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Waves Audio releases Mashup Pro DJ app

Waves Audio and Musicsoft Arts have teamed up to release Mashup, a new DJ mixing app designed to provide pro DJ’s with a sophisticated mobile DJ booth on their iPad. Replacing complex and expensive DJ gear, Mashup provides two rotating stereo decks and a mixer capable of playing all standard unprotected audio formats, an advanced scratch engine, resonant filters with a large touch-ribbon UI and hi-end equalizers with larger interface controls. Users can create unlimited playlists on the fly, setup auto-sync and beat matching between decks and record mixes in stereo for further editing, mixing and sharing in other apps. Tracks can be selected from the iOS music library or purchased from an in-app DJ Shop with a collection of tracks from top DJs such as Junior Sanchez and Kris Menace. Users can also pair Mashup running on an iPhone or iPod touch with the iPad version over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth for DJing with headphones.

Mashup is designed to provide superior audio processing on the iPad with technology developed by Waves Audio, a leading developer of professional audio signal processing technologies and recipient of the 2011 Technical Grammy award. In addition to the standard audio engine with features such as resonant filters and noise-free scratching, users can also optionally upgrade to Waves’ unique MAXX sound enhancing engine which provides boosted base frequencies and improved volume designed for any listening environment from headphones to large cabinet speakers. Mashup is a universal app requiring an iPhone 4/4S, fourth-generation iPod touch, iPad 2 or third-generation iPad and iOS 4.3 or later and is available from the App Store for $40; the optional MAXX add-on is available via in-app purchase for an additional $5.

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Before I explain why I rated this app so low, please understand that i have been an International Dj for over 20 years, along a Music Producer for 18 years and worked with numerous famous artist from the industry in my life. I am more than savvy with technology and tried many apps for testing purposes and do a lot of reviews for brands like Pioneer and Native Instruments.

So you’ll understand i got very excited when I saw that Waves, which reputation for excellency in plugins business has gone worldwide many years ago, was involved in a Dj software project. Specially as we are talking about an app working on an iPad or iPhone without a decent audio interface, knowing that the audio signal going out is processed by the MAXXX Technology would be   a very important factor in your decision of buying Mashup.

Well unfortunately, even though the developper is insisting on this fact that the Waves processor alone should make a difference with the other apps available on the market, this app then totally lacks in doing what it is supposed to do : be a Dj software and not just another fancy MP3 player.

The fact is that honestly, the interface looks really good, specially if you have a retina display, and the access to the different layers is rather smart and easy. But as fast as the rush raised when i launched the app, then even faster did my enthousiasm crashed and faded away when i tried to just mix a couple of songs from my library. A total fiasco if you’d ask me ! I quickly started to be upset, got aggrevated as all my attempts to try basic things you are supposed to do with this kind of software ended in a succession of failures and desapointments.

As a summary of this terrible and expensive experience ( $35.00 for the app + $5.00 for the Waves Maxxx ) the sync engine is one of the worst i ever tried or beta tested in the last 2 years. I COULD NOT EVEN SYNC THE EXACT SAME TRACK LOADED IN BOTH DECKS !!!  After a couple of seconds the sync is lost and you have no way to nudge nor bend manually so the mix stay put ... only solution then is to stop the player, seriously ??? can you afford this when you are actually in front of 500 people or more ???  

This app is not for you if you are a professional Dj as all your expectations will be turned down by this pathetic attempt of a Dj Software. Don’t get fooled by the whole Waves gimmick as they only provided an audio process for the audio output, period.

Stay away and look for much more cheaper apps that will do a much better job overall.

Peace out !!!

Posted by Pashaa on September 3, 2012 at 10:31 PM (CDT)

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