PCDJ DEX 2 (And soon to be released DEX 3) is a jack-of-all-trades DJ mixing software application. Our customers are well aware of it’s audio, music video and karaoke capabilities — which are being expanded on greatly in DEX 3 — but what many may not know is that’s it’s also a full-blown DVD (Digital Vinyl System).
Now scratch DJs and those that practice “turntablism” are obviously skilled, it takes years of practice, and many of the top performers know their craft as well as any seasoned guitar player. It’s an art form upon itself, like playing an instrument. There is also the visual aspect for the audiences enjoyment, many party goers expect to see someone behind the wheels of steel. It’s “traditional” after all, although that’s fading…
Ultimately, it’s about creating a memorable experience for the audience, taking them on a musical journey. If you’re experienced and have a talent for this DJ
thing you will also learn to “make the music your own“. DEX supports over 65 popular DJ Controllers, from the top brands such as Pioneer, Denon DJ and Numark. DJ controllers are essentially an extension of DJ software, with controls (faders, knobs, pads etc) for triggering hot cues, loops, samples, effects, and yes, even scratching using jog wheels (they may not match up to vinyl, but for an impromptu scratch here and there throughout a set they work perfectly). Simply put, they allow you to manipulate music in a much more expansive way than timecode vinyl on a turntable. You can remix the remix.
Of course, there will always be scratch DJs and turntablism; I personally very much enjoy watching in awe during a short set. However, with DJ controllers getting better rapidly (we’ve been mapping the Pioneer DDJ-SX for DEX 3 – WOW), and being the focal point of every major DJ equipment manufacturers line of product, I think DJs just getting into DJ software should embrace controllerism over turntablism.
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