iPad DJ Rana Sobhany attracted a lot of attention when she claimed to be the first iPad DJ a couple of months back. We ran a news story on her here, as did many other websites, and her YouTube video got over half-a-million views. MacLife just ran another interesting article on her, part of which features her top five essentials for aspiring iPad DJ:
- Buy two iPads - Just as two turntables are standard for any DJ, so are two iPads.
- Buy a Mixer - Rana recommends Numark mixers, and uses a Numark M3 herself.
- Cables - Ranaís setup consists of three RCA-to-minijack cables, with two of the minijack inputs going into the iPads, and the RCA cables plugged into the back of the mixer. The third minijack cable is for audio-out, and she says that she always keeps a 1/8 inch-to1/4 inch adaptor handy as well in case the speaker system requires it.
- Choose Your Tunes - Now for the banginí tunes! Rana recommends that you decide what type of music you want to play and then download some corresponding apps. With 5,000 apps available for download via the iPad store, as well as compatible iPhone apps, youíre spoilt for choice. For Hip-Hop, she suggests the IK Multimedia Groovemaker Hip-Hop app, for example.
- Practice! - According to Rana, if youíre already a DJ, itís vital to practice using the iPadís touchscreen, as well as practicing adjusting to the lack of hardware controls on the iPadís apps. Beginners should concentrate on learning timing and matching beats per minute between the two iPads. She adds that familiarizing yourself with sound libraries is very important if you want to control the sounds youíre making. You should also take time to test out as many different apps as possible to get the sounds that you want.