There are many options for mixing music on a computer, and some are more simpler than others, but they all work in similar ways. Which software suits you best is based on your needs and how involved in the mix you want to be. Adding music mixer capabilities to your usual media player is quite a common way to solve your simpler mixing needs.
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Mixing on iTunes
One of the most popular music players used on both Apple and Windows setups today is iTunes. It's neat, organised, supports most music formats and combines a range of features to ensure the user experience is as close to perfect as possible. The addition of a music-mixing feature to iTunes is a cost-effective, simple and convenient way of bringing any party to life.
A mixing software that integrates with iTunes, Djay allows the user to record mixes or mix live. It also features an automix option that professionally mixes songs into one another. The interface resembles a real turntable, with the option of switching to full screen and visualising songs as vinyl discs. There are a range of controls that the DJ can use, including cross fader, EQ, reverse, speed and pitch. Djay is compatible with external hardware such as microphone, various MIDI controllers and iPod Touch/iPhone (as a remote control).
While also set up like a turntable, Disco XT has an interface that is a lot less user-friendly. There are various effects for the DJ to use on the tracks such as reverb, phaser and delay, plus features to ensure a smooth mix--pitch lock, BPM (beats per minute) detection, etc. It also features an automix option that utilises cross-fade to create a continuous mix. Disco is also compatible with an external microphone and can record mixes.
A neat little iTunes add-on, AccuBeatMix sits neatly above the iTunes volume control. A simple click of a button turns enables the iTunes player to create a professional mix. AccuBeatMix matches the beats during a cross-fade to create a smooth switchover between songs time and time again. See the Resources section for a link to a brief demo.
All three packages have their benefits. Djay and Disco XT are more geared toward people who wish to manually mix songs, though they both provide an automix option. Djay is the less expensive of the two, but Disco XT is more versatile because it is compatible with both Apple and Windows operating systems. AccuBeatMix is the cheapest and is perfect for a user who just wants a basic automatic track mixing option. Unfortunately, it's also exclusive to Apple.
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