We’ve already seen how professional DJs are starting to gravitate towards the iPad and using it in their sets, so it makes sense that companies would start developing mixing and DJ-ing games for Apple’s tablet. Scratch: The Ultimate DJ combines free-form DJ tricks with rhythm gameplay, and features some of the biggest names in Hip Hop. Currently in development at Numark, the world’s leading manufacturers of DJ technology, Scratch: The Ultimate DJ is the only game that delivers the thrill of interacting with both classic and modern Hip Hop tracks in new and creative ways. The game enables players to effectively remix the song while they’re playing by mixing their own beats and effects into the track using a hardware peripheral called the Scratch Deck, which blends a touch-sensitive turntable and crossfader with a series of beat pads. The turntable is based on Numark’s professional line of DJ turntables, and the beat pads are identical to the pads on the iconic MPC from Akai Professional, which is the foundation of virtually every major Hip Hop track produced in the last 20 years. Numark has also developed a new, full-function dual-turntable controller that enables players to manipulate both turntables simultaneously.
“Much the same way Numark sets industry trends in DJ’ing and mixing, Apple is changing the way people think about and interact with portable computing,” said Jack O’Donnell, president and CEO of Numark Industries. “We see innovative new platforms like the iPad as a perfect fit for Scratch: The Ultimate DJ, and we look forward to bringing the excitement and creativity of DJ’ing to gamers of all skill levels across a wide variety of platforms.”
Scratch: The Ultimate DJ is expected to hit the Apple iPad App Store later this year.
By Maura Sutton, iPadForums.net