October 31, 2012
With only a few months left before Winter NAMM many companies in the DJ controller market have decided to hold off before releasing anything new and fresh. The exception of course being Pioneer who will be releasing the Pioneer DDJ-SX in November. You can expect a full review of the DDJ-SX as soon as we get our hands on it. In addition to the DDJ-SX, Pioneer has also released a controller that fits into the affordable and portable DJ market with the Pioneer DDJ-WeGo.
For this reason we decided to compare Pioneer’s latest addition into the affordable DJ controller market with some of the more popular DJ controllers within the same price range. It seemed appropriate to compare it to the ever popular Numark MixTrack Pro and the Hercules RMX 2 as these were in the same price range and come bundled with the same software. While all three controllers lock in …
October 8, 2012
There’s gig new for Virtual DJ users. Those patiently waiting for the 8th version to be released will be happy to know that it will be worth the wait. Atomix, the creator of VDJ, has announced that their software will be fully compatible with touch screen devices. It might seem like there’s already enough iOS DJ applications out there, but a full sized DVS from the big boys has never been accomplished like this.
Even better, VDJ 8 will be offering to all operating systems – this means that android and non iOS devices will also be able to harness it’s new multi-touch powers.…
October 3, 2012
Virtual DJ users who have been anticipating the arrival of VDJ 8 might be a bit let down today, as news of a smaller upgrade has just been released. Virtual DJ 7.1 has been issued which contains fixes for minor bugs and midi controller performance problems. One big change to the software is the addition of “cloud playlists” that allow you to access and share playlists, remotely.
Whether or not DJs will see this as useful, is still up in the air. Regardless, VDJ has always been a welcomed alternative to proprietary DVS and controller software like Serato Scratch Live, and we will continue to see updates in the future. …
September 7, 2012
“Program” DJing is a relatively new, but successful phenomenon in the working DJ arena. It works something like this: The DJ loads a preset list of tunes they’d like to play next, and employ their DVS (usually Virtual DJ) to handle the typical 4 bar linear mix – leaving the DJ with little responsibility other than song selection and mix out effects.
Naturally, DJs of this form take heat from “mixing” DJs who put serious effort into the transitional phases of their set. To the “program” DJ, song selection and crowd interaction are their main focus – often leaving the booth to have a drink with the crowd or to dance on the floor with them.
Does “programming” deride the art of DJing? The polarization over this issue will not be going away any time soon.…