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Subject:   Traktor DJ Studio is top-notch
Date:   2003-04-22 10:42:15
From:   anonymous2
For the professional live DJ, you can't beat Traktor DJ Studio by Native Instruments. Automatic beat-matching and tempo synchronization, plus scratching, filtering, kill switches, track management, multiple outputs (for preview & cueing) and more. Everything the live DJ needs.


For the studio DJ, MegaSeg looks like the better choice. I've never used it, but it looks like they are geared more towards automation and time-management...great for radio, but not what the average club/party DJ is after.


For real-time pro-level control of the mix, Traktor rocks. It's what I use.


--groove merchant


p.s. Any software that supports cueing with multiple outputs (MegaSeg, Traktor, or whatever) is still going to require that you have at least two stereo outputs on your system. Since none of Apple's current line of laptops have more than one out, that means you need an accessory. The Griffin iMic is sufficient, but you can also spring for something like the GigaPort AG, which adds an additional 8 channels of output. That's 4 extra stereo outs, or enough to support DTS 7.1 surround sound, if you want to connect your home theater. There are also several options out there that also give you multiple inputs and/or MIDI, which is handy if you're not only a DJ but want to produce your own music.


Anyway, Native Instruments even offers a specially-priced bundle of the GigaPort and Traktor, which gets you everything you need.


Links:
Traktor DJ Studio 2.0
http://www.nativeinstruments.de/index.php?id=traktor2_us


MegaSeg
http://www.megaseg.com/


iMic
http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/imic/


GigaPort AG
http://www.esi-pro.com/esi-pro/eng/product/gigaport_ag/ag.html


Traktor+Gigaport Bundle
http://www.nativeinstruments.de/index.php?id=bundlesshop_us&no_cache=1


M-Audio Firewire 410
(one of many high-end input/output sound interfaces...4 inputs, 10 outputs, 2 headphone ports, and a lot of other goodies for about $400)
http://www.audiomidi.com/common/cfm/product.cfm?Product_ID=3688


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  • Traktor DJ Studio is a bad port. Doesn't work with iMic
    2003-06-09 06:21:29  anonymous2 [View]

    The application has the feel of a bad port from the PC. Non standard dialogs and a slow interface that locks up. You can't move or rename your mp3s or it won't be able to find them. (not a problem with itunes). there is no itunes integration. they lied about that.

    iMic is useless with traktor! You can only use one output device at a time, so you need something with at least 4 outputs. This doubles the price of the software
  • Derrick Story photo Traktor DJ Studio is top-notch -- Very Helpful!
    2003-04-22 13:10:31  Derrick Story | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

    This is very helpful. Thanks!
    • Also Dekstasy
      2003-05-07 18:12:21  tychay [View]

      Derrick,

      Never heard of Tactile, nice catch.

      Since we are on the subject of DJ software and all the major commercial ones have already been mentioned, I thought I'd mention Dekstasy <http://www.sonophile.com/dekstasy/about/> which offers automatic beat matching (graphical beat matching and BPM) and support for up to four audio decks (as mentioned earlier, you need hardware to support this). Oh yeah, like Tactile, the price is nice (free).

      Take care,

      terry