If pressing play on a shuffled playlist isn’t enough for you, it’s time to step up to the DJ deck.
With these music mixing apps, you can loop, cue, crossfade, pitch-shift and more to remix your digital library. Even apps for tablets and smartphones are in the mix for on-the-go editing, which is especially helpful when you’re out and the current playlist isn’t cutting it (with the host’s approval of course; Mashable does not endorse party playlist mutiny).
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While Ableton — the professional-grade software used by many of your favorite producers and DJs — will run you close to $500, these apps won’t drain your iTunes gift card balance, and some are even free.
Once you get the hang of mixing, record and upload your mixes to a service such asMixcloud, and join its community of amateur and professional DJs. Also, consider investing in a MIDI DJ controller. It will be pricier than the software, but the ability to fiddle with actual knobs will let you be more adventurous — no more worrying the mouse will disastrously slip while adjusting the tempo.
Soon, you too can be an amateur iPad DJ like the ones from HBO’s Girls.
With an unintimidating, clutter-free interface, Djay is a great tool for both beginners and seasoned mixers. The turntable design shows off album art for an attractive setup, and leaves out unnecessary buttons and cheesy effects. Have fun clicking around and testing out features to get comfortable, and experiment with transition ideas to vary your mixes.
Compatibility: Mac, iOS (Djay 2 is an iPad and iPhone app for $9.99 and $1.99, respectively.)