There is also an “auto-loop” feature, which loops a user-defined number of bars, and relies on the BPM detection. Presets are included for various types of users and keyboard localizations, and these include a handy diagram showing which key does what. It also has a rather nifty routing screen based on ESI’s DirectWIRE technology , which can be used to “wire up” the various inputs and outputs to each other – this flexibility is likely to be a godsend to producers and DJs alike. No problem if all other software wants to be like us,it makes me feel even better when I am using VDJ. Unlike Torq and MsPinky, the timecode is monodirectional, meaning that the tracking is less accurate in reverse motions than forward ones – but this didn’t cause any juggling problems for me except when the needles were dirty. There are now two distinct product lines in the Mixvibes range.
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Getting it to work in Windows is a doddle – the Mixvibes installation even prompts you to install U46MK2 drivers at the end. There is very little cue drift in the relative modes generally only drifting when the needle skipped and none at all in absolute mode.
Everything seems to be set right but not sure where the nosie is coming from, basically the track that is playing sounds distorted for that moment. I know I’ve posted my issues in other topics but trying to narrow down an audience is hard so hopefully this will be the last time.
A main difference is the improved analog circuitry improving the audio quality as well as the professional micprohone preamplifier with XLR input. Intel Core 2 Duo 1.
SKRATCHWORX – Mixvibes DVS pack MKII Review by Rasteri – July
This could potentially be used in conjunction with external key analysis software such as Mixed In Key. Finally, a “playlist” pane can be added from the “view” menu, and tracks can be dragged from the mediabase into it.
Unlike Torq and MsPinky, the timecode is monodirectional, meaning that the tracking is less accurate in reverse motions than forward ones – but this didn’t cause any juggling problems for me except when the needles were dirty.
Effects sound great, but time stretching could be improved. Mixvibes’ track library or “MediaBase” as it calls it is thankfully very easy to navigate. Once installed, it automatically sticks an icon in the system tray on startup.
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Mixvibes supports all the usual audio formats – mp3, wma, wav and aiff – as well as some slightly more niche ones such as ogg and FLAC. Mixvibes would assign the function to both the “Note rsi and “note off” messages, causing for example cue points to trigger when the key was pressed AND when it was released.
The big players are of course Serato and Traktor, and Torq has been winning a lot of users largely due to its very low price. I found this extremely handy for storing the best loopable sections from tracks or collections of beats. Finally, “CARBON Advanced” is nearly identical to the latter but has an additional key lock knob for changing the pitch without affecting the tempo.
One slightly annoying problem I had was when assigning functions to devices with buttons that send MIDI notes rather than Control Changes. These will be of limited use to DJs using Mixvibes as a DVS, but can be used to operate the third player or to play a set without external control if desired.
When first run, Mixvibes runs a wizard to help you set up your audio hardware. A new feature with this version is the “Key Lock” knob – this changes the pitch of the track without affecting the tempo. No problem if all other software wants to be like us,it makes me feel even better when I am using VDJ. The scratch crowd will want as low latency as possible, whereas mix-only DJs will be able to put up with a few extra milliseconds.
New groups can be easily added from the selection pane, so making up virtual record boxes is a doddle. I didn’t have a copy handy to compare, but I’m told Serato can achieve 7ms. It comes with a nice long USB k46 and even has the ability to use an external power supply should that be required. Mixvibes will automatically read the id3 tags from the tracks and populate the database with them – but this information can be edited k46 from the mediabase in the event of mistagged files.
Secondly, tracks can be sorted by any of the fields by clicking on the column headers in the mediabase – handy for getting a BPM-sorted list so you can find tracks with a similar tempo easily. This was previously quite fiddly to do within Mixvibes Handily, the pitch change is displayed in semitones to aid in harmonic mixing – if you know what key the currently playing track was written in, you can transpose the next track to match so there are no horrible clashes.
Here is a quote: Latency is a key word with DVSs, and what is considered an acceptable amount rather depends on the kind of DJ you are. I was able to find a manual on the Mixvibes website http: I’ve changed my Latency settings from up to which is the highest the sound card will go.
This causes the pitch fader and transport buttons to be disabled, and starts displaying the timecode detection quality in a little box so you know when to clean your needles.
There is also an “auto-loop” feature, which loops a user-defined number of bars, and relies on the BPM detection.
It also has a rather nifty routing screen based on ESI’s DirectWIRE technologywhich can be used to “wire up” the various inputs and outputs to each other – this flexibility is likely to be a u446 to producers and DJs alike.