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Announcements / Re: If you are Out of Work...
« on: July 01, 2020, 05:44:15 PM »
Hey Justin:

I'm just getting around to some backed up email from a week ago...and saw this....that's really nice of you to put this together.

This doesn't apply to me because of my day job, but hopefully, it helps others.

-Fabio

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Q & A / Re: Fade out to next song
« on: April 05, 2020, 07:08:07 PM »
Hey Craig!

Make sure you have "Always Default to Trigger enabled" checked under Crossfade options.  Also, make sure you've updated to at least 8.1.   There were some issues with 8.0.x with the fade out feature.

-Fabio

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Q & A / Re: Using 2 Audio Devices
« on: November 02, 2018, 10:24:20 AM »
Hi RCACC:

Personally I would do it the other way, usually external devices have better sound, most laptop soundcards are not great so you'd probably want the USB Soundcard to be your main, and the laptop sound to be your 2ndary.  Either Way, it should work regardless which one is set as the primary and which one is set as the 2ndary.  If you click the play button while your holding down the control key on your keyboard it should play the song in preview mode and the "preview light" should turn on. 

BTW, I'm not sure what you mean by "I club the preview option", but I'm guessing you're clicking on the preview "light" which doesn't do anything. It's only meant to be a "light" to indicate when you're in preview mode on that line.

Also, if you don't remember the controls, if you right click on any line you can see that the "control-click" is the feature you're looking for.  See my attached screenshot.

-Fabio

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Feature Suggestions / Re: Some issues and solution requests
« on: November 02, 2018, 02:57:31 AM »
Hi Sandy:

Lol, on the "beer ears"...

I can't claim to know the difference between the two, other than FLAC being a lossless format.  I will say that VDJS has built in "enhanced sound" capabilities which upsamples audio to 48khz (see screenshot).  Most windows programs will only playback at 44.1khz.  Try playing a converted FLAC file on VDJS and the original FLAC file on another program and you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference.  Use a good headset to listen to both.

I have tried Karma before but as you mentioned it has issues as well as it doesn't work the way I'd want it to work for my purposes.  I do use some of their other products because no one else makes them.  I Have used KJ File manager to normalize the file names on my karaoke songs.  I no longer use it because once my files were in order I didn't need it anymore, I just had to make sure any new added songs are formatted in the same way.  A couple of times a year I do use Song List Generator to create updated paper books.  Also I frequently use their icroons.com site to lookup new songs. 

Regarding your question about the cumulative timer, it does not have such a function, but this mostly is an issue between functionality and practicality. See my second screenshot with the queue with my name as the last person on the queue.   For one VDJS has the option for an online songbook so people can request songs from their smartphones.  This makes it highly tough to prevent people from signing up though their phones even if you queue is full.  I've made announcements that I'm no longer taking requests and people still ignore that and still send in their requests.  Also,  per my screenshot I can estimate that my song will take about half hour before it gets to mine just based on the premise that I can get a new singer roughly every 5 minutes regarless of their song unless their song is an 8 minute November Rain or War Pigs (as examples).  Basically having it add up the time for you as Karma does is still just a rough estimate because you have to announce the next singer after the previous one has finished and by the time they walk over and maybe chit chat with you or fidget with their wallet to throw a tip on your tip jar maybe even call one of their firends to come over and sing with them the machine calculation is already off after two or three singers. Also, quite frequently someone just abandons their song and they don't even tell you and it could be several people, no now you have space for those people who wanted to add a song but you've rejected because your machine has told you there is no room to add them.  Here in California bars are required to stop selling alcohol at 2am and kick everybody off.  However, the majority of bars make last call at 1:30am and call the bar closed at 1:45am.  It gives the patrons a few minutes to finish their drinks before 2am.  I have to estimate that about 1:40 the last singer will be called and he/she will complete their song at about 1:45am (give or take).  per my previous comment I can get a new singer every 5 minutes (give or take).  I actually don't think about it in 5 minute increments.  I think of it in 15 minute increments, so it basically means that I can get three singers every 15 minutes, or 6 singers every half hour.  This means that at 1am if I have 9 singers on the queue I know I'm set for the night and I technically can't take more singers for the queue. However, some of those 9 singer might have gotten too drunk and have left the building or they've changed their mind and no longer want to sing.  So I can't turn people down, but I tell them that there's a high probability that they won't get to sing if all those 9 people are still at the bar. They usually accept it and I add them to the queue.  Quite frequently they actually get to sing since some of the people might have left.  They usually appreciate it and most times they'll leave a larger tip if they actually get to sing.  As you can see a program feature that tells me I can't get more people on the queue would just get in the way for me and I suspect most KJs.  Also, that online songbook feature is a most have for me. Most people love it and request come directly to VDJS, you don't have to run a 3rd party program.  Also they don't need a specific app as it works with both android and iphones. All they have to do is get to your website which you can publish as a permanent message at the top or bottom of the screen. Also singers/patrons can view via their place on the queue via that website.  They can see what everyone is singing and their place in the queue.  Lastly, it also checks the queue and informs them if the song they are trying to submit is already on the queue because someone else submitted it.  It won't allow them to resubmit it. 

You can checkout my own  fabiosongs.com which redirects to the real site (https://fabio.mydjsongbook.com/).  Each new KJ gets their own individual site, your for example might be https://sandy.mydjsongbook.com.  If you check my site when I'm hosting, you can see the queue as well as you can see the song currently being sung (you can actually follow the lyrics too via the site -there's no music however as you're expected to be at the bar to hear it.).  You can check the site now but it's best to see it when I'm hosting.  I'm usually hosting Friday - Sunday starting at 10pm (Pacific Standard time) until 1:45am.

-Fabio






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Feature Suggestions / Re: Some issues and solution requests
« on: November 01, 2018, 05:12:32 PM »
Hi Sandy:

Welcome to this board.

Ok, glad you figured that one out,  I was preparing screenshots for you for the "time remaining issue".

As for the mp3s not playing 320kbps, it could be an issue in the way they were encoded.  I've ran into the issue before but usually I run them through a re-encoder which normalizes the file and Virtual DJ Studio (VDJS) is able to play them.  I use a piece of software called Format Factory which not only converts audio, but also video plus other formats like documents, pictures....etc.  You can convert several files at the same time.  One word of warning is if you plan to download it, be very careful as you're installing it, specially before you click "next", because sometimes they ask if you want to install various other pieces of software which you may not want.  Make sure you click on "skip" or "no" when they ask to install (unless you really want that software), but it's mostly bloatware.

Regarding no FLAC support, that is correct...I'm not sure if the developer will be willing to add that.  One of the reasons VDJS is cheaper is because he rarely relies on 3rd party plugins/libraries.  He will usually write his own which keeps the software fast, less resource hungry, and he doesn't have to pay licensing fees or have to worry about whether a free plugin can later be converted to fee based plugin and has to worry about the legal ramifications of using it. Paying those licensing fees would bloat the price and the software itself. One example is the LAME MP3 encoder.  Most software out there uses this plugin but Justin (the developer of VDJS) has written his own.  On the bright side, you can use FORMAT FACTORY (as mentioned above) to convert all your FLAC files to mp3 format.

Regarding the FONT size, yes, I have problems with it as well.  Unfortunately, you can't do anything about it, I know Justin is planning an update at some point in the future and several of us users have made that a top request (larger/choice of fonts).  About the only thing that will make them bigger is to change the resolution on your screen, but I know in most cases that is not the ideal situation.  It isn't in mine.

Fabio



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Q & A / Re: Searching for Karaoke songs freezing
« on: September 19, 2018, 12:40:44 PM »

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virtually every time i load up VDJ i get a message saying there is a problem loading VDJ and would i like to delete previous playlists

Hi I just saw this, I know you posted it about a month, I'm not tech support as I'm a user like you, but my recent experience with that seems to be related to a song on that playlist.  If the song has been moved or deleted in the time column where the time is you'll see "--:--" somehow VDJ doesn't know how to handle a missing song and it crashes when starting.  If you remove that song from the playlist, it will not crash.

Regarding your other issue, I'm not sure why it would be slow when typing.  I haven't experienced that issue.  What are the specs on the computer you're running?

-Fabio

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Helpful Hints, Tips & Tricks / Re: virtual dj studio 2015
« on: May 30, 2018, 02:28:53 PM »
>>Every couple of weeks or so, the programme seems to lose all my files, and i have to re index everything again, all 240000 of them.

Do you by any chance have the "Re-index checked folders at startup" checked (see my attached screenshot) and any of the folders you're indexing checked as well?  If so I can see where in series of circumstances this can occur.  For example if you fail to plug in your external hard drive *BEFORE* you start VDJ (Virtual DJ Studio) or if Windows does not detect you external hard drive and these boxes are checked.  This basically means it would re-index those folders when you STARTUP but since your drive was not plugged in or Windows did not detect it it will run the reindex but will not find anything and basically clear out your database of songs.  With an external drive it's best to keep that box unchecked just case you forget to plug in your drive.  Or keep a copy of your vdjdb7.dat file located in "%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Next Generation Software\Virtual DJ Studio 2015\" to replace once you make sure the drive is plugged in and being detected.  This file is your complete index and if you keep a copy of it, you don't have to keep re-indexing, you can drop it back in there when necessary.




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Q & A / Re: MP3 tags
« on: April 02, 2018, 01:24:14 PM »
Hmm...you may want to send an email to support@vdj.net.  Justin pops in here occasionally, but this forum is mostly user to user support.

-Fabio

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Q & A / Re: MP3 tags
« on: April 02, 2018, 03:07:37 AM »
I don't use it myself but are you checking the box as shown on my attachment?


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Q & A / Re: Microtuning playback.
« on: March 31, 2018, 03:26:55 PM »
Unfortunately there is no way do it presently.  I'm not sure there's much call enough for it as it is...you can change the karaoke mp3s with external software and replace the mp3 with the new one.  take a look at this website where it allows you to pitch shift to any percentage of the original so theoretically you can do what you want.

http://onlinetonegenerator.com/pitch-shifter.html

-Fabio

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General Discussion / Re: Monitor Sound Output
« on: September 25, 2017, 03:25:02 PM »
Hi Ron:

That's pretty odd. As far as I know, there is no splitting of the sound for mains and monitors on VDJ.  Is your monitor speaker active (powered) or passive? Is Serato just a program or is there hardware to go along with it?  If there is hardware involved that is different than what you're using for for VDJ then that might explain it.  If for example this piece of Serato hardware might have a monitor output (xlr or 1/4" or some other connection) which might be powered.  This means your monitor speaker does not need to be be an active (powered) and it can be passive.  Conversely when you're using VDJ, you might be using a different piece of hardware (an amp/mixer) which does not have a powered output for the monitor.  This means the monitor needs to be powered in order for it to work.  For example, none of my mixers have a powered output for the monitor port, so I need the monitor to be powered.  If I connect a passive speaker no sound will come out of it.

-Fabio

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General Discussion / Re: Singers Profile Picture ?
« on: August 05, 2017, 04:59:29 PM »
I just re-installed it on a spare laptop just to verify and it is still there in 6.9.  And it is...You do need to save the singer and you do need to check the box under the saved singers tab (see my screenshot) to activate it.  The feature has not been added back in since it was removed after that.  It's partially my fault (maybe) that it was removed, I believe Justin asked about the feature when he was working on 7.x and I and others mentioned our singers thought it was weird to watch themselves in the background so Justin removed it.  I believe in a recent post Justin did mentioned that he was planning to add it back in since it appeared some people were using it.  I know I stopped using it after my singers mentioned it was weird for them and probably won't use it when he does add it back in, but there is no reason not to have it when other people are okay with it.

-Fabio




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Announcements / Re: New Article
« on: July 21, 2017, 01:22:56 AM »
You may need to uninstall the previous version completely instead of installing over it, but let's wait for Justin to comment before you do that...


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Announcements / Re: New Article
« on: July 19, 2017, 12:46:28 AM »
Greg:

If you format often, you should save the "code" .  I've created a text file myself and pasted the "code" and saved it on my google drive.  Anytime I need to re-install it I just open it and it's right there.I can then copy and paste.  It's the same one every time.  The only time it changes is when there's a new major version.  For example, if you have a code for version 6, it won't work for version 7.  In that case I usually purchase the new version and I'm good until the next major version.   Also, most email services save your old emails (unless you purposely delete it).  If you search your gmail account, it will be under  "Virtual DJ Studio License" in the subject.  Just to verify it works I just did a search on my google email and it brought back not only my 7.x version "code" but also my 6.x code from 2013. If you still can't find your product code send an email to support@vdj.net that is the best way to get it.  Justin (VDJ author) does come around here occasionally, but the best way to reach him would be that email address.

Best

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Announcements / Re: New Article
« on: July 17, 2017, 02:22:11 PM »
Hi Tony:

You're not getting the new panel (dialog box) as my screenshot below at all?  or are you getting the attached panel but are not finding the previous panel from 7.3.03? which is now a TAB on the new dialog box (circled in red).



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