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The best DJ software, in your opinion?

Posted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 9:34 pm
by Jome7
The thing I want to get includes Traktor LE so I was looking forward to messing around with that, but now I found out that Deckadance works as a VST plugin. Can Traktor do the same, like the other NI software such as the Kore and Reaktor players?

I'm sure that either one will suit my needs just fine, but the idea of having it run as a VST and having a quasi Bridge-like integration with a Live set is luring me over to Deckadance.

Re: The best DJ software, in your opinion?

Posted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 9:51 pm
by JuanSOLO
No Traktor, does not work as a VST. However you can use soundflower or JackOSX to virtually route the audio into Ableton. However that ONLY works if you are not using timecode vinyl. My biggest frustaration with Traktor, is the FX can only be Post fader withing the program itself. Seems really stupid that there is not an option for post fader effects.

Ms. Pinky M4L device works as a plug in too, it's pretty cool.

I have never tried Deckadance.

Personally I am saving up for a Rane 57SL and getting into Serato/Bridge.

With the latest version of Serato, and the possibilities of the Bridge, I believe I will be happy to give up Traktor after years of using it.

Re: The best DJ software, in your opinion?

Posted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 11:35 pm
by hacktheplanet
Serato / Bridge.

For me, NOTHING beats real decks for DJing.

Re: The best DJ software, in your opinion?

Posted: Sat Dec 11, 2010 4:49 am
by Jome7
Yeah, Serato with The Bridge seems the way to go. I guess I should have asked the best software besides that, for those of us that can't afford it.

Re: The best DJ software, in your opinion?

Posted: Sat Dec 11, 2010 4:58 am
by Makin0
i have used Atomix Mp3 for years..the ''magic button'' makes it easy

Re: The best DJ software, in your opinion?

Posted: Sat Dec 11, 2010 9:45 am
by m:o
I use a perfect working selfmade digital dj setup.

Software:
Virtual DJ ( really no toy anymore)
2x Serato Vinyl from ebay
maya44 usb soundcard from ebay
2x phono preamps from local hifi store

= relyable, perfect working system.

Re: The best DJ software, in your opinion?

Posted: Sat Dec 11, 2010 10:32 am
by Goran@Irrupt
Deckadance is real good. you can use it as a VST in Live as well.

Re: The best DJ software, in your opinion?

Posted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:23 am
by stansharpe
Serato aswell for me. With the bridge aswell ultimate possibilities !!!!!

Re: The best DJ software, in your opinion?

Posted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:45 am
by Frederik654
I used Serato since the day it came out and I used the Bridge but I went to Traktor instead recently. There are just A LOT MORE options and tweaks in the program possible even not mentioning the recording options, broadcasting, midi controller setup, internal mixing, specific controller mayhem like the X1's, Xone's, faderfoxes, it depends a bit on your gear you use now or like to use in the future.

I play vinyl as well as 'all digital' sets and for pure vinyl sets Serato is a bit easier (especially the colored waveform).

On the other side, getting the Bridge to have a nice steady solid clock was a pain! in the ass and Traktor beats the hell out of that. You also loose a deck to Ableton !! It depends a lot on the style you play and in Traktor you loose the Ableton overview but I don't miss it one second since it's a little mess anyway.

The way my setup works now is normal 3 (not 4) deck usage of Traktor with Deck D as external audio. Midi clock is internally send to Ableton and Ableton is listening to Traktor (and it works flawless !). Master Audio of Ableton is then routed to Deck D in Traktor. And all outputs to my external 4 channel mixer. My iPad is using Touchable as a controller for Ableton and I'm planning to use the X1's on deck A and B and eventually a second one on deck C (right now I'm using a Nocturn).

Anyway, this leaves for FAAAAR more options and creativity within Ableton than using the Bridge. Since Touchable I don't need to look at Ableton for even one second !

I still like to play vinyl sets which I still can but boy, running Traktor and Ableton together and have full tweakability without even looking a one screen and running four decks with Traktors excellent looping and EFX section + all you want from Ableton makes you forget vinyl in the blink of an eye.

Also very small setup, laptop, 2 X1's and the iPad, .. done ..

Re: The best DJ software, in your opinion?

Posted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 11:14 am
by gavgrant
the_planet wrote:Serato / Bridge.

For me, NOTHING beats real decks for DJing.
Yeah, but you can still use real decks with Traktor scratch pro

Re: The best DJ software, in your opinion?

Posted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 11:21 am
by 102455
Best DJ software?

Well, what's the best car? Best bread? Best jeans?

Ask a thousand DJs and get a thousand different answers.

It's down to personal choice. They all perform the same basic functions.

If you don't like the look, some can be skinned to look the way you want.

At the moment I run Atomix Virtual DJ Pro 7, PCDJ Dex and Gizmolabs RPM (nee PCDJ Reflex).

Re: The best DJ software, in your opinion?

Posted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 11:50 am
by silveriofunk
traktor with ableton because those are the two i have, and because now then can finally "talk to each other" properly

Re: The best DJ software, in your opinion?

Posted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 1:03 pm
by gavgrant
silveriofunk wrote:traktor with ableton because those are the two i have, and because now then can finally "talk to each other" properly
I have read that this is can be done...

i own a Vestax VCI100SE controller (ideal for Traktor with the latest firmware upgrade & mappings) and an APC40 (obviously ideal for Ableton) but would like to incorporate them both... at least try it out.

I know there is an article on DJ Techtools website, its from 08 - anything more recent????

g.

Re: The best DJ software, in your opinion?

Posted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 2:29 pm
by Tarekith
Try this to sync Traktor and Live:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xzldehIsCE

Re: The best DJ software, in your opinion?

Posted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 2:47 pm
by djphenaproxima
I switched from Torq to Deckadance, and I think Deckadance is awesome. I've sampled Serato (too threadbare) and Traktor (too unintuitive for me). Deckadance FTW.