Is DJ software
really useful? Take a close look at the new possibilities a computer can
DJs often distrust computers and software when it comes to use it
live in the disco. Many even dislike CD's and still use
or LPs. The main reason for this is probably because an LP offers a very direct
access to the music. You can see where it starts, and just put the
needle there. You can jump very quickly to another track and also
how long a track is and where it plays at the moment.
This is definitely a lot of vital information at a glance. That's
exactly what DJ's needs, all the necessary information and as little distracting
and unnecessary info as possible. A CD makes it much harder to deliver that. Instead of a direct sight
to the "music" you need a display. In order to jump to other
tracks you need buttons and a display.
Though CD-players became better and more sophisticated to deliver a better
control over the music like pitch- and speed-change, they
still are far from being a perfect solution for DJs.
As mp3 came up and it was easy to store a lot of tracks on HD, ALCATech
developed the well known BPM studio. This was an alternate solution,
especially for mobile discos, to CD players, because it also offered an
19" remote control for professional use.
Today the laptop has taken over. Programs
like MixVibes or Traktor deliver so many options, low
latency and are relatively cheap, that there's no way around them.
Software solutions became more and more usable
and therefore important for professional DJs. The programmers
and hardware manufacturers now satisfy
both. The sophisticated users, that want a lot of features and those, that
rather want to feel and touch their music, like
with the old vinyl stuff..
Check this out:
(great DJ software that supports lots of external controllers)
(The "standard" in the DJ scene)
(Professional mp3 system)
(The ultimate tool for "live-playing" DJs)
(The easiest way to a great sounding remix)
(Creates loops and whole tracks from samples)