Between the years of 2009 and 2010 one of the most common software programs released on the Internet is DJ software. It seems a new program pops up on the market every other day, all claiming to be the best mixing program around. While this gives the DJ plenty of choice in what to buy, it can also become a little overwhelming. How do you know what programs are the best, and which ones are the worst?
But it is more of a problem than even knowing which are better than others. The biggest issues with DJ software is knowing which one is a complete ripoff. The truth is, the majority of software programs on the market right now are bare-bones and often stolen formats from other programs. These are then sold by using expansive marketing programs, sales pages and ‘demonstrations’ on YouTube, and then denying the customer their promised refund.
Customer and program reviews are crucial to avoid this, and going with a trusted source rather than the many pages and websites created by the manufacturers is key. CNET is one of the more respected online consumer review watchdogs on the web. They recently did a list of some of the more commonly known programs on the market right now.
Virtual DJ – Arguably the most well known and asked about pieces of software in the industry, the editors at CNET especially liked this program. This is consistent with other reviews that have named it as the best on the market. The main feature that seems to be talked about is the quality of the samples and effects, that allow for a seamless mix.
Scratch Live (Serato) – Enhanced by studio grade preamps and 24-bit audio processing, this compact new solution produces a warm punchy sound to heighten the senses. Extra outputs allow DJs and electronic musicians to intensify the mix with the Scratch Live SP-6 Sample Player
AtomixMP3 – While it seems to have a few less features than Virtual DJ, AtomixMP3 is much more user friendly. Made for people who are more inclined towards music than they are computers, you can easily create a beautiful, smooth mix with this program. All without having to deal with too many overwhelming advanced features.
FutureDecks Pro – An affordable alternative to the more expensive professional programs, FutureDecks Pro is the same quality for about half the price. There are a lot more controls that are often needed, but better too many than too few, and they are nevertheless easy to navigate. A little less user-friendly than AtomixMP3, but perfect if you have some experience in DJ software.