Like many mixing programs, Program4PC's DJ Music Maker duplicates the classic DJ console, only without the turntables. Like pro consoles, DJ Music Maker has dual control suites, one for each deck, with both offering variable pitch, looping, cueing, and multiple crossfade options, plus effects, sampling, and recording. It has some features that many free tools and other competitors lack, such as independent media players for each deck, automatic beats-per-minute calculation, real-time pitch control, and real-time monitoring with external mixers and sound cards. DJ Music Mixer 5.0 works with Windows XP to 8 and requires DirectX 9 or better. The free trial version is limited to 120 minutes of mixing time. We tried the registered program, which proved easier to use than we'd expected. What proved easier about DJ Music Maker?
The console, for starters. Designers always try to pack as many controls and displays into the smallest possible space on mixing consoles. But DJs only have two hands, which means two turntables, which means two tracks for DJ software that do with digital what DJs do with vinyl.