stereo delay
    • stereo phaser
    • 2 equalizer units
    • dedicated [effects] units for each track
  • File
    • export each instrument to separate audio clip
    • export all in one audio mixdown clip
    • export and import sessions via iTunes in XML format for backup and sharing

Buy Cotracks on iTunes: $14.99

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