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Deckadance 1.9 is now available for download. Deckadance has been rebuilt from the inside out, see what's new...


Deckadance 1.9 ready for exploitation on the dance floor


Deckadance, Image-Lines popular DJ mixing application, has received some exciting updates including:


  • New synchronization engine -  Songs are now totally locked in sync for whatever functions are performed within DD. Importantly, Deckadance can now be fully synchronized in other hosts such as Live including BPM & Phase.
  • Snap & Quantize buttons - The GUI also gains new 'Snap' and 'Quantize' buttons to make cue point setting and jumps to cue points, seeks in waveforms & exit looping perfect synchronized with the beat.
  • Loop settings - Improved to work per-beat rather than per-bar. This means faster, tighter repeats are now possible.
  • Song manager - The song manager (SM) is now fully integrated into Deckadance. You can detach the SM window, great for multi-monitor setups. The SM includes iTunes integration for drag-&-drop between SM and iTunes. Import playlists and more.
  • File Browser - A new File Browser replaces the old one. Designed for improved integration, searches and working with your files in Deckadance.
  • Options & Setup - All setup and options have been organised into a unified tabbed system. Spend less time searching and more time tweaking options.




• Deckadance • Mixing • DJ 


We just gota 'heads-up' that the 2010 International Dance Music Awards were being held in association with the Winter Music Conference. FL Studio has been been nominated for in the "Best Studio Software", item #54. FL Studio 9 is facing off against Live 8, Logic 9, Cubase 5 & Pro Tools 9.


IDMA FL Studio Nominated

Click_here_to_vote, down the bottom at item 54.


There's 56 items you can vote for in total. These span everything from artists and their music, hardware including things like headphones through to our category Studio Software. If you have no particular preference in any category, simply leave it blank. One ballot per person. Multiple ballot submissions will be disqualified.

Voting ends Friday, February 18th, 2011. Winners will be announced live at the 26th Annual International Dance Music Awards on Thursday, March 10, 2011 in Miami Beach during Winter Music Conference.





• FL Studio • dance music • awards • IDMA • voting 


If you club, perform music live or DJ regularly then your ears will be copping to some pretty harsh treatment, so there is nothing wussy about protecting your valuable hearing. If you have experienced ringing in your ears after a gig, then that is a sign you have pushed your ears too far. So what are the options?




Typically you have between 2 minutes and 1 hour safe exposure time in a club!


1. General purpose Noise Reduction: These will reduce the sound level by 22 - 33 dB and can be had for around 15 cents a pair, when purchased in bulk, and can be reused a couple of times. Throw some in your gig-bag, car or helicopter. The down-side is that if you need to make critical mix decisions then these will significantly skew the frequency response of the music to the low end. If you are mixing then you should look at the next two options.


Earplugs and FL Studio boxes

Low cost: You can buy boxes of 200 quality foam earplugs on eBay for $30 USD



2. Special 'flat response' earplugs: These are designed to reduce the noise levels but do so with a relatively flat response. Rather than losing the highs as the foam style do. These cost between $10-20 USD for a few pairs and should last 6-12 months with heavy use (and regular cleaning). We especially like the skin tones and low profile of the EarPeace models as it encourages compliance & so wider use. NOTE: 'Musician' style earplugs may not block noise as effectively as standard NR earplugs, so take care and definitely don't use these for industrial NR purposes.


Hi-Fi / Musician's Earplugs


Two respected 'musician' products from Etymotic and EarPeace


3. Custom moulded earplugs: These are popular with music professionals and include a soft silicone shell with a flat frequency response filter positioned in the best place for your ear. These cost around $100-200 not including the audiologist's fees for making an ear moulding. Your local audiologist will be able to recommend some brands to you. If you want to see an example Etymotic make these. They should last years with good care.


Custom molded hearing protection


Custom moulded earplugs are the next step up



4. In-ear monitors: These are becoming very popular for stage performers as they block out the direct house sound and deliver a custom mix in your 'ear-bud' style headphones. A good set of these will set you back between $199 - $1500 USD. Respected brands include - Futuresonics, Ultimate Ears, Sennheiser & Shure. Like the NR style earplugs there is a hierarchy of standard fit to custom ear-moulded designs, explaining the rather large price range.


In ear monitors (photo courtesy of Ultimate Ears)

In Ear Monitors block the live sound and replace it with your own private mix


IMPORTANT NOTE: Protection is only useful if it's used correctly in accordance with manufacturers instructions. All exposure times are indicative, please consult the recognized health authority in your location for the official safe sound level exposure charts. Use your brain and look after your most valuable asset, don't lose the beat!


Want to discuss this topic see the 'Am I going deaf???' thread in Looptalk.





Deckadance 1.8 is now available for Windows and Mac OSX.


Big news is the new Song Manager:




The Song Manager is designed to help organize your songs easily and quickly.


Song Manager Features


- Manage 50.000+ in your music collection without slow downs using a open format database (sqlite).

- SM categorizes music files in your computer making them accessible through numerous search/sort features.

- Importing tracks into Song Manager doesn't copy music files.

- Simple search and advanced search via subsets of metadata fields (filters).

- Create playlist to organize effectively your tracks. Sort, re- order, reset original state, export to html/m3u and more.

- Create smart playlist that auto-update based on 'rules'. e.g.: "top 25 most played dance genre songs with bpm between 120 and 140".

- Fully customizable layouts: hide/show, re-arrange, (auto) resize of the metadata view columns.

- Edit track tags/metadata (title, artist, name... etc.) via inline editing.

- Cover art (resizable) display.

- Supported formats: mp3, acc (m4a), wav, aiff, wma, flac and ogg.

- Cross platform (win/mac) with full drag/drop external support.


Other notable changes & additions


- New Recording engine with threaded streaming to disk.

- Added supported controllers (Hercules DJ Console MK4 & American Audio VMS4)

- Added SNAP to the closest beat in the waveform for loops, cues, waveform seek and start position.

- Added DVS run-out protection with auto engage and visual feedback.

- Added Lead In function in DVS section.

- Improved DVS behaviour for large audio buffer sizes.

- Incremented to 30 seconds the minimum playing time to mark a song like played.

- Added right click over played state to reset it.

- Removed clear played state of tracks when automix is enabled.

- Updated minihost look and added song manager start button.

- Added downbeat and start position keyboard shortcuts:

  > DECK A->Downbeat: "ctrl+t", Start Position: "ctrl+y".

  > DECK B->Downbeat: "ctrl+g", Start Position: "ctrl+h".

- Added "key slider" and "key slider inverted" to the midi learn commands.

- Incremented decks buffer size to 15 minutes.


Deckadance has the widest support for MIDI controllers in the industry.


DD 1.8 supports the following brands: Allen&Heath, American Audio, Bheringer, DJ-Tech, EKS, Hercules, iCon, Kontrol-DJ, M-Audio, Numark, Omnitronic, OpenLabs, Percussa, Reloop, Stanton, SYNQ, Vestax, Nintendo Wii & General MIDI .


Discuss DD 1.8 here in DeckaTalk.



• Deckadance • song manager • dj • mixing 

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