Clubland take heed: Vidibox is a new audio/video mash-up app for the iPad that may rescue the veejay from the depths of obscurity. Its interface is laid out in a way that allows you to allocate your chosen nugget of media to a specific ‘tile’, by way of drag ‘n’ drop. At the tap of a finger (buttons are so 2009) the app can play up to 16 music and/or video clips at a time (depending on how you lay out your tiles), effectively acting as a souped-up sample pad complete with visual capabilities. Edit on the fly too, with Vidibox’s comprehensive in-app editor, equipped with all the bells and whistles you dare to imagine: loop sounds, apply effects to both audio and video, and trim your tracks down to suit whatever mash-up you choose to concoct.
Vidibox draws its strength from its accessibility, in both output and input. You’re able to seamlessly import songs and videos from the library of your chosen device, as well as beam your creation into an external projector or other MIDI devices – live or otherwise. The ability to mix live adds a dimension few apps have possessed prior to Vidibox, one that opens doors to all sorts of artistic endeavours – think DJ sets, art exhibitions – and could pave the way for a new, pocket-sized medium of performance. Finger flickin’ good.