In this review we take a look at Mixvibes Cross DJ HD…
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There are plenty of iPad DJ apps around but the standard for paid apps is getting pretty high these days. Mixvibes makes apps for the desktop, iOS and Android, and CrossDJ HD is the iPad version of its DJ software.
Very competitively priced at £3.99, it has a great feature set and runs on any iPad that can handle iOS7. It has a clean look and is snappy and responsive, though there’s a fair amount of tapping small buttons to reveal sections, and you’ll want to familiarise yourself with just where each set of controls is located. I’d really prefer to see a loop on/off control on the main transport panel rather than slightly hidden.
You can load tracks from your local iTunes library and also search and stream from Soundcloud, which is a nice touch and works very well. It also remembers analysis of all tracks so they only have to be analysed once. The main playback screen can use virtual turntables or waveforms with beat markers, and there’s the expected scratching technique available.
Beat and tempo matching work really well and syncing stuff up is a breeze, plus there are independent tempo and EQ controls for each deck. There’s an automix feature as well as recording capability, a set of six sample pads per deck that can be loaded with your own sounds, and a cool selection of effects with X/Y pads for each deck.
You can dig down into the marker, loop and quantize sections to edit beat grids and make precise settings, and there’s support for multichannel out as well as split outs for headphone monitoring. MIDI control can be unlocked for 69p. Cross DJ HD is a cool DJ app with advanced features and a slick look. Beat and tempo matching work brilliantly, and Soundcloud integration is a nice bonus.