DJ software isn't easy to build. Developers and management have customer data that only goes so far when it comes to building a product DJs will enjoy using compared to others. For a small software company to go up against NI or Serato there are a lot more hurdles to overcome with (usually) a much smaller budget. This is a typical narrative, but not the narrative of DJ Player 9, which receives advice and design tips straight from a Slack community its own users.
DJ gear manufacturers usually create controllers that are optimized for separate DJ software companies such as Traktor or Serato. Denon is taking a different approach with the release of their latest controller the MCX8000. When we first heard about the MCX8000 and Engine during NAMM 2016, Denon was really quiet about the software and how it would interact with the controller. Prior to current developments, Engine was Denon's music organizational tool, similar to Pioneer's Rekorbox. Later, Denon stated that the software would support all features of the MCX8000 besides the sampler and beat-gridding capabilities. Now, Denon is ready to elaborate on the Engine 1.5 software and what makes it more than just a playlist manager.
The ultimate goal for any DJ application is to optimally and efficiently handle audio. Mixvibes, the company behind Cross DJ, knows this and that is why the company is boasting a universal, redesigned update, Cross DJ 3.0, for iOS and Android devices. Cross DJ 3.0 includes a new audio engine for iOS, a fresh interface, and MIDI support for Android compatible controllers.
Last week, the team behind the largest free and open source DJ software Mixxx dropped a brand new version of their application, Mixxx 2.0. The new version adds a number of major new features that make it leaps and bounds better than when we last took a serious look at the program back in 2012 (see our review of version 1.10), including four decks, FX chaining, RGB waveforms, and harmonic mixing/key detection. Keep reading to learn what we think of the new version and how the features stack up against other, more costly DJ solutions.
Software for DJs will usually is expensive, and many of the cheap/free options have license restrictions or lack-luster features. Mixxx 2.0 hopes to change all of that with, a new update that brings a slew of features to a truly free DJ software.
There’s a new a major update coming out for Serato DJ that gives the entire platform a facelift. Until now, if a DJ wanted to remap their controller it was next to impossible without some creative engineering skills. In Serato DJ 1.8, there’s now user MIDI remapping tools, as well as key detection, and an update to Pitch ‘n Time DJing allowing […]
We've had a chance to jump into the studio with the brand new Rekordbox 4.0 DJ software and explore how it works - and importantly, what the most exciting features are that set it apart from Traktor and Serato. Check out the full video inside of Ean demonstrating the software using the upcoming Pioneer DDJ-RZ controller.
OS X DJs and producers beware! Native Instruments has announced that by upgrading to OS X 10.11, (aka El Capitan), users will lose primary functionality of multiple DJ controllers, software plug-ins, and access to audio outputs on legacy hardware. With any big upgrade there are bound to be a few hiccups, but they are rarely caught this quickly.