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 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.
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.
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
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