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    Useful software for digital DJing (and music in general) - Windows & OS X

    I only know about the Windows side of things, so if people want to recommend some stuff for OS X (and Windows too) then fire away. Try and follow the template I'm using for each piece of software if you post something up. Free is best, but if the software costs $60 or less you can post it. This isn't a thread for expensive software!

    Windows: -

    Recording/editing software: -

    Program: Audacity
    Price: Free
    Usage: Multitrack recording and editing. Useful for recording/creating mixes and tracks. Allows you to split the mix into tracks and export to various file types.

    Program: REAPER
    Price: $60 (with free, fully featured trial)
    Usage: Multitrack recording. Useful for recording/creating mixes and tracks. Has a fully featured trial with a nag screen.

    File conversion tools: -

    Program: dBpoweramp
    Price: $38
    Usage: Awesome tool for encoding files. Very simple to use. Has multi-core support. Supports pretty much any file type you're likely to use including WAV, MP3, FLAC, Apple Lossless etc.

    Program: LAME 3.99.5
    Price: Free
    Usage: Used in conjunction with other software for converting files to MP3. Arguably the best MP3 encoder available.

    Program: LameDropXPd
    Price: Free
    Usage: Converts FLAC, WAV and Ogg Vorbis to MP3 and uses the latest version of the LAME codec.

    Program: FLAC Frontend
    Price: Free
    Usage: Convert files losslessly from WAV to FLAC, or back from FLAC to WAV.

    Program: MP3packer
    Price: Free
    Usage: Can losslessly convert MP3s from VBR to CBR. Useful if you use CDJs that don't play nicely with VBR files.

    Program: Switch
    Price: Free
    Usage: File conversion tool supporting over 40 audio file formats.

    Disc ripping & burning: -

    Program: Exact Audio Copy
    Price: Free
    Usage: Arguably the best free tool out there for ripping CDs. It supports secure ripping, AccurateRip, automatic pulling in of metadata from online services etc.

    Program: Burrrn
    Price: Free
    Usage: Create CDs with CD text from various file formats. Supports CUE sheets.

    Program: CDBurnerXP
    Price: Free
    Usage: All-purpose burning tool.

    Program: ImgBurn
    Price: Free
    Usage: Disc burning application with CUE sheet support.

    Music players/managers: -

    Program: MediaMonkey
    Price: Free/Various
    Usage: Fully featured music player/manager with tagging features, including auto-tagging. Certain features are locked away behind a pay wall.

    Program: MusicBee
    Price: Free
    Usage: Fully featured music player/manager with tagging features, including auto-tagging. My manager/player of choice.

    File tagging: -

    Program: Mp3Tag
    Price: Free
    Usage: Tagging files. Supports multiple file formats, custom tagging rules, automatic pulling in of metadata etc.

    Program: Trainspotter
    Price: Free/Various
    Usage: Retrieves metadata in Traktor or iTunes. Key detection. Core functionality is free, but some features are behind a pay wall.

    Diagnostic tools: -

    Program: DPC Latency Checker
    Price: Free
    Usage: Checks for DPC latency issues. Useful in helping diagnose issues with audio drop-outs, or audio that stutters, clicks or pops.

    Program: LatencyMon
    Price: Free
    Usage: Another application that's useful in diagnosing DPC latency issues, and a little more advanced than DPC Latency Checker.

    Miscellaneous tools: -

    Program: Medieval CUE Splitter
    Price: Free
    Usage: Will chop a large audio file up into separate tracks based on the data in a CUE sheet.

    Program: Mr. Questionman
    Price: Free
    Usage: Gives you all kinds of info about your music files, including bitrate, version of the codec used to create them etc. Supports multiple file types including all of the popular ones.

    Program: MixMeister BPM Analyzer
    Price: Free (requires mailing list sign-up)
    Usage: Analyses music tracks to calculate the BPM and writes the info to the tags. Can produce BPM reports for your music collection.

    Program: MIDI-OX
    Price: Free
    Usage: Filtering and mapping of MIDI data streams.

    Program: Voxengo r8brain
    Price: Free
    Usage: High quality sample rate conversion of WAV files.

    Program: beaTunes
    Price: $34.95 (14 day free limited trial)
    Usage: Multi-purpose tool for analysing and fixing various issues with your music library.

    Program: Mixed In Key
    Price: $58
    Usage: Analyses your music library in order to detect the key of each song, which it writes to the tags.
    Last edited by Sigma; 06-22-2012 at 09:29 PM.

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    Recording/editing software: -

    Program: Audacity
    Price: Free
    Usage: Multitrack recording and editing. Useful for recording/creating mixes. Allows you to split the mix into tracks and export to various file types.

    Program: REAPER
    Price: $60 (with free, fully featured trial)
    Usage: Multitrack recording. Useful for recording/creating mixes and tracks. Has a fully featured trial with a nag screen.

    File conversion tools: -

    Program: LAME 3.99.5
    Price: Free
    Usage: Used in conjunction with other software for converting files to MP3. Arguably the best MP3 encoder available.

    Program: Switch
    Price: Free
    Usage: File conversion tool supporting over 40 audio file formats.

    Disc ripping & burning: -

    Program: Burn
    Price: Free
    Usage: Disc burning application with CD text support.

    File tagging: -

    Program: Trainspotter
    Price: Free/Various
    Usage: Retrieves metadata in Traktor or iTunes. Key detection. Core functionality is free, but some features are behind a pay wall.

    Miscellaneous tools: -

    Program: MixMeister BPM Analyzer
    Price: Free (requires mailing list sign-up)
    Usage: Analyses music tracks to calculate the BPM and writes the info to the tags. Can produce BPM reports for your music collection.

    Program: beaTunes
    Price: $34.95 (14 day free limited trial)
    Usage: Multi-purpose tool for analysing and fixing various issues with your music library.

    Program: Mixed In Key
    Price: $58
    Usage: Analyses your music library in order to detect the key of each song, which it writes to the tags.
    Last edited by Sigma; 06-22-2012 at 09:25 PM.

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    Nice thread. This should be a sticky.
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    Great idea Sigma!

    I'll add to the list:

    File Tagging in Windows - Media Monkey (free)
    Traktor SP2 | Audio 10 DJ | DJM 800 Rotary | Kontrol S4 | 1200 M3D's | Shure M44G's | NI Kontrol X1 | KRK RP8's | Yamaha HS80M | Ableton Live 8 | M-Audio FW 410 | Akai MPK 61 | NI Maschine MKI

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    ^^Added. I also added in MusicBee, which is basically a more polished version of MediaMonkey and it's 100% free rather than there being a free version with some features locked out unless you pay for a license. It doesn't have as many bells and whistles as MediaMonkey, but the core music functionality is rock solid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicadraus View Post
    nice thread. This should be a sticky.
    +1. Sticky!!!

    As a contribution, I'd also recommend ImgBurn (free on Windows) for CD/DVD/BR burning.

    I'd also recommend MIDI-Ox (free on Windows) for troubleshooting MIDI. Also on that site is MIDI-Yoke, which is a virtual MIDI cable for connecting different applications together - think Traktor and Ableton, for example.

    -KLH
    Last edited by KLH; 06-22-2012 at 08:26 AM.

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    Nice KLH ... didnt think about troubleshooting apps......


    Diagnostics - DPC Latency Checker http://www.thesycon.de/deu/latency_check.shtml 100% Free and a great tool for hardware/controller users
    Traktor SP2 | Audio 10 DJ | DJM 800 Rotary | Kontrol S4 | 1200 M3D's | Shure M44G's | NI Kontrol X1 | KRK RP8's | Yamaha HS80M | Ableton Live 8 | M-Audio FW 410 | Akai MPK 61 | NI Maschine MKI

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    ^^Good choice. I also added LatencyMon, which is another useful tool for diagnosing DPC latency issues.

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    great idea, i know this doesnt really fit into any area cept misc. but you could add beatunes and mixed in key for key detaction software along with some freebie ones but no idea what freebie ones are out there as i use beatunes

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    Let's also add the MixMeister BPM Tool (Windows and MacOS). It's value for me is to add BPM info that iTunes can use (I use iTunes for making playlists that easily import into DJ apps).

    -KLH

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