The free edjing app has been around since 2012, but now maker DJiT has launched a Pro version. It looks like a completely different app, with a new interface and plenty of extra features – unlike most DJing apps, everything is unlocked from the off (so no IAPs).
The standard view shows scrolling waveforms for the two tracks – loaded from locally stored music, streamed from Deezer (premium account required) or SoundCloud. As in the rival Cross DJ, the latter option is a welcome inclusion, enabling you to search the vast library and browse genres. However, we did experience occasional issues with certain tracks not downloading to the app.
Traditionalists will be glad to see a turntable view option, although it lacks access to some features, including the FX panel. In either view, tapping a track’s Sync button will automatically sync it with the other – so long as the BPMs aren’t too different. While the automatic beat detection works well, there’s a nice option to halve/double the BPM, or even tap it out manually. In waveform view, a Freeze function enables you to pause the waveform scrolling and play slices of the track like a sampler – it works best with synth intros, drum breaks and vocal solos.
What’s really neat about the flat-design interface is that the menu bar for each track, at the top and bottom, never obscures the main view. This bar enables you to easily switch between the full waveform, cue points, loops and tempo adjust. There are four colour-coded cue points, while a loop can be set for up to 16 beats – or as low as 1/32. By default, both of these features are auto-synced with the beat, as are effects, although purists can toggle this off in the settings.
One slight annoyance is that when you tap the FX button for a track, its panel takes up most of the screen on a 7-inch device, so you can’t access the other track or do any scratching. However, DJiT informs us that on larger tablets there’s a smaller pop-out panel for FX. While we’d have welcomed a greater range of effects, the ones present are high quality. The Shape effects are especially impressive, with touch pads for three slip roll effects and three grid-based ones, the latter jumbling up the order of the beats for some scintillating rhythmic results. Four Colour effects comprise Echo Out, an all-in-one Supafilter, plus standard Reverb and Delay. There’s also a four-frequency equaliser.
Additional main options include recording your mix (locally stored tracks only), pre-cueing (using a headphone cable splitter) and an Automix feature for parties. Overall, a neat user interface combined with the auto-syncing of effects, cues and loops makes for great ease of use.