4 Tips to using a DJ Controller with iOS Apps

It is no secret that advancements in technology have made it easier than ever before to perform tasks on your iPhone or iPad. Tasks that are typically conducted on a computer or a laptop can now be performed on the go by a few taps of your fingers on a screen. If you are a DJ this is particularly intriguing as you can now use your controller with many great iOS apps. This article will highlight some tips to using a DJ controller with your iOS devices.

  1. Official Apple iOS lightning adapter is a critical component to your success. While it may seem trivial, you need to have an Apple iOS lightning adapter as not all brands will work with your Apple products. Apple is funny that way. If you have a hard time finding a lightning adapter cord made by Apple, you could also look for what they call a “camera connection kit.” These cords are useful when connecting to the midi controller of your choice.
  2. Make sure that you have the right controller. Before you get excited and buy the lightning adapter, make sure to do your research and find out if your controller will work with the apps that are on your device. Much to the dismay of many DJ’s, apps only work on certain controllers, so it is best to find out compatibility before attempting to DJ from your smartphone or iPad. An easy way to find this out is to check your controller manual. Most of the time, midi controller tends to be compatible with apps, but not always. It is also important and helpful to note that devices that are typically compatible most likely will not need additional drivers when paired with iOS for usage. If you find that you are in need of a new controller or you have yet to purchase one, this related post can help you determine what model will be best for your needs.
  3. A great app to try. One of the most popular DJing apps that can be used with an iPhone or iPad is the Midiflow iOS app. This app is described as a midi router and processor. Do note that you will have to purchase the app for $6.99 and then you may also need to make an in-app purchase from time to time. The “controller remapping” add-on is a great one to purchase right away. The beauty of this app is that it creates virtual midi ports that can also be seen by other apps.
  4. Connect and begin to DJ! Now that you know what to do, you can set up your DJ station by using your iPhone or iPad. Use the lightning adapter to hook up your controller to your phone or tablet. Follow the on-screen directions and you will be up and running in no time at all!

There are many great perks to many of the technological advancements of our time. One of which is being able to DJ from anywhere by using your smartphone or tablet. By following these simple steps, you can take your DJ career on the road without having to lug around a bunch of equipment.


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