Being a DJ used to be expensive. Even if you had no skills, you would first need to invest in equipment worth thousands of dollars. Thankfully, technology has cut those costs. Today you can learn DJs for only a few euros, even for free! The following apps will help you to improve your DJ skills ̵
Djay is one of the most popular and well-known DJ apps. The interface is very similar to a physical deck, and you can work with two tracks simultaneously. For music, you can use Spotify's music or music stored on your phone or tablet. For it to work, you need a premium Spotify subscription. You must also be connected to the Internet, even if you have saved music offline with Spotify. The app itself is uncomplicated and designed for beginners. If you've never used a DJ app before, Djay is your first stop.
Visit Djay on the Google Play Store and iOS App Store.
DJ Studio 5
DJ Studio 5 is a fantastic DJ app for Android designed for beginners and advanced players. You get eight sound effects, a three band equalizer, ten customizable sample pads, one cue point per deck, and many other features that make it a complete experience. The developers of DJ Studio 5 claim that the app has no limitations and most features of the app – unlike other apps – are completely free. They claim they only earn their money with premium skins that they offer as in-app purchases. You can even disable the ads in the free version.
You can find DJ Studio 5 only in the Google Play Store.
Edjing Mix is a pro-level DJ app for personal and professional use. The app is well-equipped with a host of DJ features and includes support for your local library, Deezer, SoundCloud and even cloud storage services like Google Drive.
However, there is a catch. Not all features of the app are free – but the price is reasonable considering the features of the app. If you are a professional DJ or would like to become one in the future, you should consider the Edjing Pro app ($ 8.99) as it offers more features for professionals.
Edjing Mix is available in the Google Play Store and in the iOS App Store.
Music Maker Jam
Music Maker Jam is another popular DJ app that focuses on music creation. It is designed for hobby artists and offers many features for mixing music and creating beats with in-app instruments. You can also record vocals and add effects to the music you create. There are also many soundpacks. As with most free DJ apps, there are many features that you have to pay for and these can be expensive. But if you're just starting out, the free features are more than enough.
You can find Music Maker Jam on the Android App Store and the iOS App Store.
Cross DJ is a powerful DJ app by Mixvibes, a professional DJ software developer. This is one of the few cross-platform apps available for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.
The desktop apps are professional and offer a variety of features, including compatibility with external hardware. On the other hand, the mobile apps offer features such as accurate BPM detection, beat grid editing, track synchronization, pitch bending and more. If you have adequate knowledge, you can purchase additional features such as an auto-mixer, an external mixer, and sample packs for in-app purchases.
Cross DJ is not the cheapest software, but has the most advanced features. If you are a beginner you do not have to spend money on it. The free apps offer more than enough features to get you started.
Visit Cross DJ's iOS and Android apps.
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