Computer DJing Poll

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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Computer DJing Poll

Postby Professor Jam » Tue Jun 28, 2005 10:05 am

Have you ever switched DJ mixing software?

If you have moved from a software mixing tool to another please list the software you used to use and the software you now utilize.

If you are using an older version of your companies software what is preventing you from upgrading? Is it the price, your operating system needs upgraded, your using a bootleg copy or other reason?

Include a small description what caused the switch.
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Re: Computer DJing Poll

Postby DJ Scott » Tue Jun 28, 2005 10:12 am

You already know, but for the rest...
I started with PCDJ 1200SL and upgraded each time sometrhing new was released until Red 5.3. Never worked right so I went back to Red 5.2

When Red VRM was released, I upgraded. (Hopeing that VRM coding would give me more options)
I could never get it to work satisfactoraly for me)
Visio sent me a complimentary version of FX. That too would not work for me.
So....currently, I'm using Red 5.2.

I've been looking at many new products, but for now, the added features of the new stuff just don't excite me enough to switch.
But....you never know whats around the corner.
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Postby Jumpin' Jeff » Wed Jun 29, 2005 7:24 am

I too started with visiosonics d1200sl software. I used it about 6 months before using then OtsJuke now OtsDJ. Been using it ever since. That was Sept 1999, and March 2000 respectively.
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Postby michigandj » Wed Jun 29, 2005 8:19 am

Virtual DJ is pretty friendly stuff...updates scare me though because when something works, and is proven - I don't like to chance screwing it up. I guess I'm a little conservative like that.

I tried OTS and at the time it converted all audio to OTS format...does it still require this? I know the files sound great with all the OTS enhancements - but what happened is the software somehow screwed up some of my songs and they skipped bad.

Anyway, I feel safe - and in full control with VDJ...

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Re: Computer DJing Poll

Postby Doug Fairbanks » Sun Jul 03, 2005 6:57 pm

Still waiting here for the Linux PC DJ software apps to mature before I even think about switching.
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Re: Computer DJing Poll

Postby dokai » Sun Jul 03, 2005 9:56 pm

Doug Fairbanks wrote:Still waiting here for the Linux PC DJ software apps to mature before I even think about switching.


What, don't want to perform on a "Win-Doze" platform? :wink:

When you finally find something that runs on Linux, will you please let the rest of us know? I'm very interested in trying a Linux-based solution.
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Re: Computer DJing Poll

Postby Doug Fairbanks » Mon Jul 04, 2005 9:57 am

"...in a world without fences, who needs gates."
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Re: Computer DJing Poll

Postby TheBartman47 » Mon Jul 04, 2005 1:50 pm

Doug Fairbanks wrote:"...in a world without fences, who needs gates."


He who mics drums :wink:
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Postby Doug Fairbanks » Mon Jul 04, 2005 7:46 pm

That was good... not what I had in mind, but it was good!!!!! :hahaha:
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Re: Computer DJing Poll

Postby djkause74 » Tue Jul 05, 2005 1:59 pm

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Hmmm...I started using something as basic as WINAMP[still use it,with sum installed "goodies"]...but I've also tried PCDJ[which SUX!] :x :refilao: ,Mixmeister 4,5,& 6[using it now],but my fav thus far is AtomixDJ's Virtual DJ,along with the hardware interface Hercules DJ Console!!!!---This nifty software/hardware combo works on BOTH mobile gigs & club settings...I've been a digital dj for quite sum tyme[1st in the area],and have had the chance to use just about EVERY program out there for us DJ's...The Atomix VDJ & Herc. Console have won it by a landslide!!! *CROWD CHEERS* :fist: :eplus2: :creative: :mrgreen:


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Postby surefiredj » Sun Nov 27, 2005 12:17 am

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Re: Computer DJing Poll

Postby crazyd » Sun Mar 12, 2006 12:13 pm

Have made the jump to Traktor DJ Studio 3.0 from 2.6 (which is still a backup)
Mixmiester 6.0 Pro is BY Far the best application if you wish to "set it and forget it"
i use that for outdoor events, which the music should be playing and mixed but in no particual order
Traktor is my preferred choice, as it is a Mac based program it is stable and has yet to give me grief
for safety and reliablity i have a
2.6 P4 gateway laptop with 512 megs DDR ram
along with a maxtor external 160 gig
ego-systems gigaport AG 7.1 soundcard
connected to a APC 500 ma battery back up
which i would recommend for any set up, so that you dont have to reboot, or lose sound
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Re: Computer DJing Poll

Postby jwg » Sun Mar 12, 2006 1:06 pm

As I mentioned in the Traktor thread, I have had PCDJ Red 5.2 for the last 3 years but am leaning heavily toward PCDJ FX.
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Postby Bryan Durio » Mon Mar 13, 2006 1:49 pm

Traktor's screen is too busy for me. OtsDJ's beauty is in its functionality and simplicity.
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Postby Dave Miller » Mon Mar 13, 2006 2:29 pm

I LOVE MegaSeg. It handles playlists and crossfades flawlessly and has an elegant / user-friendly user interface. However, beat mixing is tricky at best.

I also purchased Traktor for the sole purpose of those times when I want to beat mix.

On the other hand, beat mixing is not that vital to the types of events that I do, so I haven't used Traktor at a gig yet. It's user interface is WAY to complicated.

I've been using MegaSeg since last May. I purchased Traktor in September.
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Re: Computer DJing Poll

Postby dokai » Fri Jun 27, 2008 2:42 pm

Any news on Linux-based DJ applications? I just picked up a new 1ru Supermicro server, and I'm wondering what to put on it...
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Re: Computer DJing Poll

Postby SteveCie » Fri Jun 27, 2008 5:02 pm

I have been using PCDJ FX now for nearly three years. I tried several other programs, OTS Audio, Traktor, Virtual Dj to name a few, and honestly, while each program has some unique features, I could not find a valid reason to change from PCDJ
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Re: Computer DJing Poll

Postby jbrown157 » Mon Jul 07, 2008 12:17 pm

I've been using PCDJ red VRM since making the switch to digital three years ago. Initally, I had some issues but have since resolved them and the system is working very well and there have been very few problems. I have just added the karaoke plug-in and will start using that for those limited occasions that we need to have karaoke available (just now starting to experiment with that). I am looking at the PCDJ DMX software but am also considering using Chauvet's DMX software.

Honestly, the PCDJ Red VRM software I have been using does everything I need it to do and see no reason to change at this time. I know that there are other options available but I've adopted an "If it ain't broke - don't fix it" attitude. I'm sure that at some point I'll make a switch but there will need to be a good reason for me to do it. I'm perfectly content for now. Going digital was the best thing I ever did.
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Postby Dave Miller » Mon Jul 07, 2008 5:45 pm

I still love MegaSeg. So much so that I worked their booth at the 2007 AC convention. I may do so again this year, if they are there.

I also own Traktor. I've used it at a show one time for one song. I needed an endless loop of the intro, with the ability to come out of the loop into the song. MegaSeg can't do that (yet).
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Re: Computer DJing Poll

Postby djjordank » Thu Oct 28, 2010 5:18 pm

I love Virtual DJ. I use virtual with my pioneer djm 300, or m-audio xponent. I have a regular gig VJing and I love the video mixing effects along with the sets of audio effects that come built it.

And guys, I think you are all missing the point on this Linux thing. Open source... you have an idea for Linux... you're supposed to come up with it! So I vote we make a Virtual DJ for Linux think tank. Let's make it happen!
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