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  • #22137
    Avatar of graphite412
    graphite412
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    Hey guys, I’ve been thinking of buying a dj controller and some software to be able to mix some of my music. What sort of software do you guys suggest? I know there is a number of programs.

    -Traktor Pro
    -Serato Scratch
    -Deckadance
    -PCDJ
    -Virtual DJ

    I want to be able to use the software to do cool effects like that can be found in glitch hop and idm genres of music. Any suggestions? Also price is a huge factor, so for me Tracktor and Serato are probably a little pricy. Do you guys know of other software that is good as well?

    #33950
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    djdunamis
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    Kevin Oneel posted almost same question and then followed up with a nice info post, check it out:

    http://www.tastyfresh.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=2458

    http://www.tastyfresh.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=2130

    should help you in that direction

    personal opinion, yes Serato is the most expensive of the bunch considering SSL is for table setups and only way to get Itch is with a controller that starts around 300-400.

    Deckadance is probably the cheapest route and not a bad program at all. its about 99-179.

    Torq, 300 for a vinyl control setup or Ecliptik has his Torq and Xponent for sell for not much more.

    Virtual DJ is like 299-329, and if you’re gonna spend that much, I would just go with Traktor then.

    which brings to Traktor, its 199 for the software then you can get a cheap controller when you want to.

    so I would look at getting Deckdance or Traktor in respects to software purchasing by itself. When you start considering controllers to use then the decision can change.

    #33951
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    graphite412
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    Cool thanks for you answers guys. I don’t think I would be able to buy your stuff ecliptik because I’m in the process of buying adobe creative suite before I graduate college. That is like $309 and now I got to save for the trip to Detroit, if I’m going to go.

    Another question….
    How about video jockey software? Or actually what I really want is a program that can shoot up text for worship songs in cue with a track. So if I’m doing a live pa or mixing decks I could automatically show the lyrics so no person would need to run the lyrics.

    #33952

    Rodimus
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    I use Torq as well with my Xponent. Its pretty nice but I’ve really only used about 1/2 its potential.

    #33953
    Avatar of djdunamis
    djdunamis
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    @graphite412 wrote:

    Or actually what I really want is a program that can shoot up text for worship songs in cue with a track. So if I’m doing a live pa or mixing decks I could automatically show the lyrics so no person would need to run the lyrics.

    MediaShout
    http://www.mediashout.com/

    program made for church media, comes with library of worship lyrics and easily added to. You can make a playlist where you advance it or set to timer. Newer versions allow for live video feed behind text.

    For Mac
    http://www.renewedvision.com/

    #33954
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    theod
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    I’m a real vinyl or real digital Keyboard Junkiee so I don’t need any hardware controllers and in this case the Virtual DJ Home Version does everything and its the most intelligent software when it comes to automix tracks. also keyboard shortcuts are very useful and because I don’t need video scratching its running on my netbook.

    some key features:
    very logical interface.
    intelligent automix.
    eats every vst without complaining.
    can scratch videos
    you can scratch with your webcam in the air.

    and the best thing its under $35 online, try to get a boxed version on ebay ;
    I bought luckily a 9.90 € boxed version.

    bless
    T

    #33955
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    theod
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    if you own an old power pc macintosh you can download dekstasy for free or try Mixxx (mac n windows) which should be very powerful.

    keep away from mixsense, zulu dj, kramixer.
    they are really bad somehow.

    I also got Jackson installed here but I don’t understand it, but maybe its usefull for some of you!
    http://www.vanaeken.com/products.html

    my first dj program was a tactile12000 very funny macromedia director based but not good enough for professional needs http://www.tactile12000.com/

    for those linux junkies try terminatorX.

    blessings
    T

    #33956
    Avatar of djsoulchas3r
    djsoulchas3r
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    Couple of comments:

    For video overlay stuff we use Pro Presenter from renewed vision also, link above. I don’t use it, but thats what they AV guys use at our church when we are playing. I’ve checked it out it is pretty awesome what it can do.

    Torq:

    I have Torq with an Xponent. I will say it awesome and I have had some serious fun with it but…It has some big drawbacks though. First is you end up with a separate file for every track that has to be in the same directory that has the metadata in it. Other software uses a single directory for this.

    The lamest thing is you can’t run the software at all unless the Xponent is plugged in. So if you want to like manage your library or create playlists you can’t do it from say an airplane (unless you had your Xponent..LOL) It does read in iTunes library info and you can access iTunes playlists which is cool, but I hate iTunes so there is that.

    Another drawback is it is only two decks, but it does have a pretty sweet interface for playing samples.

    Other DJ Software Controllers:

    There are two new controllers out there that look D-O-P-E!

    Traktor has a new controller developed by Native Instruments (who make Traktor) it looks legit. Traktor Kontrol S4. Four decks. Total control, built in HQ sound interface.
    http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/dj/traktor-kontrol-s4/

    If you were made of money the hands down sweetest thing on the planet right now is the Xone DX from Allen and Heath:

    It is an Itch controller but costs like $1200.

    http://www.xone.co.uk/dx/

    The best thing about using Serrato is that they just developed this thing called the “Bridge.” It will connect Ableton and Serrato. So you can have Ableton running in one of your decks and being CONTROLLED via the deck controls. If that doesn’t make you head explode I don’t know what would. Think about and APC40 controlling Live running on Deck 4 in Itch coming of the XONE DX. Yah like $2k later you would have one mind bending setup.

    #33957
    Avatar of djdunamis
    djdunamis
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    @djsoulchas3r wrote:

    For video overlay stuff we use Pro Presenter from renewed vision also, link above. I don’t use it, but thats what they AV guys use at our church when we are playing. I’ve checked it out it is pretty awesome what it can do.

    yeah, Pro Presenter and Media Shout are both slick. I used Media Shout at our last church and my current we use Pro Presenter, but that is we’re all Mac based.

    @djsoulchas3r wrote:

    The lamest thing is you can’t run the software at all unless the Xponent is plugged in. So if you want to like manage your library or create playlists you can’t do it from say an airplane (unless you had your Xponent..LOL) It does read in iTunes library info and you can access iTunes playlists which is cool, but I hate iTunes so there is that.

    didn’t know that about Torq, that is lame. Glad I use Traktor, it will play whether you have a controller connected or not. Just have to set it to internal or external control.

    @djsoulchas3r wrote:

    There are two new controllers out there that look D-O-P-E!

    Traktor has a new controller developed by Native Instruments (who make Traktor) it looks legit. Traktor Kontrol S4. Four decks. Total control, built in HQ sound interface.
    http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/dj/traktor-kontrol-s4/

    If you were made of money the hands down sweetest thing on the planet right now is the Xone DX from Allen and Heath:

    It is an Itch controller but costs like $1200.

    http://www.xone.co.uk/dx/

    The best thing about using Serrato is that they just developed this thing called the “Bridge.” It will connect Ableton and Serrato. So you can have Ableton running in one of your decks and being CONTROLLED via the deck controls. If that doesn’t make you head explode I don’t know what would. Think about and APC40 controlling Live running on Deck 4 in Itch coming of the XONE DX. Yah like $2k later you would have one mind bending setup.

    yeah, Xone stuff is sick, but expensive. I wound up settling on a Ecler NUO4 mixer over a Xone 92. It was like half the price and did lot of the same functions.

    The new Traktor S4 looks like just about a Xone DX controller for Traktor. They both have lot of the same features. Just S4 isn’t Allen and Heath.

    The “Bridge” software is slick, hoping Ableton will do something with Traktor. I’ve seen more people sync Ableton and Traktor together, just doesn’t have the vinyl control like Bridge offers. I know of a way that you can but uses other vinyl control medium. Might be able to use Max for Live and make a Traktor controller.

    #33958
    Avatar of theod
    theod
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    if I meet somebody from native and ableton I will ask them.
    they are both sitting not so far away from here.
    I was a dj for a year in a local cocktailbar and the second one was a guy from ableton and I suggested once two mouse support, but he has not seen for what that should be good.
    (that would be so powerful having two dj’s with to mouses on one screen)

    berlin is very musical.

    blessings
    Theo

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