MIXING & EFFECTS

Deckadance

This section explains how to use Deckdance in FL Studio. Deckadance is Image-Line's DJ mixing application. Download the Deckadance Demo here . It installs as both a VST and Stand-alone version.

External Audio Inputs & Outputs

Deckadance is a multi-input and output plugin. Use the Wrapper Processing tab to route inputs/outputs to and from Deckance. The following method shows how to connect two external turntables / VJDs to Deckadance while inside FL Studio or route Deckadance decks to an external Mixer. Once you understand the principles of track sidechaining/routing and IN/OUTputs available on each Mixer track you will be on your way to creating more complex setups if required.

Audio Inputs

  1. External audio device - Make sure FL Studio is using the same audio device your Turntables are connected to. Open the F10 > Audio Settings and select your INPUT audio-interface Soundcard Driver.
  2. Load Deckadance as an Effect - Load Deckadance on a Mixer track FX slot.
  3. Assign a Mixer Track for the Deck A Input - 3.1 Set the Deck A INput to your Left Turntable's audio. 3.2 Route the Deck A Input track exclusively to the Deckadance Mixer Track (from step 2).
  4. Assign a Mixer Track for the Deck B Input - 4.1 Set the Deck A INput to your Left Turntable's audio. 4.2 Route the Deck A Input track exclusively to the Deckadance Mixer Track (from step 2).
  5. Select the Sidechain inputs crated above in Deckadance's Wrapper Settings - 5.1 Open Deckadance and click on the Wrapper Settings gear icon, 5.2 Select the Processing Tab, 5.3 Select Deck A and B Inputs. Right-click the blank number fields '---' to show input options.

You have sucessfully routed two Vinyl/VJD control signals into FL Studio on separate Mixer tracks. These signals have been side-chained to the Mixer track Deckadance is on and routed into Deckadance from the Wrapper sidechain inputs.

External Audio Outputs

To send the Output of Deckadance's Decks to an external mixer follow the instructions below.

  1. External audio device - Make sure FL Studio is using the same audio device your external Mixer is connected to. Open the F10 > Audio Settings and select your OUTPUT audio-interface Soundcard Driver.
  2. Deselect Deckadance's Mixer Track Master Send - This will prevent the audio from Deckadance passing through FL Studio.
  3. Select Send 1 for Deck A - 3.2 Deselect Send 1's Master Send. 3.2 Select the Audio Output of your Audio Interface that is feeding your hardware/outboard Mixer channel for Deck A.
  4. Select Send 2 for Deck B - 4.1 Deselect Send 1's Master Send. 4.2 Select the Audio Output of your Audio Interface that is feeding your hardware/outboard Mixer channel for Deck B.
  5. Map Deckadance's Outputs to Send 1 and Send 2 - 5.1 Open Deckadance and select the Wrapper Settings gear icon. 5.2 Select the Processing tab. 5.3 Route Deck A to Send 1 and Deck B to Send 2. Right-click the blank field '---' to select the appropriate Send.

If you have routed things correctly Deckadance deck A and B will be leaving your computer via separate outputs on your audio interface.