Best Remix Apps
Whether you want to remix your own music or mash up other people’s, you can do it on the move with these five remix apps…
This DJ app for Android lets you spin, mash up and remix your favourite tunes. It provides two virtual turntables with a crossfader, skinnable decks, a scratch engine and disc physics for realistic scratching, and access to your music library. You also get on-board effects and three-band EQ, ten customisable sample pads, pre-cueing support, recording of your performances with the built-in recorder, and auto mixing.
You can share mixes to SoundCloud, use the on-board visualiser, and it’s also compatible with IK Multimedia’s iRig Mix hardware. Its system requirements are pretty low too, so even if you’re on an older device you should be able to get the party started.
Web play.google.com Price Free Platform Android
This app from legendary record label Ninja Tune combines aspects of DJing, remixing and producing. You buy a sound pack of your choice from your favourite artist then use the device to remix it. Touch, tilt and shake to cut sounds or to effect, glitch and mix them.
You can throw in one-shot samples and upload your finished projects to SoundCloud. The best part is the material you’re working with has come direct from artists such as Coldcut, Bonobo and other respected Ninja Tune acts, so you can get really hands-on with their loops, stems and samples. It’s a really well-designed app and has a more unique approach than just letting you cut up stuff that’s already in your iTunes library.
Web App Store Price Free (with in-app purchases) Platform iOS
With this app you can mash up any two tracks from your music library on your iPad or iPhone. Using beat-matching technology it lets you make harmonic mashups without key clashes, create loops and copy and paste segments of a song to create entirely new versions.
You can adjust the loudness of various elements of a track and also export high-quality WAV versions of the end results back to iTunes or send them to Dropbox. It’s easy to get to grips with and will have you searching your music library to see what tracks work well together. Thanks to its clever features you’ll be able to make some awesome mashups.
Web www.imashup.com Price $2.99 Platform iOS
The Launchpad app comes free with eight ready-to-play sessions, and additional sound packs and features such as audio import are available as in-app purchases. For £4.99 it’s worth unlocking audio import: you get an 8×6 grid for launching up to eight loops at once, a range of effects on iPad including repeater and synced filters, and on the iPhone there’s filter, stutter, gating and delay.
You can perform, mix, match and trigger tempo-synced loops and record your performance to share it online or internally to another app via Audiobus. You can also connect one of Novation’s controller devices to get the full hands-on experience.
Web uk.novationmusic.com Price Free Platforms iOS
NI Traktor DJ
When NI does mobile apps it tends to do them really well. Traktor DJ for iPad and iPhone takes the essence of the much bigger Traktor Pro software and places it into a touch environment. The results are amazing: incredibly accurate beat detection and sync capabilities, slice freezing and easy library and playlist navigation.
You get a bunch of effects that can be controlled via integrated X/Y pads and the whole thing feels really slick. You don’t have to be an experienced DJ to give a great performance and you can even record the output as an audio file. Features like the Superslicer mean it’s not just for spinning tracks.
Web www.native-instruments.com Price £2.99 Platform iOS