Being a DJ used to be expensive. Even if you had no skills, you’d have to invest in equipment worth thousands of dollars to start. Thankfully, technology has bought those costs down. Today, you can learn to DJ for just a few dollars, even for free! The following apps will help improve your DJ skills—whether you want to do it personally or professionally.
Djay is one of the most popular and recognized DJ apps. Its interface is very similar to a physical deck, and you can work with two tracks at a time. For music, you can use the music stored on your phone or tablet or use music from Spotify. You’ll need a premium Spotify subscription for it to work and you’ll need to be connected to the internet even if you have saved music offline with Spotify. The app itself is straightforward to use and designed for beginners. If you’ve never used a DJ app before, Djay is the place to start.
DJ Studio 5
DJ Studio 5 is a fantastic, Android only DJ app aimed at beginners and intermediate enthusiasts. You get eight sound effects, a three band equalizer, ten customizable sample pads, one cue-point per deck, and plenty of other features that make it a well-rounded experience. The developers of DJ Studio 5 claim that the app has no limitations and most of the features of the app are completely free—unlike other apps. They claim to make their money from only from premium skins they offer as in-app purchases. You can even disable the ads in the free version.
You’ll find DJ Studio 5 only on the Google Play Store.
Edjing Mix is a pro-level DJ app designed for personal and professional use. The app is well designed with plenty of DJ features and has support for your local library, Deezer, SoundCloud, and even cloud storage services like Google Drive.
However, there is a catch. Not all the features of the app are free—but the price is reasonable considering the features that the app has. If you’re a professional DJ or looking to become one in the future, you should consider the Edjing Pro app ($8.99) as it has more features for professionals.
Music Maker Jam
Music Maker Jam is another popular DJ app with a focus on music creation. It’s designed for hobbyists and has plenty of features to mix music and create beats using in-app instruments. You can also record vocals and add effects to the music that you create. There are plenty of sound packs included as well. As with most free DJ apps, there are many features that you need to pay for and those can become expensive. But, if you’re just starting, the free features are more than enough.
Cross DJ is a powerful DJ app by Mixvibes, which is a professional DJ Software creator. It’s one of the few apps that’s cross-platform and is available for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.
The desktop apps are professional-grade and have a host of features, including compatibility with external hardware. The mobile apps, on the other hand, offer features like accurate BPM detection, beat-grid editing, track syncing, pitch bending, and more. If you have decent skills, you can purchase additional features such as an auto mixer, external mixer, and sample packs as in-app purchases.
Cross DJ is not the cheapest software, but it does have the most advanced features. If you’re a beginner, you don’t have to spend money on it; the free apps have more than enough features to get you started.
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