MAIN INTERFACE

2 or 4 Decks

Configure Deckadance to show 2 or 4 deck mode from the menu bar above the main interface. The number of smart panels either side of the decks is configurable from 0 to 4 via the Preferences > Layout > Smart panels left and right options.


Track Display

Track Display Colors

Ctrl+C will activate/deactivate the spectral analysis and display mode.

The beat analysis also includes frequency content, showing the most prominent frequencies in the mix. Red are low frequencies (bass, drums etc), yellow through to green are mid frequencies (often associated with vocals), while the blue shades are high frequencies (cymbals, hats etc). With some practice, these colors will help you to identify breaks, vocals, bass, drums and other common sounds in your tracks.

Lower controls

Smart Utility Panels

Smart panels can be configured to show to the left, right or both sides of the decks. Select 0 to 4 from the integrated menu as shown below OR from Preferences > Layout > Number of left/right deck smart panels for a maximum of 8 panels per deck.

NOTE: Most panel types can only be inserted one instance per deck.

LOOP

Loop regions display as a Loop start and Loop end marker with a shaded tapering region between them to help you to know when the end of the loop is near at longer loop-lengths.

Controls from top to bottom are:

CUE

Up to 8 cue markers can be placed anywhere on the track so that playback can be started, restarted from or jumped to the cue points.

GRID

Many of the tempo sync and loop functions rely on tempo/beat-detection and analysis. Once this is completed the track is aligned with a grid that shows bar and beat markers (vertical lines). The grid control panel is used to refine or change the grid to track relationship if the default automatic setting does not work as expected.

DVS (DVS & CDJ)

Deckadance DVS Edition provides DVS (or Digital Vinyl System) allows you use a CD or Vinyl audio source playing specialized time-coded audio tracks as a transport control signal for Deckadance. DVS players allow you to scratch and perform other live 'DJ' turntable style effects as you would from a traditional audio vinyl recording. When DVS is selected Deckadance listens to the audio signal from the DVS source and mirrors changes in speed & direction to the deck under DVS control.

There are additional DVS settings (level, lead in & rumble filters etc) on the Timecode Preferences.

Supported DVS formats

Deckadance will work with virtually any DVS source using the 'Preferences > Timecode> Learn timecode' function. The following sources have been pre-configured:

NOTES: With the learn option, not only can you use any audio-based control source, Deckadance can learn any steady-state audio signal to control the decks. For example, set Deckadance to learn while you hum into a mic. Experiment and be free! You can also perform tempo-perfect scratching effects with Gross Beat.

KEY

Changes track pitch +/- 12 semitones in 1 cent increments. Double-click the slider to reset to default.

SMART KNOB

The panel holds two Smart Knobs. Smart Knobs can be linked to a wide range of interface parameters. This allows you to create complex interactions between the movement of a single knob or slider on your controller and any number of control targets in Deckadance. There are a number of presets, click the (+) under the knob, worth exploring. Each smart knob has the following controls:

Smart Knob Editor

The editor allows you to assign and adjust the relationship between the knob input (horizontal axis) and control output (vertical axis). That is, any of the selected targets will be fed a control input according to the input/output relationship set by the user-editable graph. An unlimited number of control points and curves may be added. Where control targets are switches you can experiment to find the vertical position that activates/deactivates the switch or steps through settings.

Using the editor:

Editor Menu:

NOTE: Smart knobs can also be used to adjust input/output relationships for basic MIDI links. For example, reducing or increasing the sensitivity of a MIDI controller knob by mapping the appropriate graph relationship.

TEMPO

Adjust the speed/BPM/pitch of the track. Double-click to reset to the default position. The range can be adjusted on the Global Settings page between +/- 2% and 50%.

EQ

EQ controls replicated from the Function Panel.

GAIN & FILTER

Gain & Filter controls replicated from the Function Panel.

VOLUME

Volume control replicated from the Function Panel.

MIX & ISOLATOR

Mix and frequency isolator replicated from the Control Panel FX.

FX 1, 2 & 3

FX slot 1, 2 or 3 replicated from the Control Panel FX.

Effects include: Delay, Flanger, Phaser, LowPass, HighPass, Auto pan, Trans, BitCrusher, Distortion and Reverb. See the Function Panel FX for details.

GROSSBEAT 1 & 2

Gross Beat FX replicated from the first 4 Gross Beat slots. There are 8 Gross Beat FX slots per deck in total.

OFF

This smart panel has been disabled (set to OFF).