Pioneer DJ has announced the release of an Android version of its free DJ app rekordbox (ver 3.0), offering an interface mirroring the layout of the PC/Mac version of the professional DJ platform joined by several new features.
Available for Android OS 9, 10, 11, DJs who want to automatically synchronize music across multiple devices via any network from any location, can do so through Cloud Library Sync with a rekordbox Creative plan subscription and a Dropbox account2.
In addition, by linking a Dropbox account with rekordbox, users have the option to upload parts or all of their library to the cloud when using the rekordbox Creative plan. Then, when logging into their Pioneer DJ account on another device, all music and information is synchronized. This feature is designed to be helpful in creating library backups as well as preparing playlists, tracks, and metadata such as cue points. The software automatically syncs everything to a main computer at home or in the studio.
Without a rekordbox Creative plan subscription, users can still transfer music from a computer directly to an Android device (and vice versa) for free by connecting them both to the same network. When metadata such as cue points and playlists are edited on a phone, the changes will be synced to the library on the main computer when both devices are reconnected to a single network.
rekordbox for Android has also been designed to help users to more easily prepare for performances, even when viewing the app on a small screen. Several features have been designed for one-handed use, including:
The Playlist Box allows users to reference their playlist/collection while browsing and keep an eye on where tracks are being sent. All information appears at the bottom of the screen, so users always know where tracks are moving to and from.
Move the Quick Cue button to the left to set a Memory Cue, move it right to set a Hot Cue, and tap it to set Realtime Memory, without the need to switch screens.
Set a Memory Cue point by tapping the Quick Cue button, which can be done when the track is playing and even during Auto Beat Loop. This is designed to eliminate the process of stopping the music and pressing cue then Memory.
Allows users to check how a mix will sound further down the line. When switching on Dual Control, all functions will be linked for both decks. So, with both tracks playing in sync, users can Beat Jump forward or swipe the waveforms and both tracks will advance by the same amount. This enables hearing how the mix will develop without waiting for the tracks to play to that point.
Independent A/B Decks
When both decks are displayed in Player mode, users can view Deck A or Deck B on its own by swiping left (to see Deck A) or right (to see Deck B). Users can then select a new track or adjust any of the cue or grid settings for that deck only. Swipe again and it switches back to viewing both decks.
Expanded Features Similar To Export Mode
Preparing for performances with rekordbox for Android is designed to feel similar to using Export mode in the latest version of rekordbox for Mac/Windows (ver. 6.5.1). Use Beat Jump and Manual Loop, edit track and My Tag information, and find suitable tracks to play next with the Matching feature. Users can now play more file types too, including WAV, FLAC, and ALAC, as well as MP3 and AAC files.
Go here for more specifics on rekordbox for Android (ver 3.0).