Algoriddim’s djay Pro AI gets hands-free gesture control update

It lets you mix tracks, scratch and apply effects, all without touching your screen.

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Algoriddim djay Pro AI Gesture Controls

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Algoriddim’s latest update for djay Pro AI adds gesture controls that let you scratch, mix and more, entirely through hand gestures.

The DJing app makes use of the front-facing camera to intelligently detect hand gestures and trigger a variety of actions. You could use this to transition between songs, start or stop a loop, apply and tweak effects, and of course, scratch.

Karim Morsy, CEO of Algoriddim, says the new hand tracking tech represents a “fundamental change” in how DJs can orchestrate mixes.

“Gesture Control is a new paradigm with implications beyond DJing and music creation,”he said in a statement. “It is a major step forward with how people interact with mobile technology.”

Check out DJ Ravine demonstrate the new gesture controls below:

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen hand-tracking tools in the world of music technology. The last decade saw its fair share of intangible controllers, namely Leap Motion and IK’s iRing. If you go further back, there’s the original hands-free instrument, the Theremin. Algoriddim is hoping that the world of DJing is where hands-free technology can flourish. Just make sure you do your dance moves outside the camera’s field of view.

The latest update will be free to active users of djay Pro AI. However, you’ll need a supported iPad to make use of the new gesture controls; that’s a 3rd generation or later iPad Pro, or a 4th generation or later iPad Air, running on iOS 14.

Other newly introduced features include improved MIDI control, Dropbox and Google Drive compatibility, plus a visualiser that feeds off user camera roll or streamed music videos from TIDAL.

Meanwhile, if you aren’t yet subscribed to djay Pro AI, a monthly subscription will run you $6.99/£6.99 per month.

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