|This article is outdated. (October 2013)|
Deckadance 1.90.0 running on Windows
|Initial release||October 1, 2007|
|Stable release||1.93 / July 30, 2011|
|Operating system||Windows & Mac OS X|
|Type||DJ console and mixing|
Deckadance (often referred to as DD) is a DJ console and mixing tool developed by Image-Line software. Initially released in May 2007, it operates on Windows and Mac OS X, and comes in a House Edition and Club Edition. The latter has support for timecoded vinyl.
Deckadance can be used as a standalone application or as a VST plugin inside VST-supporting software hosts like Ableton Live. It can host any VST-compliant effect or software synthesizer, and can be controlled by most Midi controllers.
Deckadance was created by Image-Line as a mixing application for DJs. Image-Line worked closely with DJ and programmer Arguru to develop the first version, which was released for Windows in May 2007. After Arguru died in a car accident in June 2007, future versions were worked on by the Image-Line developers Arguru had been cooperating with, many of whom are also DJs. Deckadance was made compatible with Mac OS X after the release of version 1.20.0 in January 2008. The most recent release is version 1.9 from May 24, 2011.
- System requirements
As of version 1.9, the minimum system requirements for Deckadance on a PC are Windows 7, Vista, or XP (SP2). Hardware requirements consist of 512 Mb RAM, 200 Mb free hard drive space, and a DirectSound or ASIO compatible soundcard. Also required is either an Intel Pentium III 1 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 1.4 GHz processor. A Mac requires Mac OS X v10.4 (Universal binary), 512 Mb RAM, 200 Mb free hard drive space, and a sound card with CoreAudio drivers. Processor must be either G4 1.5 GHz or Intel Core Duo family.
Deckadance is available in two different editions. The House Edition can host VST compliant effects and can be controlled via a MIDI controller. The Club Edition contains all of the features of the House Edition, in addition to support for timecoded vinyls.
Among Deckadance features are iTunes integration, an audio synchronization engine which can work in tandem with other VST hosts such as Ableton Live, a detachable Song Manager (SM) that can integrate with iTunes, zPlane Elastique technology, a colored waveform with red to distinguish bass, the ability to time-code your own CD (Club Edition), beat detection, a 2-channel mixer with 3-band EQ, and headphone cueing. As of version 1.9 Deckadance has seven internal performance effects, including LP, HP, BP, Notch, Phaser, Echo, and LoFi.
- User Interface - Deckadance uses a GUI that slightly resembles that of Image-Line's digital audio workstation FL Studio, which consists of one main window that can expand to fill the entire screen. As of 1.3x there are 6 changeable user skins. As of version 1.9, the program no longer covers the start bar and the icons resemble those of Apple's Aqua graphics.
- VST options - Deckadance is designed to work either as a standalone program or as a VSTi 2.4 plugin inside VST-supporting software hosts. For example, Deckadance can be used as a plugin in digital audio workstations such as FL Studio, Ableton Live, Cakewalk Sonar, and Cubase. Deckadance can host VST-compliant effects or software synthesizers, and the VSTs can be controlled with MIDI files, making Deckadance into an 8 track music sequencer.
- Samplers - Deckadance has eight integrated sampler banks that can save 1, 2, 4, or 8 beat pattern loops from the decks. The sampling process works in conjunction with a beat detection feature, meaning the samples can be automatically synced to tempo. There is a volume control for sampler slot output, and effects can be layered onto the sample banks. It also allows for the recording and looping of live audio.
- ReLooper - The ReLooper slices and re-arranges samples in the playback buffer for either Deck A or Deck B, with the looped region defined by beat markers. Master ReLooper effects include a wha-wha filter, panoramic LFO, ring-modulator, and track-coder that combines a vocoder and low-fi distortion effect.
Deckadance can be controlled using a mouse, keyboard, CD system, MIDI controller, or in the case of the Club Edition, timecoded vinyl. The program uses a MIDI auto detection system. Deckadance works with vinyl and CDs timecoded with software such as Stanton FinalScratch, Serato Scratch Live, VirtualDJ (CD only), MixVibes, msPinky, PCDJ Reflex and Torq, and Deckadance CD. Through an "autolearning system," Image-Line claims the program can use essentially all CD and vinyl controllers on the market. When using vinyl, the program distinguishes between "absolute mode", which allows for needle dropping and jump track position from the vinyl, and "relative mode", which doesn't. Both modes allow for scratching and the manual control of playback speed and direction.
|Brand||Model(s) and first supporting DD version|
|Allen & Heath||Xone:3D (0.99)|
|American Audio||Digital Producer 2/DP2 (1.7), VMS4 (1.8)|
|Behringer||BCD2000 (0.96), BCD3000 (1.13)|
|DJ-Tech||i-Mix / i-Mix Reload (1.3), Kontrol One K1 + M1 (1.5), DJ Mouse (1.5), i-Mix MKII (1.6), 101 Series (1.7), DJ For All (1.7), uSolo FX (1.72), Pocket DJ (1.72), Mix Free|
|EKS||XP-5 (1.30), XP-10 (0.85), Otus (1.40.3)|
|Hercules||Console MK2, MK4, and Steel (1.0), RMX (1.3), Control MP3 and MP3 E2 (1.3)|
|Kontrol Dj||KDJ500 (1.08)|
|M-Audio||X-Session Pro (1.0), Xponent (1.3)|
|Numark||Total Control (1.2), Omni Control (1.6)|
|Stanton||SCS-1D (1.3), SCS-3D/DaScratch (1.40.4)|
|SYNQ||PCM-1 (1.3), DMC-1000 (1.71), DMC-2000 (1.9)|
|Vestax||VCI-100 (1.3), VCI-300 (1.5), VCM-100 (1.3), Typhoon (1.8)|
|1.00.0||5/3/2007||The initial "final release."|
|1.08.0||5/14/2007||Timecode tracking latency minimized.|
|1.10.0||5/24/2007||New playlist system and GUI interface, new keyboard shortcuts, Nintendo Wii Remote native controller support. Last version worked on by Arguru.|
|1.14.0||10/1/2007||Introduction of the House Edition, which doesn't include vinyl tracking system. New "Hitech" skin. Equalization processing to input lines.|
|1.20.x||1/15/2008||Mac OS X release, new Deckadance LE Edition available to hardware manufacturers. Master level volume to the new minihost, vinyl timcode control of decks inside Live and Live LE.|
|1.30.0||2/22/2008||Implementation of OpenGL to increase speed and also use around 30% of the CPU (rather than reports of the CPU getting up to 100% on the Mac). Automatic storing of cue points.|
|1.30.6/7||Added jog control to the EXT CTRL panel for House and LE editions, and improved scratch behavior for the Kontrol Dj KDJ500 controller. Added new skins: Blue, New White, Synq, Vestax and Dj-Tech, and removed the old black, white and vestax skins.|
|1.30.9||9/2008||New render engine, automatic storing of cue points, new Midi function list, support for 14 bit Midi pitch messages, deck load locked features, new loop move feature.|
|1.31.0||4/9/2008||Neon skin added, waveform color support via skin.|
|1.40.x||12/28/2008||New in-built support for midi streaming, new sound engine, new BPM setup panel/beatgrid system.|
|1.45.0||5/7/2009||Support to load/import iTunes playlists, new OpenGL render engine for Windows, support and BPM reading for ID3V1/2 tags.|
|1.50.3||5/24/2009||Batch analysis of songs added, new beatgrid move via mouse over waveform.|
|1.60.x||10/29/2009||New Control CD Creator to create accurate timecode file for CD players, new audio setup panel, iTunes integration panel, support added for Japanese glyphs. 1.60.1 introduced new BPM detector engine, new search function for playlist and iTunes panel, and new playlist archive history. Version 1.60.3 (2/12/2010) consisted of problem fixes.|
|1.7x.x||7/27/2010||Support added for mp3, flac, m4a, wma, wav, aiff, and ogg, multi-language support for help system, Image-Line GrossBeat support. Added tag reading for LFAC, m4a, wma, and ogg, added auto-detection of Midi controllers.|
|1.80.0||11/21/2010||Added SNAP feature to closest beat in waveform, DVS runout/protection and Lead In function, added downbeat and start position keyboard shortcuts. Song manager added.|
|1.90.0||5/24/2011||New file browser, synchronization settings, and snap and quantize buttons. Song manager fully integrated into Deckadance, with a detachable option. Integration between the song manager and iTunes/iTunes playlists.|
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