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Today's update for DJ Player adds support for DVS, or Digital Vinyl Systems, as used by professional computer DJ software like Traktor and Serato. I'm pretty sure this is a first for iOS! Both Vinyl and CDJ-based DVS are supported.
What's new in 5.5:
More background options, including solid gradients for the clearest experience.
- Colored time displays on playback or blinking remaining time display for the last 30 seconds.
- Analyze and mixer controls on the iPhone/iPod touch tracks screen.
- Hold your tap on the track marker area for 2 seconds to reset all track markers at once.
- Cache size display and empty cache moved to Settings.
- Automatic database backup into iTunes File Sharing, if there is no deck playing and the app enters background mode (home button clicked).
Fixed: a pre-listening routing bug for sound cards with more than 4 output channels.
- Use your own background image.
- DVS Control.
- Adjustable frequency, rpm and phase: compatible with all timecode vinyls.
- Adjustable threshold.
- Input selector: you set which turntable controls a deck. A turntable can control both decks simultaneously for example.
- DVS FX: control the main parameter of the active effect(s).
- Input selector and DVS FX are mappable to MIDI.
As you can see by the notes here, they have now split up DJ Player into a Free ad-supported app, but crippled by audio cut-outs, with a Pro IAP upgrade. The Pro Upgrade is $20, which is far less than the $45 it used to retail for. It seems bizarre to even have an ad-supported version if you're going to then crippled it.
According to their website people who have previously purchased it, or people who downloaded it during the free period between December 1st-4th, are all grand-fathered into being a Pro Licensed user. The only IAP you should see is a $2.99 fee to unlock DVS and custom backgrounds. In practice however, this is not the case! As of this writing I am seeing ads, and it is asking me to pay the $20 for the Pro upgrade. Hopefully that will be addressed soon!
Update: The problem I was experiencing seems to be related to having never run the app when I installed it on Saturday. To avoid this problem, just run it once before updating. If you have already updated and you're having the same problem, reboot your device. I did that and it is now inviting me to upgrade for $3 instead of $20, and it is still showing me ads. The developer has been communicative and helpful on Twitter though!
Here is a demo showing off both a vinyl time-code controlling DJ Player, and using the iPad's back-facing camera as the background. There is also a tutorial for how to set-up the DVS connections with your iPad.
The Strange Agency has released a new version of ExtraSlice, ExtraSlice Destroyer.
Telepathe Edition of the ExtraSlice beat chopping tool! Here at last!
There is no other information available, and nothing has been posted to their site or YouTube channel. They have a history of ignoring my emails, so fuck 'em, I'm not going bother trying to contact them to figure out what that means.
They also have a history of pissing off their customers, as seen below in the reviews for MegaCurtis FREE, when they over-wrote the commercial app Curtis Heavy with a free app.