Create Your Own ‘Shader’ at Shadertoy.com to use with DEX 3

Shader support was recently introduced into DEX 3, our top DJ and video mixing software, much to the delight of DJs that desire a method to display visualizations on screen when mixing audio tracks.

Shader Cube

So what is a ‘Shader’?

From Wikipedia“In computer graphics, a shader is a type of computer program that was originally used for shading (the production of appropriate levels of light, darkness, and color within an image) but which now performs a variety of specialized functions in various fields of computer graphics special effects or does video post-processing unrelated to shading, or even functions unrelated to graphics at all.”

Got that? 

While the description may seem fairly technical, creating shaders using the web-based Shadertoy.com website isn’t nearly as complicated as it may initially appear.

We found this easy-to-follow ‘Beginner’s Guide to Coding Graphics Shaders‘ for using the Shadertoy.com WebGL based platform to create custom shaders. The tutorial will help you learn the basics of coding shaders, which can be as simple as a bouncing ball or as in-depth as flying through a pulsating and ever-changing environment rich with color and texture.


Why would I want to create a custom Shader?

Creating your own custom shader/s for use with DEX 3 is just another way to customize your DJ events, creating a more memorable and branded experience for your audience. It’s competitive out there, and with customer shaders you can help further your brand recognition and leave a lasting impression that will help you garner more interest in your services.

If you’re not interested in creating your own custom shaders, no worries, we’ve compiled a list of shaders that work great in DEX 3 already!