Virtual DJ issues

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KennyZail

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Just bought a Lenovo computer 4g Ram, core 3i, Windows 7 Professional for my Djing. Bought Virtual DJ pro ($99), I've used it at only 3 gigs and had problems twice. I've been using the 4 CD deck screen, the first time I had a song start to sutter, couldn't stop it and I had to reboot the system. Yesterday I was using automix and dragged a song to another deck to listen to it on my headphones. As soon as I dragged it the sound cut out of my speakers. The songs were still playing on the computer but the sound was lost. Luckily I had my previous computer with DJ Power there and used that for the rest of the night. Any thoughts???
 

dj Vecchio

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Yes there is a History of what you played. It is on the left hand side of console, if you cant see it go to the configure settings under browser there you can see specific folders you may or may not need
 

NickyB

Gear and Equipment Moderator
KennyZ -

Next time you start VDJ, Minimize the screen and open your Task Manager to see what else is running. Far too often, stuttering is caused by something running in the background like anti-virus programs or your internet connection is open and attempting to "connect" to something on the internet. Hopefully you're using this PC to run strictly DJ stuff and not using it for everyday PC operations with MS Office or other stuff. I suggest you visit www.blackviper.com . There's a table of required services for your OS listing those that are needed and those that aren't. You'd really be surprised at how much "crap" software is running on Windows that is not required for VDJ use.
 
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KennyZail

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I'm not using an external controller. Everything is from my computer to a small mixer and I have a USB connected external sound card for my headphones.
 

dobby10

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Play with the latency settings... also use DPC Latency checker to take a look to see how your computers overall performance is as far as latency.
 

KennyZail

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Nicky - I'm using about 7% cpu's. (If that is what you meant) I'm worried that if I turn off something, I won't know how to turn it back on. :) This new computer has 4 times the ram of my DJ Power computer and I've never had a suttering problem before.

Any thoughts about completely losing the sound when I dragged a song to a CD deck?
 

Mark Evans

Mobile Beat Moderator
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2 things Kenny - turn off the internet clock. You can do that by right clicking on the clock and when that opens just uncheck that.

Turn off visual effects

You can choose which visual effects to turn off, one by one, or you can let Windows choose for you. There are 20 visual effects you can control, such as the transparent glass look, the way menus open or close, and whether shadows are displayed.

To adjust all visual effects for best performance:

Open Performance Information and Tools by clicking the Start button , and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type Performance Information and Tools, and then, in the list of results, click Performance Information and Tools.

Click Adjust visual effects. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

Click the Visual Effects tab, click Adjust for best performance, and then click OK. (For a less drastic option, select Let Windows choose what’s best for my computer.)
 

KennyZail

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Thanks Mark. I clicked "best performance" and it click off everything about 20 items. I hope there wasn't anything that I'll need later. :)
 

djstevieray

Somewhere On Hoth
In VDJ click Config then Sound Setup. Hit Alt+Print Screen buttons on your keyboard, paste it into paint, then save it as a jpg. Then post it here.
 

Steve Sharp

Active Member
Kenny:

I believe the screenshot wanted is the one behind the one you posted. You're showing advanced configuration, when the basic configuration isn't yet clear (at least to me).

Two things (for two problems):

1) Stuttering

While Nicky and Mark are correct about ways to get better performance out of a laptop, I'll suggest a different approach: what is set in the performances section of your configuration? Specifically, what is the latency section set to be? Most issues of this type can be resolved by adjusting these settings.

2) Cutting off

First, allow me to make a suggestion: if you're a new user of Virtual D.J., I think it's a good idea to start using two decks, and later grow into more, if you wish. While I can't be sure, this COULD be part of the issue. If you load something new and the master volume cuts off, it sounds to me like your master volume has incorrectly been fed the HEADPHONE output. Why I suspsect this: in two deck mode as a convenience, if you're playing deck A, when you load a new track into deck B, the headphone cue automatically goes to deck B, which means your headphones would go silent, since you're not yet PLAYING deck B.
 

hippydog

wuz here when it was Red.
If you load something new and the master volume cuts off, it sounds to me like your master volume has incorrectly been fed the HEADPHONE output. Why I suspsect this: in two deck mode as a convenience, if you're playing deck A, when you load a new track into deck B, the headphone cue automatically goes to deck B, which means your headphones would go silent, since you're not yet PLAYING deck B.
good catch.. The "PFL" (under orig config) follows which deck was recently loaded, and the PFL is what is sent to the headphones..
 

KennyZail

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YES, the headphone config. might have been the issue. The time before (when I had the suttering) I was hearing static and crackling. It sounded like a bad cable, but changing cables didn't correct it, so I thought I would try my external sound card for the master and the computer jack for the headphones. I might have mis-configured the headphones & master. That would be why it jumped when I loaded a song to deck 2. Good call.
The reason I started using 4 decks is because I got used to having many options to play (ala DJ Power). I don't think I could go back to having no options except the song loaded on the other deck. :)
 

dobby10

Member
Change the skin resizing on that screen to Fast. Then see if there is any improvement... I've seen that to be a big cause for performance problems.
 

Steve Sharp

Active Member
Kenny:

Yes, that's one of the things. Try checking "safe mode" and listen for your audio quality. Better?

What sound card(s) are you using, and which decks and outputs are routed to where?
 
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