Dec 3, 2015
As we get more immersed in mobility, it is becoming infinitely easier to count things one cannot do on a mobile device than to list the things we can. There are so many things that we can — or even actually prefer to — do on our smartdevices. With portability and connectivity added to the mix, they are truly becoming core pieces in our daily lives.
Admittedly, I have a thing for DJing. I’ve noted my thing for the urban coming of age flick Juice; Omar Epps character embodied everything that was cool to me at the time.
I wonder, what would Q have done with a smartphone laden with, say an app like Cross DJ?
The app itself looks serious, right from the start; the launch screen features a simple colored circle boarded by other smaller virtual buttons for volume and other effects. Playing around here reveals that tapping on said buttons invokes slick navigation, with sliding windows and visuals. The menu is snazzy without being gaudy, and quite responsive.
Poking around also unveils that one can access onboard music. With one tap, it’s possible to select a song, and then putting the device into landscape brings a second set of controls plus virtual spin table up. At this point, one can just plug away and explore.
Mixing songs is a breeze, and quite the experiment. Adjusting song speeds is intuitive, and the software includes special effects to make productions more memorable. It’s easy to get lost in the features, and several are probably geared towards serious practitioners, but this amateur found it hard to put down.
It’s an interesting piece of software. There are other options, but Cross DJ has a professional feel that adds to to it’s overall allure. It packs in an insane amount of functionality, is quite customizable and isn’t too hard to get a hang off. It probably won’t replace Dre on the physical ones and twos, but it is a pretty compelling mobile substitute.
Most importantly, it’s a lot of fun.