Apple released its latest operating system OSX 10.11 El Capitan this week, and DJ manufacturers have warned users not to perform the update because of incompatibilities with current hardware and software. Here’s a compatibility status list of DJ software and hardware, which we’ll be updating as the patches roll out.
This leaflet here at the BPM Show alerted me to the forthcoming version of Virtual DJ – 8.1 – and I can report that it has what at first seems to be a strange feature for DJ software: Shazam integration. However, once you realise what they’ve done, it’s actually pretty awesome…
Reloop has just announced the latest addition to its RMP range of CD/USB/Midi hybrid media players/controllers, the RMP-4. It can act as a Midi controller (natively for Virtual DJ, Traktor mapping also included), and has four performance modes too, with eight trigger pads controlling hot cues, hot loops, loops roll and sampler functions.
Digital DJ Tips member Dave writes: “For a while I was using Virtual DJ which provided unlimited streaming of over 15 million songs for a monthly fee. However, they are trying to re-group after their provider Grooveshark shut down. Any ideas of other programs that provide that much music content?”
Today’s post was inspired by a thread on the Digital DJ Tips forum, from where this answer comes. Our reader said: “I think I’ll use Virtual DJ or Serato, but it really doesn’t matter to me: I’d rather get a controller and buy software accordingly.” As you’ll see, though, we don’t think this is the right way to go…
When filming, we had all three main DJ apps (Traktor, Virtual DJ and Serato) all open at once, and a Numark NV plugged in. That’s when we realised something mighty strange was happening, and also something pretty cool: It turns out that Virtual DJ not only works fine with the Numark NV, but also with its built-in screens!
Virtual DJ has today announced at NAMM 2015 native support for a host of controllers, mixers and accessories, from Akai Pro, Rane and Reloop: the Akai Pro AFX and AMX, the Rane Sixty-Two, and the Reloop Neon being the specific models that are now natively mapped.