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Is a cheap laptop the trick? Digital DJ software

Post by Rage » Fri Apr 02, 2004 7:15 pm

If the sand really does destroy electronic equipment w/moving parts, then maybe an old laptop, DJ software, external HD & soundcard are the way to go. Space saving also!

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Post by rodent » Sun Apr 04, 2004 6:27 pm

DJ Mic Rage wrote:If the sand really does destroy electronic equipment w/moving parts, then maybe an old laptop, DJ software, external HD & soundcard are the way to go. Space saving also!
Well, first of all, it atint sand. It's farging TALCOM POWDER. That is what fraks up moving parts.

If you're going to do the laptop route, heat will be your biggest problem.
Even in older laptops.
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Post by DVD Burner » Sun Apr 04, 2004 9:23 pm

this is a topic I'm interested in also. Rodent brought up some good points.

I guess if you have enough money you can get one of these
http://www.panasonic.com/computer/tough ... models.asp

I'm looking to see any other less expensive solutions posted here also.
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Ionizer!

Post by Rage » Mon Apr 05, 2004 1:25 am

A small computer inside a sealed box with a wireless optical mouse and a 'rollup' keyboard. A flat panel monitor. The box gets its ventelation via an ionizer so that it filters the air and causes particles to fall out of the air. I have a couple of bionaire units that would be perfect.

A water cooled unit would also be a good idea.

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Post by Zane5100 » Mon Apr 05, 2004 7:35 am

Just one thing to remember.

It ain't sand out there. It's dust--clay dust.
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Post by Last Real Burner » Mon Apr 05, 2004 11:46 am

"A water cooled unit would also be a good idea."

Not a good idea.... can you say water and electronics in the same breath? I think not..... Plus the moisture factor will make the metal stuff rust and short out you're boards...

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Post by Alpha » Mon Apr 05, 2004 11:49 am

Actually water cooling is often done by computer enthusiasts looking to overclock the crap out of their CPUs. Here's an FAQ (with pix!) just for fun.

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Post by Last Real Burner » Mon Apr 05, 2004 12:17 pm

I was under the impression that he was referring to a swap cooler type of apperatuss. I thought those cooling units for chips were freon/nitrogen based?

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Post by Alpha » Mon Apr 05, 2004 1:51 pm

If you want to get really fancy, you can use a dielectric coolant. Cray used Flourinert -- you can run it right across your circuit boards!

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Positive Air flow within case! You gotta see this!

Post by Rage » Mon Apr 05, 2004 11:08 pm

http://www.overclockers.com/tips1092/

I like that with this...

http://www.xoxide.com/clearacatxca.html

I would reduce the number of exhaust ports and replace some with simple filters. If the fan is blowing in hard enough this would work. This in combination with this...

http://www.xoxide.com/theraqiipreo.html

should be ideal!

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Post by DVD Burner » Wed Jan 19, 2005 12:45 pm

has anyone tried TRAKTOR DJ Studio 2?

http://www.native-instruments.com/index.php?traktor_us
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Post by Sandwichman » Wed Jan 19, 2005 3:19 pm

DVD Burner wrote:has anyone tried TRAKTOR DJ Studio 2?

http://www.native-instruments.com/index.php?traktor_us
It is a great prograzm but it does require a fairly fast system to operate in a usable manner. All sliders and knobs can be controlled via midi as well allowing for a much more hands on feel. I will write more later when I get home.

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Post by DVD Burner » Wed Jan 19, 2005 3:23 pm

Sandwichman wrote:
It is a great prograzm but it does require a fairly fast system to operate in a usable manner. All sliders and knobs can be controlled via midi as well allowing for a much more hands on feel. I will write more later when I get home.

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Thanks. I just got it and I have a few issues but like you say, Ram was the main one.
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forget traktor

Post by Rage » Wed Jan 19, 2005 3:48 pm

The BEST program that is Virtual DJ 2 by Atomix and I've tried them all!
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Post by Sandwichman » Wed Jan 19, 2005 10:29 pm

DJ Mic Rage wrote:The BEST program that is Virtual DJ 2 by Atomix and I've tried them all!
I've tried alot of them but Traktor stands out in my mind. The features and MIDI capability make it wonderful. The audio quality is good and does not break up at loud volumes. I love the ability to auto-gain tracks so the relative MP3 volume is not a huge issue. The filters are nice and very simple as well sampler.

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Re: forget traktor

Post by DVD Burner » Thu Jan 20, 2005 4:13 pm

Sandwichman wrote:
DJ Mic Rage wrote:The BEST program that is Virtual DJ 2 by Atomix and I've tried them all!
I've tried alot of them but Traktor stands out in my mind. The features and MIDI capability make it wonderful. The audio quality is good and does not break up at loud volumes. I love the ability to auto-gain tracks so the relative MP3 volume is not a huge issue. The filters are nice and very simple as well sampler.

Jason
Did a little bit o research on Virtual DJ 2 by Atomix and was curious to weather DJ. Mic has used it with MIDI?
What's his take on it's MIDI functions.
MIDI is important for me.
In the mean time I think I'm gonna try them out. ( there seems to be a few versions.) Let you know what I come up with.

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Post by rodent » Fri Jan 21, 2005 9:21 am

Can anyone recommend a free virtual DJ program. I'm looking for something barebones. We're planning to have 2 separate computers playing mp3s hooked into a simple 2-4 channel mixer. We just need something that can let us preview songs, fast forward through intro's, set cue points, and change tempo (i think that's what it's called, changing the speed of the song without distortiing the sound or pitch). We're not a techno camp (no jungle, breakbeat, trance, ect.) so aren't doing any spiffy mixing tricks, we just want to have smoother segues between songs than WinAmp would give us.

The program needs to be simple, intuitive, stable under Windows, not a 'resource hog' (meaning it doesn't need the fastest processer and tonns of memory) and be either free or under $20.

Any help appreciated.

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Post by G.W.B. » Fri Jan 21, 2005 9:30 am

rodent wrote:Can anyone recommend a free virtual DJ program.
http://www.sonicspot.com/mjstudio/mjstudio.html
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Post by DVD Burner » Fri Jan 21, 2005 9:31 am

Sorry. that was me.

MJ studio is pretty neet for free.
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Post by rodent » Fri Jan 21, 2005 9:46 am

DVD Burner wrote:Sorry. that was me.

MJ studio is pretty neet for free.
Thanks for the recommendation but it's not free. It's $34.96

"The demonstration version displays a nag screen and plays a sample of Dre over your output every couple minutes and disables EQ"

If it wasn't $35, it looks like the right idea.

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Post by DVD Burner » Fri Jan 21, 2005 10:01 am

Yeah sorry about that. it was too late by the time I realised that. It used to be free last year. I still have the free nondemo version. I have been using it for years.
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Post by aforceforgood » Sat Jan 29, 2005 1:17 pm

is there a general favorite computer program thread I could recommend good/great/free programs? couldn't find it, and I wanted to recommend this cool program I FINALLY found (been searching for something that would split mp3s off and on for weeks) that is;

a) FREE

b) Splits long audio files into parts automatically, either using silence detection or you can select track length- great for making recorded lectures more easily navigable on your ipod, iriver, etc.

and does lots of other stuff, normalizes, etc.

it's mp3directcut,

http://www.mpesch3.de/

Soon as I can afford it, I'll be throwing the guy some euros.
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