Last week, Apple finally dropped their tablet/e-reader, aka the iPad. We have heard many questions and rumors about it, and one in particular, can you DJ with the iPad? The answer is not exactly cut and dry and it depends on what you define as DJing. Lets take a look at whats going on here. Continue reading...
For Professional DJs:
If you are a professional DJ and use a program like Serato Scratch Live or Tractor, you answer is NO. It might be nice and fun to be able to control your pro DJ software with this device, but sadly you cannot. There is one major reason, the device had no USB, therefore no way to interface with the current audio setups. However, we have learned that there will be an adapter to a USB but that does not change the fact that that these programs are developed for other platforms, not the iPhone/iPad SDK. So, for all you pro DJs that were excited about getting your dirty fingers all over your screen, sorry! You hands are better to be on your turntables/controllers anyhow.
For Non-Professional DJs:
There are some smaller, less robust programs out there for the iPhone/iTouch. We have not tested any, so they will remain anonymous. Some of these are fun, but there is a slight setback. If you want to use them (as they are now), they will display only a small window on your iPad. You could just use iTunes right? Yes indeed. Currently, you would need an adapter to pull this off (likely an 1/8" headphone jack to RCA). I do know a hand full of DJs that actually use this method with their laptops (yeah, i know). So, its doable, but not for the professional DJs out there.
DJing with Midi controllers:
A few programs that allow you to map your midi controller to a program on the iPhone/iTouch, like "iTM Matrix". This is a fun way to use your controllers while out on the dance floor. There is a major catch to this though, you need to be on a wifi network for any of this to work. Sometimes bars/clubs have these and sometimes they remember their password too. But, lots of times, their only computer is crammed into some basement closet office with a wired connection. These people know drinks, not networks. So, you may be able to use a midi mappable device on your new iPad, but it totally depends on the place you are playing.
If you are a professional DJ, the answer is simply NO. If you are not so serious and want to give it a shot with the current "DJ" apps for the iPhone/iTouch, go ahead and good luck. Let us know if you are successful. So, for all your pros out there, sorry, maybe next year (but probably not).