Switching to MP3s, not CDs

Many DJ's are "switching up" to computers as the new way to DJ. They provide near-instant access to large song lists and can be integrated to control video and DMX lighting.

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Re: Switching to MP3s, not CDs

Postby LYoung116 » Sun May 07, 2006 8:38 am

You guys are wonderful! What is the name of the German-made DJ program? The demo I saw had a black background and had an unusual name. Thanks again!
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Postby Dave Miller » Sun May 07, 2006 9:04 am

Not sure where they are made, but the 4 most popular programs I am aware of are:

PCDJ - PC Only
OTS DJ - PC Only
Traktor - PC and Mac
MegaSeg - Mac Only
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Re: Switching to MP3s, not CDs

Postby jwg » Sun May 07, 2006 1:48 pm

VirtualDJ is popular these days too. Personally, I use PCDJ.
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Postby CJ Greiner » Sun May 07, 2006 2:14 pm

Also popular:

TriceraSoft Swift Elite
DJPower
MixMeister Pro 6
ClubDJPro
MobileDJPro
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Postby TheBartman47 » Sun May 07, 2006 3:53 pm

I use winamp myself. I don't care about beat matching and such, I just play the music. So, winamp works fine for me, plus it has visualization stuff and I sometimes connect a projector for that and alternate between playing videos (also with winamp) and regular music (visualization stuff goes on while not playing a video). Only problem I've ever had with it is I have to type slowly in the search whenever it's currently playing. If I type too fast, it will lock up. It narrows down the search as you type, so each letter gets processed as you type, and it takes a little time to sort a few thousand songs as you type. But, as long as I type slowly, giving it enough time to sort after typing each letter, it has no problems. Usually, at least half a second between letters, or at most one full second.
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Postby LYoung116 » Sun May 07, 2006 4:52 pm

Traktor is the one I was referring to. I have a free trial, so I'll see how it works. Just so it fades.
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Postby Digital Scott » Sun May 07, 2006 8:08 pm

Any one know if any of the software talked about in this thred will work with the DAC2 or DAC 3 controller ???

And yes I know it works with PCDJ :hahaha:
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Re: Switching to MP3s, not CDs

Postby jwg » Sun May 07, 2006 11:06 pm

Don't limit yourself to just one trial or demo version of a program Download several and see which one you are most comfortable with. If it's confusing from the start in the comfort of your living room, then you want to see what else is out there. It's like buying a car. You wouldn't just limit yourself to one make or model.
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Postby Dave Miller » Sun May 07, 2006 11:41 pm

LYoung116 wrote:Traktor is the one I was referring to. I have a free trial, so I'll see how it works. Just so it fades.
I've found that Traktor has the most features, but it is also the most complicated.

I own it, but also own and prefer MegaSeg.
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Postby LYoung116 » Mon May 08, 2006 9:23 am

Simple is better. I don't even quite know what all the buttons on my dual-CD player are for..... (don't need them all). I will tell the guy I'm working with about MegaSeg.
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Re: Switching to MP3s, not CDs

Postby LYoung116 » Tue May 16, 2006 12:56 pm

What are your opinions on this one as backup?

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm ... 49877.html

and this one to use most of the time:

http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopp ... catLevel=2

and 2- 300 gig external hard drives

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Postby LYoung116 » Tue May 16, 2006 5:50 pm

I'll probably go with PCDJ. MegaSeg won't work, because I don't want a Mac. I'll check out the other programs too (to be fair).
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Postby dokai » Tue May 16, 2006 6:19 pm

LYoung116 wrote:I'll probably go with PCDJ. MegaSeg won't work, because I don't want a Mac. I'll check out the other programs too (to be fair).


I've been using PCDJ for a long time, but my next system will use Virtual DJ. I played with it at the Niagra Falls Mobile Beat show last year, and it ROCKS! Definitely put it on your test list!
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Postby LYoung116 » Wed May 31, 2006 11:17 am

Well, I bought a Toshiba notebook that will have 1 gig. Buying 300gig external hard drive, laptop cooling pad, thinking about getting OTSDJ for $99, and a wireless mouse? (not sure about that). I also need a firewire? I will have 150,000 songs.

My male DJ "friends" are no longer trying to talk me out of doing it.
If I advertised more, I'd be dangerous....
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Re: Switching to MP3s, not CDs

Postby davidjones@a2zmobilemusic » Wed May 31, 2006 12:08 pm

pcdj red vrm is my favorite. the customer services there is superb!
i use the denon 4500 dual cd player and the pcdj is my back-up.
works for me. :D
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Postby Toneman » Sat Jun 03, 2006 12:11 pm

I, as TheBartman, uses WinAmp. for most of my events I just play music with it. But you can get alot of different plugins for it. There ares so many to list. You can got to their website to check out the plugins. http://www.winamp.com
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Re: Switching to MP3s, not CDs

Postby LYoung116 » Mon Jun 26, 2006 8:51 pm

Well, I'll be checking out the new setup at home and hope to start using it at a show on July 14th. I got OTSDJ. Still haven't quite figured out how to search for a song by title on it yet (I'll have to read again). Anyone use this program? I have about 57,000 songs on the 300 gig hd as it turns out (will add more asap). As you'all said- you can never have too many songs!
My male DJ friends still don't approve, but LOOK OUT!
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Re: Switching to MP3s, not CDs

Postby Jumpin' Jeff » Tue Jun 27, 2006 7:31 am

There are 2 ways to search Ots for tracks...

In the Media Library window, right click, and select Find, type in the track, and it will step through all the possible candidates. Personally, this is not my prefered method. this method works best when your searching for a particular track from a specific genre.

My favorite is to click the Magnifying glass in the button bar to open the "search" utitlity. This is a search as you ype utility. You can enter a song or artist in this field as well, and it will quickly narrow the search from all possabilities. It will not narrow it to only artist or title, but both. You can click the field bars to sort artist or title to help find your music more easily.
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Re: Switching to MP3s, not CDs

Postby jwg » Tue Jun 27, 2006 8:05 pm

57,000 songs?? WOW! That is an incredibly impressive library. I've skimmed mine down from a high of about 14,000 down to 11 or 12,000. There's still
a ton I never play.
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Postby Dj Sean » Wed Jun 28, 2006 1:48 am

I never understood why people want a wireless mouse??

Do you ever need to click on something from 15 feet away??

So why deal with something that will always need batteries or need to be recharged??

Can someone explain to me the advantage?? Maybe I'm missing something.
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