Beatmixing with mp3s

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Mark Beecher

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My main reason for not going P.C./digital - what ever you want to call it - is because I really like to beatmix to hold my dance floor. I have also gotten spoiled with key control so that I avoid "chipmunk vocals". If you are a mp3/digital/pc (whatever the term is) do you beatmix, and if so, what program - hardware combo works best in your opinion?
I do not want to auto mix.
 

All Night Music

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Mark,

I beatmix all the time. I use PCDJ Red VRM with a DAC-2. Just like playing CD's, without having to lug them around. I do use the auto-mix function for cocktails/dinner music, but not for anything else.

There is other software out there, but this suits me fine.
 

mojoworkin

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I am really liking Virtual DJ which I have been playing with a LOT lately.

My gig machine is OTS - not quite what I want anymore I think, but I use it because it's stable as hell.
 

KeithAlan

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Hey Beecher, try Mixmeister! If you can come out of the 2 turntable, two cd player frame of mind, this is the one to use.
 

KeithAlan

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Hey Steve, Mixmeister has worked so well for me that I was able to talk to my program director into letting me do a mix show for the station. I love working with it!
 

Sonic DJ

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I've been using Virtual DJ for over a year now. I didn't want to switch to a digital system for the same reason as you. I love to beatmix!

Using VDJ & a DAC you can do the same as you would with the CDs and more! You don't get the chipmunks with pitch change, you can find/load/play a song in about 3 seconds, add funky effects, and...well, you get the idea. Download a bunch of demos and start playing to see which program you like. Before you know it, you'll be up with the times! :D
 

ninjamusic

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I too like to beatmix. Thus, the hardware solution that I use is FinalScratch 2. I "upgraded" the software from FS2 to Tracktor DJ Studio, which offers more features than the standard FS2. The hardware/software combination allows me to still use the CD players as I normally would, but with all the music on a computer and external hard disc.

Many of the guys and club operators locally here swear by Serato. Many of the clubs have installed it (including a desktop computer with the program already installed), so all that club jock has to bring is an external hard disc.
 

KeithAlan

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Here is another advantage that Mixmeister offers. Harmonic Mixing. If you are really serious about beatmixing, take it to the next level. Using the proper keys when making your mix and not just matching the beats will yield you unbelievable results on the dance floor.
 

MartyEvans

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Mixmeister is AWESOME coming from me, a guy that has beatmixed on 1200s since 1985. I don't use it live but have used it to make mix cds. I just got the Denon 3500s cd players and am going to serato soon
 

ProfessorJam

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Mark Beecher said:
My main reason for not going P.C./digital - what ever you want to call it - is because I really like to beatmix to hold my dance floor. I have also gotten spoiled with key control so that I avoid "chipmunk vocals". If you are a mp3/digital/pc (whatever the term is) do you beatmix, and if so, what program - hardware combo works best in your opinion?
I do not want to auto mix.
Mark,

The ability to beatmix with a CPS has been available for many years now. Take a trip to the Computer DJ Summit this November and you can get hands on with what you seek without the Chipmunks... :lol:
 

Paul Compton

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I don't care if it is a fisher price turn table...if I can get a chance to play with it for a few minutes I will beat mix sesame street songs if need be!

With just a little bit of research you will see that a HUGE majority of "pro" touring DJ's are using MP3's. I know I do. I would have never in a million years paid and shipped my vinyl collection (or even CD's) to the Caribbean and other places around the world. A laptop as carry on thank you come again!

PCDJ-FX with a DAC3 here for main mixing. For scratching Serato and FS2. HIGHLY anticipating REFLEX though! PCDJ-DMX for lighting...I can even beatsinc the lights with PCDJ!


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