DJ mixing has never been my forte but the Future DJ for iPhone brings a real life DJ software kit to your iPhone. Let me first say that this app is no joke, it does many things that at first I found over my head but as I learned the app seemed more and more useful. A musically challenged person, like myself, can enjoy this app but a musically gifted person can not only enjoy but find this app extremely useful. Future DJ has a ton of features and comes in an excellent package for a magnificent price.
Future DJ brings a full DJ mixing solution to your phone for easy use and portability. The initial layout that you see is fairly simple but can do more and more complex depending on the settings and variables you decide to utilize. I must say that for a person such as myself, with minimal musical background, these features have a bit less appeal but to someone who knows what they are doing they actually make this app worth much more than $2. I had a friend of mine who is much better in all things musical than me take a look and he was very impressed. He mentioned that he didn’t expect to see so many options on software that was on a phone. I will say that the simple layout makes this app fairly easy to use for anyone. You are not greeted by a ton of nobs and switches with abbreviations over them but with a fairly self-explanatory interface.
The interface is very symmetrical so it caters to the fact that you have to know where things are to be able to use this app to its fullest extent. Getting subtle changes right only works if the timing is right so it is very important here. There is a great help section that is easily identifiable and makes things much simpler when you are just getting started. The interface is small and may seem a bit crowded at first but as you learn the controls you will see that the most commonly used controls are a bit bigger thus making them easier to use.
This app has so many features that will become evident to the more complex user but one that should appeal to anyone is the fact that the music for the app resides on your phone. Whatever music you have on your phone is fair game in this application. Meaning you can scratch to “My Humps” or mix it with Lady Gaga. Your musical selection is as large as your musical library and I found this to be amazing. Too many times you are limited by outside factors and this allows me, a Flogging Molly fanatic, a method to mix my favorite tunes that are not main stream. The following controls are found at the initial screen:
Loop EQ FX
That is just the home screen. The big option that I like that is hidden in the settings menu is the “Enable MotionPlaying” option. It is described as “Place the iPhone/iPod on a turntable and scratch songs”. That sounded pretty crazy to me so I went to a friend who happens to have turntables and we tested it out and I must say I was impressed. It was awesome for a novice like me to be able to throw it together so fast and scratch. Granted it wasn’t the best sounding but it was definitely pretty awesome and my friends were very impressed.
This app was much cooler than I thought it would be. Don’t get me wrong, the name is great and so is the presentation. Turns out that it was very fun for me to play with and even after I was done putting it through the paces I found myself trying to show off my (lack of) mixing skills. For the musically inclined this app provides a portable method of mixing that I haven’t seen before.
- Very Smooth
- Use your own music
- Very Fun for musicians and non-musicians
- Small learning curve but not bad at all
- Would be even better on say an iPad 2?
$1.99 (View in iTunes)
Released: Mar 03, 2011
Size: 4.7 MB
Seller: XYLIO INFO SRL
© 2011 Xylio Info SRL
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.1 or later.