A Disc Jockey is a person who plays recorded music for an audience. We find lots of people today moving towards unusual careers to earn their living. DJ profession is one of them. In fact, it is a modern day craze to be a DJ. It not only helps an individual earn his living, but also gives him the desired relaxation and comfort. So, we find lots of people working hard to establish themselves in this classy and trendy world. What are the tools that a budding DJ needs to have? The tools which give him the required experience/exposure and help him make it big! What are they? Here, we discuss the features, mixing effects, interfaces and online versions of various DJ software needed for a budding DJ.
Djay is a music mixing software developed and launched by a company named Algoriddim. It was released in the year 2007 and allows the users to indulge in playback singing apart from providing an opportunity to mix and synchronize tracks. On a whole, this software is a real time simulation of DJs two turntables and microphone (hardware). It offers an interactive and easy to learn interface enabling any new budding DJ to learn and implement the Dj-ing traits. It has an efficient mixer and lets the user create song libraries and playlists. It is compatible with MAC and IOS operating systems. Before the launch of its ‘main’ version, a trail version was launched which depicted all its major features. This gave it the required promotion and also helped it rectify all its issues and bugs (customer suggestions). This tactic helped it record enormous sales after its launch. In earlier days, DJ-ing was expensive, thanks to the hardware (necessity). People who had plans of pursuing DJ-ing as their career backed up unable to bare the DJ hardware expenses. But, after release of software like djay, everybody has an equal opportunity to pursue this particular career. Its features are flexible and provide an opportunity to both professionals and amateurs. It is just like a ‘piano’ and easy to ‘play’ and handle. It keeps beats/tunes locked and in sync perfectly. It provides the ‘two turntables’ for the digital world. It had an excellent response with its downloads reaching a number of 3 million. Critics called it a design with a purpose. People were greatly impressed by its simple yet powerful nature. They called it an all rounder, a complete package: learn, mix and enjoy.
Beatler DJ software is related to a music website named Beatport. This software helps you to download/buy music from the website and then lets you work with the music to create your own DJ version. It has a download manager, tabs for browsing music and tabs for creating albums. It makes the user’s buying experience a joyride: simple, attractive and user friendly. This software also gives you a feature using which you can combine two music files without any interruptions/disturbances (smooth transition), add effects to the audio file at any instant (DJ effects like rock, stereo, classical edit) and save the final file in any desired format you want. The effects may also include addition of some other music to blend a new flavour (give the music a new flavour). It had a few interface problems which were rectified at later stages.
3. DJ – 1800
DJ -1800 is DJ mixing software used by many professional DJs and in various radio stations. It emulates real time DJ equipment and allows us to play sounds/music in various formats (MP3, AAC, MP4). Its features include cueing, positional searching, pitch shifting and bending. Its interface is a standard one and is user friendly. It has a fully fledged song mixer and allows us to manage our song collection and playlists. It calculates Beats per Minute (BPM) automatically and can be downloaded free of cost from the internet (open source). It is compatible with Windows, Intel and MAC operating systems. Its trial version is open source but the licensed version is a paid version (80$). It had a few technical glitches (software crash) immediately after its release. All these issues were sorted out effectively.
4. DJ Mixer Professional
DJ Mixer Professional is an audio mixing console used by Disc Jockeys. Its major features include cuing, easy transition between two songs and its ability to create DJ Mixes. The crossfader option is an added plus. It facilitates effective beatmatching and beatmixing. DJ Mix is a sequence of tracks sequentially mixed together to form one continuous track with various effects added. The effects include sampling, dynamic mix and real time play. It is a versatile tool which gives the user complete control over his/her media, enables one click match and sync, gives seamless loop functionality, high quality stretching, Karaoke effects and zip support. It supports MIDI and HID controllers and closely resembles real time mixing. However, there were a few performance glitches which were fixed as soon as they were bought to the notice of the developers.
How much ever you try to excel the art of mixing songs on your own (without the use of any software, Movie maker), mixing is always left asking for ‘some more’. For budding DJs who are on course of learning the technical traits of DJing, AccuBeatMix provides an opportunity to explore the world of DJing and get their tracks right. This software helps the ‘DJs’ to choose songs for mix sensibly, enables sync of tracks accurately and sees to it that the transition is smooth. It has a volume slider to regulate the volume of transitions and also provides a few mixing effects. Though it can’t perform miracles, its sensible song selection suggestions (for mixing), its user friendly interface and simple mix features make it stand at No.5 position in our list. Its features include: Perfect Beat, Cross fading tracks, easy switch of tracks. However, it lacks a preference and a control panel. Presence of these could have made it the best.