Traktor for iPad and iPhone: Music App Guest Review by DJ Jay Cunning
Never miss an impromptu opportunity to rock the house party again. We've asked leading UK DJs, producers and music writers to tell us about their favourite apps for making noise and discover new music. This week Jay Cunning (post-Kiss FM and owner of the Subslayers label) is reviewing the Traktor DJ app for iPad & iPhone.
I've been using Traktor Scratch Pro 2 for about two years now in different forms: from CD & vinyl control to S4 & X1 controllers, so it was great to see the software extended to my other gadgets like the iPhone & iPad tablet.
First things first; I see this as a tool for a bit of fun. I'm certainly not going to use the iPad and this app to DJ to a live crowd, but if you find yourself at an impromptu party then this is definitely one to use!
Traktor have done a great job of making this an easy to use app even if you've not used Traktor before (though it does help). All the app's features, from selecting tunes to playing and adding FX, are all pretty simple and add a new fun element to DJing.
To get the best out of it, though, you will really need to have set up Traktor on your laptop/PC first as adding cue points and making sure your beat grids are on is pretty essential. (You can do this on the app but it's far easier to set up on your PC as the Dropbox sync feature allows you to sync library metadata like cue points both ways.)
Overall a great bit of fun - not really suitable for live gig at Glastonbury but a leading contender for house parties and the like.
- Value for Money: 5 / 5
- Ease of Use: 4 / 5 (if you already use Traktor)
- Features: 4 / 5
- Overall: 4 / 5
Traktor for iPad is available from iTunes Store.
About Jay Cunning: Label boss for Sub Slayers and the recently launched Sub Nation Jay has been involved in the scene for many a year from being resident at Ram Records at The End, a weekly show on Kiss FM, Kool London to world wide globe
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