If you buy a DJ controller, chances are it will come with some bundled DJ controller software. It's a bit like when you buy something electrical, and there are some cheap batteries with it.
Except because the only thing your DJ controller can do is control DJ software, they can hardly give you a full version that just stops working after a month. Such software will normally be configured to work out of the box with your chosen controller, and LE versions aren't normally available separately. The thinking, of course, is that you'll get used to the software, while simultaneously starting to wonder what it would be like with the paid-for version with all functions are enabled. It's a question we're often asked here at Digital DJ Tips, and knowing whether the software that comes with a certain DJ controller is going to be good enough for you at least for a while is a big consideration when you're choosing what to buy. Bear in mind that you can often upgrade to a half-way house - Traktor has Traktor Duo which is a two-deck controller rather than four decks with Pro, and Virtual DJ has Virtual DJ Home and Virtual DJ Basic as well as its Pro offering. For this article we've compared the "free" versions with the full-blown top of the range versions. What would annoy me: Not being able to record your set is a big one, and no playlist history means you can't look back over the night's mix the next day to jog your memory about what worked and what didn't.
Virtual DJ is known for its video capabilities, but not in the LE version; you need Pro for full-screen video. What would annoy me: I'd want to be able to record my mixes, and I'd wonder what I was missing in the forum. Serato ITCH is free to download - but can only be used with Serato-approved DJ controllers such as the Vestax VCI-300. Native Instruments has waded in now too with the Traktor Kontrol S2 and Traktor Kontrol S4 controllers.
Also, with controllers like the Pioneer DDJ-T1 and the new Numark 4Trak, you get a better-than-LE version of Traktor, which while not as good as Pro, is much better than "standard" LE.
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I purchased Numarks mixtrack pro and it came with virtual Dj LE which allows me to record my sets. I am able to record with VDJ LE as well as it came with my Numark N4, which was a very nice perk, especially after worrying that I may need to upgrade for it. Outside of the custom skins (which I doubt I would use anyway), I’m not sure what the Pro version has to offer. The truth is with the recent price drop for Traktor, you pay a fraction of what you would have payed just 4 weeks ago for an upgrade, so I wouldn’t be too upset. I have heard that the Numark N4 has a little more advanced LE version of Virtual DJ, is that right? 3.I am willing to update the LE if needed,if i switch laptops,can i Install the pro version i paid for in the new machine? Business Industrial Network makes no manner of an endorsement, representation or warranty regarding any contents located on this site. Steinberg's Wavelab is great audio editing software, but maybe overkill for the average digital DJ.
Your DJ controller software, whether Virtual DJ, Traktor, Serato Itch, MixVibes, djay, or whatever, is the first piece of software you will choose. It lets you tag your music files properly, making them easier to find by genre, BPM, artist, year etc. It even allows you to set up "smart folders" that automatically put music that fits certain criteria into a folder for you. So if you have, say, a "house music" smart playlist, whenever you add any new house to your collection, iTunes adds it to this folder automatically for you. This gets really useful when you start labelling tunes for various club nights; so all you have to do when a new tune arrives that you think "this would go down well in X club" is label the tune such (I use the "Grouping" tag in iTunes for this) and it will automatically appear in your smart playlist for that club night. My final favourite part is the iTunes DJ function, that just plays random records for you - great to put on in the background when you're doing something else, as invariably a great tune jumps out that you'd forgotten about, that in turn triggers more tunes in your head; before you know it, you have a mini DJ set all prepared to play somewhere, out of nothing. For the Mac, iTunes is so much part of the system that there really aren't any good alternatives out there, but it you're a Mac user I suspect you're in love with iTunes anyway.
One other program that I have always had on my computers is some kind of sound editing software. For many years I used Steinberg's Wavelab, which has a wealth of functions and a price to reflect this. There are various other pieces of software you may consider - I have used ID3 tag editors (that allow you to automatically update the meta data on albums etc), which are useful as importing badly tagged files into iTunes can throw them all over the place in the collection and make them hard to file properly when you realse what has happened. MP3Gain is a small Windows application that alters the volume of MP3s without degrading the quality. I have also used MP3 gain software (that makes all MP3s the same volume, the best of which do so without any degradation in sound quality - great for alleviating the need to constantly hit the volume control on an iPod in shuffle mode).
But for 95% of your DJ needs, a sound editing program and a music library program as discussed above will do you fine. 2) As mixing softwares, such as traktor, do sometimes the samle automatically when importing mp3 into their library, it might be confusing. I would always stick the the BPM analysis that comes with the DJ software that you use the most.
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If you now fold the paper again, you introdice more folds on top of the ones you did the first time. From dropping pop videos in your local bar to controlling multiscreens at arenas, there is digital video software out there that can help. In part one of this series, we defined what video DJing is, and in part two we considered why you may wish to expand beyond audio DJing to introduce a video element to your performances. Last week we showed the difference between old-style or "analogue" video DJing and new, or "digital" video DJing, and explained why we're going to concentrate on digital solutions.

The first decision you need to make is whether to run a single piece of software to control both your audio and your video, or to go with two separate pieces of software - one for each.
However, if you're thinking of getting seriously into VJing, or you've got more complex requirements, you'll definitely want to consider dedicated VJ software to run alongside your DJ program of choice.
Here we look briefly at three of the big systems in each arena: DJ software with video capabilities either included or as a plugin, and dedicated video software (the later can play video clips with sound, but it's not the main focus).
Serato Video SL, soon to be replaced by Serato Video - but it's still the same concept: a plugin for Serato DJ software. It has built-in transitions and effects, including text and image effects, and also effects that are automatically triggered by the music. When used with Serato Scratch Live, you can control video using your record decks or CD players via timecode with external Midi control available too, and when used with ITCH, you control the video using the mapping for your particular ITCH controller as provided by Serato. Virtual DJ has had video built in for a long time, and indeed was one of the first to get on this.
Like Serato's plugin with Scratch Live and ITCH, this works with both timecode (Virtual DJ's own) or Midi controllers, of which a couple have dedicated video capability, such as Denon's DN-MC6000 with its switchable crossfader for video. MixVibes has its own controller for VFX, although the software only works on PCs (not Macs). Offers up to eight layers (or channels) of video clips, including animated text strings, Flash animations, and live cameras. All version come with SD (standard definition) source material, but the boxed version additionally includes 2.8GB of "high quality" loops exclusive to the program, made by pro VJs and visual artists. Resolume 4 Avenue, like the other programs in this category, moves way beyond video clips and simple transitions. Again like the programs in this category, it has a feature set that moves way beyond video clips and simple transitions, like autostart for layers, autopilot, scale-to-fit, and even control from DMX lighting desks. Modul8 is Mac only, but claims to take full advantage of your Mac's capabilities to enhance its performance. Mac-only Modul8 makes much of its easy control of effects, transitions and layers in real time, and claims to be easier to use that other VJing software which still allowing you to build up complex performances. Designed to work at extremely high resolutions through taking full advantage of whatever Mac hardware you have access to, the makers claim up to 100 images per second in HD or higher with no pixelisation. Graphics and text and handled by modules, it supports most Quicktime codecs, and of course it can also handle multi-screens, with you deciding what parts of the composition get sent to which screens. One nice feature is the ability to record a live set at 800x600, then render it later at a higher resolution when you have the processor power available to do so. Again, it can be controlled via Midi, and there's a BPM module so you can connect rhythms to the software. I used Resolume for a while (until version 3) and I can say for visuals it’s topnotch! I think mixemergency is one of the best video softwares out there, which wasn’t mentioned. I’m not as interested in music video type stuff as much as generative visuals, you know?
I’m also wondering what is the best software if you take a more manual approach on a PC.
Does anyone know of an app for PC that specifically allows the clip playing to react to sound? With this I can beatmatch Music videos, run Sonique beat synched graphics, show a live Camera and display txt messages sent by the crowd as well as pre-prepared logo videos. I’m a mobile VJ playing 21sts, Weddings, etc (sometimes with video, sometimes not) and I also run visuals for Night club events. I have a question…how many people are running dedicated video software along with audio software on the same laptop? Using the Pioneer VJ System and recently for Audio discos swapping over to Serato with the Pioneer itch controller.
These programs are stripped-down versions of "grown up" DJ software, by the same manufacturer as the full version. And while you can often get free upgrades to paid software, you can't with LE versions - you're stuck with what they give you even if the parent program is being continually developed.
As nearly all DJ controllers are bundled with either Traktor or Virtual DJ (although Serato Intro has just arrived, you can't upgrade that at the moment to the full version of the software), these are the two pieces of software we'll consider in detail. There's also no ability to custom map Midi (ie you can't start changing what the controls do to suit your style - or to suit another controller in the future). Once you start to get your DJ technique nailed, you'll want some of the loop and cue functions they've missed out - and some more effects would be nice. You can't make playlists in the software so you'll have to do this externally (in iTunes, for instance), and the automix is again disabled - no letting Virtual DJ LE warm up the crowd for you! You can't "map" the Midi (ie reassign controls), or use an external hardware mixer - it will only work as they intended it to with the DJ controller it came with. I'd miss being able to make it look like I wanted - even though I'd probably revert to the skin that came with it in the end! But if you're not sure, here's one piece of advice: go and download the trial version of the full software from the manufacturer's website. Have you ever been "stung" by buying a controller not realising the price you have to pay for software? If I was to buy a controller which came packaged with the LE version, would I still be able to use the Pro version I have already purchased? Both versions of the software would run alongside one another, and you could use your new controller with the full version of the software anyway. But I want to use vdj and upgrade to the pro version but dont know of any way of getting denon to swap discs. Do I need to down load any further software to be able to use the external mix controller I.E at the moment I cannot listen to one deck whilst the other is playing. You'll also get weekly news and offer emails and exclusive access to members-only DJ training. While not perfect, it is simple to use, syncs well with iPods and iPhones, and lets you prepare playlist folders that you can play straight from inside most DJ software.

However, the open-source (ie free) alternative is Audacity, which while not as pretty as Wavelab, does an excellent job. I just downloaded MP3Gain and have a quick question What is the best “target MP3 gain value” mine is set by default to 89 DB now im wondering what happens if I increase it to the maximum which would be 99DB?
It is a very powerful tool that can both retrieve from just about any source (including filenames) and also does an excellent job of cleaning up poor tagging. After all, not many budding VJs have the luxury of bringing their person along to do all the video stuff for them.
If you want to DJ with music videos, or just want to add "a few visuals" to an audio performance (maybe your DJ logo, for instance), you will probably err towards an all-in-one solution.
Such software tends to be better featured (for instance, you can usually run multiple screens making it perfect for big venues)chosen program, even if it has absolutely no video capabilities at all (step forward, Traktor).
As such it is used by DJs worldwide, and claims to work stably with a wide range of video formats. Again, there are a host of video transitions and effects, and the software can also play computer-generated images in rhythm with the music or display static images of your choice. It comes with a vast library of "video effects, transitions and sound-driven visual generators".
It brings sound active effects to a new level ?? you can choose if a video fx reacts to low mid or highs. You might be able to use the Traktor Virtual output to midi trigger, but not sure as I have never tried using virtual ports myself. They sacrificed 2D effects for 3D and you can no longer have the clip playing react to a sound source, something they’ve been promising to fix for years.
I have a new 2.4ghz i7 Macbook pro with 8gigs of ram and the AMD Radeon HD 6770M 1g memory version. I was thinking about getting a SL3 or 4, to use Serato Video, but the dedicated software seems more flexible.
Another interesting limitation is your access to the best bits of the online forum, and the inability to download "skins" to make it look how you like. I'd miss automix too, because it's sometimes nice to let it just play through your set in the house rather than stand there mixing. You can then try it out (30 minutes at a time with Traktor, for 30 days with Virtual DJ) to be sure it's worth the upgrade. I play video a hell of a lot so traktor wont work for me and the full price vdj is outside my price range. For Windows, one great program that's fast, efficient and loved by many users with larger collections is MediaMonkey, which has a free version that is pretty much as good as the paid-for version. You can cut silence off the beginning or end, make it louder, even re-EQ it and start re-editing it (for instance, if it is a rip of a scratched old record, clever functions can remove this for you). It imports nearly all formats (the horrible WMA Windows media files notwithstanding) and exports in most formats too.
I’ve never had extensive musical training as a child and this piece of software helped me pick it up very quickly. This week we'll look at software, and next week move to hardware - controllers, laptop specs, projectors and the like. Also recall that we are interested in showing you solutions whether you're wanting to simply DJ with music videos, or add an independent visual element to your shows. It's simpler, cheaper and you probably already familiar with if not already using one of the packages in this category.
It's got Midi learn for easy mapping to controllers, and supports OSC meaning you can even control it with your iPhone or iPad.
As well as developing his own AV act to incorporate four virtual music decks and up to three separate video outputs (all running from one laptop!), he has performed visuals for Carl Cox, The Shapeshifters, Armin Van Buuren, Paul Van Dyk and Defected Records to name but a few, to crowds in excess of 30,000 people. Can’t say anything about the audio functionality and mixing with audio, because I never used that option.
I also tried Resolume 4 Avenue and GrandVJ but just like Modul8 better for what I would like to do when I’ll integrate video to my setup.
In fact, I’m struggling to get any aspect of the programme (effects) to react to the sound. Obviously you are paying for the software in the price of the hardware here, and you can actually download such software for free because it is useless without compatible hardware. So I have had this equipment for two weeks and have not been able to use or set it up correctly.
Join now to comment, and to get access to exclusive site content including our friendly forum, plus weekly news and offer emails. I’m not so much for music video mixing as I tend to thing that people could just as well sit at home watching MTV or similar channels. I’m thinking it would be great to use that for a dedicated vido controller after I add an mc6000 to my collection. Other product names used herein are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.
Please be carefull when buying a PC to run this software as most laptops nove come with switchable Graphics cards and VFX does not support Intel HD cards. Another one that i tried was mp3 doctor which ruins the mp3s and i could tell the difference even with laptop speakers.

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