After more than eight years as a paid-for app, Algoriddim’s djay for iOS is now offered as a free download with advanced features that used to be exclusive to paid versions, such as Spotify integration, the machine learning-based Automix AI engine and the classic mode with just two turntables and a mixer. They’ve also moved to an optional monthly subscription that brings pro-grade features to power users, including the ability to mix videos, use djay’s music production tools and access Algoriddim’s huge built-in library of loops, samples and visuals.
Changing its business model and moving to subscriptions has made the new djay for iOS completely free to download, which is great as people can now use Spotify Premium integration, mix with the two-deck Classic Mode or take advantage of the AI Automix feature and other professional-grade capabilities which previously cost money.
Yes, that’s right: without spending anything, you can now mix with the two-deck mode, as well as use the AI Automix feature and stream the entire Spotify library with a Premium account.
Check out the new iOS app in action on Apple’s 2018 iPad Pro.
Algoriddim explains why they’ve made djay free with an optional subscription:
With smartphones and tablets being so ubiquitous now, we want to once again open up DJing to even more people than ever before. We decided to make djay a free download again. Moreover, in the same way that djay made mixing music accessible to the masses, we wanted to do the same for creating music because music production relies on access to an extensive library of content.
One major reason to go Pro: unlimited access to Algoriddim’s content library.
The company explains:
For a high quality and seamless experience we have licensed content from world-class artists and labels. Moving to in-app subscription gives us an easy way to add more packs, more sounds, more videos, in a way that ensures everyone has access to the same downloads, without further cost barrier. Customers pay monthly to access every official download as they’re added.
The good news is, the Pro upgrade is optional and the free version is better than ever.
What’s included for free?
Here are the key features included free of charge:
- Classic Mode: Spin some tunes on the wheels of steel using the app’s beloved classic view with just two turntables and a mixer along with spinning discs that react just like real vinyl does. This lets you do things like load two tracks and fade between the two, and apply one of five free FX to the music on each deck. Virtual grooves are individually rendered for every song on djay’s virtual records. Algoriddim says this lets it quickly identify breaks within a song, as if it was real vinyl fresh off the press.
- Automix AI: Powered by machine learning, Automix AI does all the heavy lifting for you. All you have to do is tap the Next button and the app will mix the tunes together, finding optimal transition points and triggering automatic, beat-matched transitions.
- Spotify Premium: Another major feature that was previously limited to paid djay apps, this is now available to all users of the new free app by default. Yes, you can now mix millions of songs through Spotify (or let Automix AI work its magic through your Spotify playlists). And with the Match feature that recommends songs that go well with what’s currently playing, Spotify integration in djay provides a list of matching songs based on parameters like danceability, BPM, key and music style. Plus, you can now save songs to your Spotify collection or playlists right from within the app.
- iTunes integration: Use your iTunes library with filtering by artist, album and genre.
- Hardware integration: The free app supports Reloop Mixon 4, Beatpad and Beatpad 2, Mixtour and Pioneer DJ WeGO4 for enhanced control.
- Ableton Link: Used for tempo syncing.
But it gets even better because all of the existing djay apps remain on App Store, both paid and free ones, so you’re not really forced to go down the subscription route if you don’t want to.
As a cherry on top of the cake, the optional Pro subscription comes with a free one-week trial so everyone can try out all the advanced features such as beat-matched sequencing of drums and samples, unlimited access to Algoriddim’s content library and much, much more.
Key perks of the Pro upgrade
With the Pro subscription you get all the free perks, plus the following:
- Looper and sequencer
- Custom playlists, including smart playlist filtering
- 2-deck view to see your decks and library side by side
- 4-deck view to mix four music tracks at once with full control and library
- Advanced Automix mode
- Single-deck preparation mode
- Live performance audio and video looper
- Multi channel audio interface, for up to four decks of music with a club mixer
- Beat-matched sequencing of drums and samples
- Streamlined, touch friendly interface
- Video mixing with support for external displays
- Support for multi-channel audio interfaces
- Support for Bluetooth MIDI
- Play up to eight quantized audio and video loops out of a possible 48 loaded
- Support for 50+ class-compliant MIDI controllers from Pioneer DJ, Reloop, Numark, Denon DJ and others
- Advanced MIDI learn system to map each control on users’ hardware individually
- Unlimited access to the built-in library of over 1GB of audio loops from Loopmasters, samples from Future Loops and video clips from DocOptic, along with 40+ professional audio FX from Sugar Bytes and various video FX (with additional content coming in the future for subscribers)
- Advanced media library features with the ability to edit and manage your playlists (including saving playlists to Spotify), smart filters and support for iOS’s drag and drop via the Files app and Dropbox
Optimized for 2018 iPad Pro
The new djay takes full advantage of 2018 iPad Pro models and Apple’s A12 Bionic chip.
You can mix up to 48 loops with up to ten videos rendered simultaneously—and all in real-time—which is simply unheard-of for mobile software. The app takes advantage of the tablet’s USB-C port to let users connect external devices and accessories which allow them to do things like output the visual mix to their big screen while jamming with an external controller.
The new sampler lets DJs record and sequence their loops during the mix. And with a grid-based looper, you can use up to 48 time-stretched loops that are beat-matched in real time. Every sample in the new looper can be assigned a video clip that plays in time with the audio. With the power of the A12 Bionic chip, you can mix up to ten videos in real-time.
How cool is that?
Other new features
With the advanced Automix mode, DJs can automate sets in advance. It uses machine learning and training sets from human DJs to intelligently identify rhythmic patterns and the best intro and outro sections of songs, as well as calculate optimal fade durations and automatically applies parameter changes to EQs and filters for a seamless transition.
The audio, graphics and sync engines have been rebuilt from scratch to support Post-Fader FX, high resolution colored waveforms at up to 120 fps on iPad Pro, beat-locked Sync Mode, sequenced playback of samples, advanced video mixing and ultra-low latency.
And lastly, the app now uses industry-standard Ableton Link for syncing tempo across compatible apps and devices on a shared network, which is great for music production.
To learn more about this app, visit the official website.
For additional details about Algoriddim’s journey so far, why they’re moving to subscriptions, how they’re ensuring they’re doing subscriptions right and what the new business model means for the future of the company, read their blog post.
Pricing and availability
As mentioned, this new version is now a free app that a provides everything users need to get started with DJing. And people who’d like to make the most out of this app can optionally subscribe to get full access to all the features and built-in content.
An in-app subscription costs $5 per month.
Those who have previously bought the app are treated to a special upgrade price of $9.99 for their first year, an 83 percent off the standard price (or a saving of $30).
A 7-day free trial lets you try out all the content and features the app offers for one week, including hundreds of samples and loops, with the option to cancel anytime.
The app is compatible with any iPhone or iPad running iOS 11.2 or later.