DJ Dasher

Using the VCI-300-Mark II by Vestax to control my 10,000+ track itunes library with Serato Itch is pretty fuckin’ cool. I see some djs online complaining about the lack of effects and to get them you need to buy the VXF-1 for another $250-$300.

Not wanting to buy yet another piece of hardware, I tried an experiment that cost much less and is more fun than a few dials for effects. I took one of the line-outs from the mixer/ controller and ran it through my iPad using the iRig.

Now you can use one of many apps to add effects to your mix. There’s Amplitude made by IK who makes the iRig, but most of the effect pedals (after all it is an app for guitarists) are in-app purchases. Same goes for both “free” editions the standard and the Fender.

Improvox allows you to manipulate mostly vocal corrective effects (think Autotune) however it’s more fun dragging your finger around the isomf a slider.

Speaking of Autotune, you can also try T-Pain’s app which was made only for iPhone, but will work on your iPad without support for it’s native resolution. That may be preferable as it saves me from staring at T-Pain. Sorry, T, you’re just not my type.

For me, GarageBand for iPad provides the most effects. For now though, the effects you can apply to a midi instrument are mostly under guitar or vocals. Either way there are a few good ones to choose from.

GarageBand wins extra points from me because it has a built in sampler which you can use to create samples to integrate into your set without having to load the song itself.

I’m sure Amplitude’s in-app purchases are legit but again, they’re much better used as virtual Stomp Boxes as I’ve tried them with my cheap ass Fender Strat knockoff.

There’s a few more I haven’t mentioned but will once I get more time to test drive them.

Anybody out there doing anything similar or some other creative ways to incorporate your iPad into your music. Let me know.

The Serato family of programs have helped this novice sound like I should be spinning 12 hour sets in Europe- actually more like 2 hour sets in a Manhattan club as I have a ton of hip hop and the VCI makes it a snap to mix together songs you might not normally consider trying to pull off with a more conventional set up.

I’ll be posting video of some of this stuff later so you can see specifically what I’m talking about.

Update: Added 2 Rockit 6 Studio Monitors and the party’s bumping Got my hands on a bunch of classic hip-hop instrumentals. Even more fun…..REEEEEEMIXXXXX!!!!

About Matthew Dash, LCSW

The Real Dash: SingleFATHER; TechGeek, MovieFreak, Music/TV/Reading/Writing Junkie, Psychotherapist, RUNNER, Meditator. Mad useful/less info. If that's not enough....see my links.....

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