DJs use equipment that plays at least two sources of recorded music simultaneously and mixes them together, creating an original composition. The earliest DJs in pop music, in 1970s discos, used record turntables, vinyl records and audio consoles. For many years, this analogue environment was the only relevant one. DJs carted large collections of vinyl records to and from gigs.
Even if you’re a vinyl junky, when it comes to convenience, flexibility, fluidity, and time, the best way to DJ is on a digital system. And with a digital system, you’ll need good software. DJ software allows users to mix and perform music in the same style, and using the same methods as a traditional vinyl DJ.
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If you’re starting out as a DJ, you’ll probably want to try free software, as proprietary solutions can be very expensive. Fortunately, Linux has some useful software for music production.
The chart below offers our rating for the software. Mixxx truly stands out from the crowd, it’s an awesome open source application with powerful features, great design, and good support. Use Mixxx to perform with MIDI and HID controllers, CD players, vinyl turntables or even just your computer’s keyboard and mouse.
The software featured in this article is published under open source licenses, with the exception of Chipdisco (where the license terms are unclear). All are free to download. Explore the DJ software at hand. For each program, we have crafted a portal page, with a full description including an in-depth analysis of its features, screenshot, together with links to relevant resources.
|Mixxx||Designed for both professional and amateur DJs with powerful features|
|Giada||Hardcore audio tool for DJs, live performers and electronic musicians|
|IDJC||Shoutcast/Icecast client with two main media players|
|xwax||Digital Vinyl System|
|Luppp||Music creation tool, intended for live use|
|Chipdisco||Dual-deck DJ app for tracker modules|
|Seq24||Minimal loop based midi sequencer|
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