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User’s Manual B-DJ 1. 0 manual v1. 5 B-DJ User’s Manual 1. Introduction…………………………………………………………………………………… 4 1. 1. Welcome !……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 4 1. 2. About the manual………………………………………………………………………………………………… 4 1. 3. System requirements……………………………………………………………………………………………. System minimum requirements………………………………………………………………………………………………… 5 Additional professional use system requirements ………………………………………………………………………. 5 2. Installation…………………………………………………………………………………….. 7 2. 1. Software installation……………………………………………………………………………………………. 7 2. 2.

Program files……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 9 2. 3. The first program start………………………………………………………………………………………. 10 3. The program description………………………………………………………………. 11 3. 1. The program’s main window……………………………………………………………………………… 11 3. 2. Overview…………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 2 3. 3. Decks………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 14 Loading titles in decks………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 15 Active deck…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 15 Seek Bar…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 5 Song title……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 15 Basic Functions (Cue and playback)……………………………………………………………………………………….. 16 Working with Cue Points………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 16 Pitch and Bend……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 18

Realtime BPM detection………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 19 Time display……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 20 Waveform Display………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 20 Markers……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 20

Vinyl scratch effects…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 21 The Jog-Wheel……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 22 Reverse playback………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 22 Brake…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 23

Beat Offset Meter………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 23 Loop control……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 23 Loop In/End……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 24 Loop Out……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 4 Resize Loop In/Out……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 24 Instant loop define (in the Green skin)…………………………………………………………………………………….. 24 Frequency Cut-Off Filter……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 24 Equalizers…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 25

Effect Plugins……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 26 3. 4. Lists Browser…………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 28 Adding a new list…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 28 Deleting an existing list…………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 29

Renaming lists…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 29 Exporting a list……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 29 3. 5. Playlist view………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 29 Playlist cursors……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 30 Column itles………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 31 Column popup menu……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 32 List sorting…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 32

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2 B-DJ User’s Manual Column resize……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 3 Track information………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 33 List scrolling……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 33 Adding titles to a Playlist………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 33 Marking ranges……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 4 Drag&Drop operations…………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 34 Removing titles…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 35 Modifying title order……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 35 Titles popup menu……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 6 Preview Player……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 36 MP3 and OGG Vorbis Tag Editor………………………………………………………………………………………….. 36 Physical Delete……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 37 Remove all Dead…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 37

Search………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 37 3. 6. Mixer panel……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 37 Crossfader………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 37 Synchronizing decks…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 8 Auto-DJ and Random Mode………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 39 Boost/Mute functions…………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 39 Split headphones…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 39 PFL-mix fader/knob…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 40

Volume Slider…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 40 Gain Knob………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 40 VU-meters………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 40 Microphone functions………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 1 Analog Input(s) Mixing…………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 41 3. 7. System functions………………………………………………………………………………………………… 42 Recording…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 42 Minimize……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 2 Full screen mode…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 42 4. Configuration window………………………………………………………………….. 43 4. 1. Overview…………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 43 4. 2. General Settings…………………………………………………………………………………………………. 43

Latency………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 45 4. 3. MIDI / Shortcuts………………………………………………………………………………………………… 46 MIDI shortcuts……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 46 Keyboard shortcuts………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 47

Resetting configuration………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 47 5. Keyboard shortcuts………………………………………………………………………. 48 6. Registration………………………………………………………………………………….. 51 6. 1. Registering your B-DJ copy……………………………………………………………………………….. 51 Registration overview………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 1 6. 2. About XYLIO……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 52 6. 3. Contact……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 52 7. Glossary……………………………………………………………………………………….. 53 3 B-DJ User’s Manual 1. Introduction 1. 1. Welcome ! Congratulations to your purchase of Behringer BCD2000 and Xylio B-DJ hardware/software solution for DJs ! Hardware and software meets to deliver you a true DJ experience at a fair price.

This manual focuses mainly on the software part. B-DJ is a professional software for DJ mixing, remixing, vinyl simulation and live recording. Combining all important features of traditional DJ hardware equipment, with all advantages presented by a software, the BCD2000 & B-DJ solution is the most powerful, versatile and user friendly product available. This system had been developed mainly for dance clubs, to use and experiment DJ techniques without turntables, although, due to its wide spectrum of features, it can be used from the safety of your home to the crowded clubs. You have everything you need to get the rhythm mixing eyond the classical boundaries. A modern design, ergonomic user interface with skin support allow for safe handling even under the most difficult circumstances. 1. 2. About the manual The B-DJ User’s Manual provides detailed information about the software. It is intended to help you in your initial phase of working with this system, and to provide answers to frequently asked questions. It is recommended to install the software and the BCD2000 before studying this manual. To do so, follow the instructions in the following chapter (Installation). This manual requires you to be familiar with your operating system’s major eatures and conventions, as well as knowing how to use your mouse and keyboard. All the features B-DJ has to offer will be discussed in the next chapters. To ensure that you will be able to take advantage of the programs extensive features and apply advanced sound mixing techniques, it is highly 4 B-DJ User’s Manual recommended that you thoroughly study this manual. We hope that you will appreciate this product and that you will be convinced of it’s qualities: real time working, flexibility, advanced functions and the best price. 1. 3. System requirements System minimum requirements ? IBM compatible PC 800 MHz processor ? 192 Mb RAM ? 30 MB available hard drive space for the B-DJ program files ? graphics adapter with a minimum resolution of 800×600 (1024×768 is highly recommended) ? USB 1. 1 connection for the BCD2000 ? Windows® XP ? DirectX 8. 1 Additional professional use system requirements ? 1. 2 GHz processor ? 256 Mb RAM 5 B-DJ User’s Manual ? lots of Gb of hard disk space (for your songs, you need nearly 1 MB disk space for each minute of sound) ? TFT display with 1024×768 resolution ? a pair of good DJ headphones ? an amplifier ? a pair of loudspeakers. 6 B-DJ User’s Manual 2. Installation 2. 1.

Software installation This program needs to be installed to your hard drive. Installing it requires a few quick steps detailed below. 1) Locate the B-DJ setup file on your CD and launch it 2) The installation is straightforward. Press Next to start the process. 3) Choose another location if the default location doesn’t please you. 7 B-DJ User’s Manual 4) Select the Start Menu folder in witch you would like to create the program’s shortcuts, then click Next 5) The program is now ready to be installed on your computer. 6) The files are copied on your computer 8 B-DJ User’s Manual 7) Installation process is ver and the program is ready to be launched. 2. 2. Program files Nothing is put in external folders, so un-installation is also really easy: either run the un-installation program or just delete the installation folder. Configuration data is stored in Windows registry and upward compatible. B-DJ distribution is composed of several files, please do not modify the original distribution. B-DJ cannot work as a standalone file. The main folders are: ? Main folder: where the main files are stored, including configuration files and the exe file ? Effects folder: plugin files used to add different effects to the songs Lists folder: all song lists are stored here ? Skins folder: the skins are stored here. Each skin includes a BMP image file and an XML file containing the skin’s properties ? Shortcuts folder: all the program shortcuts, including MIDI, are stored in XML files. 9 B-DJ User’s Manual 2. 3. The first program start Several shortcuts were added to the windows start menu. Also, a B-DJ icon has been created on the desktop. Now you can start the program for the first time. Double click the program icon on the desktop or, from your windows start menu choose: All Programs -> XYLIO B-DJ -> B-DJ 1. 0.

At this stage, the BCD2000 controller should be connected to the computer, its driver installed and powered on. If the controller is not attached to the computer or it is powered off, a message will appear from B-DJ, asking you to properly connect it. Only after that, you can restart B-DJ. 10 B-DJ User’s Manual 3. The program description 3. 1. The program’s main window The B-DJ main window contains the following modules: ? Decks A and B ? Playlist (current list) ? Lists Browser ? Mixer panel 11 B-DJ User’s Manual The appearance of the main program window can be changed completely due to the Skin support.

In the configuration window, choose the skin you like best. On XYLIO’s website, (www. xylio. com), tools and hints for your own skin creation and editing are available for download. New skins already made may also be available. The GREEN skin The following chapter covers structure, and functionality of these modules in detail. 3. 2. Overview B-DJ is the software part of Behringer’s BCD2000 hardware controller. The B-DJ and the BCD2000 work together to offer you a complete DJ experience. You cannot use B-DJ as standalone, without the hardware controller, and you’ll probably don’t want to use the BCD2000 alone, also.

The controller gives you that unique DJ feeling and control over your mix, while B-DJ works in the background to provide you with all the tools needed. For most of the functions, you will probably control the software from the BCD2000 hardware and not otherwise. Additionally, you have the possibility to assign some software functions that don’t have a direct 12 B-DJ User’s Manual button/knob correspondent on the hardware, using the 4 groups of assignable buttons and knobs. (more on this, in the configuration chapter) While this DJ solution is intended to be used in live conditions, you also have additional functions, like the AUTO-DJ feature.

When in Auto-DJ mode, the software works on it’s own, mixing songs without any human intervention whatsoever. Both songs rhythms are automatically synchronized and the beats are perfectly overlapped to create quality beatmatching. Almost all these functions are automated which makes it very easy to use. However, you have full time control over everything, and you are free to develop your own sound using effects, eqs, loops and filters. Using this application you can let your imagination fly and you are only limited by it. The program has also preview functions: when a song is playing in master speakers) you can listen in headphones the next song or any other one, and you can change different parameters before sending it to audition. You can also listen in headphones the master song and the next one to come in perfect synchronization, to see how the two songs overlap. A three channels equalizer allows modifying the sound in each deck. The equalizers have kill functions to eliminate the bass, middle and high frequencies. Keeping only the rhythm is just a mouse click away. There is a powerful real time effect block that can apply the desired effect to the sound. The playback speed can be changed using the pitch slider in each eck, the pitch reset and bend functions. All program modules run in real time and their settings are automatically saved and loaded. The Playlist has advanced features like instant column sorting, column resize, column show/hide, drag&drop within the list, between the existing lists and even from other applications, tag editor, physical delete and an instant search. The Lists Browser manages multiple lists organized in a tree structure. 13 B-DJ User’s Manual The waveform graphic display gives you real time audio signal monitoring, information about the audio signal and the beat rhythm. It can be configured o display the standard waveform or the beat rhythm of the audio signal. Mouse drag within the sound graphic display can make real wonders. You are free to make real scratch effects by dragging the sound fully interactive. Depending on the speed of the drag and drop you can create a disk spin effect, scratch, reverse play, mute, fine-tune cue-points, and even a reverse spin and play effect. Of course you’ll probably use all these directly from the controller’s jog-wheel. 3. 3. Decks The two decks are controlling playback of audio files and one or more CDROM drives, if audio CDs are inserted. Besides the traditional CD player or urntable functions, a lot of additional features are available. Some of them can be achieved only using this DJ solution. The structured and ergonomic design of both the controller and the software allows a professional use and simplifies readjusting from commercial double-CD-players which costs more and do less. The two decks (A and B) of B-DJ are looking and working the same and have the same functions. Of course, the way they look can be changed using the powerful XML Skin support, by loading another skin. In the standard skin ( BCD2000 BLUE ), the skin elements are combined with the mixer’s elements, very similar to the BCD2000 ardware. 14 B-DJ User’s Manual Loading titles in decks All titles can easily be loaded and played from a list by drag to the corresponding deck’s display, or by using the list’s popup menu. The next song can also be loaded from the current list using the Load/Next button on the deck. When in AUTO DJ mode, after cross-fading to the other deck, the next song in the current list is automatically loaded. The next song is emphasized in the current list by the next-song cursor, shown in light blue in the list. More info about the ‘next-song cursor’ and the loading process, you will find at the ‘Lists’ chapter in this anual. When drag one or more audio files from another application on one of the decks (on its displays), only the first audio file is loaded in the deck, and the History list is updated with it’s audio and file information. Dropping folders (directories) directly to a deck’s display does nothing. Active deck If a deck is playing in the master output is considered to be active. Usually only one deck is active, although when mixing both are active. Seek Bar The Seek Bar slider shows the current song position and the active CUE point, marked by a red dot. Click to reach the desired position.

You can also use the 2 search buttons to seek in the song. We will discuss working with cue points later. Song title Song title is positioned on top of deck for best view. When in loop mode the number of beats in current loop is displayed instead. 15 B-DJ User’s Manual Basic Functions (Cue and playback) The decks basic functions are CUE and PLAY-PAUSE and are emphasized using large buttons with the cue, play and pause signs used on the professional CD players. The PLAY-PAUSE button simply starts/stops playback of deck at current position. The corresponding green led on the controller will light on if the eck is playing. CUE sets the cue-point position / goes to the selected cue point / erases the current cue-point. You will understand the exact meaning of cue-points and of this button in the next paragraph. Working with Cue Points What are cue-points? Cue-points are positions in the song. DJs are using them a lot, because they act as “bookmarks” in the song. As with a regular book, it’s easier to put bookmarks, so you know what parts are most interesting, when a different chapter begins, and so on. So, basically a DJ loads a song in the deck and then starts searching for interesting positions in he song (by listening in the headphones) to begin and/or end the mix. The DJ places those marks, so later he/she can cue to those saved positions. You will see immediately how this is done. B-DJ can store and operate with up to 8 distinct cue points for every song loaded. On the BCD2000 skin and the BCD2000 BLUE skin (the current skin), only the first 4 of them are displayed and also the 8th one, which has a special meaning which we will discuss later. Switching between the cue points is very simple due to the buttons on each deck. The active cue point is the one with the red LED on. All operations related to the 6 B-DJ User’s Manual CUE button and the whole cueing process, takes place only on the current cue-point. If you set a CUE point, it’s position will be indicated by a red dot on the song position slidebar and a blue line marker on the waveform display. The waveform display’s marker indicates the exact sound sample the cue point is set to. (more on the waveform display later on) When a song is first loaded into a deck, no cue-points exists. When you find a good position and you want to set a cue-point on that position you just need to press the CUE button. This way the current position is memorized in he currently selected cue-point (which acts as a memory). If later on, when you are at a different position in the song, you want to go back to that saved position, you simply press again the CUE button. In fact, every time you’ll press the CUE button, it will move the song’s play cursor at that position. If the song is paused, pressing the CUE button moves to that position but doesn’t start the playback. If the song is playing, the position is moved instantly to the saved position and the playback continues without interruption. To make fine adjustments to the position of the cue-point you need to pause the song and press CUE.

Then, using the Jog-Wheel or the mouse in paused mode you can fine-tune the position by spinning the Jog-Wheel or by dragging the sound (on the waveform display) with your mouse. If the selected cue point already records a position, then the old position must first be erased, before recording a new one. In other words, to set up a new position in the already-set cue-point (to overwrite it), you need to erase it first (reset) by long-pressing the CUE button for about half a second. There is no other way to change the position that’s stored in the cue-point without erasing the old one. Of course, you can also use another free cuepoint rom the 8 available. A right mouse click on one of the cue buttons will also erase it’s content (position), after you’ll confirm the operation. 17 B-DJ User’s Manual When you load a song, the AUTO-CUE function automatically sets the last (8th) cue-point to the first position in the song where the signal exceeds -40dB (it skips silence by searching the first hotter sound). All recorded cue points and the active cue-point number are saved for each title loaded in the decks, alongside other information (eq settings, bpm, etc), and is loaded with it. You should also check the alternate CUE logic setting in the Configuration window.

It allows for a different CUE handling, much like some DJ CD players. The cue point is set by pausing the track. You can use the CUE button to always cue and pause to the current cue point. If the track is already cued you can preview the track by pressing the CUE button for as long as you want. Another useful button is the Back To Top button. Regardless of what the deck is currently doing, pressing this button pauses the deck and moves the play cursor at the beginning of the song. Pitch and Bend With the pitch and bend functions, the playback speed of a title is manipulated, and subsequently, the BPM value (BeatsPerMinute).

The pitch slider allows you to change the speed of the song. The slider allows the pitch change of up to 24% from the original. For a smoother control over the pitch select a smaller range (eg. 4%) from the Pitch Range option in the Configuration window. You can temporary change the pitch by click or drag the slider with the right mouse button. When releasing the mouse, the pitch goes back to the initial value. Resetting the pitch to the original value can be done by double clicking on the Reset button below the slider (the pitch will be set to 0% immediately). If you click only once on the Reset button, the smooth reset function will be ctivated. This function resets the pitch step by step until it reaches 0%. The step size is about 0. 1% per second which is almost imperceptible for the 18 B-DJ User’s Manual average human ear. When the smooth pitch reset function is active, pressing again the Reset button will reset the pitch to 0% instantly. The bend buttons momentarily slows down or speeds up the deck to make fine adjustments in overlapping the songs when mixing; very useful when you want to beat-match 2 songs. The pitch bend is modified gradually until it reaches 0% (pause) for bend down or 200% (double speed) for bend up.

When in AUTO DJ mode or after pressing the Synchronize buttons, these functions are completely automated resulting in the best song overlapping and the finest mix. Realtime BPM detection Dance music has a synthesized, regular rhythm which defines a specific number of beats per minute (BPM). Using it’s revolutionary algorithm, B-DJ can detect on the fly, a very precise BPM for almost all genres. When changing the pitch, the songs BPM is also changed and the changes are instantly displayed resulting a complete interactivity. The program calculates song’s rhythm (BPM) and saves it for future use no human interaction necessary!

The song BPMs may slightly differ during the play. B-DJ automatically detects the rhythm and displays it. In case you want to lock the BPM to a certain value, click on the BPM value in the display. A dialog will appear asking you for the BPM count. Also check the LOCK option. After pressing OK, the new BPM will be used. The automatic BPM detection is optimized for fast rhythm (120 to 155 BPM). For BPM detection on slower rhythm (like r&b, hip-hop, etc. ) press the Lower than 120 button to change BPM range (65 to 120 BPM). This setting will be remembered at the next loading time of that song. 19

B-DJ User’s Manual Time display Alongside the position slider, the song position is showed by the Elapsed Time and Remaining(Left) Time displayed in deck. Waveform Display The waveform graphic display gives you real time audio signal monitoring, information about the audio signal and the beat rhythm. It can be configured to display the standard waveform or the beat rhythm of the audio signal. The beat rhythm is displayed as a grid on the waveform for best visualization. The Waveform Display represents the exact graphic representation of the sound, similar to the graphs used in the professional ound processing software. The amount of time displayed differs depending on the skin size. In the standard skin the amount of time displayed by the graphic is about 4 seconds. Markers The current song position is the red line marker in the center of the display. The beginning and the end of the current loop are displayed with green lines (or with thin light-blue lines in the BCD2000 black skin). The currently selected cue point is a thicker blue line marker. Beat markers are show as vertical lines with the same color as the sound, showing (predicting) where the beats are.

Starting from the detected BPM value, a beat grid is automatically defined using this beat markers. These markers point to the exact sample position in the song and help in precisely visualizing the beats, the cue and loop points. 20 The waveform display from the “GREEN” skin B-DJ User’s Manual Vinyl scratch effects Mouse drag&drop within the sound graphic display, or moving the Jog- Wheel in scratch mode can make real wonders. You are free to make real scratch effects by fully interactive dragging the sound. Depending on the speed of the drag and drop / jog-wheel, you can create a disk spin effect, cratch, reverse play, mute, adjust cue-points, and even a reverse spin and play effect. ? Mute: A right click on the display will mute the deck regardless of the deck’s playing status. Works on a playing deck. ? Instant Brake: A click-hold-and release will cause a pause with a short brake at the beginning and spin the end. Works on a playing deck. ? Scratch: A click and quite fast movement of the mouse left and/or right makes a scratch effect. ? CUE point fine tune: A click and slow mouse move on a paused deck will move the current position and also the current cue point. Works on a paused deck. Spin: A click followed by a long and fast mouse movement and a quick release while the mouse is still moving makes a turntable spin effect. The Spin effect works on a paused or playing deck, whatever the direction (backward or forward). It is really an astonishing effect. For now on you don’t necessary require a turntable to make it. You move it, you see it, you hear it, and most of all, everyone enjoys it. In order to smooth the sound, for all the spin effects described above, the mouse release creates a short turntable spin effect; an instant song speed change would result in an unprofessional sound skip. 21 B-DJ User’s Manual

In order to continually loop the title loaded in one of the decks, activate the Loop Song option very useful when playing a short sample on and on, meantime, working and scratching with the other deck (eg. Turntablism). The Jog-Wheel The jog-wheel is probably the most used element of the hardware controller. You can bend the pitch with it (just like with the 2 bend buttons), fine-tune the cue-points and make vinyl-like effects like scratching. Depending on some conditions, the jog-wheel can make only certain operations. When the deck is paused and the play cursor is near the current cue-point, you can fine-tune he cue-point position by spinning the jog-wheel. If the play cursor is not near the cue-point position, you can make scratch effects, without the fear that you’ll change the cue-point position. If the deck is playing, by default the jog-wheel can do pitch bend. If you spin the wheel to the left you will slow down the deck (bend down), and if spin it to the right you will speed up the deck (bend up). If the deck is playing and the scratch mode is activated, spinning the jogwheel will have the same result as spinning a vinyl disc on a regular turntable. The scratch mode is set on/off from the Scratch button.

When activated, the Scratch button on the controller will light up. Reverse playback To play the sound backwards, activate the reverse play by pressing the Reverse button. Due to the powerful sound engine, reverse playing works even in loop mode and loop song mode and it is perfectly compatible with all the effects. 22 B-DJ User’s Manual Brake To create a turntable brake effect press the Brake button beneath the display. When in brake mode the play and scratch modes are deactivated. You must press the Brake button again to exit this mode and continue song playback. Beat Offset Meter

The red indicator in the corner of the waveform display is the Beat Offset Meter displaying offset relative to synchronization reference (other deck). It shows form 1/2 to +1/2 beat. The offset meters in the other deck is always the mirror image ( ) of the one you are looking at (if one deck is behind then the other is ahead and vice versa). If the beats of the two songs playing perfectly overlap these indicators are empty ( ). As soon as the beats do not perfectly overlap this indicators turn red indicating that manual or automatic synchronization is required. These meters only work when both decks are playing.

Besides the offset meter, one of the two SYNC buttons on the controller (the one from the non-active deck) turns red allowing for manual synchronization from the user. Loop control B-DJ sound engine and interface has integrated a powerful realtime loop control. The loop samples played are actually parts of the title playing. A wide range of functions are available for quick access to the sound engine parameters on controlling the loop. All looping functions work seamless and on-the-fly. When in loop mode, the number of beats in current loop is displayed instead of the song’s name. On the standard BCD2000 BLUE and BCD2000) skin, only 2 buttons related to the loop functions are displayed for maximum compatibility with the real controller the Loop In/End and the Loop Out buttons. If need more functions, you can use the GREEN skin which provides almost all loop functions onscreen. 23 Loop section from the “GREEN” skin B-DJ User’s Manual Loop In/End Activates the Start Loop point and the snap to beat feature (the loop will snap to the closest beat). Wait as long as you want and press this button again to end the loop. If you continue pressing it, the loop size reduce to half every time, until a 1/32 loop beat value is reached.

The loop length is automatically adjusted to make a seamless loop. The snap-to-beat feature can be deactivated from the configuration window if you need more manual control over the loop’s start position. Loop Out Press Loop Out to exit the current loop. The current loop exits immediately or loops one more time before leaving, depending on how this has been set in configuration window. Resize Loop In/Out Decrease the loop to half of the initial size or double it’s size. Instant loop define (in the Green skin) Press one of the loop beats buttons to instantly define a loop starting from hat exact position (no beat snap) and with a size ranging from half beat to 16 beats. For example, pressing the 8 loop beats button, the loop will last for 8 beats before repeating. Once the loop started, click other loop buttons to change loop parameters. Frequency Cut-Off Filter The Frequency Filter is a powerful DSP (Digital Sound Processing) effect that can only be achieved using digital technology. As described in the two graphics (from the Green skin), it cuts off a range of frequencies creating a unique sound effect. In the first example frequencies ranging from the lowest to 165Hz are cut off and ranging from 1. KHz to the highest in the second. Use the right 24 B-DJ User’s Manual mouse button to instantly reset this filter. You can achieve very interesting effects using this cut-off filter. This effect can also be assigned to the 4 assignable BCD2000-knobs (A-D) for easiest use. In the configuration menu (CFG) you can even select, what type of cut-off filter you prefer. You can select between Low Pass, High Pass and a combined Low Pass & High Pass filter mode. Equalizers A set of three equalizer knobs is available for each player. The low, middle and high spectrum of frequencies can be modified within -36 dB to +12 dB range.

Use right mouse click reset the knob to 0 dB. Use the Kill buttons to cut off the entire low, middle or high frequency range (-90dB cut off for each frequency range). The three frequency ranges are: Low (bass): 16 Hz 250 Hz Middle: 250 Hz 7 Khz High (treble): 7KHz 22 Khz The Cut-off Filters, the Equalizers and the Effects (which will be presented next) actually belong to the mixer panel, but we have presented them here at the decks section because it’s very difficult to clearly separate them from the decks (visually and conceptually too). 25 The DeckA section from the Green skin B-DJ User’s Manual Effect Plugins

A wide range of sound modifiers can be applied to the song using the Plugin Effects. The plugins are of 2 types: native plugins and DirectX plugins. DLL files stored in the Plugins folder in the B-DJ program directory are native plugins. These are what the B-DJ software understands best. However, the DirectX effects are more common for professionals and there are extremely many to chose from and buy. The effects are made by third-party companies, and you should choose and buy what effects you like best. Most important, they must be compatible with B-DJ, so please try them first. It’s possible that a third-party plugin may crash

B-DJ or even Windows, so be careful what plugins you are using when going live. Two, three and even four plugins may be simultaneously loaded and used for each player, depending on the skin in use. The BCD2000 and BCD2000 BLUE skin offers 2 plugins and the Green skin 3 plugins. Some effects have settings that can be modified during the playback by pressing the Edit button. To load an effect you must click on the effect name (or where it says [load FX] when no effect is loaded). You can choose an native effect or an DirectX effect. It is also possible to use VST effects, if you own a VST-to-DirectX-adaptor program.

But please consider: VST effects which are inserted this way could be very instable for the whole software and even for your windows system, which could crash! So please check your 3rd party effects very carefully, before you go on air! 26 B-DJ User’s Manual To activate an effect you must press the ON button (the button will light and also the corresponding led on the controller). You can also adjust the per cent of the effect you want to add using the Dry-Wet effect mix knob. If you are a developer (programmer), you can also download and read the effects SDK (Software Development Kit) available on the site to learn how o create a native effect (Visual C++ and Delphi examples). The native effects have the advantage that they get also the BPM information of the song, having thus the possibility to make special beat-aware sound effects. 27 B-DJ User’s Manual 3. 4. Lists Browser The Lists Browser panel manages multiple lists organized in a tree structure. It is used to organize the track collection and to compile playlists. In spite of the complex and large amount of data stored and managed, it was designed to look and feel as simple as possible. A simple click selects the list and instantly displays it in the Playlist view.

There are 2 pre-created lists: the Playlist list (working just like any other list) and the History list, which has a special meaning shows the played tracks in their loading order (otherwise is just like any other list too). These two track lists are automatically created, are always the first two shown, cannot have sublists, and cannot be deleted. Dropping tracks to any other list will move them to the new location. A dialog is displayed asking for permission to move multiple songs to the new location. The songs will be attached at the end of the selected list. (read the 3. 5. section about how to mark multiple songs)

Adding a new list The New button beneath the tree structure list allows adding a new empty list to this structure. If the root of the tree, the Playlist or History are selected, the new list will be placed at the bottom of the tree, on the first level. If any other list is selected, pressing the New button will create a new sublist for the selected one. The new list requires a name. If none is supplied by the user, List is used as the default name. 28 B-DJ User’s Manual Deleting an existing list The Delete button erases the selected list. It only works for user created lists. A warning message is displayed sking for your confirmation. Renaming lists The Rename button allows the renaming of the lists. A specific dialog box appears asking for the new name for the selected list. This option does not work on the History list. Exporting a list The lists data (track artist, title, BPM, genre, comment and album) can be exported to HTML files for online publishing. The created file is named “list. html” and is located in the B-DJ folder on your disk. The list is automatically loaded in the default Internet browser and can be saved directly from it. This option works on all the lists and will export only the olumns that are set visible in the Playlist view. 3. 5. Playlist view The Playlist view displays the content of the list currently selected in the Lists Browser. It is used to conveniently arrange everything from small title sequences, up to whole events. Within the play list, artist, title, BPM, genre, comment, album and file path of an audio file are displayed. The gray bar marks a title indicating the currently selected track (the main cursor). Each list is automatically saved at the end of the B-DJ session and reloaded at the next B-DJ session start. The History list doesn’t get saved and loses it’s content. 29

B-DJ User’s Manual The Playlist has advanced features like instant column sorting, column resize, column show/hide, mouse wheel scroll, mouse and keyboard insertion control, drag&drop within the list, between the existing lists and even from other applications, a tag editor, physical delete and an instant search. Playlist cursors Every list maintains it’s own settings and cursors positions. There are 2 cursors: the main cursor and the next-song cursor. It is very important that you understand this. The main cursor is used on every current operation. (Eg. if you want to remove a title and press the software button Remove or he Delete key of your computer’s keyboard, the song where the main cursor is gets deleted. ) The next-song cursor (which is the blueish one) always tells you which song will be next loaded by the Auto-DJ feature or when you press the Load/Next button on the deck. The cursor gets updated (moved forward or randomly if random is active) after every loading operation. Having 2 cursors instead of only one has great advantages. You are free to use the main cursor to browse songs, preview them, edit the tags, search for a song, etc. If you use the main cursor and find a song that you want to be loaded, right-click and choose « Load in Deck X ».

This command and also a drag&drop of a song to a deck, doesn’t change the next-song cursor’s position. If you find in the list many songs together and you wish to move 30 B-DJ User’s Manual the next-song cursor to the new found position he just press ENTER and the next-song cursor is set there. The playlist view is divided into: ? Column titles ? Track information ? Playlist functions ? Auto-DJ functions ? Preview ? Search We will discuss each one at a time. Column titles The column titles are displayed in the upper part of the list. They work as a whole and offer a lot of options. They even have their own popup menu.

The displayed columns are: ? Number the line number 31 B-DJ User’s Manual ? Artist-Title the artist and the song title; the total number of tracks in the current list is also displayed here ? BPM the song’s rhythm (Beats Per Minute) ? Genre ? Comment ? Album ? Filename complete file path allows sorting by file path. Column popup menu By default, except the Filename, all columns are displayed. The displayed columns can be configured using the popup menu. It can be activated by a right click anywhere on the head row or a left click on the button on the right of the titles. The checked popup options are the displayed olumns or the active options. By default, the Artist-Title column cannot be hidden, all others can be shown or hidden. List sorting To sort titles ascending or descending in a playlist by an ID3 tag or by file name press the adequate column title in the playlist. A little arrow in the head row marks this column. This option can be disabled by checking Lock column sorting in this popup menu. 32 B-DJ User’s Manual Column resize To change a column’s width, point the mouse pointer into the head row between to columns. It will change into a bi-directional arrow. Now click, hold, and move to the desired column size and release.

Resizing, showing or hiding one column will resize the rest of the columns proportionally. Lock column size option in the popup menu disables the column resizing for the current list. Track information The tracks are organized as lines in the list. The information about each title is divided into columns. List scrolling List scroll has full mouse and keyboard support: arrow keys, Home, End, page Up and Page Down keys. A mouse wheel step scrolls four lines at a time. The scrollbar allows a fast moving between the lines as well as a fine slow search, including an acceleration when scrolling one line at a time.

Adding titles to a Playlist Adding single / multiple tracks The Add button beneath the playlist opens a file selection box witch allows browsing the entire hard drive and network for a certain music file. It can be a MP3 file, a WAV, a CD Digital Audio track (CDA), etc. The new file is added at the end of the current list. B-DJ currently supports MP3, OGG, WMA, WAV, AIF, CDA and AU files. You can also add a M3U playlist (WinAMP compatible). But please keep in mind, that the BCD2000 audio driver has been optimized to CD-Audio conform audio signals at 44. 1KHz and 16-Bit! 33 B-DJ User’s Manual Adding an entire directory

The Add Dir button opens a folder selection box. All music files in the specified directory are added at the end of the current list. Checking the Recurse subdirectories option will recursivelly search in the subfolders for music files to add. Marking ranges The Mark (Insert) button marks the currently selected title. This function is also assigned to the Insert key on the keyboard, the CTRL+mouse left click and to the Shift+left mouse click on the selected title. The All button and the CTRL+A key combination marks all the lines in the list. To select a range of lines select the first line and Shift+mouse left click on the last line.

The eventual marked lines in the range will be unmarked. Combine these marking possibilities to mark only the desired titles. Drag&Drop operations To move titles to a new list drag them from the current list in the new one in the Lists Browser. When moving multiple titles a warning message is displayed asking for permission to move them. Dropping files on a deck’s display from external applications loads in the deck only the first audio file found and ignores the rest of the files dropped. In this case, the loaded file is mentioned in the History list. Dropping folders (directories) directly to a deck does nothing. 34 B-DJ User’s Manual

Dropping a single file, multiple files or even directories (folders) from other applications anywhere else on the interface (not on the decks’ waveform displays) adds them to the current list. The directories dropped on the application are recursivelly scanned for music files and playlists and added at the end of the current list. You can add a track from an external application/folder in the following way: 1. Drag the audio file to the B-DJ taskbar-icon (do not release the mouse button! ) 2. If the B-DJ program appears: Drop the file (release the button), if you are positioned on the waveform display or on the current list with your mouse ursor Removing titles To remove the currently selected track or the marked ones from the list press the Remove button beneath the list or hit the Delete key on the computer’s keyboard. When deleting a range of titles, a warning dialog box appears asking for permission to remove them. To clear the current playlist content use the Clear button. Modifying title order Modifying line order can be achieved by the Drag Up or Drag Down buttons beneath the list, or by dragging the selected line or marked line(s) to a new position in the list. Dragging titles over the list, scrolls the list to the desired location and isplays an arrow to indicate the new position. Moving a range of files at a time first lines them up and then places them in the new location. 35 B-DJ User’s Manual Titles popup menu Five options are available for each title via the popup menu. You can also press the Windows context (popup) key to display this menu. Preview Player To listen to a title before sending it to be loaded into a deck, select the Preview option in the title popup menu or press the Preview button beneath the playlist. The button lights on and the slider next to it marks the position in the song listened. The slider can be adjusted to hear different parts of the ong. The preview player plays only in the headphones (monitor output). Press the Preview button again to stop the player. MP3 and OGG Vorbis Tag Editor The Tag Info option in the popup menu opens the Tag editor for the selected title. Here the title, artist, album, track number, year, genre and comments can be edited. Pressing Update saves the data in the music file and refreshes the list content to reflect the changes. You cannot edit a track that’s already loaded into a deck or it’s being prelistening. Please keep in mind that you can NOT edit tags on other audio files like WAV, AU, AIFF or WMA. 6 B-DJ User’s Manual Physical Delete If you no longer need a music file it can be physically deleted from the hard drive using the Physical Delete option from the popup menu. This option, beside the file path and title sorting, is very helpful when deleting duplicate music files from the computer. A warning message box is displayed asking for permission to permanently delete the selected file or marked files from the hard drive. Remove all Dead Removes from the list all songs that are no longer at the defined location on the hard drive. This may happen when moving, renaming or deleting files or irectories. The cleaning is necessary because the lists do not automatically update the information according to the files on the hard drive. An automatic update would be a long and unnecessary operation, producing sound drops and even system dropouts on some systems. Search Press Space bar to enter Search mode. Type the searched text. The selection moves to the first title matching the typed text. Press Next to select the next title matching the search. Press Esc, Enter, Up or Down keys to exit search Mode. The search function searches for a match only in the current selected list. 3. 6. Mixer panel

The Mixer panel contains a wide range of functions for mixing the songs and adding specific effects, much like a hardware device, but with Digital Signal Processing functions. Crossfader Crossfader the most important tool for mixing. Placed in the center of the mixer panel, the crossfader is used to fade between deck A, and deck B. It can be set to either manual, or set to 37 B-DJ User’s Manual automatic mode. When automatic mode is active (Auto-DJ), the fader will automatically fade to the other deck, at the end of a title. If both decks are playing and the crossfader is in the middle then you will hear both decks.

Right mouse click on crossfader to keep there the fader until you release the mouse button. Left mouse click on crossfader to move it to that position. Synchronizing decks To synchronize the monitoring deck (slave) to the one playing in the speakers (master) press the Sync button next to the deck. The deck starts playing, the pitch is modified to match the BPM and the beats overlapp to create a perfect mix between the two songs. While the songs are perfectly overlapped the offset meters from the waveform displays are empty. As the beats tend to loose synchronization the offset meters will turn red. To manually synchronize the itles you can use the 2 bend buttons on the slave deck to re-allign the beats slowly. If you want to synchronize the slave deck automatically and instantly, press the Sync button on the controller that lights red intermittently. That’s a way for the button to say “this deck is not synchronized with the other, so please press me ! ”. TIPS: Never make changes to the active deck (which is in MASTER), as any change it will be noticed by the audience. ALWAYS modify the secondary deck (the one that is heard in the headphones monitor). Thus, do not press Sync button for the deck playing in the speakers since it ay produce a sound skip or even a fast speed change, disappointing the audience. Try to find tracks with similar BPMs for a fine mix. Although the program perfectly overlaps the beats, the high pitch may disturb the audience. In such cases even the slow pitch reset may seem annoying. 38 B-DJ User’s Manual Auto-DJ and Random Mode In Auto DJ Mode, the program automatically loads the decks with the titles in the current list, plays a song and mix it’s end with the beginning of the next one. This system is so powerful that, unless the playlist is empty, human intervention in song mixing is almost useless.

To manually mix to the other deck using the automatic synchronization press Auto-DJ Next button. It will sync the decks, slowly crossfade between them, stop the old deck and load the next song in it. The crossfade duration can be set from the Configuration window In Random Mode, after every loading operation, the next-song cursor is moved in a random position in the playlist. This way the you get random playing, but if you want, you can still see what’s next. Boost/Mute functions Use Boost buttons to increase sound gain by 4 dB while holding this button. When one of decks is playing in master you can lick the opposite deck’s boost button to include its signal. Left button includes deck A, right button deck B. Press Mute Deck to mute one of the decks. Split headphones If the SPLIT function is active, you can hear in the headphones both deck A and deck B, each in the corresponding ear. You will hear deck A in the left ear and deck B in the right ear. However, if you prelisten a song (preview), you will hear it in both ears, just like when the SPLIT mode is not active. If you long-press the Split button (when SPLIT function is not active) the PGM (program) mode is activated and you will hear in the headphones xactly what’s playing in the speakers. The preview song will not be heard anymore and the Phones Split button on the controller will light up intermittently. 39 B-DJ User’s Manual PFL-mix fader/knob PFL-MIX – fader/knob addressing the signal only to monitor (headphones). Set to left to hear monitor only deck A, set to middle to hear both decks and finally, set to right to hear only deck B. If the SPLIT headphones mode is active, this knob has no effect on the sound. Volume Slider The signal volume for each deck can be modified using the Volume slider. By default the slider is positioned at the highest volume.

Left fader is designed for deck A, right fader for deck B. Use right mouse click or drag to momentarily change the signal volume. On right mouse release the slider jumps back to it’s old value. Gain Knob To modify the sound amplification from -12 dB to +12 dB use the Gain Knob available for each deck. The higher the gain the louder the sound, but distortions (digital clipping) may appear at high levels. Use right mouse click on the knob to reset the amplification to 0 dB. VU-meters The Decks VU-meters are displaying each deck signal. Left VU-meter shows the signal for deck A, right VU-meter for deck B. The deck’s VUmeters re mono (only one per deck). There is also a Master stereo VUmeter shows the master output signal. Every VU-meters displays signals from -48 dB (blue/green color) to 0 dB (first red led) and up to +10 dB. To avoid audio distorsions it’s recommanded to keep the signal of each deck (and of the master output too) close to 0 dB and with peaks reaching the red portion of the VU-meters. Use the Gain knobs to ajust the deck’s signal strength. 40 B-DJ User’s Manual Microphone functions There are two microphone related functions: the TalkOver and the OnAir buttons. The OnAir function activates the microphone input, while the

TalkOver function lowers the master signal by 12 dB to allow the microphone to be “heard”. Analog Input(s) Mixing A very special feature of this DJ solution is that you can mix an MP3 (or any other digital file format) with an analog signal from a turntable or a CDplayer. You can even mix two analog inputs if you want. The BCD2000 allows you to connect a turntable and a CD-player or two turntables. Each of the two analog inputs corresponds to a deck. Eg. if you press the Analog Input B button on the controller, the analog signal from that physical input will be routed through all possible functions of deck B: EQs, Cutoff

Filter, Effects, Gain, Volume, Cross-Fader and VU-Meters. When activated, the red text “Analog In” appears at the corresponding deck and the deck’s loaded song stops. As the Microphone Input and the Phono Input A are mapped on the same physical input, the Talk-Over and On-Air functions don’t work when Analog In A is activated. If you want, the input type for Analog Input A may be automatically choosen by the software to either PHONO or MIC depending on the situation. If you will press the ON-AIR function, the input type will be set to Microphone. If you press the Analog Input A button on the hardware controller, the input type will be Phono.

You can enable this auto-select-input-type function from the configuration window. If you prefer to keep this feature disabled, you will need to select manually what type of input you like from the BCD2000’s Control Panel. 41 B-DJ User’s Manual 3. 7. System functions Recording B-DJ has integrated mix recording. Click the REC button. A window will open to choose a location and a file name for the mix file (wav format). What you hear in the speakers, including the microphone, will be recorded in this file. When recording, the button lights up intermittently. Press again the REC button to stop the recording.

The amount of time recorded is shown next to it (only in the Green skin). Due to the Windows™ FAT32 file length limitations, the maximum amount of time that can be recorded is limited to approximately 200 minutes. An audio CD can store up to 80 minutes. Minimize To minimize the main window press the Minimize button in the upper-right corner of the program. This is useful if the skin is full-screen and you want to reach to other program without pressing Alt+Tab or the Windows key. Full screen mode To enter full-screen mode press the Maximize button. Depending on the hardware, changing the screen resolution ay cause a short sound dropout. If you want to go back the old screen resolution, press again this button. If the current loaded skin already occupies the whole screen, this function does nothing. 42 B-DJ User’s Manual 4. Configuration window 4. 1. Overview B-DJ offers extensive features, and therefore requires more system resources than simpler MP3 players like WinAMP™ for example. The capability of playing 3 MP3 files simultaneously, digital sound analyze, loop, scratch, effects, demands a well configured PC. Therefore make sure that background programs, like real time virus scanners, power- and print management, etc. hould be deactivated. Beside this, you should also configure the B-DJ software and the BCD2000 hardware controller. To open the Configuration window press on the CFG labeled button in the center of the screen. The configuration window is divided into two different areas, which can be selected with the two different tabs: General Settings and MIDI/Shortcuts. Right-click on the CFG button will also open the About window where you can find information about the release date, the software version, support email and website addresses. 4. 2. General Settings All important audio engine, general and BCD2000 driver settings are efined on the “General Settings” tab, located in the Configuration window. ? Show Hints shows a hint with the description and the keyboard shortcut for all the interface objects. Default: checked. ? Display Standard Waveform switch between displaying the standard audio waveform and the beat display. Default: checked. ? Reset Deck after Load If enabled, after loading a new song in the deck, all the