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Month: June 2014

Top Five DJ Software Deals

DJ_SoftwareA good DJ can be defined by their DJ Software. As a DJ I have used them all, from the free versions you wish you could forget to the crazily overpriced but self-esteem building beasts of the industry. However, there is nothing better than a little experience guiding your way as you choose your software.

Here are my top picks for DJ Software:

No. One: PCDJ Dex – $179 – PC/Mac

PCDJ Dex is a complete DJ package software including special effects, mixer features, and EQs and integrates video software and karaoke support. While the price is relatively high, the features included are almost all-inclusive which makes the PCDJ Dex Software one of the best on the market. And, just for security, the program can be downloaded in a trial form from the company site. This ensures you know the type of program you are getting before purchase commitment.

No. Two: Digital DJ2 – $50 – PC/Mac

Averagely priced is a powerful software featuring s plethora of applications and features. Overall, the program is a slightly reduced edition of Image-Line’s Deckdance just more affordably priced. The low price, mixed with the impressive features make it an ideal software for new DJs. The program is a great option for those wanting to enjoy the necessary features of a DJ software without having to spend additional money on all the bells and whistles.

No. Three: Mixvibes Cross – $119 – PC/Mac

Perhaps the best feature of the Mixvibes Cross software is highly customizable user interface containing multiple decks, a large sampler, multiple assignable cue points as well as dozens of effects to make the software idea for any occasion. Another great feature offered by Mixvibes Cross allows users to import entire outside libraries directly from a unique program called Pioneer Rekordbox – a software operated by Mixvibes itself.

No. Four: Mixxx – Free – PC/Mac/Linux

I wanted to include at least one free software on the list – especially since we are talking about the best deals. Mixxx is a completely open source that is free for download on just about any platform.  Because of its price tag and its comparable quality, Mixxx has a loyal fan base filled with people who claim it to be on par with some of the bigger boys in the industry.  It also include iTunes integration capability as well as a large variety of track formats. Even more, because of the open source, the community is filled with creative add-ons and fun new features improved each day.

No. Five: Atomix VirtualDJ Pro -$299 – PC/Mac

One of the bigger players on the DJ software front. While the price tag is not low, it is certainly one of the most professional software on the market. Users can mix 99 different tracks on 99 different virtual decks all at once (why the heck you need this feature is beyond me, but hey, it’s an option.) The program also includes audio line in features, mapping, and fun and unique DJ controls. For anyone wanting to step up to the big leagues, Atomix is certainly the way to go.

The Best Deals in Laptop Backpack Brands on the Market Today

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We spend a lot of money on our laptops. Whenever I order mine, I can’t help but custom order my rig with all the bells and whistles I can possibly afford. The beauty of a laptop is its portability. I’ve taken my laptop with me on planes, up mountains, to two continents, and even once to an amusement park. With all that hauling around there can be a real fear for your pricey friend’s safety. Safety, quality, and reliability are some of the most important aspects when choosing a laptop backpack, but there is also a lot to be said for cost effectiveness.

Following, is a lift of my five favorite brands in safety, appearance, quality, and price.

No. 1: Swiss Gear

Swiss Gear offers diverse styles including messenger bags, backpacks, and rolling bags. My favorite part of Swiss Gear bags is the tons of extra space included in each bag. Through the years, I’ve managed to include cameras, planners, folders, and my smart phone/tablet in the same case with my laptop. There is nothing better than knowing your belongings are protected, plus all together in a single bag.

No. 2: Case Logic

Rising from its origins in the 80s as an audio storage company, Case Logic has made an impressive name for itself in the market of laptop cases. Case logic bags are unique in appearance plus contain loads of storage for your electronics. Even more, the unique material each bag is made from is great for protecting exposed screens from cameras, tablets, and phones so that you never have to worry about shoving your belongings in a case – before you put them in a case.

No. 3: Tamrac

Tamrac is by far my favorite brand for outdoor electronic carrying gear. The company was originally built on an idea of nature photographers and they build their products to withstand even the harshest situations Mother Nature has to offer. Tamrac bags are not flashy and are not built to be pretty – they are built for effectiveness. Tamrac provides bags that are perfect for hiking electronics such as GPS gear.

No. 4: Kensington

Kensington provides simple and effective bags at a reasonable price always built with quality in mind. The company provides smart products that are ideal for travelers. Many of their cases resemble briefcases and messenger bags making Kensington a great option for professionals on the go. Simple colors, sleek styles, and high quality make Kensington a great laptop backpack option.

No. 5: JanSport

JanSport offers the best value on their bags. Rather you are a student just carrying your computer back and forth to class or if you are a cyclist who carries their bag to work on their back – JanSport has an options for them. Even more, JanSport is great for those looking for a stylish option. Many of their bags are linked to designer names and offer unique looks that are suited for anybody of any age.

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