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    so... what software do u guys use for doing a gig?

    what software would u guys recommend purchasing?

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    Most of us here are on Traktor (Scratch) Pro, Serato is the main competitor. Ableton's a very powerful alternative (more production-, less dj-minded), and the latest VDJ release doesn't seem to be that bad either.

    I recommend Traktor for DJ'ing

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    Traktor FTW

    ive mucked around with Djay, VDJ, ableton and Traktor (serato a lil bit,,, not enough to make an assesment on it).

    they all have their pros and cons

    DJay- good starter program to learn how to "mix" what songs sound good and what not. gets very limited very quickly in what you can do with it

    VDJ - decent program, i just didnt personally like the layout so didnt take it much further (overlaid wav forms are pretty sweet and made beatmatching incredibly easy)

    Ableton - FANTASTIC program. very complicated but you can do basically anything with it - my drawback is that dj sets with live are very "structured" and dotn feel like true sets to me. but remixing/producing in that software is incredibly fun/intuitive. plus you can edit video as well as audio...../3rd party vsts can expand anything you wanna do in that program

    Serato - didnt play much with it. wasnt bad. deff would consider it more if i was on CDJs/ TTs -- the bridge is huge -- having a live layout in a DJ GUI would be fantastic (Ive linked live and traktor.. but it can be shaky/not having everything infront of you -- without an external monitor can get hairy in a live setting)

    Traktor - Great for midi. powerful interface/awesome efx, like the layouts of the wav forms and felt more like a dj program should (compared to DJAY, VDJ, LIVE)- **my personal choice for mixing**

    everyones gonna have their preferances and gonna like differnt software more than others... so try em out and see which one fits your style and what you wanna do
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    Traktor Pro S4.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tekki View Post
    Traktor Pro S4.
    shit! knew i forgot something!

    the s4 is a beast. get it if you have the money and are serious about it. great piece of kit.
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    Ya I've heard one song. It's called Skrillex.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dylanmc111 View Post
    so... what software do u guys use for doing a gig?

    what software would u guys recommend purchasing?
    Correct me if I am mistaken, didn't you just buy Traktor Kontrol S4?

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    Digital heart...


    ...vinyl soul.


    Traktor, the essential bio-kinetic interface.
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    Quote Originally Posted by exokinetic View Post
    Digital heart...


    ...vinyl soul.
    xwax?

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    Serato Scratch Live, cd timecodes are free online on the rane site and vinyl timecodes are avail for 10$ each. Most clubs have a Rane mixer/box to use SSL here in the states.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StephanV View Post
    Ableton's a very powerful alternative (more production-, less dj-minded)
    Kinda depends how and what you DJ I guess.

    I only just switched from Traktor Pro to Ableton a couple of weeks ago and absolutely love it! So flexible. And, I'd say ABleton is seen as the best as Ean Golden even mentioned in one of his Traktor Pro 2 videos that the sample decks allow for Traktor Pro to almost catch up with Ableton's ability in having lots of loops and flexibility etc.
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