Mixmeister May Catch On Now

Readers of Scratch will remember that Mixmeister was profiled in the mag a few months back. Version 7.2 of the Fusion and Studio editions were announced at NAMM this week.

Basically, and I don’t want to downplay the features, the software is like an Itunes with actual DJ tools built in. It’s got a grid, like Pro Tools, and you can just drop audio files onto the grid and the software will automatically beatmatch the songs for you. Along with that, you can specify where exactly you want the songs to start blending, change the key of the song, use EQs and effects. And even if the tracks aren’t matching up properly, you can go in and fine tune things. The ill thing is that once you have your set all created, you can save it and pull it up later. Walk in a gig with a laptop, press play, and go grab a drink at the bar.

A couple of improvements in 7.2:

  • Mac OS X support
  • Improved time-stretching so now fast and slow tempos can be matched more accurately
  • Effects can be automated with MDI controllers
  • Can store EQ settings in templates
  • “Fade” and “Cue Next” features allow for tracks to be faded out so the DJ can talk or make an announcement or something like that, and then go right into the next track.

Obviously not everyone’s gonna care about or use any of these features, although they will come in handy. But I think it’s the most simple thing- the Mac OS X compatibility- that will make Mixmeister a real draw for people now. It’s like Garageband for DJs- a sort of not so professional program, but still pretty damn handy. I don’t know that you need any skills whatsoever to really use it. And now anyone can be a DJ.

Isn’t that great?

  • dolo

    I hope that’s sarcasm . .mofos will be super lazy now.. That would be cool for house blends or making mashups and even reggae but nothin will replace doublin up and cuttin @ this point . But shyt you never know nowadays

  • http://xxlmag.com Tito Santana

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  • concerned hater

    man i’ve been using mixmeister for years now, and it is dope…. the auto beatmatch isnt good enough for songs that dont have programmed beats, at least not if you like long ass blends like i do… but maybe thats fixed on the newer versions… cats out of the bag…

  • EReal

    This website fell the fuck off.

  • ty from linden blvd

    well look,now dj’s going thru the same thing rappers have to go thru….

    if u wanna be a dj,u gonna have to SEPARATE YA SELF from the itunes dj.

    that means double the work.that means no more SHITTY MIXTAPES.

  • Tito Santana

    Da Backwudz(U gonna luv me)and (I dont like the look of it) are now Labratz. They’ve departed Dallas Austin’s label Rowdy Records to start there own(Royal Family Music) along with producer Sol Messiah(chamillionaire sound of revenge),(David Banner),(Goodie Mobb),(Dead Prez),(Nappy Roots).. Check da new video called (Creation) on YOUTUBE or myspace.com/thebackwudzmusic..Also they just released an album Independenly Via the internet called (Atlantis Rising) available on Amazon.com, Itunes.com, rhapsody.com, ect..
    To all up and coming artist much success and dont be afraid to put that extra grind in and go Independent!! It’s a new era… Everything resides on the Internet even Hiphop! Dont sleep on The Move ment!!Wake up