Test: Pioneer’s WeDJ App

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Pioneer launched their new standalone DJ App WeDJ for iOS last year. After being available for free after launch till December it’s now available in the App Store for 0,99 EUR (iPhone) / 4,99 EUR (iPad). The App is basically simulating real decks & a mixer in your hand with all it’s functions & some extras. The basic functions like loading a track, adjusting the tempo/EQ’s & synching tracks are intuitive & learned quickly. The whole layout is quite flexible on both iPad and iPhone, with many different options for displaying the waveforms, jog wheel positions depending on your style and what you are used to. When you learned the basics you can look into the more advanced features of the App. Like in Traktor’s DJ App you have full (touch-) control over countless effects, can save cue points and samples but it also allows you to save/pre-record your mixes and then also directly play them in the App. There is also a well-working Automix function which will start mixing in the next track automatically for you. The only two little points which bugged me were that you can’t jump in the track while it stays in synch in the current version, and that there is split cable to pre-listen tracks by Pioneer so far (Native Instrument’s Traktor DJ cable should do the job though), besides the Pioneer’s DDJ-WeGo-4 Controller (230 EUR at Thomann). Obviously it’s still no alternative to the real club experience and you probably still won’t see any DJ’s performing with their phones in the near future but it definitely is a nice tool for the next house party and a great alternative to Spotify playlists!