August 08, 2008

Mixxx 1.6.0 Released!

Mixxx is a free, open source DJ software "that gives you everything you need to perform live mixes".
Mixxx is a digital DJ system where wave, Ogg, and MP3 files can be mixed on a computer for use in live performances. Filters, a crossfader, and speed controls are provided. Support for various hardware control methods such as MIDI controllers and vinyl control are also included.
Mixxx allows DJs to mix music digitally with a clean, simple interface. Futhermore, Mixxx has a number of key features to help DJs live in the mix: Beat estimation, parallel visual displays, and support for various DJ hardware controllers. Mixxx is designed with a strong focus on interaction. Mixxx is easy to use for novice and professional DJ's, including live performances. Import M3U and PLS playlists from any program, as well as drag-and-drop tracks right into Mixxx.

Mixxx reads most popular sound formats, including MP3, Ogg Vorbis, and Wave. For communication, Mixxx supports MIDI controllers along with standard input devices such as joysticks and mice.
Mixxx 1.6.0 is now available on's
downloads page.
New features:
- New MIDI mappings for Tascam US-428,
- M-Audio X-Session Pro,
- Evolution X-Session,
- FaderFox DJ2,
- the M-Audio Torq Xponent,
- Vestax VCI-100,
- Akai MPD24,
- Behringer BCD3000 (including LEDs),
- Numark Total Control
Many Hercules MK2 improvements
- Support for the Hercules DJ Console RMX
- Support for the Hercules DJ Console Mac Edition
-Slick sliding VU meter peaks
- Screenshots don't do this justice (download it and check it out).
- Added the new Natt skin, from Natt from the forums.
- Completely rewritten waveform view
- Fixed keyboard cue keys to use whatever cue behaviour is selected in the preferences.
- MP3 parsing fixes for files with cover art (fixes blips at the start of some songs)
- OGG parsing improvements, fixes some library scanning problems
- Fixed OGG playback on Intel OS X machines
- Completed drag-and-drop support in the library.
You can now import tracks to the library by drag-and-dropping a track from outside Mixxx onto the library view. You can also reorder tracks in a playlist or the library.
- Option to disable the BPM detection.
- Added BPM reading from MP3/OGG files which have it embedded in them (ID3), one of several enhancements by Martin Sakmar
- Various accuracy improvements to the BPM detection
- Improvements to the vinyl emulation and pitch-independent time stretch sound quality
- Wave recording support
- Vinyl control with support for Serato, Traktor, and FinalScratch vinyl, as well as Serato CD.
- Added support for multiple inputs on a single soundcard for vinyl control
- Build flags are now cached automatically
- Improved flanger effect, thanks to Enry
- Configurable cue behaviour, which now defaults to CDJ-style cueing.
FLAC support for Linux and OS X users (much requested)
- Fixed crashes due to vinyl emulation mode
- Players should now only pull from the play queue if in NEXT mode
- Search functionality:o Search box now selects all text when clicked (easier to make a new search now)o When the search box is cleared, the library view will scroll back to it's previous position.o Search now properly filters directories out
- Library stuff:o Double-clicking on a song now sends the song to the first stopped player.o Right-click menu cleaned up, much nicer nowo Library directory rescans on startup when it's been modified (*doesn't work when subdirectories are modified yet)o Library view now shows directories firsto Columns in the library view are proportioned intelligently nowo Renamed the "Playlist" menu to "Library"o Added "Rescan Library" menu item.o Can select multiple songs (hold shift) and send them to the play queue or a playlist
- Playlist support:o Can create, import, delete, and rename playlistso Added "Playlists" to library drop-down box+ Can right-click to send a playlist to the play queue.
-Fixed a soundcard channel selection bug when the second device had more channels than the first.
- Added BPM Schemes (need to make some presets still)
- Minor speed optimization
- OS X/Leopard package for Intel users!
- Multiple soundcards can now be used for output (master/headphones), in case you don't have a soundcard with 4 outputs on it.
- Channel VU meters are now pre-fader
- Added clipping indicators
- Higher quality EQs and other sound quality improvements (also from John Sully)
- Adjustable EQ shelves
- New MIDI mapping format now in XML, supports controlling LEDs
- Better Hercules support on Windows and Linux
- New BPM detection algorithm (Micah Lee/GSoC 2007)
- New media library (Nathan Prado/GSoC 2007)
- LADSPA effects support (not yet enabled - Pawel Bartkiewicz/GSoC 2007)
- BPM Tap tempo
- Ported to Qt 4
- Moved build system to SCONS
- Rewritten audio core
- Vinyl control support for Serato, Traktor Scratch, and FinalScratch (FS needs work, but the others are good)
- Software preamp for vinyl control (can use turntables without a preamp)
- Track info editor (double-click in library)
- New library browse mode (CTAF)
- Starts in fullscreen mode if launched with the -f flag.
- Several MP3 decoder performance and stability improvements (John Sully)
- Support for merengue
- Reasonably intelligent library rescanning
Mixxx 1.6.0 can be downloaded for free from downloads page.

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