Algoriddim’s goal over the past few years has been to redefine how much hardware and experience you need to be a DJ, and today it’s taking things to their natural conclusion by cramming every feature it can into the iPhone.
After a year on the iPad, Djay Pro is launching on the iPhone today with the same headline features: the ability to mix four tracks at once, to control video alongside those tracks, and to get started with ease.
If you’re like me and already find that Algoriddim’s existing iPhone app — Djay 2 — has more features than you know what to do with, this new one isn’t for you. Though I was able to pick up Djay Pro and start playing around without issue, I didn’t get much out of it that I wouldn’t have from the simpler app.
But Djay Pro isn’t really meant for everyone. As the name suggests, it’s meant more for people who want to use the app to DJ at clubs and parties and need the ability to queue up additional tracks and visuals.
In addition to those features, the app also includes the ability to add more cue points on each track than in Djay 2, supports 3D Touch commands and haptic feedback, and has deeper Spotify integration, like the ability to select streaming quality.
I’m not so sure that DJs will find themselves armed with only an iPhone often enough that this app will become a performance staple. But Algoriddim seems to just want it out there as another option for DJs — it is, after all, about as capable as the iPad Pro and Mac version of the app, if you discount the very real hurdle of having to use it on a tiny touchscreen (though it does support plug-in DJ controllers).
The app is launching today at a sale price of $4.99, which’ll stay in place for at least a couple weeks, the company says, before rising to $9.99. The app supports hardware as early as the iPhone 5 — I tried it out briefly on a 5S and was surprised at how well it ran. Though the smaller screen isn’t great for Djay Pro’s dense interface and tiny buttons, it was able to get four songs and plenty of effects going just fine.