Surface Studio turns into DJ station along with other creative apps

Algoriddim’s Djay for Windows 10 (Source: Microsoft)

With the release of Windows 10 Creators Update on 11th of April, there are some fine creativity actions on the Microsoft’s premium Surface device, Surface Studio. Microsoft today announced several new partner applications for Studio and Surface Dial, which comes from CorelDRAW’s suite of graphic design products; an update to the Autodesk SketchBook drawing program; and further integration with the Surface Dial from Sketchable, an original Surface Studio partner.

These all add value to the graphic designers, the already defined purpose of Surface Studio but an another partner application is really cool to work upon as it can turn your Surface Studio into a powerful DJ system. Ya, it’s none other than the already famous DJing system on Mac, the Algoriddim’s Djay Pro. For over a decade Algoriddim developed only for Apple devices and had also won Apple’s coveted Design Award in 2016. But this time they are trying hands on Windows after getting intrigued from Surface Studio. “When I saw Surface Studio for the first time, I thought it would be a great fit for the company’s Djay Pro software”, tells Michael Simmons, company’s VP of Product.

When the company decided to build for Windows 10, it could be realized as a massive task to build from scratch but Microsoft’s vision “To empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more” worked. Windows Bridge, Microsoft’s open source project that lets you convert 80 percent of your Objective-C code into Universal Windows Platform with all the APIs working as it is, helped Algoriddim develop this massive system in a short period of time. “Windows has been our №1 platform request,” Simmons said, and the Bridge made the task easier than building a new app from the ground up.

Company has also enhanced it’s code repository by adding scope for Surface Dial, which gives more realistic approach to work as a DJ player.

Simmons told that Djay Pro is the first developer to create an app with “zone awareness” for the Dial, meaning that its function changes depending on where you place it on the screen. For example, the Dial defaults as a cross fader control, but if you put it over one of the virtual turntables, you can scratch on that. If you put it over the tempo indicator, you can speed up or slow down the music’s tempo. The Dial also works if it’s not on the screen — that’s just another zone. The Dial also lets you simply scroll through your song library, which can include not only Spotify tracks, but locally stored music files, iTunes library tunes, and Windows Media Player library.

“The mission of Algoriddim was to make everyone a DJ or to be inspired by music,” said Simmons.

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