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the future of digital DJing

Postby polocorp on 17 Nov 2008, 17:11

While mp3 and other compressed formats have made DJing lighter and easier than ever, these formats played through USB interfaces struggle to offer the same quality as Vinyl or CD. In a world where anyone can be a MIDI controller DJ/selector for a couple hundred dollars and share there love for questionable music where is the future for quality professional DJing?

Improving sound quality and latency is a big concern, and although proprietor solutions such as SSL, TORQ or Traktor, Scratch have done well by providing a plug and play solution they are limited by the quality of there hardware. Native instruments A8 DJ seems to be the more legitimate interface, but it remains a USB which is not the professional audio standard.

On the long run MixVibes’ open technology philosophy is the only way to go for the market. As a software company we can’t be a specialist on other domains. Let sound interface professionals do there job and we will make sure we have the best software for our users. Let Mixer manufacturers propose the future of Analog/MIDI mixers… and let our community enjoy them.

We are proud to be the first Digital Vinyl solution to go under 1 ms of latency. We hit .3 ms with an RME RPM at 32 samples / 96khz bitrate :D

With MixVibes you are one step ahead of the game, not only are you compatible with the best of todays gear, but you are already compatible with the next generation. MixVibes Cross is coming on strong to prove that we can still turn the market around with good ideas, smart technology and a community to support us!
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Re: the future of digital DJing

Postby phillip on 18 Nov 2008, 03:29

well said. that's an interesting way to put it. although ssl and traktor are still usb, i think they do a very good job for the task given. .3 ms latency is great, but that's a huge price to pay, which i think most people are not willing to pay. although an advantage of it would be how universal it is.

i'm sure i'm not the only one excited for Cross. ;)
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Re: the future of digital DJing

Postby compact on 20 Nov 2008, 01:55

i´m excited about Cross, too :mrgreen: i have to admit!

one of the reasons i prefer mixvibes is actually that i can choose my own soundcard, even if i like the mini 46mk2 very much - using this box at 64 latency is really pleasing to me. having the ability to upgrade to a firewire or pcmi card is just more pleasing and also well prepared for the future, i think.

as far as soundquality, i think that storage room will get bigger and bigger...so when it comes to payable terrabyte hd´s, there will be no problem with having the same quality as cd´s, i think DJ´s will store in a lossless format when storage room isn´t an issue anymore!

looking into the future: i would love to see a mixer come out with build in hd and also a display for the collection and integrated DVS system and some decent effects - a proper all in one solution. on the other hand DJ controllers maybe gonna take over in a few years, who knows?!


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Re: the future of digital DJing

Postby polocorp on 05 Dec 2008, 15:04

here is an interesting awnser from DJ badger on djforums.com :D

http://www.djforums.com/forums/showthre ... e+of+djing

In the future (let's say, 25-30 years from now), the average age of a seasoned "pro" DJ will be 14 years, three months.

The DJing craze will have gotten so out of hand that expectant couples will come up with a "DJ name" for their child before they even come up with a real name. Upon birth, after the blood and mucus have been wiped off and they have the baby crying and breathing, as they are taking it for its initial weigh-in and other measurements, a small pair of headphones will be placed on the infant so that it may be immediately innoculated with whatever genre music its parents deem to be "cool."

The title, artist, and mix name of the first song will be added to the child's birth certificate. The music will be played from an iPod which has been supplied by the friends and families of the birth parents. The Ultimate symbol of nursery status will be the type of iPod given to each baby. (Yes, Apple will still be creating the default consumer mp3 player.)

Children will receive their first mixer for their first birthday. By the age of three, they will be able to beatmatch at least five songs in a row without train-wrecking. If they cannot achieve this task, the parents will receive a notification that their child is "slow" and the children will be placed into "special" classes. They will ride special buses. The kids who are more accomplished at mixing will make fun of them.

Children will be expected to DJ their first gig, with assistance from their parents or guardians, by the age of 8. At the age of 10, kids will be required to perform at least five gigs on their own, using their own sound and light equipment. This will earn them a "DJ license."

As they reach adolescence, they will attend house parties just like their ancestors. However, at the house parties of the future, almost all of the kids at each party will be equipped with mobile MP3 mixers, harnessed with straps across the chest and back so that the mixers are always available right in front of them at waist-level. Those mixers will be connected to small but powerful shoulder-mounted mobile speakers. There will be no need for conversation; everybody will be their own DJ.

No requests accepted, or even necessary.

Among the adolescent ranks, everybody, male and female, will wear a backwards baseball cap. They will all consider artists such as Soulja Boy and (the late) Tiesto to be "classic" artists in the same way that modern-day music fans see artists like the Beatles, Led Zepplin, Elvis, James Brown, and Marvin Gaye.

Some young people will start believing that refusing to DJ is "cool." They will semi-accidentally leave their mobile mixers at home, or, in the more extreme cases, they will break them. They will sneak out to these parties with black T-shirts reading, in large white block letters, "I'M NOT A DJ." As much as the 99+% of the kids with DJ equipment will hate to admit it, the "rebels" who refuse to play music at the party will actually have a significantly higher chance of getting laid.

The most extreme rebels will have their eardrums surgically removed or glued down so that they will effectively be deafened, their way of avoiding music on a much more permanent basis. It will not become as popular as tattoos or body piercings ever were... but it will definitely be a fad.

The "non-DJs" will start to meet up and form communities. They will get together at underground parties to enjoy the silence and find new ways to creatively use their time without music. Card games and board games will become popular again. Bicycle Cards and Milton Bradley will see their stocks rise.

After several years of the "rebellion," an enterprising young man will create a new website, specifically geared towards the anti-DJ culture. It will be called nondjforums.com, and it will serve as a central point of contact for non-DJs around the world.

Its founder will go by the nickname "Dot."

The anti-DJ culture will continue on, with different individuals extolling various methods of silencing the music. Countless discussions and arguments will be held about the pros and cons of different types of insulation methods - ways to keep the ambient sound out of houses and venues. People will make new threads about how their event was "ruined" because some punk opened the wrong door or some drunken vandals broke a hole in a wall with a sledgehammer - trashing the party by allowing the music back in.

That's my vision of the future of DJing. It's probably going to be completely and utterly inaccurate. But, it was fun to write.

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Re: the future of digital DJing

Postby N-deep on 05 Dec 2008, 15:27

Welcome in the Matrix... :eek:
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Re: the future of digital DJing

Postby jiel on 05 Dec 2008, 15:34

Did he smoked ganja ? :razz:
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Re: the future of digital DJing

Postby polocorp on 05 Dec 2008, 15:53

freak or streak of genius ? both for sure. respect to badger :mrgreen:
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Re: the future of digital DJing

Postby phadedvision on 05 Dec 2008, 16:31

If something like that ever does happen, I'm going back underground. I'll tell everyone that I quit or lost interest when really I'll be kickin' it at home forcing myself to innovate something, somehow, or at the very least undergo intense amounts of practice and training while people slowly weed themselves out. Then after all the sucka DJ's are gone, I can rise like a phoenix.

Definitely an interesting article though. :idea:

Although I gotta say, getting laid also requires knowing how to say the right things.
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Re: the future of digital DJing

Postby gakto2009 on 05 Dec 2008, 19:02

there may just be some truth to that story!!

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