Studio 4 Pro 8/10 - Date Posted 28/09/2002
Studio essentially lets you mix MP3s (and other sound files) on
your computer, like DJs mix vinyl on turntables (or of course CDs).
It can also be bought with an external controller, which I have
not used, but from the website it looks like a CD controller. However,
this external controller adds cost to the system.
use BPM Studio is quite easy to grasp. Loading it up first time,
it searches your hard disk and puts them in the MP3 database. Just
drag and drop tracks onto the player. Studio then detects the BPM
and you can start playing. Unlike other players you can change the
speed of the tracks without affecting pitch, just like on expensive
CD players. I have to say the tempo control is very impressive,
and sounds great. There are other unique features too, such as the
built-in sampler, and ability to write your mixes directly to CD
(and rip them too if you want). The samples can be triggered by
pressing a hotkey.
having all these features, Traktor by Native Instruments is better.
With BPM Studio you do not have such good control of the positioning
of the track. With Traktor the track is graphically displayed and
you can drag it into place (just like vinyl). I would say BPM Studio
is probably best for those who like CD mixing, whilst Traktor suits
vinyl mixers better (ie. most DJs). Also you do not have helper
functions like lights, which are triggered at every beat and beat
offset indicators. Having these helper functions in great, as it
lets you focus on doing more creative mixes (having freed up time
from beatmatching). In addition the equaliser on Traktor is easier
to use (and has a nice filter). But to decide between the two I
would recommend downloading demos of the two. I'll stick to Traktor
for most of the time, but will still keep BPM for those cool features
like the sampler and tempo control!