I’m changing how I’m doing a few things with my Djaying. I’ve been a big advocate for algoriddm djay for a number of years and I particularly loved using the Numark iDJ Pro with iPads docked as a great way to be a mobile djay.
I’ve upgraded my hardware (in terms of iPads to the Pro, But actually djaying more from a MacBook and moved to Reloop Mixon 4) and have started to work on other elements of my performance such as as visuals and lighting.
I bought a soundswitch control one which is an incredible bit of kit - and it’s really ramped up the look and feel of the lighting. However, what it highlights is areas where the grid isn’t always 100%. The music I djay, I do it mostly by ear than using the beat grid so was finding the lights weren’t working to the same 4 beats as the music was playing (must add I was using the ableton link way of using soundswitch). A lot of my music would change tempo and sometimes even time signature mid track, and for these instances the beat grid not being adjustable across a track is now a big issue as any lighting integrations are fixed to the beat grid which is way off what is happening in the track.
I also found to my huge surprise, that despite the capability of my M2 MacBook Pro, the video output on djay is limited to 720p?? The idea of having a big 4k 8m screen behind me, and the visuals being at 720p is mad - it’s well short of where it needs to be.
With these concerns in mind, I’ve invested in licences to Serato and Virtual DJ to see if either can sort my issues and be better for my overall use. And my result has been very much a mixed bag. To be honest Virtual DJ (surprisingly) has been the closest to sorting out my issues, the beat grid is fully adjustable and can be varied across a track, the output for video is 4k and the software integrates fully with soundswitch without having to go through ableton so there its actually a bonus. However, the virtual DJ user interface is extremely clunky and even with the various user made skins available, nothing has a layout that suits me the way djay does.
Serato has good beat grid adaptability and again the integration with soundswitch out of the box which is great, and the video output is also full HD, however, the stems functionality on Serato is very poor compared to both djay and virtual dj.
I’ve got a lot of big gigs coming up towards the end of the summer and in to end of the year, I’m looking to have everything tip-top soon - I guess what I’m wondering is - do we think djay are likely to address the 3 issues I have in a future (soon to be released) update, or am I going to have to bite the bullet and move to virtual DJ?
Its frustrating as I love djay, its interface is really clean, I know it inside out and it works well, however, the basic requirements for me (and many dj’s) has moved on and whist the others don’t have the user interface as well refined as djay, the functionality trumps that.
I just don’t know what to do. I don’t want to spend my time getting familiar with djay and adjusting all my tracks to their beatgrid setup to then find djay adds all this and I’d come running back, but at the same time, if djay isn’t going to add these features I have to?
Any thoughts, or alternative ideas are welcomed! As you can probably tell by this post, I’m all over the place with this - its left me really unsettled