AlcaTech BPM Studio

I didn’t realize it until I started researching Alcatech BPM Studio, but I actually used this software at a nightclub I used to DJ at. It had a very Denon looking control unit, and the software was running on a desktop computer in the booth. It was 2003, a year after Alcatech BPM Studio was voted “Best Virtual DJ Studio” in 2002. I must say, I was not very impressed with the software and rackmount controller. The DJ booth at the club also had a Denon dual CD player that I used 99% of the time. The Alcatech software hat latency issues when I pressed “Start”. There was a small delay, then when I used the pitch bend to try to correct, it was not accurate at all. This was all very obvious when you compared it to the response of the Denon unit. Anyway, it’s 2007, and I’m sure Alcatech has addressed many of these issues.

The software is a little spendy, $299 for the standard version and $499 for the Pro edition, but it does have a ton of features. Unfortunately, I did not see a link to download a free trial of Alcatech BPM Studio.

Here are some of Alcatech’s features:

The Player

The especially developed engine causes that the two integrated players run completely reliably and synchronously. The structure is simple and transparent and offers all the functions a professional DJ needs for perfect work.

among many other settings it is possible to alter individually and save user-specific settings such as displays, pitch areas, fading-times of the tracks. The players are equipped with an intelligent warning- and protectionsystem which guarantees secure operation.

The players and playlists do not only process WAVE and MP3 data but also audio-data from any audio CD.

Sample Player

The sample player makes it possible to play up to 9 different audio files simultaneously. You can select the player’s audio channel A or B to play the samples or you can even use your own channel. Using drag & drop the songs are easily loaded with the 9-digit keyboard and can be played with quick start. Apart from the MP3 format the player also supports wave data.

Remote Control

Alcatech RCP-2001-B Software Controller

1 – VFD Displays

Thanks to the specially designed VFD Displays, the
DJ can view pitch, rendering position, operation mode and even track choice from the archive and playlists. VFD Displays are easily readable even in poor light. 2 – Track Selector

Title selection is possible by revloving this button.
Simultaneously pressing and turning the button will advance through titles 10 tracks at at time 3 – Direct-Cue

Up to 6 Cue Points can be directly stored in each player. All cue points with Instant Cue (< 6 ms) are allowed thereby offering undreamt sampling effects that were unimaginable before! Even complete loops can be played using Cue buttons

Other Features

Alcatech also has many other features that you would expect to find in any DJ software:

No more CDs needed, thousands of titles are at your disposal for immediate play
Efficient search of title, artist, year, genre, or BPM range
Comfortable, freely editable title archive
Realtime BPM Counter, master tempo, pitch and pitch bend make beat-matching a breeze
Realtime Loop Sampler and Sample Player
Streaming Module enabling operation as an Internet Radio Frontend Software

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

djanthony October 31, 2007 at 1:14 am

bpm studio is history.
It´s the same programm like ten years ago.
Hot djsoftware is virtualdj.
Virtualdj pro 5 is excellent !!!
Lot of plugins for audio and video.
Works great for audio and videomixing.

trim November 11, 2007 at 1:45 pm

i agree

djmartin December 1, 2007 at 4:57 pm

The new “BPM-Studio” ist UltraMixer – a new bpm-studio-like DJ-Software with modern features and modern skins, e.g. for 1440×900 screen solution.

http://www.ultramixer.com

ian perry January 22, 2008 at 5:19 pm

mixmeister beats everything i have tried by miles

Benji3O3 February 8, 2008 at 3:28 am

Mixmeister Studio makes every mix perfect.

Krystian July 2, 2008 at 3:39 am

I think that BPM Studio is still alive, and it produces great quality music too.
You can find UK reseller website at http://www.bpmstudiouk.com

By the way, nice blog, a bit overmonetized, but relevant info so it’s okay I guess ;-)

Jeethen kalidin July 16, 2008 at 6:38 am

got the software, i now need the controller but i live in South Africa, how do i get hold of one…….

sunrise August 5, 2008 at 1:06 am

BPM Studio Pro is an amazing program if you use it for the right application. I’m the entertainment director for a company that runs adult night clubs and I’ve installed 13 copies of BPM because it NEVER CRASHES. Windows will crash underneath it and it will still play. What more can u ask 4 . I could go on and on about this program but I would rather let it speak for itself. I can see where it may not b the program of choice for a regular club dj but for our industry it is taylor made and it works.

stan April 12, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Why do some songs sound as though they are coming from under water? About 3% of mine sound that way. Any thoughts??

stan April 12, 2009 at 7:19 pm

I use BPM, have for several years. Why do some songs sound as though they are coming from under water? About 3% of mine sound that way. Any thoughts??

karl April 29, 2009 at 1:04 pm

i have used BPM for five years now, its ok. but not the best by far.
i work for a company in winnipeg, MB., canada. the majority of our clubs use this software. but there are limitation. like not being able to scratch.
great for beat mixing and is pretty reliable. if five years its only crashed 3 times i think.
to answer the question above, it sounds like the song is under water cause of compression.

djmoya October 29, 2009 at 2:59 pm

It’s ok but nothing compared to the professionalism of traktor or serato.

DJ Peter July 4, 2012 at 6:25 pm

The reason for the “underwater” sound you are referring to is due to the master tempo being engaged. If the pitch function is being used it will sound fine, although you’ll of course notice the key change.

Although it would be prefered for this not to happen, the best solution is sing master tempo, but following the mix bring the pitch control / master tempo control back to 0. You won’t here this problem.

I would hope that using a more advanced sound card might address this concern. Many Winnipeg clubs still use BPM Studio as do many mobile music companies. As they attempt to get by with the best but cheapest hardware they can run while still ensuring stability, it is more than likely that they don’t have an expensive card like an M-Audio card in use.

A rival winnipeg nightclub chain used BPM Studio for neary 10 years & had the same problem, even when using the recommended Maya 44 card.

The people that desined BPM Studio also devised the Franhofer code that invented mp3 technology. One would assume that an elite audio pioneer would have addressed this issue years ago. Sadly their lack of support for this product has been horrendous.

Perhaps its due to their being located in Germany & support their is better. Their website lists a flash site doesn’t work. English grammar translation is attrocious, recommended external soundcards are internal cards….it’s horrendous.

That being said, it is a decent product, but very costly especially when compared to Traktor & Serato. Both these listed products have soundcards built into their product, leaving less up to the consumer to worry about.

I’ve used BPM Studio for a dozen years myself, but all software / hardware issues are the worry of an IT company that solves all these problems for me. They are an Alcatech dealer & do a great job supporting this product, however if I was on my own, it would likely be a nightmare situation.

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