Optimize your Windows computer for DJing

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If you feel your computer in Windows is slow for DJing, you should check the following settings.

1) Switch off the Wifi, Bluetooth, and any other network connection on your computer before a DJ performance.
Network connections consume CPU ressources and may cause crackles in the music.
Letting the Wifi receiver switched on is the most dangerous setting for DJing on a computer, since each time the Wifi receiver of the computer detects another Wifi source, the CPU ressources of the computer will drop of 50%: if someone in the street has a smartphone with Wifi on, your computer detects this Wifi source, scans it, and this Wifi identification process takes up to 50% of the computer CPU ressources, possibly causing crackling.

2) Disable Windows preset made to save energy on the USB.
This preset is set on by default, and it may cause crackling in the sound, and even disconnect the DJ controller on the computer.
  • Right-click on My computer > Properties > Device Manager > Universal Serial Bus controllers,
  • Right-click on the first line "USB Root Hub" and click "Properties"
  • Go to the tab "Power Management", and uncheck the box "Allow computer to turn off this device to save energy"
  • Click "OK" and close the dialog box
  • Repeat the same operation on each line called USB Root Hub or USB hub.
3) Close any background software
Real time operations as Djing or video capture require to as much CPU ressources as possible, so you should close any other background software during a DJ performance.

4) If possible, move the mouse far from the USB port where you plug the DJ controller
If the USB port of your mouse is close from the USB port of your DJ Controller, and if you have enough USB ports for it, you should plug the DJ Controller on a USB port far from the mouse USB port, as the click on your mouse may be heard in the audio played on your DJ controller if the USB port are close one from the other.

5) In Windows 7 or in Windows Vista, avoid Aero graphic theme.
Aero graphic themes are CPU intensive, so don't use an Aero graphic theme while doing any real-time task as music production or video capture, select a basic theme instead.


6) Adjust your computer settings for the best performance
- Go to Start > right click on Computer > Properties > Advanced System settings > "Advanced" tab.
- Click on "Settings" in the "Performance" area.
- In "Visual Effects", click on "Adjust for best performance", and press "OK".


7)
If you use a laptop, set your "Power plan" on "High performance".
Go to Start button, and in the search bar, type
power settings

The "Power Options" menu lets you can select your power plan among three preset plans: Balanced, Power saver, or High performance.

Select the High performance power plan.

8) Don't let any USB key connected on the computer
You can use USB keys to copy an audio track on or from your computer, but once it is over, unplug it from your computer. USB keys have a slow access time (even USB keys with a fast transfer rate have a slow access time), so if they are connected to the computer, they decrease significantly the computer performance even for task which don't use the USB keys.
Never play an audio track directly from a USB key: if you uncompress an audio track on a USB key, the access time of the USB key is so slow that you complete computer because slow. If you want to play a track stored on a USB key, copy it on your hard disk prior to playing it.

9) Make sure your disk is not saturated, DJing requires a large available hard-drive space
Windows needs hard drive space to be fast, and playing music requires a significant hard disk space.
When loading audio tracks, the audio tracks are uncompressed in the software and need, either in the hard drive + in the RAM, the same space as if they were in an uncompressed WAV format, even if they are stored in a compressed format as MP3, AAC or WMA.
Examples of hard drive + RAM needed to uncompress 2 tracks of 10 minutes

  • 16-bit/44.1 kHz, 2 tracks of 10 minutes = 201.8 MB
  • 24-bit/96 kHz, 2 tracks of 10 minutes = 659 MB

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Locking your DJ controller

Pubblicato in data DJ Control Air+

Hercules DJControl Instinct, DJ Control Air and DJ Control Air+ have a hole on their rear panel compatible with cable locks often called Kensington locks.

Kensington (http://www.kensington.com) has defined a format of locks cable for computers which is a standard to prevent the removal of many devices. http://www.kensington.com/us/us/4482/locks#.VBMCzmOwTpc

You can use this type of cable lock to attach your DJ controller if you perform in public areas and take a break: the lock prevents the removal of your mobile DJ controller while you are out.


Here is how you can use this type lock hole with DJControl Air+.

1) Remove the rubber cap covering the hole.

2) Take your lock cable, wind it around a non-removable element (as a bar), pass the lock in the loop on the other end of the cable.

3) Detail of the lock

4) Insert the lock in the hole

5) Turn the key

6) Remove the key. The controller is locked

 

You can also lock

DJControl Instinct

DJ Control Air


 


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Convert .wav files into MP3 with iTunes in Windows

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Most DJ software with a recording function let the Deejay record in Wav format. Some of you wonder how to convert the .wav file into MP3 format to share your creation. Here is a process to do it in Windows with iTunes 11.2.

1) Start iTunes

 

2) Click on iTunes rectangle on the upper-left corner

 

3) Select the Preferences menu

           

 

4) In the General Preferences, go to “Import Settings…”.

 

5) In the Import Settings, select Import using “MP3 Encoder”

           

 

6) In the Import Settings, click on the Setting field to set for the MP3 compression rate.

 

7) If you select the “Custom” setting, you can select the compression rate you wish.

Click on OK to close.

 

8) You can check your compression settings in the field “Details”.

Click on OK to close.

iTunes is now set to convert files into the MP3 format you have selected.

 

9) If the file you want to convert is not in iTunes library, add this file in iTunes library.

Import your .wav file in iTunes.

Click on the rectangle icon in iTunes upper-left corner, and choose “Add File to Library…”.

           

 

Browse to your .wav file, select it and click on Open.

 

10) Once the audio file is in iTunes libray, right click on it in iTunes and select “Create MP3 Version”.

 

11) iTunes converts it into MP3 format.

 

12) Once iTunes has created a MP3 version, it is located by default in a folder

“C:\Users\YourName\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media”.

To check where it is located, right click on the created track in iTunes, and select Get Info

The iTunes Summary window shows the location of the MP3 file.

           

 

13) To check the default location of the MP3 files you create in iTunes, click on the rectangle icon in iTunes upper-left corner, go to Preferences, and go to the Advanced Preferences tab.

You see iTunes Media folder location, and you can change it if needed.

Remark: iTunes does not suppress the .wav file when encoding its .mp3 version, so at the end of the operation, you get 2 audio tracks with the same name in iTunes library:

-       one is the .wav file,

-       the other is the .mp3 file.


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Royalty-Free Music Sites

Pubblicato in data DJConsole RMX2

As many users of the forum look for royalty-free music tracks, hereafter are some sites distributing royalty free music tracks.

The way you can use royalty-free tracks is not always the same, but it is generally:
  • you can use the music for free in non commercial use if you grant the music creator the credit for the music according to Creative Commons license,
  • or you can buy the music once for commercial use,
  • and you can never resell this music.

It is called royalty-free not because it is always free, but because if you have to pay for it, you pay once, you don't have to pay for each use of the same track.


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Hercules Debuts Unique Wireless DJ Controller specially designed for iPad® – DJControlWave – at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show

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Honoree of a 2014 CES Innovations Award, Hercules DJControlWave’s Bluetooth® connectivity and rechargeable battery gives DJs complete freedom to mix and rock parties anywhere.

Las Vegas, January 7, 2014 - Hercules, a worldwide leader in audio and digital DJing, is proud to unveil the first wireless DJ controllers custom-designed for iPad® at CES Las Vegas.

Inspired by its sleek, wave-shaped design, the new controller is named the Hercules DJControlWave. This truly unique and innovative concept has also been recognized as an honoree of the highly coveted CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award 2014.

With its iPad® control via Bluetooth® wireless technology, total mobility thanks to its built-in rechargeable battery, and its futuristic design, the Hercules DJControlWave is the undisputed "new wave" DJ controller.

Complete mixing freedom
There’s no need for any kind of cable between the controller and the iPad®: the Bluetooth® connection is instant and the control is totally wireless. When mixing at a party, the DJ is even free to take the iPad® onto the dance floor, away from the controller, without ever losing control of the mix! The Hercules DJControlWave’s range is up to 33 feet (10 meters).

The controller’s built-in rechargeable battery is also a huge plus in terms of freedom of movement: say goodbye to the days when a DJ always had to keep the controller connected to a power source. Battery life even allows for a whole night of non-stop mixing (up to 8 hours)!

DJs can either connect speakers to the iPad® via a wired connection or wirelessly if using a Bluetooth® speaker, making it possible to mix without any cables at all for the ultimate in DJing freedom!

The "new wave" DJ design: stylized and futuristic
Extremely lightweight and showcasing an elegant look, the innovative design of the Hercules DJControlWave ripples like a wave, and is perfectly crafted to support the DJ’s iPad®. The iPad®’s angle of support can be adjusted in order to adapt to different DJing positions and styles. All controls are intuitive and ergonomic, including the two jog wheels, two pitch sliders, buttons for effects, samples and cue points, and rotary encoders for EQ settings.

Even the controller’s backlighting, which adds to its futuristic look, has been designed to be both attractive and helpful: it guides the DJ, even in low-light conditions.

DJUCEDTM DJW: the free, custom control app
The DJUCEDTM DJW app has been specially designed for the Hercules DJControlWave, and was developed to function in perfect harmony with the controller (the app is available for free on the App Store). The app is incredibly simple both to learn and to use to create great mixes, even for those just starting out as DJs.

Multi-talented
Although this new controller has been designed for the iPad® (its "Made for iPad" certification is pending), it is also compatible with both Mac® and PC, via a USB connection and the included DJUCEDTM 40° software.

The Hercules DJControlWave also comes bundled with a super-convenient splitter cable - allowing users to connect both speakers and headphones to privately preview upcoming tracks.

The Hercules DJControlWave will be available from spring 2014, at a suggested retail price of $299.99.

To check it out, come visit Hercules at CES Las Vegas, the Venetian Hotel, Veronese 2504 meeting room, from January 7 through 10, 2014.

For more information, please visit www.hercules.com.


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PCDJ Dex 2.6.5 now supports all current Hercules DJ controllers

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Digital 14 has released its version 2.6.5 of PCDJ Dex 2 for Mac and Windows which now supports
  • Hercules DJConsole Rmx2,
  • Hercules DJConsole 4-Mx,
  • Hercules DJConsole Rmx,
  • Hercules DJConsole mk4,
  • Hercules DJConsole mk2

  • Hercules DJControl Air+,
  • Hercules DJControl Air,
  • Hercules DJControl Instinct,
  • Hercules DJControl MP3 e2 & MP3 LE,
  • Hercules DJControl MP3
  • Hercules DJ 4Set


More on PCDJ Dex.

http://www.pcdj.com/dj-software/dex-2/


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DJConsole Rmx2 Premium TR

Pubblicato in data DJConsole RMX2

DJConsole Rmx2 with  premium kit takes advantage of DJConsole Rmx2’s audio excellence & eye-catching design.




Hercules, extends its DJConsole Rmx2 line with the DJConsole Rmx2 Premium TR, a DJConsole Rmx2 controller featuring a premium bundle, including:
  • An audio cabling set, to get even more out of the DJConsole Rmx2’s connectivity,
  • A style kit, to change the controller’s look and enhance its visibility in dark and low-light conditions.

The audio cabling kit consists of:
  • 2 balanced XLR to 1/4" cables: to play Rmx2 master output on speakers with 1/4" jack inputs,
  • 1 dual RCA to 1/8" male stereo cable: to connect Rmx2 booth output (either to broadcast the mix or to play on multimedia speakers),
  • 1 dual RCA to 1/8" female stereo adapter: to play the booth output on multimedia speakers on on headphones,
  • 1 headphones plug adapter (1/8" female stereo to 1/4" male stereo) : to plug headphones on Rmx2 headphones outputs.

The style kit consist of:
  • a black overlay with phosphorescent marks showing the controls assigned in Traktor LE 2,
  • yellow caps, whose sharp contrast on the black overlay shows the controls positions even in low light condition.


DJConsole Rmx2 Premium TR comes with Traktor LE 2.


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VirtualDJ Pro update version 7.4.1

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VirtualDJ has released an update of VirtualDJ Pro, release 7.4.1.

This update doesn’t include any new feature, it just fixes bugs:

  • fixed potential issue with Windows 8.1 and high-DPI screens
  • fixed potential crash on startup with MacOS 10.9 Mavericks
  • fixed iTunes library sometimes not loading properly
  • updated NetSearch protocol
  • fixed windows sometimes not showing when monitor smaller than skin resolution
  • fixed potential crash on Mac when some favorite folders cannot be found on startup
  • updated the list of out-of-the-box compatible DJ devices

http://www.virtualdj.com/wiki/VirtualDJv7.4.1.html

This update does not include new features as new features should arrive with the release of VirtualDJ Pro 8.


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Deckadance 2 now supports all new Hercules DJ controllers

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DJControl Instinct, Air and Air+, and DJConsole Rmx2 are now supported in Deckadance 2 with the following preset files

DJControl Instinct preset file is on
http://forum.image-line.com/viewtopic.php?f=1977&t=115611
DJControl Air preset file is on
http://forum.image-line.com/viewtopic.php?f=1977&t=115610
DJConsole Rmx2 preset file is on
http://forum.image-line.com/viewtopic.php?f=1977&t=114615
DJ Control Air+ preset file is on
http://forum.image-line.com/viewtopic.php?f=1977&t=113761

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DJControl Air+ reviewed on Audiofanzine

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Audiofanzine, a website for musicians with an online magazine plus a large community, has released a review on DJ Control AirPlus,


Yann Costaz, who has written the review, has 2 websites dedicated to DJing (in French)


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