Laptop DJ Software and Mixing Recomendations
The first thing that you'll need to do if you want to DJ on a Laptop is choose the right laptop that fits your needs. If you do not own a laptop yet, research laptops that won't crash during a gig. look at customer reviews, talk to electronic store sales people, and even ask your friends about laptops they may recommend. Mac computers are ideal for DJ’ing, however even the basic mac computers will be more expensive than other computers. You will see in reviews that Mac laptops rarely give DJ's any problems.
Most DJ’s today are already or are learning how to dj on laptops. I use Apple’s Macbook which has never given me a problem when Dj’ing. Many DJ’s use PC’s but tend to have more glitches that can interfere with performances. My Macbook has dual processors, enabling me to use windows software when necessary. While I use the Mac software for my iTunes DJ software, my Denon HD2500 is only windows compatible.
DJ’s are entertaining entire weddings and club gigs on laptops connected to speakers. Many DJ's, especially turntable DJ's will question whether this is real DJ'ing. It's true that most generic music software can not really mix the way DJs want to mix, however some programs have all the functions and capabilities to make a new DJ sound like a Professional in a very short period of time.
Real programs like Virtual DJ, Traktor, and Serato Scratch/Itch are taking the industry by storm. 28 This software allows a DJ to cross-fading, beat-mixing, organize, and even AUTOMIX your playlists. I would not recommend using AUTO-MIX when beat-mixing on your laptop because soem beats may sound awkward. I do however like using the SYNC feature to seamlessly match beats before bringing in my second song. Just remember, especially when learning to DJ on a laptop, to be careful when trying to "Sync" songs with drastic BPM's (Beats-Per-Minute) as your songs will sound funny if they are played too slow or too fast. You can experience great DJ mixes and suggested song transitions at http://www.mixesthatwork.com.
If the BPM (beats-per-minute) range is too wide, the song may not sound correct when fading in. For example, a song with a 130 bpm cannot be properly beat-mixed to a song at 100 bpm, it just wouldn’t sound right. Make sure your KEY (PITCH) is LOCKED. When the Key(pitch) is locked, you can speed up or slow down the song without changing the pitch.