Algoriddim has worked closely with Apple for years on its djay apps and appears regularly in the company’s keynotes. It is now integrating another Apple product, Shazam, into its latest iOS djay app with the release of iOS 15. The new feature allows you to scan your surroundings and identify any song playing, whether at an event, listening to the radio or playing on sets with other DJs. Once the song is selected, djay will instantly load it on the virtual decks and play it in sync with the external music source.
Once loaded, you can create a mix with similar tracks, remix the song, apply effects, and deconstruct it into components using the company’s Neural Mix technology. It can also save songs to iOS 15’s music recognition history in the control center, “providing users with easy access to all their song discoveries,” the company said.
While it sounds like an interesting technology looking for an application, Algoriddim has some use cases in mind. The main one is that you can identify a track you might be listening to and put it into your library at the touch of a button or create an automatic mix based on the recognized song. “djay can instantly provide you with tracks similar to the one you just heard, allowing you to quickly immerse yourself in a particular style,” Algoriddim told Engadget.
Another more marginal use case is with back-to-back DJing. If you’re playing in tandem with another DJ or in a lineup, you can pick up where the last DJ left off by identifying and syncing with their song before gradually joining your set. This goes beyond beat matching, allowing you to exactly match the DJ’s last song. Mind you, many DJs may not care about playing the DJ’s last song or working with a playlist inspired by it, especially if they weren’t familiar with the tracks.
The advanced version of Shazam of iOS djay allows you to save recognized music to your Tidal (music and video), SoundCloud, Beatport and Beatsource (not Spotify or Apple Music) libraries. Other new features include the ability to add effects to the master audio output, enabled by the new Audio Unit features (extensions) in iOS 15. This will allow you to better customize the sound for broadcast or to pair with a PA system. Algoriddim’s iOS djay update for iOS is now available for free, or you can get the Pro version for $ 6.99 per month or $ 49.99 per year.