February 3, 2005
../ 2005 NAMM Report: Atomix Productions
Atomix Productions had a small booth that was pitching their Virtual
DJ mixing software for the PC. Now up to version 2.05, Virtual DJ has a vibrant underground following and can be used with
timecoded records, USB controllers or just the software. The software is very easy to use and features the
best visual indicator of any soft mixer that we've encountered. Instead of strictly utilizing the song's waveform as a visual indicator
for beat matching, like Native Instrument's Traktor, Virtual DJ focuses on the transients. Each track's transients are color coded, red
or nuclear green, and superimposed on the same scrolling marquee. Underneath are two lines depicting each source with single blocks
representing the down beats. To beat match you simply line up the blocks and watch the transient illustration to make sure the sonic
signatures match up. It's that easy. Except for the visual indicator mentioned above, the graphics are a little hokey, with rotating
turntables, and tone arms that drop down on the records when the Play button is toggled. Luckily, Atomix included the facility for the look to be customized
with "Skins" - and several are available for download on their site.
The ease-of-use philosophy of Atomix also translates to Virtual DJs feature set with automatic beat matching, level matching, and pitch matching.
If you need to take a bathroom break, just set Virtual DJ in automatic mixing mode and the software will DJ for you until you return. Definitely
worth a look. Virtual DJ is available for $115.
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