About DJ Software:
Time was, all a DJ needed were a couple of turntables and a mixer from the local electronics store. Modern DJing, though, requires some major technology, and for digital DJs that means some serious software. DJ software acts as the central nervous system for your entire rig; cataloging tunes, matching beats, slicing, dicing, looping, re-mixing, adding FX— all the things required to keep your sets happening.
DJ software started out simply as a way to use time-coded vinyl to control MP3 and other digital audio files—sort of a way to have your cake and scratch it, too—but evolved quickly towards today's four-deck powerhouse packages. Read More >
Adding functions that enable the DJ to move beyond simply switching between two tunes and doing the equivalent of traditional turntable moves, by enabling features like realtime looping, stutter, all varieties of digital FX, and far more subtle—and sometimes far more radical—effects than can be achieved with just the "wheels of steel" of a traditional rig, has created a generation of software that steps beyond simple control into the arena of production studio and compositional tool.
Almost all software these days supports four simultaneous decks, and most have hardware controllers that are specifically designed to access all their most powerful features. DJ software generally uses MIDI controller data to access the software, so almost any controller can be remapped to any piece of software, though, so if you have a piece of software that you love and a controller that just feels right, you can almost always get the two of them working with each other, so you get the best of both worlds. Close>