DJ software for portable and personal use has gotten so powerful and capable that it's becoming indistinguishable from expensive pro-level applications. Xylio's FutureDecks Pro is typical of the new breed of DJ software, with all the bells and whistles, but it offers many useful tools that other applications don't. Features like video mixing and vinyl timecode compatibility are pulled together in a single package that can do the job in clubs, live performances, outdoor venues, and even the studio. Its features are too many to list, but some highlights include full compatibility with major external controllers and MIDI interfaces, VST effects, a selectable MasterTempo "KeyLock" feature, ASIO compatibility, vinyl simulation and effects, song preview, beat-matching, and many sampling, syncing, mixing, and looping options.
FutureDecks' interface is sleek and stylishly skinned but crowded with controls. However, it's logically laid out and easy to figure out, thanks to panel-like groupings of related controls. There are duplicate controls for the two decks it can handle, which can be turntables or CD decks, as well as the video controls and a browser/playlist management window. As with most top-level DJ software, FutureDecks performs best in conjunction with a superior sound card with external outputs and turntables, CD decks with DJ-oriented features, or similar audio/video gear.
FutureDecks Pro's free trial version is limited to 20 minutes per session. It leaves folders behind in the program files when it's uninstalled. It's cross-platform capable, running in Windows versions up to Vista and Mac OS X.
From XYLIO INFO:
FutureDecks DJ pro is a professional audio-video DJ mixing software that allows you to mix like a pro DJ/VJ in no time and with great control and flexibility. With FutureDecks DJ pro you will find 7 completely different user interfaces (skins) with 2 or 4 decks, with or without video previewing. You can connect up to 8 hardware MIDI controllers at the same time to control the software without even touching your keyboard or mouse. There are over 25 zero-configure controllers supported from Akai, American Audio, Beamz, Behringer, Denon, Hercules, M-Audio, Numark, PCDJ, Reloop, Vestax. You can also use any other MIDI controller that you can visually map using the intuitive LEARN feature.
What's new in this version:
Version 3.6.5 includes a new interface (skin), countless fixes/improvements and support for 21 new controllers from Akiyama, Hercules, Novation, Numark, Pioneer and Reloop.
I have to say that i really like the fact that it's compatible with many hardware controllers and MIDI devices, as well as turntable/CD player support. It's a stylish software with intelligent features, at a reasonable price.
The BPM detection sometimes gets the BPM wrong with some songs, and then you have to press the Sync button quite often in order to keep the other song synchronized with the first song. Other than that, it's very well made.
I found the sync wandered all over the place too or plain just didn`t work at all, this is a MAJOR flaw and makes this pretty much useless for serious mixing. it doesn`t matter how good it looks or how many features it has, if it doesnt sync it`s useless.