Friday, March 26, 2010

Remote Play

I've been playing with Cue.Play.DJ for a few days now and I have to say that I'm impressed.
There are a few DJ apps for the iPhone. I own Touch DJ which is great if you have a headphone out to a mixer, I've used it to DJ and the sound and performance are very good. I also own Sonorasaurus which while more intuitive than Touch DJ is only really good for crossfade mixes, but if that's your bag then I'd recommend it.
Cue.Play.DJ caught my attension because of its streaming abilities.
First of all there is latency, about 2secs which is bad but can't be helped especially over a Wi-Fi network. Then there is the syncing of tracks that aren't m4a. mp3's just don't cut the mustard inside Cue.Play.DJ.
This sounds like a major problem but in fact it isn't. This app seems designed for DJ's and not those hoping to be DJ's. Using the split headphone option I can still beatmatch tunes and the pitch sliders get me to the point easily. Add to that it's all done before you crossfade in the track and you're laughing.
What makes this app different is that you stream the output over Wi-Fi and your audience just gets a perfect mix. The sound quality is fantastic, all the EQ controls work perfectly and despite the lag you'll get away with making adjustments.
The Cue Play Setlist software works perfectly so adding your own tracks is a breeze and it also handles the Wi-Fi sync. It all just worked on my Vista system but XP is supported too.
Overall it's a DJ app for DJ's. If you're starting out it's going to be tough work working with the latency issue but if you're experienced you'll deal with it and make use of a proper DJ app.
I'd mark it 4/5 for now.
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