Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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I don’t have any formal music training, but I was able to fumble my way through making a remix with Ninja Jamm. I still find the user interface to be intimidating, but I think most people with musical or remixing experience will like all of the features.
The crux of Ninja Jamm is that it allows users to remix music. The app provides many tools for aspiring DJs, such as four channels, clip or drill modes, loops, a BPM slider, and many more different modes and effects. I found through experimentation I was able to figure out what most of them do. One nontraditional feature that many musicians will like is that they can record their music and upload it to SoundCloud.
The biggest downside is that only one song is included. All of the other tune/album packs in Ninja Jamm cost either $0.99 or $2.99. As of right now, the selection is sparse, with only a total of 11 tune packs. Although only one tune pack is complimentary, the prices are completely fair, especially when considering that each purchase comes in a lossless audio format. Ninja Jam even allows for sampling the music before buying it and has descriptions. I’m glad that this is a free app with limited functionality out of the gate instead of a paid app so there’s no barrier to trying it.
I found the user interface to be complex and overwhelming at first, but I have no background remixing. I expect that someone with DJ experience will find it to be comprehensive rather than intimidating. Thankfully, a long and detailed tutorial did walk me through every different component. The tutorial is the only form of aid in the help screen, so users have to make do with it. The tutorial is lacking in explanations, though, as it takes more of a utilitarian approach.
People with little to no music experience will need to devote some time to mastering all of the controls and modes in Ninja Jamm. Others with more knowledge of music can probably jump right in. Either way, anyone who is interested in remixing music should try this app, since it’s free and powerful.