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Importing Music

iPod Import

You can import songs from your iPod library by clicking the ‘Import’ button in the ‘My Tracks’ tab. You can get to ‘My Tracks’ by clicking the small blue eject button on the main DJ screen. Select ‘iPod’ from the alert, and then choose one song to be imported. Once the song has been imported, tap it to load it onto a record player.

USB Transfer

USB Importing with iTunes file transfer is the fastest way to transfer a lot of tracks into the app. Click here for a detailed step-by-step explanation.

WiFi Transfer

WiFi transfer requires no cables to be plugged in to transfer files, but it’s slower than USB transfer by a lot. Access WiFi transfer by clicking the ‘Import’ button in the ‘My Tracks’ tab. You can get to ‘My Tracks’ by clicking the small blue eject button on the main DJ screen. For WiFi transfer to work, your iOS device and your desktop computer must be connected to the same wireless network. Once you’ve determined you’re connected to the same network, use open a web browser on your desktop and type in the weird looking address that appears in the alert view. It should look something like this: 192.168.1.1:8080 … if you type it exactly, you should see a web page that allows you to select an audio file and then press upload. This will send the file to your device running TapDJ.

Mixing

Mixing is the art of fading one song into another while matching the drum beats as closely as possible. New DJ software allows for auto-mixing of tracks, but that takes away from the real skill of crossfade mixing. Use the cross-fader on the main DJ screen to fade from one record player to another. You can also hold your finger down on the cross-fader background to auto-fade. If you hold down on the right side of the crossfader background, it will auto-slide to the right, and vice-versa. Use the waveform display to match up the drum beats between songs, then fade to the next track.

Transferring Mixes to PC

You can use iTunes File transfer over USB to get your mixes to your desktop.
Click here to watch a video on how to get mixes onto your desktop from Tap DJ

Scratching

Like mixing, scratching is a skill that comes with practice. You may find it hard to create the familiar scratches you hear in popular songs. Don’t worry, with some effort, you can scratch like a pro. Try opening a sample drum loop from your sample case. Then, looking at the waveform on the main DJ screen, find the part where the snare drum crosses the little orange line. You can match this up by listening to the beat, and looking for a spike in the waveform right when you hear the snare drum. Once you’ve found it, scratch the record so that spike from the snare drum crosses back and forth over the little orange line repeatedly. You should hear a distinctive scratch sound. Not too hard, right? You can do the same with a Bass drum for a different effect.

GyroScratch

Gyro enabled scratching is our most unique and fun feature. Access gyro scratch from the FX area, first click the round silver button on the main DJ screen, then click the ‘Effects’ Tab. There are a few fun ways to use gyro scratch. One way is by touching the square blue pads whenever you want the gyroscope to control the record spin. This way, the record plays normally unless you’re holding down on the blue touch pad. While you hold it down, the record will scratch exactly as if you were touching it, but it uses the rotation of the phone to spin the record. If you happen to have an old turntable lying around, try this: place your iphone flat on the turntable. Then load a song and turn on the gyro scratch with the sensitivity knob turned all the way down (to the left.) Now switch on your real turntable so your phone is now spinning around. Your track should be playing! And you can even scratch using your real turntable!

Sampler

The sampler gives you a quick way to play many different sounds. You can access it by clicking the little grid icon in the lower-left hand corner of the main DJ screen. Once it slides in view, you’ll see nine buttons with sound names in them. Try hitting a few. You can setup the buttons to play whatever sounds you like, even your recordings, or transferred sounds. You’ll see a 3 buttons below each large sampler button. From left to right, you have ‘eject’, ‘stop’ and ‘loop.’ Eject lets you load any sound you like into the big button above. Stop will turn off any sound playing from the button above. Loop will toggle whether the button should infinitely repeat its sound, or stop after one play.

Cue Points

Cue points can be used in many different ways. A common use is to create a loop out of a piece of a track. To do this, hit the ‘IN’ button to set the beginning point of your loop. Then click the ‘OUT’ button to select the end point. Now to play your loop, click the small play button. You will notice the loop icon is now highlighted blue, this means your loop is active. If you tap the loop icon, your loop will de-activate, but it still remains saved to memory. Your loops are remembered for each track you play even you close the app.
You can also use cue points to mark your favorite position in a track to quickly seek there later. Simply click the ‘IN’ button at the point you want to save, and anytime you wish to seek back to that point, press the play icon. If your track is paused, hitting play will only seek to the point, not start playing the track.

  • You can delete loops or cue points by clicking the small ‘X’ icon.
  • There are three cue points/loops for each record player.

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