We are well and truly into the age of the smartphone and never has technology provided us with so many opportunities to do amazing things. When it comes to music production straight from your iOS device, whether that’s an iPhone, iPad or even an iPod Touch, the opportunities multiply ten-fold.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re starting out as a DJ and you’re looking for a way to practice your skills and find some tunes that work well together, or simply looking for an affordable yet essential piece of kit to work alongside your sets, you know what they say, there’s an app for that!
However, type in ‘iOS DJ app’ into Google, and you’ll be returned over six million results, and that’s a lot of searching while trying to find the right app, which is why we’ve done the hard work for you. Here’s our top five best DJ apps for your iOS device that will take your DJ game to the next level.
#1 – Traktor DJ
Coming solidly in first place, we’ve chosen Traktor DJ. Of course, Traktor is a leading software platform in the DJ industry and is a professional choice for many DJ’s including EDM superstars Hardwell and Deadmau5.
With this app version, you can now take the power of this market-leading platform with you wherever you, ensuring that the party never stops! Whether you’re mixing solely on your iOS device, allowing you to take full control via iOS’s hand-gestures feature, or plugging your device into one of your Traktor-enabled pieces of equipment to take your mixes to a whole new level.
With the app itself, you can effortlessly perform precision mixes in seconds and, as you would expect, you have full control over your high and bassline levels. With your purchase, you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of a two-channel mixer, two fully-featured virtual decks, all in addition to the pro-featured effects that you would expect with a desktop package.
What’s more, the app can even suggest the next song you want to play while being connected to iTunes to give you accurate suggestions. There’s also a ton of transition effects including Brake, Reverse and Slice, cues, song queues, and even the adored Active Freeze Mode. Mobile DJing doesn’t get much better than this.
#2 – DJ Player Pro
If Traktor is a bit too complicated, or expensive, and you’re looking for something a bit more suitable for beginners so you can hone your skills and playlist before investing in a better, potentially physical, array of equipment, DJ Player Pro could be ideal for you.
This set up is suitable for both beginners and professionals alike and is designed to be used effortlessly in your free time or if you’re performing in from of a crowd. As you would expect, you can use the app as a standalone platform, or you can connect it to your existing hardware. It’s even compatible with touchscreen devices, external mixers, sound cards, computers and laptops and MIDI controllers! That’s a lot of flexibility when it comes to your set.
What really sets this app apart from the rest is its ability to mix and record STEMs, one of the leading techniques when it comes to modern-day mixing. The app provides you with up to four uniquely controlled decks, each with four STEM slots, which gives you the ability to mix up to 16 tracks in total! With auto and manual beat-matching settings, this app lets you have full control!
#3 – Pacemaker
This is a unique app to enter our list but for a good reason. Pacemaker is the ideal app for your DJ sets if you’re looking for a way to add some unique and captivating FXs that guarantee to take your sets to the next level. The app has been designed for both beginners and professionals in mind, ensuring you have an easy to use interface with some powerful features hidden underneath.
What really sets this app apart is its ability to integrate itself into both your iTunes and your Spotify accounts, meaning you’ll have access to what is basically an infinite number of songs and tracks to mix up in your sets.
Some of the built-in FXs include ChopChop, reverb, echo and white noise. You can also implement many of the mixing features, such as looping capabilities, auto-beat-matching, BeatSkip, alongside your traditional crossfaders, scratching and equalizers. There’s everything you could ever need in one package.
#4 – edjing 5
Edjing 5 (iPad) is perhaps one of the most popular and most downloaded DJ apps of them all, and since their fifth version has been released, it has never caused so much excitement. With a brand-new interface, all the mixing controls you could ever need are now just a tap away, giving you a whole new level of flexibility when it comes to creating the set sounds you’re looking for.
In addition to all the traditional mixing functions you would expect from a leading DJ app, you can also enjoy the benefits of Smart FX management and database of multiple FXs to bring new life into your performance.
With a ton of other features, including compatibility with music platforms such as Deezer, SoundCloud, and your iTunes library, auto and Tap beat syncing and FastTrack Search; this is an all-in-one solution for beginners, hobbyists, and professionals alike.
#5 – djay Pro by Algoriddim
Finally, to conclude our list of some of the best DJ apps for your iOS device – and it’s safe to say there are a lot of awesome ones – we’ve chosen djay Pro, one of the greatest, most fully-featured and outstanding pieces of kit you’ll find on the App Store.
Although the most expensive setup on our list, this app supports up to four-deck mixing, 4K video mixing for awesome background projections, a sample player, integration with your Spotify account, visual waveforms for effortlessly mixing, compatibility with an incredible range of hardware and keyboard shortcuts for a personalized style of performing.
This software really does speak for itself when it comes to giving you everything you could ever need. See it in action here! Ideally, for professionals, this app could be used by beginners who are looking to start off strong and build up their mixing and scratching knowledge.
Definitely worth checking them out and a must-have for most digital music makers.