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13th April 2008, 09:37 PM
Hey everyone,

I am looking for a DJ mixing program to run on the mac for discos etc...

i currently just use itunes, which is fine but it would be nice to have some more options with altering sounds etc and cutting certain parts out of sings or mixing songs in together.

Anyone know of anything thats good? Or even some free ones to play with?

I have used djay and Disco XT, Disco XT is by far the better of the two but is $200 to buy!


13th April 2008, 09:42 PM
The best is Ableton (http://www.ableton.com/) Live, its an amazing program. Hook it up to your computer with a decent firewire or USB 2.0 sound card and any old mixer and you have a rocking DJ set up. For the really deep pocketed match it up with a fully midi enabled Allen and Heath Xone 3D (http://www.xone.co.uk/3d/). Then you are really set. For the budget minded Ableton will be releasing an LE version very soon.

For fifty bucks you can get Djay 2.0.2 (http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/30142), I have never used it myself but have heard good things from a few people.

13th April 2008, 10:24 PM
Another vote for Ableton here. It's pretty much a fully blown DAW these days too - I know a few guys that have dropped Cubase/Logic etc and just use this now.
If you're after something more immediate (especially if you're used to CDJ or deck), Virtual DJ (apart from the crap sounding name and kitch interface) is really good fun for stuffing around.

13th April 2008, 11:27 PM
ableton is more of a production package, i my self am a dj. I only realy mix on vinyl. when I need to mix an mp3 i use an analogue to digital setup called serrato scratch live (http://www.rane.com/scratch.html). iv heard good things about VJ software. i think what your after is a dedicated virtual mixing programes such as VirtualDJ (http://www.virtualdj.com/) which does the same thing as serrato, except it can be used without the specific hardware.

hope i helped

14th April 2008, 12:14 AM
Scratch Live is king

14th April 2008, 12:34 AM
i want scratch live so much :(

14th April 2008, 12:36 AM
I won a Djay 2.0 licencse last week and have found it to be very useful, and pretty advanced - however, it still can do with a few improvements.

You say that you have been using iTunes, so i am under the assumption that you do not need anything too full on.

Give djay a try (10 day trial) and buy if you really like - it integrates with your iT library, allows you to put effects in and has a very mac feel.


14th April 2008, 12:57 AM
I use Beatport Sync (http://www.native-instruments.com/index.php?id=beatportsync).

Beginner-friendly DJ mixer (two tracks, auto tempo detection and time stretching, pitch control and it's based on Traktor.

14th April 2008, 01:28 AM
Native Instruments Traktor, here. Love it.

14th April 2008, 09:56 AM
scratch live wins for macness, ease of use and functionality. If you want bloated software buy Traktor. Mind you NI hardware wins outright over serrato.

14th April 2008, 02:32 PM
Serato for DJing.

Ableton for producing.

That is all....

14th April 2008, 03:38 PM
djay has my vote... infact, I'm writing a review about it now :)

15th April 2008, 09:12 AM
Thanks for the comments..

I will have a look at a few of the suggestions and have a play with them..