What is DJ Mixing Software and How it Works

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Most people have probably been to a club and have seen the DJs mix music in real time. If any of you ever wondered how does DJ mixing software work, this article will offer you a bit of insight. To begin with, you probably noticed that the music DJs play in clubs is not original. It is mostly made up of popular tracks which are mixed with each other and sometimes can even shift from one to another and vice versa. This might seem impressive if you think that the DJ is making the mixing in real time, right in front of you, but most of them are just using music mixing software to ease up their job.

Different DJ software is capable of matching the tempos of two separate songs, break them into sections, and mash up those sections while preserving the same pitch. This creates a new song with virtually no human implication.

What is a DJ Software actually?

If you are going the contemporary route (which most are), you absolutely need software to power it all up. If you already have an idea of what DJ software is, go ahead and continue reading on. However, for those who are looking to read more into what it specifically does, it is basically a computer program that emulates the traditional audio mixer, turntables and effects processing a DJ usually uses when scratching or mixing and matching songs. More specifically, for playing (aka ‘presenting’) media to an audience during performances or recording DJ mixes onto a track, whether it be a giant mix tape or merely a portion of the song dedicated to some scratching or beat matching.

Market available DJ softwares:

Serato DJ: Serato DJ is most famous for their scratch emulation software which allows us to literally scratch any sound file we have on the computer. You can transform an mp3 file into a real record (you’ll need a controller to do it by hand). This makes traditional DJ’s mad.
Serato also gives us numerous other features. These include vinyl and CD-J control, easy library management for switching between songs and matching beats, cues and loops to trigger and order, easy programming, add FX to songs and tracks, trigger some samples during tracks, cut, cue, loop, and more. The most impressive part of Serato is probably the interface as it is very aesthetically pleasing and organizes a lot of features into an easy package.

Cons of Serato Dj Software: Their vinyl scratching emulation software is sold separate. 

Native Instrument Tractor Pro: Native Instruments is a huge player in the innovation game with music equipment in general, and their Traktor Pro 2 is one of the best DJ software picks and is the other heavy hitter in the market. To us it’s like PC vs. Mac — everybody has their preference as they both work intended and offer us more features than we can count. What would separate the two is basically your budget; Traktor Pro runs a bit more expensive since it is only truly compatible with gear made specifically by Native Instruments, although some equipment will work decently. The universal gear isn’t as easy to use as it is with Serato. Native Instruments does this so you buy only their or brand’s they’ve approved. So not only will you have to spend money on the software itself, but the N.I. gear along with it to properly control it – gear you already have probably won’t work. They have quite a lot of gear available, too, so if your budget is up there you can get pretty crazy with it.

The main features of Traktor Pro 2 include 4-deck control, looping and cues, over 30 built-in effects, on-the-fly remixing and re-editing of tracks, and easy browsing of your sounds and tracks. These are pretty close to Serato so when it comes to differences there aren’t much besides a few dollars in price and ready-made controllers for each.

NI’s scratch emulation software is also sold separately, which is where they get you in terms of price. Traktor Pro 2 is around $100 retail, but their scratch software is sold separately which starts at five bills. 

Virtual DJ pro: Here’s another popular pick as the best DJ software in the market, albeit not as widespread as Traktor or Serato. This is recommended for those who want more of a broad software that will work pretty well with most standard USB or MIDI DJ controllers. It’s not as monopoly based when it comes to gear and software integration which is why we sometimes like this over the expensive Serato and Traktor choices.

​Some standout features of Virtual DJ: Compatible with Mac and PC, song mixing, FX application, play two or more tracks at the same time, change speed, cross-fade, cues and more. Standard features here but it’s very solid and compatible with most DJ equipment. This is also recommended for beginners who will be doing less daunting shows and want simplicity.

Deckadance: Deckadance gives us some decent features here: Up to four deck control, VST compatible, MIDI control, smart knobs (link interface targets to one particular knob), FX chaining, low/mid/high band control and customize the interface. What’s most impressive is the fact that it can be either a standalone program and can be linked as a VSTi in your DAW of choice. You can also combine it with any digital vinyl software, such as Serato or Virtual DJ. It’s pretty cheap as compared to other DJ software out there as well.

Conclusion: At last finally, we wants to get conclude that there are no of various software available in market, you can choose according to your budget plan, and other criteria including your professional ethics and background. Software may be paid or not, you'll must learn something from them. So go ahead and check out various software's for their official websites.

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