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iPad DJ Rana Sobhany mixes beats, reveals her apps

Is there anything the iPad can’t do? It won’t be replacing your MacBook any time soon, but if Rana Sobhany is any indication, it could be replacing your much more expensive DJ equipment. What she has done is hooked up two iPads to a basic $100 DJ mixer and a $100 USB sound box, reproducing a full DJ setup.

From what we can gather, Rana really is the first iPad DJ. Each of the two iPad devices have been loaded with several DJ-related applications and then they are connected to a cheap $100 DJ mixer so that she do things like cross-fade and hit kill switches. This could have been done with two iPod Touches, or iPhones for that matter, but since we are now in iPad hype mode, this seems extra super cool.

In terms of the apps being used, they were actually developed before the iPad came to be, so it’ll be interesting to see how much more iPad-optimized DJ apps will improve the situation further. She’s using Groovemaker House, Looptastic HD, iDaft, AC-7 Pro, Pianist Pro, and Sonosaurus Rex (link anyone?).

The video is a little on the long side (almost 18 minutes), but it’s worth watching if you’re looking to get into DJing and don’t have a ton of dough to blow on pricey equipment.

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4 comments

  1. Jiminycricket33

    cool idea, girl needs a lot of practice though

  2. Should check out TREMOR on the iPad… it does everything both those app do on one iPad!

  3. Seriously, let’s get a grip.

    If you want to get into DJing and don’t want to spend a ton of money and have a computer (who doesn’t) download a demo of Deckadance. Or buy it for $100. get yourself a soundcard for $100 (Audio 2 DJ by Native Instruments) and a korg nanoKontrol controller for $65. There you go, $225 and you have a REAL DJ app that you can actually play out in a club context….

    People need to get over being impressed with Rana (I use a mixer for the kill switches). Seriously?

  4. is there anything it cant do ? … the ipad is lame. wtf is the point when shes got a laptop right beside her ? fruity loops isn’t enough anymore on a pc ? oh wait! i forgot, its apple, people love getting ripped off.

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