Being a disc jockey is not an easy thing to do; you need to have an ear for music to be able to mix something special. With the best DJ apps for Android you can take a sip out of that drink without having to spend a lot of cash on equipment. I once tried to touch a spinning vinyl and was subsequently thrown out of the party. Now I lived my age long dream at becoming the best DJ in the world, to be honest I was not good at it.
The apps are great for mixing tracks on the go some even allow you to save the musical abominations you created. I’ll be honest with you, while I love listening to music on one of the best music players on Android, I don’t have the ability to actually create music. This aspect of mine was fully explored in the best Guitar apps for Android article and then in a follow up called best Guitar tuner apps. Long story short, I know nothing about mixing tracks, so please go a little easy on me.
Note: The apps were first tested on a Samsung Galaxy Note III smartphone and then moved to a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet for a better experience. The apps worked fine on both devices and no problems were faced during the testing. However the resulting mixed tracks were extremely harmful to human ears, even my tone deaf cat ran away for a few hours. I will not subject you to those monstrosities and will try to keep this article about the apps, not music.
1. edjing – Free with In-app Purchases
The DJ King
The app may sound like it was made by someone called Ed Jing a Japanese music mogul but in reality it is e-DJing. Despite having a not so great name, the app does the DJing part really well. For starters the interface is simple and very easy to use. Even a beginner like me was able to figure it out in a matter of seconds. You need to load two tracks and the major part is already done.
The interface makes it easier on a new comer to know what is what, but I recommend fiddling with each dial and slider. This way you will have hands on experience and end up having a lot of fun. I mixed contrasting tracks just to see what the end result was and ended up spending around 40 minutes just playing around the app (don’t tell Dan though).
In-app Purchases: $1.07 – $106.84 per item
Finds the tracks automatically.
The app is responsive and fast.
Didn’t lag or stutter even when I went ape on the dials.
The app produces astonishingly good quality audio. I was pleasantly surprised that the mixed songs came out sounding amazing; by sound I mean the sound not the content of the songs which was gibberish at best (that’s my fault).
2. DJ Studio 5 – Free with In-app Purchases
I don’t know when the previous 4 iterations of the app were released but this 5th one is a good one. DJ Studio 5 provides a great experience for those who are seeking a free DJ app for Android. While there is some in-app purchase business involved, they are not intrusive or obligatory. This means almost every essential feature of the app is free, there are some advanced ones locked though but a beginner wouldn’t need them anyway.
The best part of this app is that there are no ads to be found on it, no pop ups, no banners, no full screen ones. This makes it one of the best free Android DJ apps around. Another thing I loved about that app is that it employs a unique scratch engine and disc physics making those “woochoowoochoo” sounds all the more satisfying.
In-app Purchases: $2.49 – $4.99 per item
Comes with 10 sample pads which are customizable.
Beat based loops are there.
Can be used in landscape and portrait modes.
This DJ app for Android comes with a built in recorder which can be used to record your mixed tunes with ease. If you are any good and have made a nice sounding amalgam of songs, this feature can be used for sharing it with the world.
3. Cross DJ – Free with In-app Purchases
Cross DJ is one of the best DJ apps for Android thanks to its ability to mix music by the numbers. IF you need an accurate music mixing app, this app will pass with flying numbers. The app features accurate BPM detection of the music you feed it and that too down to the last decimal.
The app also comes with one of the best sync features I have ever seen which automatically make the two tracks match the phase. It also comes with manual and progressive pitch bend. In short, this app is for those who already know what they are doing and what exactly they are going to make.
In-app Purchases: $0.99 – $3.99 per item
Accurate beat-grid editing will allow you to sync any track properly.
Loops and hot cues are automatically set on the beat.
The app comes with a great parallel waveform mode to check the synced tracks.
If you are not that great with mixing music, you can simply click on the automix option which will do all the hard word for you…automatically!
4. Party Mixer – Free with In-app Purchases
Mix the Tunes
Party Mixer is another good DJ app for Android which allows you to play and mix two tracks at the same time. The app also makes it easy to cross fade between them just like a DJ and even change the tempo and pitch to match them exactly. There is also an appropriately named feature called auto DJ which mixes songs for you, just without your own personal input.
I play around myself for a while and when I’m pretty sure there no other way to mess two tracks, I check the auto mix option to see what the machine can do. The negative thing about this app is that it makes some weird and annoying In-app purchases placements. They feel forced and really kill the creative mood.
In-app Purchases: $3.99 per item
Simple to use and pleasant looking interface.
Change the tempo easily.
Create your own playlist.
This is one of the few DJ apps for Android which allows you to search the whole phone manually for songs.
5. DJ Mix Pads – Free
The Kid’s Play
Do you have kids who like to play with music? Or you want them to play with your tablet while you prepare dinner? Get this app and they will be out of your hair for a while. Alternatively you can use the best games for Kids which have proven to work wonderfully well too.
DJ Mix Pads is an OK app which allows you to mix sounds together. There is nothing extraordinary about it but it can serve as a good beginner app for the music inclined. As for me, I have only produced random sounds by using this app.
Highly user friendly interface.
Sounds are somewhat of high quality.
Some really great FX sounds are available.
The app comes with a synthesizer keyboard which makes it even more fun than you know simply pushing some buttons around.
The best DJ apps for Android will satiate your music mixing needs quite well. But if you are looking for something advanced, well I was not able to find that type of app during my research time. If you know an app which goes above and beyond than this list, I will surly include it in this list. These apps are great if you know what you are doing.
I once saw a talented lady mix some awesome tunes using just her Android smartphone and the audio jack. Suffice to say I was really impressed by that and this incident became the early draft of this article. Just like always, if you have any questions (please not about making music) or have any suggestions (please about music) feel free to play with your keyboards in the comments below.