djDecks v1.00 Released
djDecks has finally reached v1.00.
This release is based on the djDecks DX version that has been in beta for quite a while now, so this means that it will also play video and karaoke, allow video effects, text overlays and picture slide shows. Besides that, the browser, playlist, autoplay and search features have been improved, according to djDecks. The company announces an audio engine which is more flexible (allowing you to mix multiple asio/directsound/wasapi devices) and improved controller support (besides midi, HID and OSC are now also supported).
Up to 4decks are available for mixing, offering waveforms, pitch ranges from 4% up to 100%, automatic bpm detection, looping, cue points and effects. The colored waveforms aid you in seeing what's coming up, and the cue points and beat-aligned loops are designed to make your mixes easier. Pitch corrections are designed to be made inaudible by changing only the tempo but not the pitch.
djDecks can be used with an external mixer, sending each deck to a different output, or you can use the internal mixer which includes a three-band equalizer with adjustable frequencies, pre-listening options, and a limiter.
Also included are various effects such as an advanced echo, a flanger, bitcrusher, filter and gapper, but you can also use standard VST plugins to add a special touch. (2 VST effects can be loaded on each deck, and a VST effect can also be applied to the master output)
The browser allows you to browse your songs by reading their tags. You can customize the columns that are shown, search any track in your library, create playlists and even create rule-based smart playlists. It can also show your album-art next to the songs.
djDecks is compatible with midi controllers such as the Vestax VCI-100, Denon HC-4500, Hercules DJ Console, Numark Mixdeck, Pioneer CDJ-2000 and many others, but you can also create or customize your own mapping for your controller. MIDI, HID and OSC standards are supported to create your mappings.
If you want to have the feeling of mixing with vinyl, yet have the advantages of digital files, you cna check out djDecks' Vinyl Control. Using special vinyls that contain a special code, your music will follow the speed and location of the needle on the control record.
djDecks is compatible with most vinyls available such as Final Scratch, Serato Scratch Live, Traktor Scratch, Virtual DJ and MsPinky, according to the company. It's also possible to mix regular vinyl or other inputs such as mics with djDecks, and also use beat detection and effects.
djDecks also supports recording your mix, or broadcasting it to a Shoutcast or Icecast server.
A recent addition to djDecks with the new DX release is the ability to play Video and Karaoke files.
The video mix can be shown on an external output, and various effects can be applied and transitions selected.
Another strength of djDecks is the way in which it can be customized. You can create advanced controller mappings, but also change the way djDecks looks by installing or creating custom skins, and add new functionality by creating your own scripts.
Pricing & Availability
djDecks costs EUR 80.00
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