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Digital DJ Pro: Chrome App & Software Overview
Apps have been a big thing since smart phones have been about but we’re also seeing a big rise in web-based applications – especially with the Chrome web browser.
I wouldn’t recommend relying on a web-based app to handle your DJ gigs but they can certainly be a lot of fun when you have some downtime (or if you’re burning away some time at work).
I did a few searches and found a variety of DJ apps on the Chrome web store so I’d like to take a moment to go through one: Digital DJ Pro.
This one wasn’t so much an app as it was basically just a link to the software site.
This DJ mixing app is fairly basic but still packs a punch when you’re comparing it to something such as Virtual DJ. Here’s the breakdown …
Digital DJ Pro: Overview
As I said, Digital DJ Pro is offered through the Chrome web store but you’d still just install a piece of software to your machine.
This app isn’t the first (nor the last) DJ mixing tool to hit the Chrome web store but it’s worth taking a look since you have most of the features you’d need to get right into the mix.
Here’s a tutorial/overview someone did on the software:
It’s free and supports MP3, OGG, FLAC, and WAV files. It can also be controlled through a variety of Midi DJ controllers (which is a nice touch). Likewise, you can use timecoded vinyl.
The reviews have it around five stars but you may want to watch out if it adds any other bloatware to your computer during installation.
When installing, I’d recommend you do ‘custom’ otherwise it’ll set your home page and default search to another provider (which is a pain in the ass).You can bypass a lot of this bloa by doing ‘skip these offers’. Also, once it’s installed, you’ll get pulled over to another download site so just skip this.
I went ahead and installed it, and began playing around with a bit of it. The software will ask where you have music files so I pointed it that way. A lot of this is the usual stuff if you’re using digital DJ software.
Overall, the interface isn’t anything to amazing but it does have the basics:
If you’re truly strapped for cash, want to get into mixing before making a major investment, or want to spin while you’re away from your decks than Digital DJ Pro is a decent choice but, overall, I can’t recommend the app because it tries to get additional bloatware on your machine, it’s far too basic to really develop a lot of your skills, and there are better DJ programs out there.
Rating: 1 out of 5
I’m only covering this to show some of the options available. Serious DJ’s would want to avoid this piece but I’d say it would be at least something to play around with if you’re just getting started and have to wait to purchase your gear and software (if you’re going the digital DJ route). Avoid it, or not.
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