March 25, 2013
If you have ever used a digital deck, maybe a CDJ variant or even a dual CD player combo – even the oldest of the models offer some sort of pitch or key lock, which should not be confused with tempo lock or quartz lock on turntables. Tempo locking keeping this nice and even, and deter your platters’ motor from wowing and fluttering – but keylock is a true digital innovation, and can only exist on digital devices. The problem stems from the need to pitch a song up or down slightly; the incoming track may be a few bpm’s short of the live track, so only a small adjustment needs to be made. Once that track is pitched to match the tempo, the result changes the key of the song ever so slightly. This is no big deal on a small scale.
However, once you speed a track up …
March 17, 2013
So, you bought yourself a new controller? Now what? That big plastic case with rubbery buttons can’t do a thing by itself, except as a solid paperweight. You need a few other components to get it working, such as a power source, a computer, and program to tell that computer how to talk to your controller. Some people feel because it cannot work on its own with resources, it cheapens the value of the controller and all controllers to boot. So, it seems like a natural decision to bundle software with each DVS controller sold. If you buy a Native Instruments controller, then you can be certain that it will come bundled with NI software (if any), but what about products from Pioneer or Denon?
Some of these will also come with bundled with a version of Traktor, however, Traktor isn’t the only software that comes supplied with a new …
November 19, 2012
Not everybody has the five or six hundred dollars it takes to plop down on a brand new, top tier DVS system. Of course, we already know why the cost is so high for these systems and it balances out when you consider the cost to not go digital. Five hundred dollars won’t go far is you’re still buying vinyl records. Traktor Scratch Pro 2 and Serato Scratch Live still remain the top contenders in this category – and I don’t see them moving very soon. This, however, shouldn’t deter you from digital Djing if you’re just shy of the amount you need to save.
There are alternatives out there that come at a cheaper cost. They were designed to be low cost, for those who aren’t willing to put a huge investment towards their DJ gear. Reloop and Mixvibes are two decent alternatives that will give you basically what …
September 13, 2012
While Traktor and Serato dominate the world of DVS, this doesn’t mean that there are plenty of other options out there for controlling digital vinyl systems. Virtual DJ made its mark in the very beginning of it all, and lost some popularity due to quality issues, but has reemerged on the scene since their decline.
The same path has been taken by MixVibes, who had a hard time competing earlier on in their career. The second version of their Cross DJ software is out now, version 2.0. Some big changes were made to the software, mainly allowing a graphical interface for setup and audio patching – which is one thing few DVSs can relate to.…