DJ media players are specialized devices that DJs use to play and manipulate digital music files. They typically include features such as jog wheels, pitch control, and various buttons and knobs for adjusting audio parameters such as volume, EQ, and effects. Some DJ media players also feature built-in drum pads, triggers, and performance pads for adding loops and samples.
What are the Main Features of DJ Media Players
Jog wheels: Allow DJs to manipulate the track's pitch and tempo, typically used for beatmatching.
Pitch control: Allows DJs to adjust the speed of the track without affecting its pitch.
Audio parameters adjustment: volume, EQ, and effects controls, allowing DJs to manipulate the track's sound in real-time.
Looping and cue points: DJs can set cue points and loops, allowing them to quickly jump to specific parts of a track, or repeat a section.
File compatibility: DJ media players can play a variety of file formats such as mp3, wav, aiff, flac, and others.
Connectivity: DJ media players can connect to computers, laptops, or mobile devices via USB, MIDI, or wireless connection.
Can DJ media players be integrated with DJ software?
Yes, many DJ media players can be integrated with DJ software. This allows DJs to use the hardware controls on the media player to control the software, giving them more tactile control over the virtual decks and allowing them to perform more complex functions.
The integration is typically done by connecting the media player to the computer via USB and mapping the hardware controls to the software's functions. The DJ software will recognize the media player as an input device and the software will respond to the commands sent by the media player.
Some DJ software also allow for advanced integration, such as the ability to use the media player's jog wheel to control the pitch and tempo of the virtual decks, or use the performance pads to trigger samples and loops.
It's important to check the documentation and tutorials of the DJ software you're using to see if it has preset or customizable MIDI mappings, and how to access them.