Future DJ, by Romanian developers Xylio, looks great. Graphically, I mean. The icon is crisp, the GUI is clear, and the colour scheme easy on the eye. Even the animations when you press a button have a rich gleam to them, clicking in and then softly springing back into place. It’s a good first impression, although a couple of little things, like the heavy splash screen that can’t be skipped, suggest that just maybe there’s an element of monkey-see-monkey-do going on behind the scenes, that the focus is more on getting a DJ app on the market than it is on offering something new.
Once inside, the basics are covered, although not necessarily the way you’d expect. Cue and Cue-Play functions are both available, but they share a button and to set the mode you’d prefer, you’ll need to flick a switch in the menu. As well as the normal slide operation, the pitch faders can be tapped to jump instantly to your finger, and then return to their previous values when you release. The gain control – the closest thing you’ll find to a per-deck level control, is hidden from the main screen.