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Hi

 

 

Just bought myself a laptop to use for djing looked at using OTSDJ was very impressed with it but don't think it works with windows vista what is the best dj software to use and also to do the mp3 taggs

 

the spec of my laptop is ACER 5612ZWLMI

 

Intel Pentium Dual-Core T2060 1.6GHz

533MHz FSB

1MB Cache

1024MB RAM

120 GB Hard Drive

Dual Layer DVD ReWriter MultiDrive

15.4" Widescreen TFT Display

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium

224MB Intel GMA 950 Shared Graphics

 

 

Many thanks

 

Pete

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It all depends what you want to do with it... What style of DJing do you do..

 

I use OtsDJ and it is perfect for me but there are lots of options just download the trial versions and have a play see what suits you the most....

 

Come back and say what your looking to do with it and I am sure the guys on here will give you some pointers....

 

 

Nik

 

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This has worked a treat for me for over three years, can't praise it highly enough and has a 30 day trial.......try it. http://www.native-instruments.com/index.php?id=traktor3_us

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Pete, I have just purchased the model up from yourw (I think), a 5633WLMI thing.

 

I made sure it ran on XP though.

 

Ots will run on Vista with some tweeks.

.....but what do I know ?

 

 

 

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Acer make a cracking machine for very reasonable money.

 

Ots do not officially support OtsDJ on Vista as yet but you can make it work if you follow theses instructions lovingly borrowed from "another place":

 

We will be supporting Vista natively in future, however if you want to try OtsDJ under Vista, the following installation method is required.

 

1. Locate the OtsDJ installation file in your Downloads folder.

2. Right-click on this file, and select Properties.

3. Click on the Compatibility tab.

4. Check the Run this program in compatibility mode for: box.

5. Choose Windows XP (Service Pack 2) from the drop-down box.

6. Click OK to save the changes.

7. Run the OtsDJ installation file.(you may receive an error near the end of the installation. Close the error window, then run OtsDJ as per normal, using the Desktop icon)

8. Right-click on the OtsDJ icon on your Desktop, and select Properties.

9. Choose the option to Run As An Administrator.

10. Close the Properties window.

11. Run OtsDJ.

12. License OtsDJ in the normal manner. (not required for the OtsDJ 30 Day Demo)

13. Once OtsDJ starts, select the WDM driver for your soundcard when prompted.

 

Current tests show OtsDJ working at a satisfactory state under Vista 32-bit versions, using XP Service Pack 2 Compatibility mode. Unfortunately, the add-on Video and Karaoke CD+G modules for OtsDJ Pro 1.75 are not yet compatible with Vista. This is based on our own computer configurations. You may have different results.

 

Depending on the stability of your soundcard drivers, OtsDJ will probably work fine on first install. Be aware however, that there are still a fair amount of hardware drivers in Beta form when using Vista. As with software developers, some hardware manufacturers are still "catching up" with their drivers.

 

The information above is a guide only. Ots Labs do not officially support Windows Vista.

 

I doubt I can link to another forum so won't bother but would suggest Googling "OtsDJ Support" would be a good idea and should help point you in the right direction for all your Ots related questions. smile icon

 

Can't tell you about any other programs I'm afraid as I don't use them.

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i have looked at otsdj was able to load it on my laptop, really like this software

 

I have got a mixer that uses usb connection I tried out my laptop before I did a disco on saturday night and I got some crackling/interference in the speakers when I had the laptop connected to the mains power and when I disconnected from the mains it went I did hear that sometimes you need at ground loup between laptop and mixer

 

If I have already upload some music already what is the best program to use to tagg the files with the song title and artist

 

many thanks

 

Pete

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Give me a call Pete, I have three local gigs this week, you may be able to tag along on one to see Ots working.

.....but what do I know ?

 

 

 

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Have just loaded OTs onto my new Vista computer. Followed all the steps as told by OTS and guess what...all tracks skip, as does the intro. :(

 

However, if you try them in ots studio, they work perfectly.

 

Will let you know how I go on from here

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I've just had a quick look at the otsdj programme on their site and to be honest I thought it looked pretty basic. Now it was only a brief scan but based on the screenshot it did not look that hi spec.

 

As I said in an earlier post I've used Traktor for over three years and it really does rock. Leaving the video functions out, based SOLELY as a dj tool for storing, editing, mixing and playing tracks can somebody give me say, three USP's (unique selling points http://planetsmilies.net/happy-smiley-541.gif) why I should ditch Trator and change to otsdj. I've an open mind and if there was a better system available then I wouldn't hesitate to get my hard earned English out!

 

Cheers guys.

 

 

 

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I've used both Tracktor & Ots.

 

If you'r gonna mix and add loops etc then Traktor is the tool.

However if you just do mobile for the type of parties & weddings I do, then Ots is the b*****ks.

 

Easy to use, excellent automatic fade ins & outs etc. I've used it for just over a year and its been fantastic to work with.

 

The choice is yours as only you know what type of dj-ing you do

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Whilst it's the responsibility of the DJ applications own software houses (in most cases) to ensure as far as possible that their software is Vista compatible, they have no jurisdiction of making sure that the hundreds of different soundcards out there, have suitable drivers written for them, to meld the DJing software to the sound card.

 

It might be worth considering the question: Which tried and tested Operating system and sound card should I buy, which is already known to work with the DJ software which I'd like to use.

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Emailed OTS and they told me how to calibrate my soundcard & now it works fine!

 

Yipeeee!

 

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Maybe you could copy the info here to help anyone else who finds themselves in a similar position. smile icon

 

I've just had a quick look at the otsdj programme on their site and to be honest I thought it looked pretty basic. Now it was only a brief scan but based on the screenshot it did not look that hi spec.

I don't think you can truly judge this software based on a screenshot or even a quick look. I would recommend to anyone considering using it to download the trial version and test it over several days before making a decision.

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Maybe you could copy the info here to help anyone else who finds themselves in a similar position.

 

Hi James,

 

Thanks for your email.

 

First, try calibrating your soundcard - http://otsdj.com/doc/webdoc/using_otsdj/au...r_soundcard.htm

 

The next option would be to change the Output in OtsDJ to Compat Mode (this is also explained in the link above).

 

Hope this helps.

 

 

Kind regards,

OtsZone.com Admin

 

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I've been using Traktor 2 (as I think its better than Traktor 3) for dj'ing and pcdj with the kj plugin for karaoke and think both programes are great, however I've just downloaded a trial of Virtual DJ and am starting to fall in love with it, I could use it for dj and karaoke and it easy to use compared to traktor.

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The other snag here is that Vistas "xp compatible mode" doesn't behave 100% as a real install of XP would do.

 

Some users have had programs and drivers which worked fine for them on real XP, but have strange things happen on the same programs, drivers etc when running them in Vistas so-called compatibility mode.

 

If you're liking OTS (or any other software in particular, for that matter), consider downgrading the operating system on the chosen laptop to XP and...if/when it works "perfectly" at gigs, then never, ever, change anything on the laptop - not the operating system, the service pack, the software application, or any of its upgrade offers, the sound card, the sound card drivers...nuttun'

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I've always updated my laptop with service packs etc and never had a problem. Got MS office on there, photo programs to edit customers photos from cameras and phones, bluetooth software to accept pics from customers etc...never had any issues.

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I've been using Traktor 2 (as I think its better than Traktor 3) for dj'ing and pcdj with the kj plugin for karaoke and think both programes are great, however I've just downloaded a trial of Virtual DJ and am starting to fall in love with it, I could use it for dj and karaoke and it easy to use compared to traktor.

 

 

Based on your comments I have just downloaded the trial version of Virtual Dj and I accept I've only played with it for ten minutes or so but it looks sooooooooo basic when compared to Traktor. Can you only search by song or artist? I have all my 6000 tunes sorted into 'keys' so I can have a tune playing and search for another in the same key, plus also a bpm search.

 

I accept it is VERY early days but looking at it I don't want to waste time on it if my fears are confirmed.

 

Cheers. http://planetsmilies.net/music-smiley-7528.gif

 

I once read about the evils of heavy drinking ................ so I've stopped reading

 

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Based on your comments I have just downloaded the trial version of Virtual Dj and I accept I've only played with it for ten minutes or so but it looks sooooooooo basic when compared to Traktor. Can you only search by song or artist? I have all my 6000 tunes sorted into 'keys' so I can have a tune playing and search for another in the same key, plus also a bpm search.

 

I accept it is VERY early days but looking at it I don't want to waste time on it if my fears are confirmed.

 

Cheers. http://planetsmilies.net/music-smiley-7528.gif

 

I know what you mean, theres nowhere near as many features as traktor but to be honest I can't remember the last time I used any of them.

 

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I know what you mean, theres nowhere near as many features as traktor but to be honest I can't remember the last time I used any of them.

I agree, I rarely use the effects and bits and pieces. However, as you can imagine, I search all the time and with Traktor the search facility is top notch. Title, artist, genre, bpm, label and much more. So the search facility is one of the key features I need from a software package.

 

Well Partyprint, I think you've answered my question............................ dump Virtual DJ.

 

Thanks for your help.

 

Silver.

 

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I agree, I rarely use the effects and bits and pieces. However, as you can imagine, I search all the time and with Traktor the search facility is top notch. Title, artist, genre, bpm, label and much more. So the search facility is one of the key features I need from a software package.

 

Well Partyprint, I think you've answered my question............................ dump Virtual DJ.

 

Thanks for your help.

 

Silver.

 

You can search in serato for all that you want.

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You can search in serato for all that you want.

Gavt, not wishing to get into a mine is bigger than yours game http://planetsmilies.net/tongue-smiley-8862.gif I,ve never looked at serato. Traktor has the ability for you to search by........

 

Artist

Song title

Genre

File details

Album name

Label

Comment 1, which is anything you want to put in, I for instance put #1 1987, #1 2004 etc.

Comment 2, as above in here I put what film it may have been in.

Mixer of the track

Mix. i.e. Freemasons or whatever

Producer

Bpm, hit the search button and I get every track in my collection within 2.5 bpm's.

 

Plus for the most important the key the song is in so if I've a track playing in A MINOR, I can get similar tracks, great for mixes.

 

So unless Serato has something fantastically better plus all the above then I'm a Traktor boy.

 

Cheers, Silver http://planetsmilies.net/tongue-smiley-8860.gif

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