In late 2010, German software maker Algoriddim released djay for iPad, a powerful portable audio mixing solution that went on to win an Apple Design Award at last year’s WWDC. With a combination of advanced features, intuitive UI design, and a care for attention to detail, djay became one of the most well-known DJ solutions with seamless interoperability across the Mac and iOS. However, because I am no audio professional, I sometime found myself slightly overwhelmed by the feature set of djay — the app certainly requires a bit of basic audio knowledge to get the most out of its settings such as visual mixing with waveforms, beat-matched looping, and pre-cueing.
For the past week, I have been testing Algoriddim’s new iPad app, vjay, and not only I haven’t found myself scratching my head in front of some complex setting or obscure audio terminology — I had fun using the app, taking advantage of the complex tech that the developers embedded in a $9.99 package to, ultimately, provide an engaging experience for the users. vjay is powerful, but, in a way, more accessible than djay.
As the name suggests, vjay works with videos. And perhaps it is the app’s focus on visuals, rather just waveforms, that increases its “wow” factor and accessibility to users who, like me, aren’t exactly mixing and syncing tempos on a daily basis. Furthermore, I also believe that, from a mere technological standpoint, vjay’s video capabilities offer a more tangible, visibly outstanding showcase of the iPad’s engine. More than djay, I found vjay to be a perfect mix — no pun intended — of powerful technology and user-friendliness.
vjay can mix videos in real-time. Taking the underlying concept of djay and bringing it to a different type of media, vjay comes with a split interface displaying two content sources at the bottom, and a large, central visual preview at the top. At the bottom, you can pick videos (and even audio) from two separate “add media” buttons that are directly connected with your Camera Roll, video and music library, iTunes Store, and pre-bundled content offered by Algoriddim as a demo to get you started. In my tests, I decided to pick two .mp4 videos from my friends @AldrinBand that I had previously synced to my iPad, and see what vjay would allow me to do with them. (more…)