Like many mixing programs, Program4PC's DJ Music Maker duplicates the classic DJ console, only without the turntables. Like pro consoles, DJ Music Maker has dual control suites, one for each deck, with both offering variable pitch, looping, cueing, and multiple crossfade options, plus effects, sampling, and recording. It has some features that many free tools and other competitors lack, such as independent media players for each deck, automatic beats-per-minute calculation, real-time pitch control, and real-time monitoring with external mixers and sound cards. DJ Music Mixer 5.0 works with Windows XP to 8 and requires DirectX 9 or better. The free trial version is limited to 120 minutes of mixing time. We tried the registered program, which proved easier to use than we'd expected.
What proved easier about DJ Music Maker? The console, for starters. Designers always try to pack as many controls and displays into the smallest possible space on mixing consoles. But DJs only have two hands, which means two turntables, which means two tracks for DJ software that do with digital what DJs do with vinyl. DJ Music Mixer's dark-toned console is busy, too, at first glance. But once we'd added some tunes and loaded one each into Deck A and Deck B, the console's colorful buttons and displays came to life. This program proved easy enough to simply start playing files and pushing buttons and sliders to see what came out of our speakers, which is a good thing because there's no Help file, though the publisher's Web site has some screenshots and other resources. We started with two similar tunes dubbed off an LP, which made for an interesting mix without any effects. But the Effects tab let add echo, reverb, distortion, gargle, and other effects, and the 10-band stereo parametric equalizer (that's 20 sliders) not only compensated for room acoustics but also included lots of preset environments. Many controls can be locked for party time, too.
DJ Music Maker 5.0 costs about the same as a minute of studio time. Its two-hour trial is long enough to get acquainted, and plenty of time to have fun with it, too. We did!
Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of DJ Music Mixer 5.0. You can use the trial version for two hours.
It is leading-edge and aspiring DJ software for professional and novice DJs. DJ Music Mixer's innovative feature set, reliable mixing engine and intuitive interface will insure that you " Rock the Party " every night. Automated beat matching, real time effects, sampler, smart looping, pitch shifting, video mixing, CD ripper, audio extractor, plus many more great features are all at your finger tips.
Professional DJ and Audio Mixing Software: The most powerful and professional DJ Software on today's market which includes all the advanced features a real DJ needs. Combining intuitive and easy-to-use interface with innovative mixing tools will help you perform amazing live mixes!
Most Powerful Equalizer System: 10 band equalizer with +/-15db gain for each deck will make your work easier than before, also 16 predefined equalizer settings with adjustable EQ shelves.
Cue, Looping & Remixing Control: Your music mixing will be completed by creating cue points and looping desire portions of music in matter of few clicks.
Dozens of DJ Sampler Decks: DJ samplers are essential elements of a mixer software, and DJ Music Mixer has 12 independent sampler decks with recorder. You have plenty of room to load and record music parts.
Ultimate and Endless Effects: Bunch of powerful and customizable effects such as Chorus, Distortion, Echo, Flanger, etc. to make jaw dropping musical performance.
Rip and Convert Audio CD to Audio Format: The advanced CD Ripper tool reads audio tracks from your CDs and converts them to digital formats (audio file).
Extract and Convert Audio from Video: Convert audio from video (extract audio) and save it to MP3 and WAV for importing to DJ Mixer.
Line-in Inputs and Recording: With DJ Music Mixer, you can set as many input channels as your sound card supports and route them to any deck.
Supporting Video Formats as well as Audio: DJ Music Mixer loads all popular video formats and you can mix them as well as audio.
Key Features: Precise playback control; Automatic BPM calculation; Volume normalization; Audio/Video Cross-fader between two tracks; Real-time pitch control; Preview tracks with separate output for DJ headphones; MP3 ID3 tag compatibility; Record DJ mixes with ability to add Author, Title, and Album on recorded file; Album artwork display; Dual-sound card for real-time monitoring or external mixer use; CoreAudio soundcard compatibility.
What's new in this version:
- Audio CD ripper tool added
- Video to audio converter tool added
- Application interface improved
- Fixed some minor bugs