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Stanton Deckadance wishlist/feature requests

#21 User is offline   DJ KAACE 

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Posted 15 March 2016 - 03:26 PM

midi scripting for the numark total control to be native again and NUMARK NS6 SCRIPT PLEASE
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Posted 29 June 2016 - 02:09 PM

ability to save database and playlists to a file folder location of choice, therefore allowing the ability of using an external drive to store and store music on, making it transparent between pc/laptop, etc. Thanks.
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#23 Guest_Quintin_*

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Posted 30 July 2016 - 12:40 PM

To be able to 'send midi clock' so as to sync external machines would he great!!!

In my case it would be to sync my TR8 and TB3 with Deckadance as the master... I'm currently looking at changing to Traktor p2 because they have this feature BUT I don't want to as Deckadance really good, I like it, it makes sense and it works for me...
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Posted 05 August 2016 - 08:41 AM

64-bit VST
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#25 User is offline   Scoox 

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Posted 27 September 2016 - 02:02 AM

Still using Traktor but really looking forward to fully switching to Deckadance, here's what I'm missing:

Things Traktor has and Deckadance doesn't:

+ Allow interaction with main GUI while options window is open
+ GUI knobs (and faders) should not "remember" how far the mouse overshoots once the knob reaches max or min value. The knob should start turning the other way as soon as the mouse changes direction. In Deckadance, users are required to first move the mouse back to the point where the knob reached the max/min value before the knob starts turning again. This is very inconvenient especially because computer mice feature acceleration. In Traktor, the knob starts turning the other way immediately as soon as mouse motion direction changes from upwards to downwards and vice versa. Traktor's implementation is essentially more ergonomic and therefore better.
+ Something like "Flux Mode" in Traktor. Currently we have the Leap function which is very nice. Flux mode would only apply to scratching.
+ Song markers (this is not the same as cue points). Markers are useful for annotating song structure (load, fade-in, fade-out, normal maker). Markers should be displayed in such a way that they are not mistaken for cue points. A good way to do this is to display cue points along the bottom (as is currently the case) of the waveform and markers along the top. Users can jump back and forth through markers using two buttons (next marker, previous marker). To jump directly to a specific marker the user needs to drop a cue point at the same location.
+ "Loop cue points" (engages loop of specific length starting at cue point position). Loop cue points should be represented using a different colour (e.g. blue for loop cue points, yellow for normal cue points).
+ "Backloop" (retrospective loop) to loop "that bit you've just heard", i.e. to loop the last N beats. Traktor's implementation works nicely.
+ Something like "Flux Mode" in Traktor. Currently we have the Leap function which is very nice. Flux mode would only apply to scratching, playback catches up with playback cursor as soon as jog wheel/waveform is released.
+ Full-cut EQ and filter please!!
+ Copy deck, in Traktor you can drag a deck with the mouse to any other deck and the deck is duplicated exactly, including playback status and position. This is super useful for complex mixes.
+ Waveform zoom, this also should be scriptable too.
+ EQ and Filter bypass buttons should be available from the GUI.
+ GUI button to jump to start of song.
+ More flexible beat-grid options, because some songs have timing irregularities such as varying tempo, time signature changes, etc.
+ Tighter automatic sync: When using the seek command via a script, the tracks end up out of sync even if sync is engaged.

"Would-be-nice" features:

+ Portable mode so we can run DeckaDance off USB pen drive, with all settings stored in a folder alongside deckadance2.exe, instead of using the Windows Registry. This also makes it easier for users to back up their settings.
+ GrossBeat and SmartKnob editor menu button (bottom-left corner) is too small! I mean, the curve nodes are actually bigger than this button, which is unreasonable.
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+ When triggering Grossbeat pads, the quantize function always snaps to the next beat, rather than to the nearest beat. Note that the nearest beat some times has already played if the user hits the pad after the beat. The quantize function should understand that the user meant "the beat that has just played", rather than "the next beat". Note that this works correctly when dropping cue points. For Grossbeat it should also work this way. Grossbeat would simply start playback at an offset when quantizing backwards.
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+ Loop player needs an option to sync to master deck. Currently it can sync to deck A, B, C or D, but the selected deck is not necessarily the master. So basically there could be an extra option in the deck drop-down labelled "Master".

The nitpick:

+ Checkboxes in the preferences dialog box are confusing (it's hard to tell which are checked and which are unchecked). A simple "tick" would be clearer:
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+ If we close and then re-open the Preferences dialog box, it always opens to the "Audio Setup" page and does not remember the last viewed page. It would be nice it it remembered the last view.

Last but not least, things I like:

+ Scripting engine blows Traktor's clumsy mapping editor out of the water :)
+ Light on resources.
+ Can host third-party VSTs, and can work as a VST itself.

One more thing, on the Stanton website, please make the Deckadance download links easier to find, I spent literally 5 minutes looking for the demo download links...

Can't think of anything else at the moment, comments welcome.
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#26 User is offline   Luis Serrano 

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Posted 27 September 2016 - 12:14 PM

Hi Scoox,

Good list of requests, thank you! It's important to explain them and you have done it perfectly. I'm working in some points of your list and other ones are in the TODO list.
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#27 User is offline   Scoox 

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Posted 29 September 2016 - 12:35 PM

View PostLuis Serrano, on 27 September 2016 - 12:14 PM, said:

Hi Scoox,

Good list of requests, thank you! It's important to explain them and you have done it perfectly. I'm working in some points of your list and other ones are in the TODO list.


Thank you!! [thumbup]
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Posted 29 September 2016 - 01:43 PM

Hello could you possibly add a cue function in the horizontal track view ie in the drop down list maybe . I think it would be nice to be able to pre cue songs without toggling back to the main mixer page each time.
Thanks for your time.
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#29 User is offline   Steven James 

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Posted 03 October 2016 - 04:11 AM

- Ableton Link
- VST Host Midi Sync
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#30 User is offline   Luis Serrano 

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Posted 05 October 2016 - 10:12 AM

Ableton Link is really interesting... if we implement it then VST host MIDI sync would be probably not needed in a lot of cases (...I guess).
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#31 Guest_leeroy_*

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Posted 07 October 2016 - 12:33 PM

*- a full explorer would be really nice, to be able to run from usb sticks in the main browser instead of the small file browser
*- maybe the ability to disable the crossfader ?
*- thought maybe a slim horizontal window under the waveform as another space for eq's, cue's, custom knobs etc would be quite nice. kind of save squeezing the peakscope as much

love the software, keep up the good work. and sorry if these ideas have been put forward already
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#32 Guest_avajra_*

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Posted 18 October 2016 - 01:11 PM

I can only get deckadance to load 12 minutes of any song file... is there a way to load longer songs ??
So, the request is to be able to load longer songs. thx - JR
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#33 User is offline   Scoox 

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 08:37 PM

One thing IMO could be improved is colour contrast. Here I give an example: the dark gray labels "1-8" on unused cue buttons are almost unreadable against the black button background. On used cue buttons, the labels are yellow and naturally stand out more, but still they are a bit too small to read comfortably on certain displays. Here are my suggestions, I hope other users comment:

Instead of colouring the labels, colour the whole button background, like in Traktor:

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Bigger buttons: Currently the gaps between buttons are huge, that's wasted space. You can see in the pic above that in Traktor the gaps are very narrow so as to maximize the effective button area.

Empty cue button labels should still have easy enough to read, so I would personally make them a bright gray or white, again this is something Traktor did well.

Coloured button backgrounds could be interesting if you plan to add cue point "types" like in Traktor (Start, Fade In, Fade Out, Regular, etc).

NI's Traktor S4 MK1 controller had opaque black button backgrounds with translucent lit-up labels. In MK2 they changed this around to translucent button background with opaque labels, and all their controllers afterwards have used this scheme. The reason is that with the mk1 design you are looking at tiny numbers and letters, while with the mk2 design you are looking at nice big coloured square pads. Of course the latter is easier to see.

Maybe this is one for Deckadance 3, which will justify a new UI look and feel. Thank you :)
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