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Mixxx - FOSS Atomix

April 9, 2006

I like to use Atomix when I'm using a Windows machine to DJ because it's rock solid stable and intuitive enough to figure out after about a minute sat at it. OK, I had to pay for my copy but for me it was worth it since I've had literally months of fun out of it for that intial, what, 30 Euros? (Looks) Fuck me, that's gone up a bit since I bought it!

I've been looking for a rough equivalent for OS X for a while now since I prefer using a Mac, and until I get this I'm not gonna be running Atomix on my Mac any time soon. I had a dabble with Dekstasy, which in fact does not piss on the payware Atomix, mostly due to a clunky and difficult to use interface and the fact that you need to import every track you want to play into a "crate" in advance. Since this involves analysing each track to get the bpm this is quite time consuming (especially with a large music collection) and there's no just spotting a track you like and dragging it to the deck a la Atomix.

So, anyway, I googled a bit more and ran across Mixxx, an open source mp3/ogg/whatever dj/mixing program. Since it's open source it'll work if you're on Windows, OS X or (gawd love you) Linux. At first glance it seems to offer pretty much equivalent functionality to Atomix, and since it's Free, you can just rock on up to someone's PC at a party, install it and run rampant through their mp3 collection without all that teedious mucking about with activation keys or analysing bpm.

I've only been playing with it for about 20 minutes, so I can't vouch for its stability or anything but so far it's been a lot of fun to use. Try it, you might like it!

Posted by Jonah at April 9, 2006 2:03 AM