View Full Version : Basic DJ/beatmixing program for NYE party?

28th December 2006, 10:22 PM

I've been handed the music duties for NYE this year :thumbup:, and I'd like to try out some basic DJ/on-the-fly beatmixing software - I'm aware it won't be that flash, but enough to detect and match basic beats between tracks. Just enough to sound OK so I don't have to go near the Mac during the night.

I've Googled around but found mostly high-end apps eg. Traktor but this is obviously too complex for my needs; along with that I'll be playing the music off a Pismo G3 450Mhz Powerbook.

Can anyone recommend a nice simple DJ app for my needs (and low system requirements)?



28th December 2006, 10:29 PM
baytex party may work for you but you would have to fuck with it first and queue all the trax up once you sus their bpms.

Dunnon its sys requirements don't think it's much but might require a recent osx version?? dunno again.

Personnally , and this may sound archaic or offbeat (pun geddit?), I use roxio jam for this sorta thing. But it takes heaps of time blending in each and every track in a preset playlist, prior to the night.

For somethin' fully auto, keep lookin'

28th December 2006, 10:55 PM
There's nothing I've ever heard of that's completely automatic (and for good reason... DJing well is pretty tricky).

iTunes isn't too shabby ;)

28th December 2006, 11:05 PM
This is good and will *soon* come to mac says the devs...http://www.virtualdj.com/

28th December 2006, 11:24 PM
I run Traktor on a G4 1.5Ghz PBook and it just gets along ok with a big iTunes Library, so I'm not sure what's going to tick over on your Pismo Byrd.. Maybe just stick to iTunes, a well-selected playlist, and a long Crossfade set with the Sound Check on, and get out there and enjoy the night yourself!!

As marc said, there isn't much out there that is automatic.. there's just too many random variables in different music & tracks that means that manual is always best.

28th December 2006, 11:35 PM
Maybe just stick to iTunes, a well-selected playlist, and a long Crossfade set with the Sound Check on, and get out there and enjoy the night yourself!!

This is mostly what I use. You can even calculate the exact time to hit "Play" on a certain song on the playlist (sometime in the arvo of 31Dec probably) so that a certain song comes on right on the stroke of midnight, perhaps even a prerecorded coundown before it, and build the rest of the playlist either side of that.

Johnny Appleseed
29th December 2006, 12:57 AM
MegaSeg (http://www.megaseg.com/) has a 30-day demo which should see you through to the New Year!

Peter Wells
29th December 2006, 01:29 AM
use itunes, scan your library with tangerine (http://www.potionfactory.com/tangerine/Tangerine.dmg) and create a smart playlist based on bpms. tangerine isn't perfect, so duplicate the smart playlist into a dumb playlist and cut out the obvious mistake. then enjoy the party.

29th December 2006, 05:52 AM
ive used djay.. not bad and free http://www.algoriddim.net/

29th December 2006, 06:40 AM
The theme for the NYE party is "Australian Icons", so I doubt any software will be able to beat match shitty Cold Chisel and farking Hoodoo Gurus :D I hate most of that bogan Aussie music - but as long as it keeps the crowd happy :) Although I do plan to chuck in quite a few decent Australian artists many times in between.

Thanks for the tips. Will try the suggestions and if not successful, long crossfade + shuffle FTW :)

BTW, I'm using the Pismo notebook as it's built strong and reliable and I can just see something bad happening if I bring out my latest tech to the party :)