MWSF09 Best in Show: DJay

Summary:DJay ($50) is one of my favorite software titles here at Macworld Expo and I'm awarding it with an O'Grady's Best in Show award for it's slick interface and totally intuitive operation.If you're a novice you'll appreciate its simple operation, djay sees your iTunes library and double clicking a track in the right pan instantly adds it to an available turntable.

djay screenshot with iTunes library and artwork on the virtual vinyl

DJay ($50) is one of my favorite software titles here at Macworld Expo and I'm awarding it with an O'Grady's Best in Show award for it's slick interface and totally intuitive operation.

If you're a novice you'll appreciate its simple operation, djay sees your iTunes library and double clicking a track in the right pan instantly adds it to an available turntable. You can scratch a track by clicking and dragging the record and you can jump to any point in the track by clicking and dragging the turntable's tone arm. Double clicking a second track cues it up on the other deck. You can use the crossfader switch tracks or click on the transition buttons for a smooth mix. A BPM tab allows you to tap to figure out the BPM of a song. Auto-BPM would be nice, but it's not in this version.

Pros will love the multi-touch trackpad scratching (nice!), instant pre-cueing (either with USB headphones or a Griffin iMic), real-time sampler and visual loops. If you've got the "scratch," buck up for the Vestax DJ MIDI controller with dual jog wheels (about $500) and you'll be in DJ hardware heaven.

Topics: Enterprise Software, CXO, Software

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Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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