The big players might hog the headlines these days, but we need to remember that there are other alternatives out there that offer some advantages. We do our best here at DJWORX to cover as much about the alternatives to Pioneer, Native Instruments, Atomix and Serato, even including the open source ones! Easily the company that keeps our inbox busiest with updates is Mixvibes, makers of Cross DJ for Mac/Windows, iOS and Android.
Cross DJ continues it’s march towards a complete desktop DJ software package with the latest version of Cross DJ: 3.3.11. This version brings Windows 10 support, a couple of new controllers to support and some other bits and bobs. You can get into the detail in the press release below.
Paris, France – 13th of August, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mixvibes Cross DJ 3.3.11 for Mac/PC: Windows 10 ready, new controllers & improvements.
PC users rejoice: Cross DJ is now compatible with Windows’ latest OS
Both 32 and 64-bit version are supported
New supported controllers
Better Pioneer CDJ integration
Pioneer CDJ-2000: the CDJ now displays the current selected track’s artwork.
Pioneer CDJ-850: no more crash while browsing
Overall stability of both HID controls has been improved
Workflow and performance improvements
Track Match now updates based on Master player change: when Track Match is set on Master, it keeps track of Master’s change.
No need to re analyze tracks after you’ve moved them within the collection.
Record: the limiter has been fixed so you won’t get saturated recordings any more.
Player: fixed color waveform display for tracks having 88200Hz sample rate
Collection: fixed crash when deleting the current month in the History view
Collection: fixed SoundCloud tree reload
Various: fixed possible random crashes on custom analysis + when loading tracks by drag and drop + when unloading an audio/video couple.
Pricing & availability
49€ / $49 for Cross DJ
129€ / $129 for Cross Free update available for Cross DJ & Cross.
Mixvibes has been making professional DJ software and apps for 15 years. Downloaded by millions worldwide, its flagship app Cross DJ is now available on Mac/PC, iOS and Android. Mixvibes has also developed Pioneer’s rekordboxTM, the worldwide club standard music management software.
While this release might not scream out some of the sexy features rival software recently had, it’s important in that it not only further cements integration with critical Pioneer club gear, it adds full compatibility with the just released Windows 10 and adds support for a couple more controllers. There’s obviously the usual round of bug squashing as well, to tighten it up.
With all the recent upheaval thanks to Pioneer’s rekordbox announcement, there’s certainly opportunity for other, smaller, DJ software companies to jostle for position. I mentioned in the first paragraph that these smaller companies still offered some advantages. The biggest and most obvious is bang for your buck: for less than the major players, you can get full DVS on the audio interface of your choosing. Got a cheap two channel mixer with digital audio and a couple of turntables? No problem. Serato, NI and (now) Pioneer are able to pick and choose their partners, leaving you out in the cold if your gear isn’t on the guest list.
Do you think smaller companies like Mixvibes have an opportunity now that the industry has had a shake-up?