July 9, 2013
To be a video DJ means that you can do what few are willing to do – but it all comes at cost. In order to use video, it has to be a decent quality as our eyes are better at picking out quality than our ears are. You also need a way to store gigs upon gigs of data, since a video can take the place of a few thousand songs. So, right there you have sacrificed your versatility and space in order to store just a few videos in your collection. You standard hard drive on your laptop may need to be filled with data in order to video DJ for just a single night at a time.
What make this even harder is that the equipment used for video DJing is pretty slim. A hardware video mixing station can cost thousands of dollars, and there is no …
December 20, 2012
Having the ability to mix videos as well as songs, live, is something I liken to owning a pair of 3d glasses. You might be able to watch your movies in 3d or watch you video games in 3d, but at the end of the day you don’t really need it. My reasons are my own, and may not agree with yours, which is why there are still so many VDJs out there. Serato Video SL has been available as a plug in for Serato users, but now other companies are starting to integrate video mixing in to their DVS packages.
Virtual DJ was once of the first DVS solutions to actually dabble with video mixing. In reality, it never worked out smoothly but the idea has since been around. MixVibes is an alternative to other more popular DVS solutions like Serato, and has slowly been transforming into a larger …
December 16, 2012
There couldn’t be a better time in history to learn how to DJ by simply “jumping in”. Only a couple of years ago, you had to know DVS software like the back of your hand AND have a decent budget to even begin purchasing equipment. This mean that having a decent laptop was a no brainer, but it also meant that you needed to physical decks and a mixer – which could add thousands of dollars to the budget of someone who is simply trying to learn how to remix songs.
When the full sized solutions like the Numark NS7 came about that budget began to shrink a little bit, eliminating the full sized mixers and separate decks from the equation. Still, you needed to carry around a rather large piece of coffin sized gear – which detracted from the portability of your setup. The second generation of all-in-one controllers …
November 7, 2012
Pioneer has certainly been busy in the past few months releasing a series of controllers that fit the needs of different DJ’s from the active professional controllerist like the Pioneer DDJ-SX, to the casual, mobile, bedroom DJ with the Pioneer XDJ-Aero. The Pioneer DDJ-WeGO falls into the latter category with all of the features that you can come to expect from an affordable DJ controller, but with the build quality and attention to detail that comes from Pioneer DJ products. Some DJ’s may scoffingly wave this controller off or wonder why Pioneer, the company responsible for the most used professional DJ equipment, would release a controller like this. Others will view this as a release from a company looking to capitalize on a flourishing low priced DJ controller market. The fact of that matter is that the DDJ-WeGO is made for the beginner or mobile DJ looking to pick up …
May 25, 2012
American Audio is breaking into the Traktor game and they are getting it done with their new controller the VMS4 Traktor Controller. Drawing off of the success of its Virtual DJ cousin, the VDJ VMS4, this version has been given an updated paint scheme and comes with a specal version of Traktor that is mapped perfectly to the controller. It’s a four-deck mid-range Traktor controller with some pretty cool features. We are going to break down the controller piece by piece to see how it stacks up against its Virtual DJ counterpart.
Construction wise this controller is a beast, it is made of solid metal and has four rubber corners that give it good traction on the DJ table. The rubber edges elevate the controller slightly off the table which is nice because DJ tables have tendencies to become soaked with beer or other foreign liquid substances and …