• Derp Reynolds

    I really like Whitecap, but their updates are expensive, i prefer Whitecap over Gforce.

  • Daniel Cana

    Hey Scott, I was wondering if either this software or something else could actually be used as a graphic background for projectable text..
    For example, an audio visualizer type of thing going on behind song lyrics in a live setting?

  • Eric

    We just released some new music visualization software called “MAGIC” about a month ago. Hope you all enjoy it. http://colorandmusic.com

  • Morphyre

    I develop some Music Visualisation software called Morphyre (www.morphyre.com) that’s good for VJing – it provides a very simple way to create custom visualisations containing your own (2D or 3D) content on both Windows and Mac, and it’s got hundreds of built-in scenes (including the ones from my previous R4 visualiser that somebody already mentioned here).

    It’s definitely worth checking out as it has a different style of visuals to a lot of the things seen here…

  • Nina Bartolucci

    I recommend a good choice for starters is Neuromixer’s AVmixer Pro. The interface is attractive as well as intuitive. You can view the layers side by side for individual manipulation, and most of the functions, including a playback speed slider. It has a pretty standard list of advanced features including support for all major file types, MIDI support, support for FreeFrame effects and A/V mixing.
    Lastly, the price is very reasonable for VJ Software, at $90, which is very nice when you’re just starting out and trying to figure out what you like/dislike.

  • TotesMyGoats

    I recently downloaded Resolume 4 (Demo Version) and started messing about with it. It’s a powerful program that obviously has a learning curve. I wanted to make use of 2 projectors I have, however I’m learning very quickly that it’s going to be virtually impossible to DJ/Mix on my Traktor/S4 and try to go midi-mode for Resolume control at the same time. Seem’s like to use Resolume you need a dedicated VJ with a midi controller/personal laptop, and a separate DJ spinning the tunes on a separate laptop/controller. Maybe I can convince one of my mates to take up VJing :)

  • Saccadic Rush

    Reading this article with mixed feelings as a VJ who edits and composits video loops live in his performances. I’ve been programming my own presets for milkdrop at an early stage, and then using Resolume 2.4, later Avenue a lot to create unique, live video sets.

    So I feel like using programs for ready-made or sound reactive visuals that you connect to your DJ set is a little like me stitching a finished audio set in Ableton and then pressing the play button while I do my VJing on top. Thats not DVJing. 

    And in the same way, using automated solutions on top of your audio set isn’t VJing. I feel like you don’t stay clear enough on that in this article. Plugging your Mixer into Winamps Milkdrop won’t make you a DVJ. 

    There’s a lot of things to learn and master in proper VJing, so big up to anyone who is a good DJ and builds his own video & animation sets on top of that! But francly it isn’t even easy to get proper credit and pay for the tons of work good VJing can be, so the last thing we need is DJs popping up to say “I’ll do the visuals too, I can plug the mixer to my line in”.

    On the other side – there is close to zero good resources on VJing on the web. I’ve been learning by doing. Seeing articles about the possibilities in VJing and the proper gear on DJtechtools could be amazing – just don’t treat it like you can be a plug-and-play-VJ on the side of being a DJ please…

    • Saccadic Rush

      The thing to aim for is either -real- DVJing, operating your video & audio set at the same time (and I’m not talking about automated solution) – or even better:

      Having a good DJ and a good VJ work together!
      You could be amazed ;)

  • Howardhope

    sorry this has really interested me but i am only human, and need to clarify how one would mix through traktor with an S4 and send audio/midi signals to another computer running the visual software?

  • Fezzstenton

    I’ve been using modul8 for a few months now out a gigs, it’s great at setting up quick scenes and reacting to the audio in different ways, well worth a shot, and it’s great for beginners. I’ve started to reach limitations with it tho, and am planning on switching to resolume soon . 

  • rex

    No mention of just using winamp w/ milkdrop. Simple, cheap and easy. Out your mixer into you laptop, set winamp to linein. Done.

  • Izo

    anyone knows what visualizer is this:

    • Derp Reynolds

      Are you kidding that is the standard Jellyfish visual in itunes, well on mac it is anyway, it is totally free!

  • ????????? ?????????

     
    Hey, DJTT! What about FLxER? Powerful and easy to use free software for all platforms(incl. Linux, iPhone and iPad) based on Java and Adobe flash technologies! I found it at LPM2011 in Minsk…it`s pretty awesome
     

  • Project N

    I have the DDJ-S1, with an external soundcard built into the mixer. Is it still possible for me to work a visualizer with a single computer? Or do I need two, and route 2 outputs from the mixer. (the balanced XLR outputs to the sub, and RCA output to the 2nd computer)

  • http://www.facebook.com/sebastian.rattansen Sebastian Rattansen

    Nice article.

    I really like the idea of adding visuals to my mixing, but have no idea and am not very technical. Ideally it would be some piece of software that linked straight into Traktor. Anyone know of something like this?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=595941699 Mateo Ferley Yael

    I use Isadora (cross platform node programming based software)
    It’s more complex than resolume or modul8, but way more powerfull as well.

    I also do all the midi routing of my own made midi controllers with it.
    You can import 3d models, quartz composer effects, use live cameras and mix multiple video layers to make some stunning visuals.

    You can check some examples in our website http://www.yaeltex.com.ar
    sorry but is only in spanish, hope you can find something

    Great article!

  • Riko Roos

    I personally think that Video on a ‘Music driven party’ is well overrated. Did visual some time ago with Resolume, vvvv and the most powerful but discontinued software Pilgrim Pro. All i discoverd during these times and still discover when i dj is that people stare at the screens and get paralyzed by the picture overdose instead of dancing. So in my conclusion the comment ‘get a VJ and have winamp playing a playlist’ is not too wrong here…
    If any of you attended the latest DJ Shadow or Amon Tobin show you should know what i am talking about: most stunning visuals i have ever seen but nobody dancing or remembering the music without getting the ‘sound only album’.

  • http://ax11.myopenid.com/ Tom

    I’ve got a better idea. Engage a VJ and only a VJ to perform live and replace the DJ by some Winamp plugin that does auto playlist generation and beat matching!!1!

    …haha, only serious,

    Tom (VJ, DJ and live act)

  • Meerkat82

    resolume is not worth mentioning – they have gone steadily backwards since version 2 and seem to have sacrificed creativity for the sake of technological advancement (2D Vs, 3D effects)

  • Anonymous

    this is just the article i’ve been waiting for!! my friend and i have been looking into using vjing as a component of our set for a while now. the whole area of vjing seems to be a minefield of expensive programmes with dated and extremely complicated looking GUI’s. i look forward to researching these suggestions:)

  • Anonymous

    Something I’m working on with Quartz Composer

    My first prototype from a few weeks ago, not really useable as it is but I’m almost there now.  Still making lots of improvements, gonna take it out soon once I’ve sorted a few problems.

  • Anonymous

    Something I’m working on with Quartz Composer

    My first prototype from a few weeks ago, not really useable as it is but I’m almost there now.  Still making lots of improvements, gonna take it out soon once I’ve sorted a few problems.

  • Anonymous

    Something I’m working on with Quartz Composer

    My first prototype from a few weeks ago, not really useable as it is but I’m almost there now.  Still making lots of improvements, gonna take it out soon once I’ve sorted a few problems.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=768354692 Dustin Smith

    A lot of these are great – but to be honest, running Milkdrop on Winamp gives you the easiest (and some of the best) plug and play visualizations. If you don’t want to split a line off your mixer you can use a mic as a line-in. You can even add custom logo sprites on top if you want.

  • Jdrada
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Oli-Ver/100001017980197 Oli Ver

    For anyone serious about vjing I can say vdmx is easily the best software out there, not only can you load quartz composer files into it but you can also make your own custom effects and plugins in quartz composer then load them into it as well.

    I create my own 3d animations that I then trigger and manipulate via midi from ableton live or osc from my ipad. For anyone interested in seeing what you can do in vdmx have a look at my website where I have many audio visual and projection mapping videos.

    1000errors.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/per.jakobsen Per Jakobsen

    Sorry.. but I’m a little confused here.. Is there a visual effect that ‘just’ takes the sound/music as input that already has prebuilt visual effects that randomly changes.. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/per.jakobsen Per Jakobsen

    Sorry.. but I’m a little confused here.. Is there a visual effect that ‘just’ takes the sound/music as input that already has prebuilt visual effects that randomly changes.. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/per.jakobsen Per Jakobsen

    Sorry.. but I’m a little confused here.. Is there a visual effect that ‘just’ takes the sound/music as input that already has prebuilt visual effects that randomly changes.. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/per.jakobsen Per Jakobsen

    Sorry.. but I’m a little confused here.. Is there a visual effect that ‘just’ takes the sound/music as input that already has prebuilt visual effects that randomly changes.. 

  • MFx

    As a former VJ I played around with Resolume for a while in their early stages….due to time issues i quited the vj game…In my opinion Resolume is the best prog at this moment. It’s powerfull and has a realy dedicated team that keep improving the program. Having a vj or vids playing in combination with the lights and the music is the best possible way to create a mood.
    Another good way to create a good show is if a dj and vj hook up and create a show together….
    If you want to see some nice showreels look on the resolume site under footage…

  • Scott McCall

    I should mention that the thing about XNTH that makes it so cool, is like an audio synth, you get endless presets out of what’s buyilt in to the synth. You can make tons of cool visuals without even having any videos or images of your own. Of course, adding your own stuff is the way to go, but I am always amazed at the new things I create with only a handful of avi, jpg and 3d models..

    XNTH should definately be on this list because we could use some well deserved exposure. XNTH has been in development since 2004 by 2 guys with a passion for music and computer graphics :) (my brother and I are in the image below)

    http://www.xnth.eu (DL demo here)
    http://www.vimeo.com/channels/xnth (a bunch of xnth video clips)

  • Scott McCall

    My brother and I wrote a vj tool called XNTH. I am currently running it on the same laptop as traktor and maschine and it works flawlessly. XNTH is a realtime 3d visual synthesizer. We decided to take a completely different approach to VJing.
    Xnth is a beat driven visual synthesizer. It is amazing.

    here’s a clip from The Music Box, Hollywood. The display is a huge LED wall. here’s the link:
    http://vimeo.com/13778363

    we are just now starting to sell the software. A demo is available for download of course! (PC only):
    http://www.xnth.eu

    Don’t let this comment pass by without checking it out. Cheers!

    • Anonymous

      Hey, I was at that party :)  Software looks cool, seems pretty expensive, but I’ll give the demo a go.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Mccall/674351147 Scott Mccall

        cool man. just with the demo content you can make so much stuff. the demo content is actually useful!

        Pricing is on par with arkaos and resolume…
        We may release another lower price version soon so don’t let the price scare you..

        scott@xnth:disqus .net

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Mccall/674351147 Scott Mccall

        cool man. just with the demo content you can make so much stuff. the demo content is actually useful!

        Pricing is on par with arkaos and resolume…
        We may release another lower price version soon so don’t let the price scare you..

        scott@xnth:disqus .net

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Mccall/674351147 Scott Mccall

        cool man. just with the demo content you can make so much stuff. the demo content is actually useful!

        Pricing is on par with arkaos and resolume…
        We may release another lower price version soon so don’t let the price scare you..

        scott@xnth:disqus .net

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Mccall/674351147 Scott Mccall

        cool man. just with the demo content you can make so much stuff. the demo content is actually useful!

        Pricing is on par with arkaos and resolume…
        We may release another lower price version soon so don’t let the price scare you..

        scott@xnth:disqus .net

    • Lauti

      Cool, I’ll give it a look

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Mccall/674351147 Scott Mccall

      if you have any questions, hit me up! scott@xnth.net

  • Tony

    I always used to check out djtt as it had some really good articles that could be used by every day djs of late its got more and more esoteric to the point were sometimes the articles dont grab me enough to bother reading them.Sorry but since people like ean have stopped making real world useful articles its got a bit boring,the dj equivelent of the guitar solo!

  • Selektro

    I personally use a few Max For Live devices including Vizzable

    http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device.php?id=536

    I can streamline video/effects within ableton DJ sets.

  • Selektro

    I personally use a few Max For Live devices including Vizzable

    http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device.php?id=536

    I can streamline video/effects within ableton DJ sets.

  • Selektro

    I personally use a few Max For Live devices including Vizzable

    http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device.php?id=536

    I can streamline video/effects within ableton DJ sets.

  • Selektro

    I personally use a few Max For Live devices including Vizzable

    http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device.php?id=536

    I can streamline video/effects within ableton DJ sets.

  • Selektro

    I personally use a few Max For Live devices including Vizzable

    http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device.php?id=536

    I can streamline video/effects within ableton DJ sets.

  • Selektro

    I personally use a few Max For Live devices including Vizzable

    http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device.php?id=536

    I can streamline video/effects within ableton DJ sets.

  • Selektro

    I personally use a few Max For Live devices including Vizzable

    http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device.php?id=536

    I can streamline video/effects within ableton DJ sets.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001138444109 Mutis Mayfield

      Check my answer few lines down. I posted two interesting resources about this.

      Cheers!

  • http://twitter.com/Tigrisshark Lasse Meyer

    We talked about this thing (especially the Quartz Composer Side of it) earlier this year. Didn’t seem to be too much interest in it back then. For those interested, I uploaded my Quartz Patch back then under:
    http://www.djtechtools.com/forum/showthread.php?t=26540

  • speakerhandz

    What about if i “dont” use any DVS software, and use rekordbox with cdj and mixer? how can i route the sound to activate a visualizer software?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1010658012 Matt Aurisy

    Ummm…Resolume is the most powerful and seems like you’ve missed that one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1010658012 Matt Aurisy

    Ummm…Resolume is the most powerful and seems like you’ve missed that one.

  • Greatmesk

    why is there no Virtual DJ on the list??? Dont you know its one of the best Video DJ solutions?

  • Greatmesk

    why is there no Virtual DJ on the list??? Dont you know its one of the best Video DJ solutions?

    • http://www.facebook.com/jagraybush Jordan Graybush

      its mentioned tool

    • http://www.facebook.com/jagraybush Jordan Graybush

      its mentioned tool

      • Greatmesk

        where is it mentioned? i dont see it?

        • Owen

          video dj / vj section. First sentence. 

        • Owen

          video dj / vj section. First sentence. 

      • owen

        I don’t think you should have called him a tool because he missed one sentence. Theres no place for rude assholes on this site. Everyone is just here to help and no question should ever be met with such a response. TOOL 

  • Greatmesk

    why is there no Virtual DJ on the list??? Dont you know its one of the best Video DJ solutions?

  • Audiomontana

    BOMB  < check it out.

  • Audiomontana

    BOMB  < check it out.

  • Koolzuurhoudend

    I’d like to see something like VJTechtools on the web.
    Its really hard to get information about VJing if you are new to it. But this is because VJ artist are using very different ways to compose their Visuals.
    Mostly they have a lot of film and video background and know how to use video editing software.
    If you can generate your own video sources your visuals will be much more unique.
    Playing back visuals like the Winamp ones is not what i’d call a good visual.

    One thing to mension is the trend of object mapping:
    looks very nice and involves parts of the room to create a unique visual performance.
    I think there was a post on DJTT about Amon Tobin’s live performance.

    On Mac I think Modul8 is “the thing”
    http://www.modul8.ch/

  • Koolzuurhoudend

    I’d like to see something like VJTechtools on the web.
    Its really hard to get information about VJing if you are new to it. But this is because VJ artist are using very different ways to compose their Visuals.
    Mostly they have a lot of film and video background and know how to use video editing software.
    If you can generate your own video sources your visuals will be much more unique.
    Playing back visuals like the Winamp ones is not what i’d call a good visual.

    One thing to mension is the trend of object mapping:
    looks very nice and involves parts of the room to create a unique visual performance.
    I think there was a post on DJTT about Amon Tobin’s live performance.

    On Mac I think Modul8 is “the thing”
    http://www.modul8.ch/

  • http://www.facebook.com/pierre.moreno Pierre Moreno

     typo on first line: 

    “its” not “it’s”

    Great article though :)

    • Scootermcdoodiepants

      You forgot to capitalize the “t” in typo.

      Great comment though!

    • Scootermcdoodiepants

      You forgot to capitalize the “t” in typo.

      Great comment though!

    • Scootermcdoodiepants

      You forgot to capitalize the “t” in typo.

      Great comment though!

    • Scootermcdoodiepants

      You forgot to capitalize the “t” in typo.

      Great comment though!

    • Scootermcdoodiepants

      You forgot to capitalize the “t” in typo.

      Great comment though!

  • Anonymous

    Hi guys, this article was only supposed to give a lay of the land of visualizers and VJing is a lead-out, as the next step in creating compelling displays. We could write several other pieces on this, thanks for all the recommendations! vvvv looks sick.

  • Anonymous

    Hi guys, this article was only supposed to give a lay of the land of visualizers and VJing is a lead-out, as the next step in creating compelling displays. We could write several other pieces on this, thanks for all the recommendations! vvvv looks sick.

  • Anonymous

    Hi guys, this article was only supposed to give a lay of the land of visualizers and VJing is a lead-out, as the next step in creating compelling displays. We could write several other pieces on this, thanks for all the recommendations! vvvv looks sick.

  • http://twitter.com/GRiNSERGRiNSER Reinhard Buchinger

    Uhm, aren’t you missing some of the most commonly used ones?
    I’m thinking of Resolume and Modul8…
    Also vvvv and Processing can be pretty useful for doing visuals besides of Quartz Composer.

    • Anonymous

      Hi Reinhard, this article did’nt go super deep into VJ programs but those are all good options. Processing a little tricky for most tho….

      • http://twitter.com/GRiNSERGRiNSER Reinhard Buchinger

        Of course, you could write pages about this topic.
        I was just wondering why some of the more popular ones were missing.

        “Know of any incredible music visualizers or VJ programs that should
        be in this list but we haven’t found? Let us know in the comments and
        we’ll add them! ”

        Just do your thing ;-)

      • http://twitter.com/GRiNSERGRiNSER Reinhard Buchinger

        Of course, you could write pages about this topic.
        I was just wondering why some of the more popular ones were missing.

        “Know of any incredible music visualizers or VJ programs that should
        be in this list but we haven’t found? Let us know in the comments and
        we’ll add them! ”

        Just do your thing ;-)

      • http://twitter.com/GRiNSERGRiNSER Reinhard Buchinger

        Of course, you could write pages about this topic.
        I was just wondering why some of the more popular ones were missing.

        “Know of any incredible music visualizers or VJ programs that should
        be in this list but we haven’t found? Let us know in the comments and
        we’ll add them! ”

        Just do your thing ;-)

  • Anonymous

    Hate to be a party pooper but you cannot use Sound Spectrum’s products in public without their permission.   http://www.soundspectrum.com/legal/eula.html

    • Gummybear

      yeah. i like gforce and whitecap but soundspectrum’s pricing is ridiculous. $30 for what is essentially a screensaver, and all you get is one years worth of updates? and I can’t use it in public?

      i purchased both a few years ago but they will not be getting any more of my money.

    • Anonymous

      hmmm, how transparent! Thanks for letting us know.

    • Anonymous

      hmmm, how transparent! Thanks for letting us know.

    • Anonymous

      hmmm, how transparent! Thanks for letting us know.

    • Anonymous

      hmmm, how transparent! Thanks for letting us know.

  • Just Friday

    As another cross-platform free stuff, you have onyx vj, wich works on Adobe AIr : http://www.onyx-vj.com/

  • http://www.facebook.com/luma.beamerz Luma Beamerz

    You should take a deeper look into CoGe: http://cogevj.hu

    It has well Quartz Composer support as you mentioned, but works in the “standard” way too.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, this is the program I was most excited about. Really cool, low overhead, could get lost in it for hours.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, this is the program I was most excited about. Really cool, low overhead, could get lost in it for hours.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, this is the program I was most excited about. Really cool, low overhead, could get lost in it for hours.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, this is the program I was most excited about. Really cool, low overhead, could get lost in it for hours.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001138444109 Mutis Mayfield
  • koffa

    Also have to give a shout out to Resolume. Usually my go to program for VDJ:ing, also good that it has midi-in, so I can sync up Traktor on my laptop with Resolume on a buddys, or my seccond laptop…

  • http://twitter.com/denisb Denis Braekhus

    Resolume needs mentioning. OSX/Windows and is pretty much the Traktor of the VJ-world. Awesome power with a somewhat intimidating UI (at first). 
    http://www.resolume.com/

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you, Reinhard & koffa, Resolume is pretty powerful VJ tool! I hope we get to cover this more soon

  • http://www.facebook.com/cjthedj C.J. Crawford

    There’s a program I downloaded called Noise Cradle. Has a lot of effects and you string them together in a similar way to how Audio Mulch works. Pretty cool.
    I just checked their website and it’s only showing a logo, Maybe they are out of business?

  • http://www.facebook.com/cjthedj C.J. Crawford

    There’s a program I downloaded called Noise Cradle. Has a lot of effects and you string them together in a similar way to how Audio Mulch works. Pretty cool.
    I just checked their website and it’s only showing a logo, Maybe they are out of business?

  • No