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Q: How do I create a 32 beat loop?
A: For a 32 beat loop SHIFT-R (Deck A) and SHIFT-O (Deck-B) CTRL-SHIFT-R or CTRL-SHIFT-O
If you want to create loops NOT on the fly, you can create any length you want.
Example for player A:
1. Start the song.
2. Search position in song as a loop start (or end).
3. Hit pause.
4. Fine adjust position with F3 and F4
5. Hit cue to set
6. Go to next cue register with 2
7. Search endpoint for loop by repeating steps 2 to 5
Now, the loop is created with ANY length. The loop contains ALL beats between your cue-points. To play the loop, switch player to loop mode by hitting R Start playing loop with F2.
The steps I described work but only for a length until 32 beats.
Q: What is the checkbox that appears in the way CFG, call of "Disable read only function on cue 1"?
A: What this does, is it allows you to create a cue on the first point then you can go back and delete it, with other cues if you set it to read only you can't accidentally delete them. Basically you would use that option if you make multiple cues while you are playing.
Q: I am trying to stream without an external mixer
A: Download and install Netshow tools.
This will solve your problem; it enables you to stream through Winamp very easily.
Here are the BASICS:
Download and install the plug-ins from Urban strangers website.
Download and install the Netshow tools from Shoutcast Website.
Run winamp; in preferences setup your server details.
Then from Winamp hit CTRL-L and enter linerec://
This will allow your audio to be mapped through winamp to the server.
Then simply press the connect button in the shoutcast server source box.
Q: If you use the SoundBlaster live card do you get true stereo separation or do you have to use separate cards to achieve this?
A: with the SoundBlaster live card, you do indeed get true stereo separation on outputs 1/2 r/l and 3/4 r/l, however, on the SoundBlaster card, there is a phasing issue. Meaning....the front channels are pushing the speakers while the rear channels are pushing the speakers. So if you play the same track in both player A and Player B at the same time, and fade from r to l or vice versa, you will hear the music become hollow halfway across the fader at around 2/4 on either side, because the two audio signals are canceling each other's productive sound wave output. This is not a problem when playing two separate tracks, but when the same two are played, you will hear the phasing, or flanging effect.
SoundBlaster uses this to achieve a greater spatial imaging effect when the card is used in 4-channel mode with a single wave output.
If you need a deeper explanation of SoundBlaster’s phasing issue, Phil of Ashfield Electronics has some more explanation his website. http://www.ashfield-electronics.com.
I have found also that the relative output of a SoundBlaster card is a bit lower than that of say an M-Audio, Turtle Beach, Monster sound, or Yamaha sound card. This is to accomplish SoundBlaster’s supposedly unparalleled noise floor. I believe they advertise a negative 110db noise floor reading. There is also a SoundBlaster modification on Phil’s site for those of you who wish to modify the card to have a higher output. I did this modification, and found that the card just got a bit louder, and noisier. The same effect can be achieved by turning your amp up another couple of notches. As with any amplifier, you cannot increase the volume of a signal without any negative effects, which we hear as noise. I wouldn't recommend doing the mod. I had a professional circuit design guy do mine, and he agreed that the mod was pointless. SoundBlaster simply attenuates the overall signal giving you a lower noise floor, and subsequently, a lower overall volume.
The card works like a champ with PCDJ BLUE, and Jorgen has taken great pains to assure the compatibility of that product with PCDJ BLUE, so I can tell you with great confidence that the card is a winner when it comes to using it in your DJ system.
Using two cards will give you a cleaner more powerful, and frankly hotter output, but when DJing, the volume is usually such that the lach of audiophile quality is un-noticeable. Especially because many people DJ in mono to assure that all parties are hearing the entire song, and not just the L or R channel depending on the speaker they're standing in front of.
Q: How can I log all of the songs played on PCDJ?
A: You can log each song you played for more that 20sec. basically keeping a record of the mix your currently doing. Simply create a group called "Log" without the quotes in the record case.
Q: How do I rip CD's that contain medleys with numerous tracks, where the music is continuous?
A: you can ripp multiple tracks to one in PCDJ. Select grab to one mp3/wav in popup menu utilities. It will start on the cursor-selected track and go from there. Example if you select 2 on a 10 track CD it will ripp 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 to one file.
Q: I want to change/add the genre information of my tags in a batch process, without changing or deleting any of the other info in the tags of my MP3’s.
A: Get tag & rename. You can select all of your MP3's and in one step change the genre or any of the other fields for that matter.
Q: What is the shortcut for reaching the "track information" window
A: Control + Home
Q: What are the best settings for automation?
A: Basic: CFG, Automation fade out/in
Set it to mix at -25, Fade in set to 2 seconds and Fade out to 10 seconds.
Advanced: If you want the ending cut off for better mixing in auto mode you need to setup cues 17-20. This will enable you to use the auto mix without and gaps.
In simple terms CUE points 17 to 20 can be set so when you use Auto play mode, those tracks which are set up correctly can be started, stopped, faded in or out and mixed at precise points as defined by the CUE settings.
You can also change the BPM at the various CUE points, so if you wanted to speed a track up to match another, you can do this with the Auto Mix function.
Cue Point 17 ... Where do I want Track 1 to begin. (This will auto beat match the last track that was playing if the BPM's of the tracks are close enough to do so)
Cue Point 18 ... Where do I want the intro of Track 1 to end. (This will begin moving the Pitch back to 0 at this point).
Cue Point 19 ... Where do I want to begin mixing Track 2 into Track 1 and begin fading out Track
Cue Point 20 ... Where do I want Track 1 to stop playing. (And no, not necessarily at the end of the song (i.e. a song has a very long ending and you just want to skip that stuff).
When Track 1 hits Cue Point 20, it will end playing and load a new track into that deck (auto cueing it in cue position 17) in the 'Auto Play' and 'Auto Shfl' modes.
In the scheme of things, Cue Point 17 should be towards the beginning of the song (there are some tracks that 17 is not at the absolute beginning of the song ... 'No Parking On The Dance Floor' by Midnight Star is a good example), Cue Point 18 MUST be after 17, Cue Point 19 MUST be after 18 and Cue Point 20 MUST be after 19.
Q: I recently purchased a rack mount computer with 2 identical 60 Gig hard drives... one of which is removable. The idea is to have the removable be 1) a back up of the primary hard drive, and 2) A shuttling device so that I may work on/edit my record case on my office computer and later transfer this to my working DJ computer. Would the drive letter of the working drive need to be identical in both computers for this to work? I know that the Visiosonic software references the drive location for the music in the *.ini group files. If this is true, could the record case be created in one computer, and subsequently used in another computer? In other words, since my office computer would have the removable drive configured as drive G, then would the DJ computer need to have the music and record case groups on Drive G as well? And if so, how would you create a drive G, when the highest drive letter in the DJ computer only goes up to E?
A: You do NOT need to do ANYTHING. Build 1044 will change the drive letter for you... as long as you do NOT change the directory or file name. Example on one computer
On another computer, just do NOT change the name of the directory or the file name.
Q: How can I use my PCI sound card in a laptop?
A: Check out this site out: http://www.magma.com/pci/pci_2slot.html
Q: What are the DMC1 controller shortcuts?
A: DMC-1 Controller commands...
Match + Shift toggles BPM / % on DMC 1
Waitlist+load that toggles elapsed, remain time.
shift+bend buttons= bends even more, there is 3 settings for the levels of bend in the cfg, and shift+bend uses the second.
shift+match = locks the pitch back to the slider
shift+load = adds selected track to the waitlist, if you already in the waitlist, it loads back the track to the waitlist from player
shift+jogwheel = scrolls faster between the tracks in the record case when selecting tracks, but this is only if the player is stopped
shift+cue = when playing it breaks, if stopped it goes to the beginning of the track
shift+play = when playing and you have a cue stored it goes back to that cue and repeats for edit, if stopped it unbreaks.
waitlist+Match= pitch span
when playing, Match+track rev = set odd cue
when playing, Match+track fwd = set even cue
when not playing, Match+track rev = move cue back 1 beat
when not playing, Match+track fwd =move cue forward 1 beat
Match+group = load loop normal
Match+preview = load loop rev
while playing, load+pitch bend button+adjust pitch (small steps)
While playing loop press Preview for seamless exit
Preview+pitch bend minus=create 4 beat loop
Preview+pitch bend plus=add 4 beats to loop
waitlist+pitch bend=step 0.25 % pitch when playing
preview+bend minus=4 beat loop , autosynced when playing
preview+bend plus=8 beat loop , autosynced when playing
step cue back+bend minus and bend plus =change brake speed
step cue fwd+bend minus and bend plus =change unbrake speed
Holding down waitlist on both player when not playing anything will exit the program after a few seconds indicated by the progress bar on the controller.
***Create a group named "Log" and all tracks you play more than 40 seconds will be added to that group.
*** Play a song backwards for Player A hold Shift and push F3 or Player B hold Shift and push F7.
*** Double click on cue point erases cue point
***Brake using keyboard: Shift F1 spin down / Shift F2 spin up
Loops: SET LOOP-POINT SHIFT -- R
PRESS R TO SYNC.
PRESS CTRL -- R
PRESS F2 (START REVERSE LOOP)
PRESS R TO SYNC.
Q: HOW DO I BROADCAST WITH PCDJ?
A: Firstly, let me say thank you to all those PCDJ users that are interested in broadcasting their skills to all of us.
There are a few things that are compulsory to broadcast properly though, if you don’t have them you will need to get them:
The newest version of Winamp
The Plug ins above (installed on your system)
An External Mixer
Right, if you have all those then you are ready to broadcast.
You need to get your hardware set up first however:
If you have either an SBlive or 2 sound cards installed there shouldn’t be a problem -
Connect the outputs of your soundcard/s to the mixer inputs Channel 1 & 2 - as normal. (You can’t use the 1200sl software mixer really) Most people won’t need to change anything with their external mixer here.
Now from your external mixer's LINE/REC OUTPUT run a cable back into the LINE IN of your soundcard - you also need to keep the cable that runs into your AMP/Speakers as the computer will not allow you to listen to what you are broadcasting! So you will need to use two outputs on your mixer (either REC OUT/ LINE OUT/BOOTH OUT/ MONITOR OUT/ TAPE OUT whatever you have really - one to the PC line in, the other to your speakers)
That’s it, simple.
In your software mixer (Win 98 on screen mixer) make sure that the recording device is selected as the LINE IN and that both of your soundcard/s outputs are not muted or anything silly. (Make sure you don’t have "What you hear" selected as your record source!) AND MAKE SURE ALL SOURCES ARE MUTED 'EXCEPT' OUTPUT OF WAV ON YOUR SOUNDCARD/s (don’t have LINE IN selected so you hear it otherwise you'll get feedback! just make sure it is selected as the recording device - not playback)
Setup your own account and choose the option to "Broadcast LIVE" (With 3rd party Tools)
Right now to set up Winamp..........
Get the newest version first and install it!
Once you have downloaded all the files:
Install the normal *.exe files first - just run them and do a normal installation etc.
Then do the two Zipped files. Unzip/extract them both into the C:\program files\winamp\plugins directory.
Then run winamp.........
Configuration: In Winamp, enter the OPTIONS - PREFERENCES and hit the DSP/General Plug-Ins tree. Select the Shoutcast Source plug-in, and hit Configure.
Select the LINE IN Recording mode and Low Pass bit filtering - Click OK
Exit that back to Winamp on its own. Now click on the small Winamp icon in your system tray (should look like a cloud) and should open a Shoutcast Source Window with a CONNECT button on it.
Click the EDIT button at the top and define the IP address of the Shoutcast server, the port it's running on, the
Password set up on the server:
If you just want to use mine then the IP of the server is:
Port is: 14360
Password is: 1200
You can also add some information about you in the bottom fields so we know who’s broadcasting :o)
(Put your own 365.com account details in here instead if you have set one up)
OK that. Then make sure you have WINAMP activated and press CTRL - L
Type in exactly:
OK that and press PLAY on Winamp!
Notice that it starts to roll the numbers as if playing something (it is looking for a input signal into the line in)
Click on the cloud in the system tray and make sure all the fields under the EDIT bits are OK - then click CONNECT!
When choosing a bit rate amount - 56k users should go no higher than 2kb, ISDN can get 4-5kb and Cable probably 7kb but it really is trial and error to be honest, ask people if it keeps breaking up and if so then lower the bit rate!
It should now say SOURCE STREAM CONNECTED and then start sending some bytes....
(If you are having problems see troubleshooting below)
Load Digital 1200SL and play some MP3s and see if your little green screen icons in your system tray light up (this means that you are sending the streaming audio successfully)
Q: What is ASIO and will it work with PCDJ?
A: ASIO is Audio System Input Output. It's part of Steinberg’s Cubase MIDI and 'direct to disk' recording system. This is NOT compatible with PCDJ at this time
You can find out about it at http://www.steinberg.net
Q: My hard drive crashed, what do I do!
A: Anyone who has problem with a crashed NTFS, FAT, FAT32 partition, I successfully recovered 11,100 MP3's on Tuesday. Used a program by http://www.ontrack.com called EasyRecovery 5. Very expensive but worked perfectly. Note: The professional version does NTFS, personal does not.
Q: Why encrypt your mp3's?
A: This is primarily for people or clubs that don't want others TAKING their MP3's. It will make your files proprietary to PCDJ only.
Q: What is the importance of keeping your system properly cooled?
A: Heat is a very important issue with PC's.
Obviously desktops are better because there is more room and better circulation of air. With laptops, you are screwed. If you do go with a laptop, I can't stress enough how important preventing overheating! I have my system sitting on a flat solid metal plate, and a box fan constantly blowing over the unit. I use a shareware program to monitor the temp of the CPU and board. Without a fan, it runs at 127+ degrees F!! Sometimes hotter! With the fan, it runs under 99 degrees.
Heat is a common cause of blue screens, erratic behavior, and hardware failures. Never ever leave a laptop sitting on carpet or pillow. The rubber feet on the bottom of the laptop serve a purpose, to raise it up for air to flow, don't defeat that.
More about desktops:
To be safe, on my desktop I added extra fans. One for the CPU, one in the power supply, one that sits next to the speaker in the front that blows over the cards, and one that takes up a slot and extracts the air through the back. I learned this from Compaq file servers. Our data center runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Very rarely do we have a hardware failure. Those systems have so many fans, its sick. When they power up, it sounds like a jet plane taking off. Last year, with 200 servers, each with dual processors and up to six 10,000-rpm drives per server; I have had one drive fail. ONE!
If you are lucky enough to get a laptop working perfectly with PCDJ, take it one step further... invest in desktop mini fan or box fan from radio shack
Q: All of my ID3 tags are messed up, I wanted to start over. How do I use a tag stripper?
A: D3V1 editor, and an ID3V2 tag stripper. If I get MP3 files
From anywhere else, I follow this procedure...
1) Use the tag stripper to remove all V2 tags.
2) Use the V1 editor to get the V1 tag correct.
3) Use Red to calculate the BPM and gain, this creates a V2 tag.
The reason I blow away the V2 tag is that collectively we have found problems
With V2 tags created by other programs:
The main issue was where you BPM/gain extract a file; it shows up ok in a player,
But the record case won't show the BPM, even if you refresh the record case.
Q: How do I converting mp3's from vbr to cbr (variable bit rate to constant bit rate)
A: Try free software called MP3 workshop from http://www.mp3workshop.net
You can re encode mp3's, normalize, remove silence and a whole host of other features.
It will re-encode all my mp3's from vbr to cbr with no noticeable loss of quality.
Q: What is the extra connector on the DMC1
A: It's for hooking up another DMC. An example would be for the 4-player version.
Q: How do I Measure the speed of my sound card?
A: Try a program called Audio WinBench
Audio WinBench 99 will take you deep into the heart of your PC's sound system, with objective and subjective tests to measure CPU usage, hardware voices, 3D positioning, and more. Audio WinBench 99runs on Microsoft Windows 98, Windows 98 SE, Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows Me.
Audio WinBench 99 measures the performance of a PC's audio subsystem, which includes the sound card and its driver, the processor, the DirectSound and DirectSound 3D software, and the speakers. If you'd like a copy of Audio WinBench 99 on CD-ROM (that same CD also includes WinBench 99 and 3D WinBench 2000), use this on-line request page.
You'll need DirectX version 6 or later (which includes DirectSound and DirectSound3D) to run all the Audio WinBench 99 tests. DirectX is available as a free download from the Microsoft Web site.
Q: My Pitch slider moves on it's own?
A: While using the mouse to change pitch, small step buttons over and under the pitch reset can be set to lock and that way slowly changing the speed, this is by design.
Works like this:
1.right click and hold down the mouse button on pitch step up or down
2. While holding down the right mouse button move away from the button
3. Release button.
Q: Where are some MP3 tag editor programs?
A: Some of the utilities available are:
1. Dr. Tag at http://www.asterius.org/en/index.htm
2. MP3 Tag Studio at http://www.analogx.com/contents/download/audio/tagm.htm
3. For explorer shell see http://www.mutschler.de/mp3ext.
Download the program MP3ext. Install the program.
In the Windows Explorer click with the right button of the mouse on the sound file MP3.
Select Properties and MP3-Info.
You will directly be able to alter the information of the file.
ONE PROBLEM WITH THIS PROGRAM: It does not keep the BPM count. It allows you to edit the tag by simply right clicking on it, but if the tag had a BPM counted by PCDJ, it returns it to zero. 4. There is a program called "Helium"
Q: When bpm counting I notice some tracks show up as: *000.00 (star) or +000.00 (plus) or +136.93 (this is a normal track) Can you explain what the difference is between "+" and "*" and why are some tracks 000.00 still even after the count is done?
A: when you start scanning/extracting bpm & gain, it will look like this:
Then first gain gets added for each file, it becomes:
Then PCDJ extracts bpm, it looks like this:
This is just during the scanning/extraction procedure. When loading new songs into waitlist, all should look like normal:
Some files won't BPM, it has something to do with the sound of the track and the way PCDJ creates an envelope so it can extract the bpm.
I have a few tracks which do have a recognizable beat, but it is not very obvious and sometime for a short period of time, as they have a lot of phasing and harmonious routines, I think this is why the BPM scan can not pick up a steady and definite beat count.
For those few tracks, which this occurs on, you would be best using the info mode and pinging the beat, at least you will get it within a reasonable margin of being correct.
Q: How do I set all of all of my MP3’so they are not "read only"
A: start- find - files and folders-
Type in the search
Wait a sec.
Then ctrl+a to select all mp3's
And right click and unattrib the read-only bit!
Works every time!
Q: I have thousands of mp3s that have "track 1" or "track 2" in their ID3 comment tag (EAC added this automatically) and I want to automatically remove this from all of my mp3.
A: check out Tag & Rename or other tag edit software.
You can batch process things like copying file names (artist - song) into the ID3v1 or ID3v2 (used by PCDJ), or delete all v1 or v2 tags, or copy the v1 into the v2 tag and so on...
Q: Can some explain the differences between: ASIO, WDM Driver, and DirectSound (direct x?)
A: it is different ways of communicating with the soundcard
Asio is NOT developed by Microsoft and has been used for years by studio software. The approach they use is a little different than direct sound, if its better or worse compared to Direct sound depends on what you want to-do.
Direct sound is part of DirectX, DirectX was first developed for games to be able to fast hardware access since windows by design is not meant for time critical/real-time applications, so its a Microsoft compromise. Now and especially with DX8 it is very good for studio and producer software, and you will see alot of studio applications that will use the new dx8 added functionality.
WDM is stands for "Windows Driver Model" and is not a new direct x or Asio, its a new low level driver model that newer direct sound drivers uses. This model opens up new and better functionality in direct sound, for example multi-channel streams, and is a better approach all together. If you can find WDM driver for you soundcard, then that is the better choice.
Q: If I wanted to mix with my laptop, but setup the Gain, BPM, and Cues on my (faster) home PC; how would I do it? Assuming I recreate the exact same directory structure, would I only need to move the *.ini files, or do the "edited" MP3s also need to overwrite the older versions?
A: Because that info is stored in the Tag and in the MP3 file, you need to overwrite your old mp3's with the new one...
You only need to copy your ini files if you want to have your groups the same as on your pc.
Q: Anyone know any good program find and delete duplicate mp3 files?
A: mp3 space maker (free download) at
Your multiple mp3 files must have the same name.
Here are 2 utilities I have written using Winbatch that may help you manage your MP3.
Those are not refined but were very useful in my case. I'll be happy if they help you too.
They are: http://infobeat.tripod.ca/listfiles.exe
This utility will create a file containing path and filename (.M3U by default but you can change it) using a keyword that you will be asked to specify. This is useful for me since I have a structure like this:
c:\mp3\mp3 on cd 1\dance\...
c:\mp3\mp3 on CD 2\dance\...
And so on.
So I specify the keyword "\dance\" and I get a playlist containing all my dance songs on all my 14 CDs.
I use space maker to clean up mp3 files that are the same. In some case, the file is the same but not with the same name:
Ex: like a virgin - madonna vs madonna - like a virgin
This utility will list you and ask you to delete files that have the same size.
Q: Is there any way to keep windows from launching its CD player application automatically upon disc insertion??
A: open the windows CD player click on help once opened then click on the disable autoplay instructions and it will tell you the steps you need to do to accomplish the small feat.
Q: How do I properly configure a Darla 20 or Darla 24 card to work with PCDJ?
A: Full details are available at: http://www.disc-jockeys.net/darla.html
The following information is for users of the Darla 20 and Darla 24 sound card. While these setting also apply to the Gina sound card, some of the diagrams will not appear the same in the Gina setup.
After installing the Darla card the first thing that you need to do is to disable ALL system sounds. Most system sounds tend to be at 11 kHz or 22 kHz.
So imagine that you're recording the best mix of your life and someone clicks on something on the screen. The 22 kHz system sound will play out of an unused output and drop the sample rate of the whole system to 22, ruining your mix.
To disable your system sounds, click Start, Settings and then Control Panel. Once the Control Panel opens, click on the Sounds Icon and the Sounds Properties box, shown on the left, will open. Simply select the No Sounds scheme and click OK.
(If you really want system sounds, keep your cheapo sound card installed and play them through that. Set the preferred device in the Multimedia control panel to the cheapo sound card and check "Use preferred devices only." - See below for details)
If you really want systems sounds, you can play them through your old cheapo sound card. To ensure that the system sounds do net get played through your Darla card follow these simple steps.
Click Start, Settings and then Control Panel. Once the Control Panel opens, click on the Multimedia Icon and the Multimedia Properties box, shown to the right, will open.
Under the Preferred device for Audio Playback select your old sound card. You will also need to place a Check in the box labeled "Use only preferred devices."
Once you have done that you may close the Multimedia Properties box by clicking OK.
Now you need to tell the driver to keep the card locked at a particular sample rate, no matter what. While the sample rate is locked, all sample rate change requests from applications will be ignored and the card will remain at that sample rate no matter what.
To lock the sample rate open the Darla Mixer, shown to the left, click Edit and then click Sample Rate Lock. This will then open the Sample Rate Lock box, shown below.
For the purpose of using PCDJ you will need to set the locked at rate to 44100 as shown to the right.
You are almost done, however to ensure the sample rate is locked for both Players in the PCDJ software, you must complete the next step listed below.
To complete the Sample Rate Lock click Start, Settings and then Control Panel. Once the Control Panel opens, click on the System Icon and the System Properties box, shown on the left, will open.
Now click the Device Manager tab and click on the + sign next to Sound, video and game controllers. This will expand the devices and allow access to the Darla sound card.
Echo device as shown to the left and click the Properties button. This will then open the Darla by Echo Properties box, shown below.
It appears that DirectX 6.1, 7 and 8.x get confused when they see multiple DirectSound outputs. The first output pair gets set up correctly, but the rest of them don't.
To work around this problem, once the Darla by Echo Properties box opens click on the DirectSound tab, just enable the DirectSound format lock and select the 44100 Hz sample rate. You will want to leave the format set to 16 bit and stereo.
I am told that future versions of DirectX will resolve this problem, but for now just lock the format.
Note that this is not the same as the sample rate lock, which was documented above.
Now you will need to setup the PCDJ software for the Darla sound card. In this step it is IMPORTANT to select the correct direct sound driver for each of the Players.
In the CFG mode, click on the Soundcard 1 tab. Now select one of the following; Darla Out 1/2, Darla Out 3/4, Darla Out 5/6 or Darla Out 7/8. Do not select any of the Analog Playback options, as they do not support DirectX.
You will also need to select the appropriate Volume control to match the select Darla Out setting.
Once you have setup Soundcard 1 you must then do they same for Soundcard 2.
Q: When scanning a CD in PCDJ, I get "Rip Error: Illegal CD Unit Number"
A: Try this... download ASPIINST.EXE from Adaptec to upgrade your ASPI files to
ASPI (Advanced SCSI Programmer's Interface) is a software layer defined and maintained by Adaptec. Although originally designed for SCSI devices, it now supports both SCSI and IDE devices. That is why Win95 and Win98 include it as part of its system components. This API is composed of three files: WINASPI.DLL, WNASPI32.DLL, and APIX.VXD. ASPI layer is the only path that PowerDVD uses to communicate to IDE/SCSI DVD-ROM drives for performing mutual authentication with region-protected DVD titles for proper key decryption and data descrambling. But ASPI layer may sometimes be overwritten or corrupted by the installation of other software or various IDE/SCSI device drivers. When the original ASPI layer is overwritten by an incompatible one, the path to IDE/SCSI DVD-ROM will no longer exist and thus the authentication process with region-protected DVD titles will fail. PowerDVD might report various error messages in this situation, depending on the nature of the incompatible driver. However, all error codes have a common prefix "8090xxxx" or "80axxxxx". This is not a problem with PowerDVD itself. Should you encounter this kind of incompatibility:
The latest version. However, that upgrade requires either an Adaptec host adapter or an Adaptec version of the ASPI layer, which may have been installed by an application or a SCSI device driver, which is currently in your system. Or you can check if there is an ASPI layer upgrade from your SCSI host adapter or device vendor.
Q: I'm still using the DMC PCDJ version that came in the box with the DMC1 controller. Is there an update available and how much does it cost?
A: Currently, if you purchased a DMC1, you *ARE* entitled to the 1044 version of BLUE FREE, download it from http://www.pcdj.com and it will install overtop of the existing version. Make sure your DMC is connected and powered up when installing the update. Also note that there was a bug with the old blue cue points that don't work on RED or the 1044 blue so you will have to redo them! The best thing is call Visiosonic and upgrade to RED, which has more features like...
Configurable turntable brake
More cue points
Track volume normalize
Track bpm counter
Ability to run PCDJ as the shell
Q: What does the slider with the green dot next to the pitch glide do?
A: The green dot shows the location of the DMC's actual slider position. When the slider moves up, so does the green dot.
Q: I have one soundcard in my computer... I want to have the possibilities of hearing a song in my headphones...Without coming out the same speakers as the main sound. I'm not going to buy an external mixer YET, so I want to use Work mode 2 then (internal mixer, Player A and B stereo Soundcard 1, Monitor = Soundcard 2). My idea is to buy a less expensive card and to plug my headphones in the line out of that second card. Can I use the monitor function then with this second card??
A: Yes you can with work mode "2": A and B on sound card one works just fine so try getting another sound card
A: It may be worth you while obtaining a SoundBlaster Live! This acts as TWO soundcards, and has an extremely low noise floor, although this is achieved at the expense of a lower output level in general. There is an issue with phasing on the SB Live! but this could be overcome by reversing the connections to one of the outputs. At least with this card you can use any of the Work modes almost. And it has the benefit of the environmental effects should you wish to edit your files and add effects whilst recording them.
Q: I'm having trouble when I save files. It seems to take forever to save songs after editing. I know it saves the whole record case, but man, I need to schedule an appointment to get new files in. The computer is a celeron 550 Meg w/ 192 ram. Things were a little slow as I put more files in, but now it's getting stupid. Is there a way to quicken this up a little? Could it be the 8000 songs that I put in?
A: You may have too many tracks in a particular group. Try breaking down your Major groups as much as possible, you will be able to work with you groups much quicker this way. Each group is an independent Ini file, the more data in one file the longer it takes to save all your info. I suggest about 1000 tracks per group and my refresh and save group time is very fast. I wouldn't go over 1000 a group.
Q: I'd like to know how to get out of edit mode so I don't keep screwing up my Cues using the keyboard.
A: Make your cues read only. When the song is in a player...
Look for the CUE to protect.
Press CMDS, check read only box.
Now this CUE is being locked and cannot changed before the lock has been taken away
Q: How can I export my PCDJ record case to Excel For easy printout?
A: In the current version there is not a button that will allow you to print this list. But there is a way to do this using Excel. This is not a very easy process for the novice Computer user so some playing around may be needed. If you are familiar with Spreadsheets this will be simple.
Choose Get External data from the Data menu item.
Select Import Text File.
Make the "Files Of Type" "all Files"
From the open screen go to the "c:\program files\d1200sl\group" folder and select the File while matches the group you would like to print. (Note: if you would like to print the whole list then select the first one and then or Default.ini and repeat these steps until all files are imported)
Click the Import Button.
In the Delimiters section check mark Semicolon & UN check Tab.
Click ok and you will have this in excel to manipulate and Print Choose
Choose Next Again and then finish.
You should now see all of you information in the spreadsheet and can manipulate this any way you would like!
Q: I have a laptop and I launched PCDJ today and the audio was choppy, it would pause for brief milliseconds during playback on both decks, no matter what song I loaded it sounded almost like master tempo was implemented. I was ready to reload from a ghost image when I remembered I had left "IT" in. The bright orange pocket sized device. "Xircom RealPort CardBus Ethernet 10/100+Modem 56 card" I removed the card and the audio played normal. What is going on?
A: If there is network card in the slot but not connected the card keeps trying to find the network and while it does it will cause your music to hiccup. Same thing happen to me at a gig, when I mistakenly left my card in the slot. When I booted into PCDJ and it started playing a song it keep skipping until I found the card in the slot and removed it. I was going nuts till then. When the card is in the slot it must be connected to the network.
Q: I sometimes get a "Insert media message" when I have tracks in the record case that is on a network drive
A: If you have tracks in the record case that is on a network drive you can sometimes get an "Insert media message". This is due to windows not having reconnected the drive after reboot, this reconnect is done automatically when you browse to it with the explorer, which explains the sometimes factor. If you were to try this in winamp, it would exhibit the same problem (nothing gets loaded, until you browse to the dir). To fix it, map a network drive in the explorer and select "reconnect at logon" and all your record case that links to that drive will work (without you having to browse to it with the explorer).
A: Sometimes depending on the version of Windows your using, one machine will be assigned as the master browser for a network. If the machine you are using PCDJ on is the master browser then rebooting can sometimes knock out the network for a short while (sometimes up to 10 minutes). If the network is always running, then the way round this is to configure an always-on machine to be the master browser. Also, if your network does not use a master browser and you are running Windows 98, rebooting sometimes disables network communication through explorer for a while too. Using Find/search for computer/, finds the network drive straight away, although explorer may sometimes never find it.
Q: I have been cleaning up file names and re-tagging songs using an external tag editor program. It all works perfect until you try to play some of the songs. I have noticed that the songs that are screwed up are ones that I ripped on either version 3.9 or one of the betas that followed. (All of the song played fine before I worked on the tags) The songs come out sounding like garbled chipmunks on acid. I have tried to strip the tags and retag but I still get the same problem I then have certain songs that will only play on PCDJ and all other programs they come out garbled. This has something to do with the Re-tagging but I have no idea. Has anyone else had any experiences like I am having and is there any fix other than re-loading?
A: Sounds like encrypted MP3's... and when you deleted the tag you deleted part of the encryption.
Q: I get the message "Could not detect hardware acceleration support for the soundcard, edit cues with sound will be disabled" whenever the program starts. Songs then play fine, but if I try to set a cue, it locks up. I close the software and when I return, my group is gone.
A: If you get the warning "Could not detect hardware acceleration support for the soundcard, edit cues with sound will be disabled" it is because you are not using DirectX or your sound card does not support Direct X. If you are sure that your sound card supports Direct X (or Direct Sound), go to Microsoft's site and get the latest version of Direct X.
Q: All of my MP3's are in separate directories. How can I import them into the record case all at once without having to do each folder one by one?
A: As of this time, PCDJ cannot import folders as subgroups. However there is a program I wrote called PCDJGroups. Download it here... http://www.online4u.be/pcdj.htm
Q: I am not happy with the sound blaster live sound quality. What else is out there that supports 4 channels?
A: The Darla 20 or 24. I could not detect an audible diff between the two using PCDJ software however, the connection point of the outputs are different, Darla 20 has a 2input/2output RCA block that connects directly in the back of the soundcard behind the computer. The 24 has the same input/output number of channels, but it is connected to a break out box that has a 3-4 ft. cable that plugs into the soundcard in the rear, pending on your setup preference and requirements, you should choose accordingly. Finally WIN2000 will not work with the Darla/PCDJ combo because of lack of Direct Sound drivers. Win 98SE works flawlessly for me.
The Maya 44 from www.audiotrak.net works very well in any OS for PCDJ.
Turtle Beach Montego II's are a solid solution. Make sure you get the Montego's with the newest chipset and the 18bitDAC's they can be ordered off of Voyeur’s homepage for around 40 USD each. They sound MUCH better than SBL, I just don't prefer the 1/8 connections. They install very easily in WIN2000 however, I found it a little difficult installing them in WIN98. They are the 2nd most economical route.
The Delta 44 from www.m-audio.com is a preferred card for many PCDJ users.
Q: How do I set Cue points? The manual tells how to adjust one, delete it and what the colors are but I can't find where to just set one.
A: Hit the Play/pause button. Reverse the track a little (seek in reverse or forward and you should hear it stutter). Click the cue button. That simple! If you still have problem after that, make sure your tracks are not "read only" in windows explorer. Also make sure the track information is not marked lock. You can also just push play then ctrl f2 then cue.
Q: What is Pitch?
A: Using the pitch function you can alter the playing speed of a song.
Q: What is Pitch Bend?
A: The pitch bend function causes a brief alteration in the playing speed of a song, similar to speeding up or slowing down a record.
Q: When I run the automatic BPM extractor
how do I make it automatically update my track information?
A: It won't automatically update. Here's what I do. After it gets the BPM, go out of the waitlist and into your normal list. Right click and select "refresh".
Q: How do you set the DMC1 to display the BPM instead of the pitch?
A: hold down MATCH and then press SHIFT
Q: For the last 2 months I haven't been able to get my record cases to save. I have to re-do them every time I enter config mode, or close PCDJ
A: I run PCDJ on Windows ME, and the problem that encountered to me was that some files with the character ";" (semicolon) in any field of the id3v2 tag wouldn't load.... When I removed it everything went fine. Also check where your PCDJ data is held (from CFG), and that the *ini files in there are not some kind system protected by Win2k, or that they are not Read only
Q: How can I optimize my system so that it will run on a system that does NOT meet the minimal hardware requirements?
A: Although this is not recommended, I have PCDJ Red running (and mixing) successfully on a
Sony Viao super-slim Pentium 266MHz with 64MB of RAM; and the OS is Windows 2000!
What's cool is the laptop's size: everything is external on this thing so it sits about 1/2" high and
Has a 10" active matrix screen. Here's what I did to make it work:
-Clean, default install of the OS (1 partition, NTFS)
-Applied Service Pack 2
-Installed latest DirectX version
-Installed WinAmp (hey, until this app is rock-solid...)
-Transferred MP3 files from desktop using crossover cable between network cards (ask me
If you want instructions for doing this; I moved about 3 gigs in 15 minutes)
Before running PCDJ, I stopped the following services to free up resources:
-Distributed Link Tracking Client
-IPSEC Policy Agent
- DO NOT STOP THE Print Spooler or PCDJ will cease to function!
-Remote Access Connection Manager
-Remote Registry Service (disable for security reasons)
-Routing and Remote Access (disable for security reasons)
-TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Service
I may have missed a few since I set some to "Manual" instead of "Automatic," but you can
Experiment. NOTE: You can stop these services to free up resources on any computer, but my
Configuration assumes the laptop functions ONLY as a DJ machine. This means it does not
Connect to the Internet or a network (especially a domain). Also, the services you stop will
Restart upon reboot so you'll have to stop them all again. You could make a batch file to do this
Using "net stop 'service name'" commands. At this point, with no applications running, the OS is
Using about 38MB of memory. I've seen PCDJ use about 25MB of memory or more, but
Sometimes less, so the laptop is barely using its swap disk. As for the CPU utilization, once I
Start PCDJ, I go into the "Processes" of Windows Task Manager and change "pcdjred.exe" to
Priority "High" (right-click, Set Priority). PCDJ uses almost 100% CPU during some short, intense
Moments, like the first few seconds of mixing a second song, but bounces around 30-60% with 2
Songs playing. The screen refreshes are a bit on the slow side but the songs still drop on my cues
And the audio isn't affected. IMPORTANT: Use the Fraunhoffer MP3 decoder (option in the CFG
menu of PCDJ); it uses MUCH less CPU processing. Hope this info helps y'all squeeze some
More juice out of your PCs!
Q: How can I optimize my Windows
2000 disk performance?
A: Here is something you can do to optimize your Win2K settings (this setting is valid for systems with at least 128MB Physical RAM. Use at your own risk!!
IOPageLockLimit= 1028 (default is 0=512kb for Win2K Pro & 0=1028 for Win2K Server)
You should notice a BIG difference in Disk Performance when you set the IOPageLockLimit from the default value of 0 which equals 512kb to between 1024 ~ 2048 etc. I would recommend setting it to 2048 if you have 128MB, if less, leave it 0. If you have over 128MB RAM, you can play around with it to get it to it's optimal performance. I have mine set to 2048.
If you would like to see the difference in disk performance, try copying a large file, say about 300MB to another disk or folder with the default settings and try doing the same thing after you change the setting from 0 to 1024. You will notice that the meter that shows how much of the file has been copied will disappear a lot quicker! The disk will be spinning, but the task will be finished in the GUI. You will especially notice a BIG difference on programs such as Photoshop and other programs that require heavy disk access.
Q: I get static from Deck B when
I move the slider, but it sounds fine once I stop. I've tried moving slow/fast,
but it doesn't seem to matter.
A: To reduce (virtually eliminate) static reduce sampling rate conversion in windows sound configuration to GOOD and not BEST and put acceleration to STANDARD (direct sound only) and not maximum acceleration. This will reduce CPU load and static sounds when pitch change and also during the turntable brake feature...
Q: I have encoded somewhere just over 8000 tracks from my mobile library. Each track has been names as follows artist - song title (artist space hyphen space song title) I was very particular about this from the very beginning to avoid duplication. So why when I look at the PCDJ list do some for them come up under artist, with no track name at all, and some come up with the exact same artist and track name, and some of them come up under only track name? Some have comments, and versions... I want to look at my record case in alphabetical order, but there is no chance of me getting the case to display completely in order because it isn't seeing the way I have named the tracks.
A: The reason it is doing that is because PCDJ works off of ID3V2 tagging. No matter what you put in as file name if there was already a tag made then that’s the info you will see (especially downloaded files). Like Shark said you need to get a program like Tag and Rename or DR. Tag. Both can strip old tags and make new ones from the file name the way you want. Be very careful to make sure none of your files are encrypted because if they are and you strip and re-tag the songs WILL NOT PLAY
Q: Why use a DMC controller?
A: It all depends on your style of mixing, if you like to get really creative and slam loops in and out and use breaking and pitch bending in real time, then the DMC-1 gives you more control over all of this, it's so much easier to work a Jog Wheel and a Real Slider than to press little square buttons.
#3 keyboard alone - cheapest solution, meant for hobby or home use where beat matching is not an issue
#2 hot keys controller - a step up, much better than a keyboard, for light beat matching and mixing
#1 Numark DMC1 - full blown out professional use, best choice for club, studio, mobile, and scratch mixing
Q: Does anybody have any problem with tag information being altered after editing an MP3 using the Goldwave MP3 editor? Every time I use it, the tag becomes unrecognizable by PCDJ, although the tag is still OK in "Tag & Rename". Does anybody have this problem?
A: Goldwave does alter the ID3 tag and become unrecognizable by PCDJ. The developer has already been informed of this.
Q: Is there a way to change the Pitch range without having to stop the show and go into CONFIG? Most of the show, I have it set to +/-8%, but occasionally I would like to do a speedup to 50% for certain songs (Macarena, Hava Nagilah, Chicken dance, etc...)
A: Yes, you can do it by pressing ctrl +5 or ctrl +0 at the keyboard..... and waitlist + mach button at DMC1 controller. This works already at PCDJ. Try it!
Q: When encoding, what is the difference between Stereo and Joint Stereo?
A: A common question is what the different stereo modes are used for in MP3 files.
Joint Stereo: Joint Stereo shares certain bits between high frequency left and right channels. This improves compression efficiency at a slight loss of stereo separation. Lower frequencies are treated as normal stereo. Use Joint Stereo to obtain the best overall quality at mid-to-lower bit rates. < 224 Kbit.
Stereo: Stereo includes two independent channels. The total bit rate remains constant, but the split between the channels can vary. The Encoder uses this flexibility to improve quality by allocating more bits to the channel with the more dynamic signal. Use the Stereo setting for best quality stereo audio at higher bit rates.
Dual Stereo: Dual Stereo includes two completely independent channels (left/right), each with half the total bit rate. In effect, it is two mono files packed into a single file. Dual is generally used for multi-lingual audio programs.
The higher bit rate the larger file and better sound quality. 128 Kbit is MP3 standard and 64 Kbit is WMA standard. 128 Kbit is the same as 16000 bytes (128000 / 8). That is 16 Kbytes per second or just a little bit less than one MB per minute of music. That is equal to a compression ratio of 1:11.025. 128 Kbit is usually referred to as CD quality. That might be true for most songs but some songs needs higher bit rates to sound perfect. Use headphones to listen for artifacts in the MP3 or WMA files.
Q: What is indexing?
A: When loading an mp3, the sound engine looks for an mp3 frame containing a silent frame containing the addresses to all frames in the mp3. If the file doesn't have one it scans the mp3 and generates the frame in memory. That frame then gets saved into the mp3, if the mp3 is marked read only or is on a read only drive the frame gets stored in the shortcut file in the DATA directory. The next time you load that file you will not see any indexing since it’s loaded directly from the file or shortcut file. Why do it this way? Its very important to positioning correctly when working with mp3 and a bad mp3 file with bad or incorrect frames can make very nasty digital noise, and also totally mess up the exact cueing so it doesn't work at all (and looping will also be messed up). So again, use decent encoder software and no freeware crap. Version 5.1 encoder and ripp functions are rewritten and work a lot faster than 5.0 (5.0 did however produce 100% correct mp3 files).
Q: I am looking to move my PCDJ install on to a newer faster machine and wondering how do I backup all my record case, list, bpm's, cues etc so I don't lose them.
A: You should have a CD with serial # to re install the program Install this on the new machine first. The record case is stored in My Documents, after installing PCDJ on the new machine, copy the PCDJ Record case folder over to the new machine. Also make sure that all your mp3s are in the exact same spot. Example: C:/mp3s/blahblah/fdslk/adad/something.mp3 if that’s on your current computer then that’s what should be on your new computer other wise your record case can’t find them. You can also Use PCDJGroups at http://www.online4u.be/pcdj.htm then; you can move your MP3's anywhere you want.
Q: I still have PCDJ Digital 1200sl 3.9 and I don't know how to update. Is it the update PCDJ Red the same as 1200sl?
A: The PCDJ BLUE is the equivalent to the 1200sl.it is the free update. Call Visiosonic to obtain the update.
Q: How can I have PCDJ name the files so it names the files Artist - Track.mp3?
A: For my archives I use the MINUS symbol "-" but with a space at each side, this also makes it easy to read in Windows Explorer. Example: Modern Talkin - Brother Luie (laptop mix).mp3 The separation code in PCDJ for this is " - ".
Q: How do I determine which version of DirectX I am running?
A: run dxdiag from the start run menu and the first screen at the bottom will have the build version 8.0 ( 4.08.4000) etc.. Go to this site for more information... http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q157/7/30.ASP
Q: Why does the main volume control turn the opposite way to the mouse pointer?
A: move up and down. Think of it as the volume going up and the volume going down as you move the curser. Picture it as a slide controller.
Q: When I try to access some subgroups songs on PCDJ red I get the message that flashes real quick "insert media file 1C481A08" and on 3 other subgroup song files I get other numbers of media files. Why is this happening? How do I fix it?
A: If you rename or delete or move your mp3s then this happens. It means the filename changed, moved or is no longer available.
Q: when I start PCDJ red software my mouse stops working?
A: If you using a serial mouse, or a PS2 mouse this could be the cause. I had the exact same problem when I first installed PCDJ on an old PC I had that did not have a PS2 port. When PCDJ starts, it takes over the serial port unless you disable that mode. You need to go into the CFG screen and change the controller mode from external controller to keyboard only I believe... try all of the different modes.
Q: I just purchased a new system a 1U case that would fit into my SKB case with a NEW AMD Duron processor. The sound was fine. Then 1st gig with it, it played fine for an hour and then stop playing a song for no reason. I could even start the song over again and it would play through. Small time later it happened again. Playing a portion of the song and stopping. What is happening?
A: We have seen crashes when using unclean power (spikes)
A: The problem is the power supply....
A: Anything less than a 300w with AMD Athalon or Duron and your going to run into issues (crashing, intermittent shutdowns, non power on's...) they are hungry little chips
Q: Has anyone had any trouble with PCDJ and ABIT Motherboards?
A: Some motherboards like ABIT use the VIA chipset that handle IRQ routing and the PCI bus in a way that does not work well with bus master cards and work POORLY with PCDJ. This is also why you may have trouble with certain sound cards as well. There is a patch that may help, called the "4 in 1 driver" and it can be downloaded here... http://www.viatech.com/jsp/en/dr/driver.jsp Make sure you do in fact have a VIA chipset before installing this patch and if you have a choice stay away from these types of boards altogether.
Q: My Emagic EMI 2|6 card does not
always work when I power up my system; what should I do?
A: This is fixed in the Emagic driver 1.3 or greater.
Q: I am using the 1044 red
build. I re-did my DJ system and put windows 2000 on it. After all was done
the DMC would lock up (sometimes at the init stage and if it passed that
stage it would only last about 30 seconds after that).
A: Try turning off the FIFO in the serial port
Q: How do I get tracks into the different groups I have listed under the record cases? For example, I need to put lots of tracks into trance, dance, etc.... How do I do this? Also, will the track stay in my master list as well, or will it remove it?
A: Highlight the Group you wish to add your tracks into...now hit the edit record case button. This will pop up a window. Search for the songs you wish to add in the bottom left area (basically windows explorer). When you open the folder containing the MP3's they will pop up in the middle area. Highlight the tracks you wish to add. Select the proper subgroup you wish them added in the top right area.... now hit the Add selected tracks to subgroup button at the bottom of the middle window. Now all the highlighted tracks will show up on the bottom right. And just hit OK. This will not remove the tracks from your master group.
Q: I get an Error in MMSYSTEM004: The specified device is already in use
A: To resolve this error, first open Control Panel and double click on Multimedia. On the audio tab, set the Preferred Playback and Recording source to your sound card. Press apply and OK. If the Multimedia Section is grayed> out, then do the following: Click Start, Select Run. Type "SYSEDIT" and press OK. Several small windows will appear in one large window. Click SYSTEM.INI window to bring it to the front of all the other windows. The section should be the first section and should have the following lines without additions: sound.drv=mmsound.drv
If these lines are missing, you will need to type them in at the end of the section. If similar lines are there, but do not say the correct thing such as a line that says "drivers=power.drv" you will need to comment that line out by placing a semicolon (;) at the beginning of the line and then recreate it the way it should be. Scroll down to the section. Look for lines that begin with device and end with .386 (example: device=bsbpd.386). Comment out any such line by placing a semi-colon in front of it (example: ;device=vsbpd.386). Scroll down to the section. This section should contain the following two lines:
If wave or midi refer to other .dll files, place a ";" at the beginning of those lines and recreate them as they should be. If either of these lines is missing, add it. If there are any lines referring to "wave1=…" or "Midi1=…" comment them out by placing the semicolon (;) at the beginning of the line.
Next scroll to the section and look for the following:
If any of the above lines has any extra characters such as a number, delete that character. Place a semi-colon before any reference to mcixing, mcimix*.
Click File on the top menu bar. Click save.
Click File again. Click on exit.
Restart the system.
Q: I am looking at using a laptop with 2 Roland UA2 USB soundcards and external mixer with DMC-01 controller... just wondering if anyone out there has tried this and what success they have had?
A: This will NOT work. Windows will only recognize one USB soundcard! You cannot use both at the same time regardless of who makes it.
Q: Is there a faster normalize and BPM all of my tracks instead of hitting the W+ button?
A: drag the files from explorer directly into the record case then BPM count it! Instant! No saving group, no hours of waiting for the W+ to add it. This is much faster.
Q: I Run Windows98 and have trouble with my WDM drivers?
A: Check out the Windows Driver Model Audio Update
for Windows 98 Second Edition
Q: Do you have any guidelines to build your PCDJ machine?
A: I came across this by coincidence. Nothing new
for most of you, but perhaps some useful things for newbies... http://www.rme-audio.com/english/techinfo/lola/lola.htm
Q: How do you use auto BPM matching? Is it just by pressing "match" on both players once you got their beats matched up?
A: The = button will indeed match the BPM of both players. This does not mean that by hitting this button, you will become a Pro overnight. It matches the BPM count on both players instantly, which saves messing about with the pitch sliders. However getting both players to sync up and mix nicely takes a little skill. The = button wont do it all for you as you have likely found out by now. Your MP3's are your tools, being able to hand pick a set of tunes that blend nicely is half the battle. Some tunes, regardless of BPM match just don’t mix! You need to learn how to set cue points for mixing also.
Q: Is it possible to change the pitch of both players at the same time? i.e. when both tracks are BPM synced and you want to speed up both tracks while mixing?
A: Yes, it is possible to change the pitch of both players at the same time when both tracks are bpm'ed and playing in sync. Simple press CTRL+SHIFT+3 to decrease speed and CTRL+SHIFT+4 to increase speed ... Get on it! It's working great!
Q: I get a "WaveInAddBuffer Cannot perform this operation while media data is playing. Reset the device, or wait until the data has finished playing"
A: This is a bug with Windows2000 and does not happen with Windows98 or ME. There are compatibility updates that Microsoft has that will fix this but it is emulating it so don't expect perfection. Go to windows update site and Download Windows 2000 Compatibility Updates, once its install, reboot, now right click on PCDJ icon, there is going to be a new Menu called Compatibility, click it, now tell it to run PCDJ in win 98 mode, you can now record. WindowsXP also has this built-in.
Q: Is there an easy way to save the track info ... gain..bpm...etc etc?
I want to do a major back up and way too many mp3's to think about re-entering info.
A: after you scan BPM and gain you can burn the mp3s to CD's and still have the gain and BPM stored in the mp3. So you wont have to do it again
Q: I need some way of checking my MP3 files for corruption?
A: Check out this site... http://www.webattack.com/freeware/gmm/fwmp3.shtml
EncSpot is a MP3 file analyzer that will attempt to determine which decoder your MP3 files where encoded with and furthermore the overall quality of the file. The program scans the frame headers of the file and extracts the information needed to evaluate. Several of the settings can be customized to your preference.
MP3Test is a tool to validate your MP3 files and detect the ones that contain errors. The program can scan an entire directory, with optional sub-folders and lists all files, indicating their quality and error status as well as the severity of the error. It uses color-coding to easily identify the "bad seeds". MP3Test can also perform CRC test (if the file supports it) and verify the integrity using the CRC value as an additional measurement. You can also launch any file in your default player right from the interface. Damaged or bad files can be moved to specified directories or deleted.
Q: I have set the starting point of my song using the DMC...but how do I save that info as a cue point for the next time I want to play that song?
A: as soon as you make the cue it's saved into the tag info. Reload the song, and hit the CUE button. It will place the start point where you set the cue point to. (Assuming you saved it to cue point #1). If that doesn't work, go into your mp3 folders, and select all in each folder, and right click, and check properties.... if read only is checked, it'll never save your cues or BPM INFO...just un check it....
Q: In the Config screen under software, what does low normal high mean in the pitch bend section?
A: If you use the pitch bend (W or E) you get a bend of 1.1 96. If you use pitch bend with shift key you get 0.5 96 bend. And (logically) when you use the bend function with the control key you bend with 1.5 96
Q: How do I clear the current cue point on the DMC1?
A: on the dmc1, when the player is shuddering at a cue point, just press shift+cue instead of cue and the cue point will be deleted. Example.
1:start a track
2:select a cue memory position
3:press shift+play (studders at cue)
4:press shift+cue (cue memory is cleared)
Q: I have an Egosys WamiBox. How do U use it with PCDJ?
A: The driver update package contains HTML files and pictures that describe the installation procedure for PCDJ. How to uninstall the old driver, installation of the new driver and also how to configure it with PCDJ. All the special settings that were needed with the old driver are gone. Then set the Wamibox line 1/2 to channel 1 external mixer, Wamibox line 3/4 to channel 2 external mixer. You can get the driver here http://www.egosys.net/kor/wbox-ewdm-r10.zip
A: Take note what OS you are using! Egogsys States: "The E-WDM driver works only with Win98SE/ME/XP and will not work with Win2000. This is due to a problem with the system file known as the pcmcia.sys, which is currently included in Win2000. To reiterate: this is a Microsoft problem, not Ego Sys. We hope that Microsoft will fix the pcmcia.sys file in an upcoming Service Pack (3 or 4) for Win2000. If MS can release a Service Pack, the Wami Box E-WDM driver will work without any modifications on Win 2000. (We found recent SP 2 does not work also"
Q: How do I erase a loop?
A: Double click on the cue points
Q: PCDJ tests the controller every time I run it, is that normal?
A: Yes, and in PCDJ RED/BLUE 5.1, you do not need to move the sliders
Q: What happens if I unplugged the ac adaptor of the DMC1 while PCDJ is running? Will it halt the software or something?
A: no it just fools the display and auto test of DMC-01 re-begin. The DMC1 display may look funny but there will be no interruption in the sound
Q: What is the DMC1 doing when the match button is blinking?
A: It’s saying that the slider is not attached to the pitch and that the pitch is not synced to the other player. See, when you load a player and sync it to the other player the led lights up red. Then when you start that player that has the red led on, and you mix to the next song. Now if you load the first player with a new song and that's when the other player starts to blink its red LED, the other players pitch is locked to neither the slider nor the other player.
Q: How do I Tuning Windows 2000 for Audio?
A: There is an article that Jose-Maria Catena in July 2001.
Q: Why does PCDJ red 5.1 always start in ripp mode. How do I change this "default" to normal playing mode??
A: it starts up in rip mode because you have the CD player directory on top if you move a mp3 group up to it then it will start there. Just drag it below another group
Q: Where can I find a detailed instructions on how to create a printed list and a website listing of your MP3 collection using Tag & Rename and Excel 2000?
A: Check out this site... http://www.saphotodj.com/PCDJ/
Q: I'm running red 5.1 and it works fine but My new DMC-01 controller hangs after a few Min. if I reboot the controller, red sees it and the controller works for another 5 min and so on
A: Try one more thing before you send the unit back, it may not be defective...My DMC would perform great under Win98, but when I upgraded to Win2000 it would work for 5 seconds and then hang. Jorgen said that Red under Win98 sets the com port FIFO buffers to the minimum automatically, but it cannot set the buffers in W2K... so, try setting the FIFO buffers all the way down... it worked for me! Granted, this will only work if both systems are W2K!
Q: How do I set up the Emagic emi 2|6 to work with PCDJ 5.1?
A: There are two ways, with or without a mixer. I suggest WITH a mixer for Pro use but you may not want to carry it with you. NOTE this needs 5.1 or greater since 1044 did not support WDM
With an external mixer...
1. Install Emagic card, use driver 1.3 or greater (not out just yet, be patient)
2. Max out the volumes on all sliders for this card
3. In PCDJ 5.1 or greater, under CFG, select ““multi-channel mode” Direct sound driver should read “Emagic EMI 2|6 (WDM) and Volume control should read the same
4. Make sure that swap outputs is unchecked
5. Make sure that “all outputs to mono” is unchecked (you have stereo now!)
6. Select work mode 5
7. Hook channels 1-2 to the one slider on your mixer, and 3-4 to the other
8. Use you mixer as you normally would, enjoy crystal clear sound!
Without a mixer...
1. Install Emagic card, use driver 1.3 or greater (not out just yet)
2. Max out the volumes on all sliders for this card
3. In PCDJ 5.1 or greater, under CFG, select ““multi-channel mode” Direct sound driver should read “Emagic EMI 2|6 (WDM) and Volume control should read the same
4. Make sure that swap outputs is CHECKED
5. Make sure that “all outputs to mono” is unchecked (you have stereo now!)
6. Select work mode 1
7. Hook channels 3-4 to your amp
8. Plug your headphones into the built-in headphone amp
9. Cue will always go to 1-2, use the internal PCDJ mixer! When you press the cue button on a deck, you will hear it in the headphones.
10. Enjoy crystal clear sound! Laptop users rejoice!
Q: I'm having some problems
with my DMC-1. Occasionally (sometimes often), it just freezes up. Red is
still working fine, but until I unplug the controller, it won't work. It's
usually when I do something "fancy" (break, loop in or out, lots of pitch
bend). Is there any setting that I can change that may help?
A: Firstly, it matters not what OS you are using. Sometimes the Auto Settings built into RED just do not work.
So Open Device Manager by right clicking MY COMPUTER, then left clicking PROPERTIES.
Then in Win98, 98se Click DEVICE MANAGER tab, or WinME, 2000 click the HARDWARE tab then DEVICE MANAGER button.
Now look down the list until you find PORTS (com lpt).
Double click the appropriate COM port that the DMC-1 is connected to.
The settings should be set to the following:
Baud rate: 9600
Data Bits: 8
Stop Bits: 1
Flow Control: None
now click ADVANCED tab.
Pull BOTH SLIDERS to lowest possible setting, and then un-check the white box to DISABLE the FIFO BUFFER completely.
(The reason we turn them down first, is in case some 3rd party software setup decides to re-enable them)
Now just simply press OK, APPLY or whatever button takes you back to your desktop..
Reboot, and test the DMC-1.
One extra thing to do is when you first open PCDJ RED, and Calibrate the DMC-1, before doing anything else, move both of the Pitch sliders fully up and down SLOWLY several times, this sometimes helps.
Q: I am running Windows XP and get "rip error TOC has not been found" while ripping a CD. The dialog box with the error message only comes up after PCDJ asks for the filename to create for the ripped file.
A: Download a program called forceaspi. http://Flexion.Org/aspi/ This will force the needed aspi layer onto Windows XP so you can then ripp with PCDJ. XP does not come with the aspi layer installed by default. You will then need to choose to use the ASPI interface for ripping in PCDJ's configuration mode, located under the ripp encoder tab.
Q: How I setup the Delta 44 to work with PCDJ Red with DMC-1?
A: Throw away the book and CD's that came with it...I am using windows 2k
and here are the steps I used with 5.0 and this is what I did.
1. I downloaded & unzipped the new drivers from the website 'Delta Series
WDM Multi Client'.
2. Installed the new hardware and directed it towards the drivers
4. Checked my 'Control Panel>Sounds & Multimedia' then clicked on the audio
tab to make sure '“multi-channel Delta 44' was the main playback device.
5. Then opened PCDJ and configured Soundcard 1 to be:
Driver: “multi-channel Delta 44
Volume: 1/2 Delta
6. Then configured Soundcard 2 to be:
Driver: “multi-channel Delta 44
Volume: 3/4 Delta
7. Boom! You should be working.... Don’t mess with the m-audio area in the
control panel...There is nothing really you can change.
A: If you are running windows ME use this driver...
If you are running 98, use this driver....
If you are running 2000, use this driver.
If you're using XP, use this driver.
Any other drivers are wrong... Run only in multichannel mode, in work mode 5, and for god's sake, don't forget to go into Start/Settings/control Panel/ and multimedia in 98/ME or Sounds in 2000/XP. Choose multichannel delta 44 or 66 as your main soundcard, and make it your default, and don't forget to tell it to use preferred devices only....
Q: I tried to run PCDJ in shell mode but when I finished and tried to shut down I got a fault error and the computer would not shut down or respond.
A: On some systems re-booting after setting shell mode does cause error screens. On these systems I would wait a few minutes then simply RESET the PC. Don't switch it off then on.
It should then boot back up straight into PCDJ.
If it does not then I would not consider using Shell mode on that particular system.
I find that Shell Mode works best on Bare Bones PC Systems, where only the items ceded for PCDJ are installed and fitted.
If you have a bloated system, then this can lead to problems as Shell Mode may omit driver that other parts of the system now rely upon.
Q: how do I configure my
laptop for mono output with PCDJ?
A: From the headphone OUT of the laptop
1. Get one of these and plug it in...
2. Then get two of these and plug them into the red and white end...
(They don’t have to be gold plated, You can go to Radio Shack and find these cheap)
3. Then set PCDJ to mode 6, crank the volume in the windows mixer to MAX
Q: Why does PCDJ lock the
CDROM? If you run PCDJ and try to read a data CD you can't. Then if you
exit the program you can change CD’s and explorer will show the new CD installed?
A: This is normal; PCDJ Red now supports direct CD Audio play, and locks the drive for audio CD use.
Q: The Autoplay settings in PCDJ Red 5.1 have more fields, what do you suggest I use?
A: I use autoplay mix on end seconds at -25 and 40 or 45 for the fadespeed (unsynced)
Q: Why do I see some songs in my recordcase in normal black fonts and some songs are in a reddish color fonts?
A: PCDJ RED and BLUE 5.1 highlights dead links in RED.
Q: How can I print a list of songs in the PCDJ recordcase (recordcase printer)?
A: After seeing various posts regarding different ways of generating reports of your recordcase files, I though I would have a go at writing one. I have one in development at the moment, and it works with recordcase files that point directly to the mp3 files. I have not spent a lot of time on the output reports or exception handling yet as I wanted to get some feedback from you all. What features etc. do want want etc. etc. The Executable can be found at http://www.dave-auld.net/ under the PCDJ section.
Q: How does the BPM extraction work?
A: the BPM extractor matches energy patterns and picks the strongest one, sometimes it picks half the BPM and sometimes double, and there is a popup menu selection available to fix this if it happens. But sometimes a 3:rd tempo is found, indicating it to be to slow but not half the BPM. When this happens multiply the value with 1.33 and the chance is that that is the correct BPM.
Q: What is different about the auto
play in 5.1?
A: if you don’t program synced-auto-mixes, and just use the regular autoplay, by clicking autoplay, it will now fade out at the end making the mix much smoother.
Q: How does the limited autoplay function work?
A: if you want a temp selection of tracks to autoplay and then stop... .Add the tracks you want to include to the waitlist.goto to the waitlistclick autoplay (or shuffleplay) when no tracks are left, autoplay will stop.
Q: What is the waitlist time left function?
A: you can now select 2 modes of the remaining time shown in the waitlist. End-time will show what the time will be when the tracks in the waitlist have played to the end. If you double-click on the end-time numbers, it will toggle to tot time, showing how long the waitlist is in total.
Q: How do I get tracks back to Waitlist?
A: if have loaded a track from the waitlist and it is no more in the waitlist, you can get it back by using the popup menu utilities/copy track from a or B, or use the shortcutsCTRL+1 (on the num-key-pad) for player A CTRL+3 (on the num-key-pad) for player B
Q: How do I program Autosync mixes?
A: First step to do BPM Extraction in the wait list, or it will NOT work. Also, some soundcards drivers reports incorrect positioning (SB PCI128, SB PCI64 to name a few) and autosync will not work at all when that happens. Also if you have a to slow of a pc it will not work, minimum is P2 350Mhz.Ok, now for the fun stuff: autosync mix works as follows you have to define an intro and an outro, that is done with 4 cues points.17,18 is the intro, cue 17 is where the track will start and it will keep playing until it reaches cue 18, unless for one situation that I will comeback to later. cue 19 and 20 is the outro, cue 19 will trigger the next track (on cue 17) and keep playing until it reaches cue 20. BUT mix length (17-18) and (19-20), is controlled by this rule: the length of the ending (distance between cues 19 and 20) on the ending track, is compared with the length (distance between cues 17 and 18) on the starting starting track, and the one that is the shortest will be the length of the mix and also the fade length. Fade can be programmed individually on each track. You program the fade settings in cue info on cues 17 and 19, 17 are fade-in and on 19 is fade out. There is also a pitch recovery algorithm that slowly changes the pitch back towards its normal value to avoid escalating pitch effects, this can be turned off track independently on cue 17, if you don’t want it to be used. To find all the Cue settings you load the track in the player click info click custody cue 17 or 19click cmds (button over to the left over the waveform window)
Q: How to do I print a list of my
songs in the recordcase?
A: You can export any subgroup to a textfile containing all artist, cues, comments etc, separated with; just right click in the recordcase, select utilities/export to file. After that you can import that file into word or Excel, to do your lists
Q: Is there a way to have PCDJ automatically start playing when the program starts?
A: autostart functions in 1200sl: You can have the 1200sl start autoplay when you start the program by naming a group to "autoplay" you can do the same for autoshuffle by naming a group "autoshuffle"
Q: How do I set up the Delta sound card with XP?
A: Follow these instructions...
Q: Why stay away from the older motherboards based on VIA chipsets?
A: The Problem: Sound playback on computers using
a VIA chipset sometimes gets distorted if there is a heavy amount of graphic
processing at the same time. Changing the drivers or BIOS for the chipset,
the graphic chip or the soundcard does not help.
The Cause: The PCI specification was not designed focusing on devices requiring a very tight timing over a long time like soundcards: Every PCI device has a minimum slice of time in which it can transfer a block of data until another PCI device requiring the bus can get control. This time minimum time slice is determined by the PCI latency timer value given in the PCI configuration register of the device.
Increasing the latency timer value allows a device to transfer a larger block of data before the bus needs to set up for transfer to or from another device, thus speeding up the transfer at the cost of a less fluent multitasking behavior.
Soundcards (no matter if ISA or PCI) usually have very few buffers for storing data from the bus before playback, thus they are very sensible if new data cannot be read in time and often produce more or less clicks or distortion in the sound output. On the other hand, devices like the graphic card or busmaster disk controllers transfer masses of data through the bus and benefit from transferring data blocks as large as possible.
Most problematic are the combination of a chipset using a high latency value default in its CPU-to-PCI bridge (like VIA!), a soundcard playing back several memory channels through the PCI bus (like the SB Live!) instead of using local memory buffers and fast graphic chips which can lock the bus for a long time.
The Solution: Setting the CPU-to-PCI bridge latency timer to 0 often helps. However, this is not available in most BIOSes or drivers.
If you want to mess with them on your own risk...
Tweak BIOS is a setup utility for most chipsets and other devices which supports a lot of settings, including the PCI latency timers. However, in order to use the settings automatically you have to buy the full version. This works ONLY under Windows 95 or 98. It can be found at http://www.miro.pair.com/tweakbios/
MVP3 latency timer tool
for Windows9x just sets the latency timer of the CPU-to-PCI bridge. It does NOT work under NT / Windows2000 / XP. Small freeware tool, available at http://koti.mbnet.fi/parru/
MVP3 PCI latency timer to 0 tool for NT4, Windows2000 and XP
I bought a motherboard that has an Intel based chipset so that I do not have to use CPU-to-PCI bridge at all. Realize, with laptops you have no choice what you are getting. I had both a desktop and laptop based on VIA chipsets.
ALSO NOTE via has 4in1 drivers that are required for optimum operation. Download them if you have a VIA chipset from their web site.
Supposedly, all of this is NOT an issue
on the newer boards... they have a new architecture which is supposedly
equal to if not better than intel.
Q: Is there a way to maximize the volume every time I restart my PC?
A: Yes, there is a utility called Command-line Volume Controller (CVC). It is a command line program to change the windows system tray volume controls from a batch file. The only problem is the program is in Japanese so it is impossible to read. You can put the batch file in the start up group to max the volumes for club or mobile use.
Get WinRaR to uncompress the file, and then to use this is what you need to put in your batch file...
Cvc.exe a100 w100
The 'a' is the MAIN and the 'w' is the WAVE
It should work with just about any sound card that is controllable through windows system tray volume control.
A: Check out http://www.globalaudiocontrol.cjb.net/ . This provides command line volume controls as well as onscreen volume controls, also provides the options to save different profiles to files and allows them to be loaded from the command line.
Q: (DEAD DMC1) I turned my power strip on today and the DMC1 did not light! After looking at it for several minutes I remembered someone else having the same issue and Jorgen said check the fuse. Low and behold. Popped it open and the 500ma fuse is burnt out! Where do I get one of these?
A: I spoke with John F. at Numark; He said it was OK to replace the fuse with a 1/2 amp SLOW BLOW fuse available at Radio Shack. OR if you feel like living dangerously, a 1 amp fast acting. He said that very few have come back. Don't use tin foil, which is dangerous and defeats the purpose of the fuse