How To DJ A Wedding With Linux: A Review Of Mixxx DJ Software

Posted by lordpenguin on Oct 2, 2012 9:31 PM EDT
The Powerbase; By Dean Howell
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First off, I had never planned to do a review of any DJ software. I’ve never been a DJ, nor have I ever had the desire to be a DJ. But you know what they say; Never say never. So, how did I come to learn about Mixx, and how did I end up with a real use for it? I’ll tell you.

It all started when my wife’s co-worker decided to get married. There was a little drama surrounding the entire ordeal and long story short, the bride had lost a bridesmaid. Though the bride only knew my wife for a short time, she thought she would ask her to fulfill those needs and balance the wedding party. My wife graciously accepted.

When she came home to give me the news — which I was not very excited about — she mentioned that there was a need for a DJ. I responded — half-jokingly — that I could probably do it. “I could probably do it” is probably the least committal way to volunteer oneself for a job, but that was enough for her. One day later she told me “You are the DJ for the wedding, are you excited?”

No, I was not excited. I never really wanted to do it at all, but it was too late to back down. It was time to start planning. At first I thought that it wouldn’t be a big deal. Being a DJ is probably the easiest job in the world. If you have any sort of trunk-slammer mentality then you should be adequately equipped to hook a laptop to a PA system and play a playlist. While I could have easily taken that route, I decided against it. It was pretty soon after I started to get organized that I realized Rhythmbox wasn’t going to cut the mustard. And so the search began.

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