CNET Editors' review
Disco XT Basic for Mac offers some fundamental tools for mixing audio, supports most popular audio formats, and easily integrates with iTunes. While slightly complicated to navigate, the program offers most of the features one would need for quick DJ use.
This download offers a basic edition of Disco XT, which is a professional audio playback and mixing application. The program installs quickly and contains a number of documents, including an extensive user manual. The easy-to-read tutorial is helpful considering how complex the program menu appears. After linking to iTunes to load songs and playlists, the menu takes up an entire window with an all-black background, which is slightly difficult to read. A large playlist tab allows the user to select the songs playing, and an additional tab displays information on one song or two playing side by side. The main interface contains too many buttons that are poorly labeled. There are no graphics to help users identify their functions and options, and holding the cursor over them also adds no additional information. Fortunately, the tutorial explains most of the features adequately, but help in the program, itself, would have been welcome. Disco XT Basic for Mac does offer all of the options one would expect, including the ability to change the playback characteristics, including speed and filtering. Overall, the application responded well and the sound output was good.
For social gatherings or learning disc jockey skills as a hobby, a capable music program is a must. Even though it features a slightly complicated interface, Disco XT Basic for Mac works well and would be a good solution for those looking for a basic DJ program with many options.
From Disco XT:
DJ software for beginners. Features: two audio players, support for separate headphone listening, adjusting starting times, zoomable waveform displays, mixer with crossfader, automatic mixing, automatic gain control, auto trim silence from starts and ends, offset play, panning controls, automation playlist, iTunes music library mirroring, music library with file importing, artwork browser, disk view, creating playlists and folders, editing song info, searching with keywords, quick song prelistening, customizable information columns, multi-page tabbed interface, customizable interface / layout, editable keyboard shortcuts, recording mixes.
What's new in this version: improved waveform views.
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"A very fine piece of software."
Version: Disco XT Basic 6.1.7
Simple, small, tiny, easy to use, full of functionality, ergonomic. What else for free?
Few to say. Preferences are dispersed in different option lists. The usual three colored buttons are absent. Crossfading may not be as smart as SqrSoft for Winamp but is good enough. No iTunes genres source list, but the searching engine may help.
If you are looking for a kind of 'download-and-play' mixer, this is certainly one of them. The best of it: simplicity and functionality, either for home parties or personal enjoyment. All and all, this is an excellent software programming job. My advice: use iTunes to organize and maintain up to date your music library and let Disco XT Basic to play it.
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