CrossDJ for iPad: Full Featured DJ App At A Nice Price

CrossDJ, MixVibes, iPad DJ App

CrossDJ for iPad, brought to you by MixVibes, is a great solution for the iOS DJ on a budget.

Although iOS DJing is a fairly new phenomenon, MixVibes has been in the software mixing game for a decade now. In addition to CrossDJ for Mac/PC, the French company also offers a video plug-in, an audio interface, and a full line of hardware controllers. So it was a natural move to bring their DJ tools to iOS.

CrossDJ has a very straightforward interface, with the familiar dual decks and mixer section. This comes complete with 3-band EQ, crossfader, volume faders, and pitch sliders. Yes, of course, you can scratch your mp3’s with the spinning vinyl record, or use it to cue up a specific point in a song. You can also just touch the waveform to skip through the track. Set up to 6 cue-points or create loops from 1/8th to 16 beats.

MixVibes boasts the “best audio engine of the market.” Their elastic beatgrid algorithm allows artifact free pitch/speed-shifting, without changing the key of a track.  BPM analysis happens automatically when loading music onto one of the decks, so you can easily sync tempo to the track currently playing. The beatgrid detects transients so you can visually beat match tracks.

Switch the vinyl record interface over to FX view and you get an XY pad. This allows you to apply effects on the fly, or hold at a certain setting. Aside from the usual low-pass filter, echo and phaser effects, CrossDJ has a few interesting tricks up its sleeve. ‘Bliss’ white-noise, ‘Crush’ bit reduction, ‘Chopper’, ‘Brake’, and ‘Roll’ are a few of the unique sound manipulations available.

To celebrate its 1st birthday, CrossDJ for iPad is on sale for just $0.99 (regularly $9.99) THIS WEEKEND ONLY.

Download CrossDJ for iPad

There is also a free iPhone version

Ableton Live 9 + Push Out Now!

Ableton, Live, Push

For more than a decade, Ableton Live has been the DAW de rigeur for loopers, DJ’s, live electronic performance artists, and anyone wanting to take a more improvisational approach to building sequences of sound. Live stands apart from other popular software, with its loop launching layout and eccentric family of controllers.

Today, Ableton released version 9 of Live, along with its very own hardware, Push.

Ableton, Live, Push

This 64-square control surface is slim, portable, stylish, and oh so lustworthy.

Push was created in conjunction with Akai, and bears some resemblance to the APC40‘s button matrix, mixed with the elegant minimalism of the Monome or Tenori-On. Like Native Instruments’ Maschine, Push promises the ability to make music without having to look at your screen, as all sequencing controls are onboard. Unlike Maschine, Push contains no sounds of its own.

Live 9, however, includes over 1,100 sounds (11GB) in its Standard edition, while the full Suite offers 3,000+ (54GB!).

See what’s new:

New in Ableton Live 9

Ableton Push

Order yours now:

https://www.ableton.com/en/shop/

If you’re interested in attending an Ableton meet-up with your fellow music geek (I might be at the LA event March 10th):

https://www.ableton.com/en/blog/ableton-live-9-and-push-premiere-events/

Amon Tobin Takes Manhattan

(image via amontobin.com)

Legendary electronic pioneer Amon Tobin brings his massive 3-D multimedia art installation ISAM Live 2.0 to the Hammerstein Ballroom tonight, followed by an audio/visual art exhibition opening at the Spencer Brownstone Gallery tomorrow, September 15th, and afterwards a dj set on the Rocks Off Concert Cruise Aboard the Jewel.

Composed of giant geometric cube configurations, ISAM Live presents Amon performing from inside a central 25’ x 14’ x 8’ cube, where he controls live generative imagery, which reacts to the audio he is pumping out, mapping projections in real-time to the surfaces of the reconfiguring cubes surrounding him.

While this is Tobin’s second time around with his ambitious project, the reboot promises to be “enhanced with new audio and visual elements,” including new material from “Stunt Rhythms,” the sophomore album soon to be released under his more beat-centric alter ego, Two Fingers.

Buy Amon Tobin: ISAM

Buy Two Fingers: Stunt Rhythms