I know what you want me to say. You want me to tell you that you can FINALLY write off that iPad you bought yourself last Christmas as a business expense. You want me to tell you that this wildly radical new app has hit the market, that it’s going to be the best $15 you’ve spent in the App Store yet, and that you might even use it more than you play Angry Birds, which up to now seemed like the only reason you got the damn thing.
I’m sorry. Wireless DJ is not going to be your ticket to justification.
Let me break it down before you break out your password.
The fact that Evgen Bodunov (and Ilya Birman) spent the time to develop this application makes sense. Whether you’re into babes and cars or books and coding, the idea of transmitting MIDI data over a wireless network is undeniably cool. Once you’ve installed the app on your iPad, you’ll need to make sure you’re connected to the same WiFi network that your computer’s connected to. Of course, if you’re not on a Mac, you’ll need to head back to the Apple Store to pick one up before you’re up and running Wireless DJ, because it doesn’t work on Windows machines without drivers and some maneuvering. That said, once you’ve got your Apple arsenal plugged in, you’re ready to go. Oh but wait, you’re not running Traktor? Wireless DJ offers but one pre-made mapping configuration file and it’s for Traktor. That said, the thing works. Almost perfectly.
Look, if you follow the directions and download the Traktor mapping file, it’s easy to set up and easy to use. As you can tell by the screenshot, the interface is overly simplified. Crossfader, two volume sliders, two tempo sliders, plus EQ, play/pause, and sync for two tracks. All worked just right. The seek buttons are debatably the most useful aspect of the app. Ideally, they would eliminate the need to stay hunched over when making moves using your touchpad. And they did not work for me without being mapped. Lame. Additionally, there is a tiny level visualizer for each channel, along with a battery-level indicator. Cute, right?
It lacks a visualization of your waveforms and your crates and file banks, so unless you’re Cam Jansen with photographic memory, you’re not getting farther away than your eyesight allows using Wireless DJ. So why is it wireless? If it’s to save me from having to bring an extra cable, well, fair enough. i can’t argue with that. But it still feels like it lacks features that would really make it a useful tool. Given the lack of usability, I’ve taken it upon myself to try and figure out why anyone in their right mind would find this useful IRL. You’re welcome, Bodunov.