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Great audio software for DJs, radio stations, and party animals
Member Name: jamescridland
Date: 25/04/01, updated on 25/04/01 (88 review reads)
Advantages: Awesome tool for playing music
Disadvantages: Non-standard file format (but read on)
Silly name, crazy software.
OtsJuke (no, no idea about the name) is a piece of Australian music software.
What does it do? Well.
1. It plays music. (This is a handy thing for music software.)
2. It dynamically processes music. Eh? Well, it has settings for automatic level control, compression, limiting - basically, all the controls that a professional radio station uses to make sure that everything you hear is the same volume level. Never again will you be messing about with loads of nasty MP3s that are recorded at different levels.
3. You can pitch-change the tunes you're playing without changing the speed.
4. You can change the speed of the tunes you're playing without changing the pitch. This is really rather more fab than number 3, since if you want to get a crowd of people dancing faster and faster without noticing, and keep the energy up, you can use this like mad. It's a fab thing.
5. It has a graphic equaliser built-in. So you can boom the bass, max the mid and rock the, er, treble.
Now we're getting to the clever bits. Keep reading.
6. It segues the music properly. "Segues" are playing the records back to back with no nasty gaps in between, but doing a good "segue" means more than just a cross-fading program. It's why radio presenters get paid (among other things), and up until now, I've not heard a computer system do it properly. Even ones costing many thousands of pounds installed in radio stations.
7. It'll even do all this with a CD. Now, this is way cool. Just whack in a CD, and it'll segue individual tracks from the same CD, so you can seamlessly go from track 1 to track 5, and hear them both playing over one another if you want, while speeding them up 3% or so. This is pretty awe-inspiring the first time you see it. Hear it, rather.
8. It'll create playlists. No randomizing going on here - if you w
ant it to make sure you don't get two Kylie Minogue tunes back to back, you can set it to do that.
9. It'll drop jingles in, too. Want a "This is Big Jim's Disco" jingle every three tunes? You can do it with this, all automatically.
10. Storing and saving playlists is easy: and you can even kick them off at certain times. Maybe you've a "High energy dance" playlist, then a "Soppy Love tunes" playlist - you can even get the love tune one to automatically start at 2am if you want.
11. It also talks to ShoutCast, so if you want to run a damn fine-sounding radio station on the web, it's got all that built-in.
12. Beat mixes are coming soon - they promise that the software will automatically mix the beats of your favourite dance tunes to sound like Judge Jules. Perhaps. I'll believe this when I see it, but it is coming, so they say.
Hopefully, all of that shows what a fabby program it is. The only real disadvantage is that it doesn't play MP3s. Huh? Well, so that it can do all of its clever things, it re-writes an MP3 as an "OTS" file. Problem? No, not really. For one thing, it's totally lossless - you can change an MP3 file into an OTS file and back with no loss of quality. For another thing, OTS files are smaller. It takes a bit of time converting the files, though.
So what would you use it for?
Well, it's built for DJs, but you can also use it if you want an overnight service on your hospital radio station, for example, or you want to run a radio station on the internet, or you have a shop or pub and are bored of hearing the same CDs over and over again, or are having a big party, or... anything where you need music, really. Just plug your PC into your amplifier, and you're away.
But can't WinAmp do all this?
Kind of, but not as well. You CAN get plugins to do all of the above, with the exception of the neat CD stuf
f. But the plugins aren't as neat, and don't work as well - and if you really want to run WinAmp with about twenty plugins, then that's up to you. I've not found a dynamic processing module that does the job half as well; I've certainly not found a segue system that is half as intelligent.
The software, OTSJuke DJ Professional, current costs $99 - but the full price will be $399. Even though I got mine at half the price about six months ago (with half the features, it has to be said), it's still easily worth $99 if you're serious about your music.
You can also download a demo from the site - it's completely working, except for a jingle every ten minutes. Do give it a download - you'll be amazed.
Do I like this software, or WHAT?