Fidelity Media has released MegaSeg 2.0, a “major upgrade” to their Macintosh DJ software, according to Jason Cox, president of Fidelity.
MegaSeg is a DJ and radio automation program. Among other things, it features a “Voice-Over” option, which overrides the automatic fade out when a track is segued, allowing for play of prerecorded voice tracks or a QuickTime video over the next song in the Playlist.
“For DJs who need more mixing control than Apple’s iTunes offers, MegaSeg is a professional solution with added features demanded by serious DJs,” Cox said. “In addition to MegaSeg’s already famous library search and categorizing system, allowing users to find requests instantly, MegaSeg’s cross-fade and new beat mixing capabilities adds features professional DJ’s require.”
MegaSeg frees users from carting around CDs, Pro CD players, mixers, and assorted equipment to and from gig after gig, he added. With MegaSeg, a sleek new Macintosh laptop, a Mic, and powered speakers, users have a “complete compact mobile DJ system with a painless setup to boot,” Cox added.
Real-time beat mixing is MegaSeg 2.0’s headline feature. The new mixer interface allows users to mix using automatic or manual cross-fades. An Auto Beat Match button adjusts the next song’s pitch to match the tempo of the current song. Multiple sound output devices are fully supported, for independent main output and headphone cue monitoring, including USB solutions like the Griffin iMic, Roland UA-30, or PowerBook cards such as Digigram’s VXPocket for professional balanced XLR outputs. Beat mixing can also be accomplished using a single stereo output by splitting the left and right channels into two mono channels.
In addition to the new mixing features, MegaSeg 2.0 has an improved interface, with a new Request List function for noting requests, among 50 other improvements, Cox said. MegaSeg isn’t limited to audio. It also works as a video automation system for mixing all QuickTime supported video and Flash animations similar to TV stations. MegaSeg allows you to set custom cue-in and out times for media elements, preventing “dead air.” Teamed with Sorenson Broadcaster on a second Mac, and QuickTime Streaming Server software, you can create your own professional online radio or video station, said Cox.
A demo version of MegaSeg is available on the Fidelity Web site. Version 2.0 is available now through July 1, for US$119, $30 off the regular price. Current 1.x users can upgrade for $49.
Earlier this year, Fidelity Media launched MegaSeg Radio, an online showcase of their MegaSeg DJ music automation software. The live broadcast is completely run on Macs.
“MegaSeg Radio is a excellent example of how you can use Macs to run a professional, seamless music mix for online radio stations or live DJ events,” Cox said. “Our studios have two iMacs. One is for running MegaSeg, and the other for running Sorenson Broadcaster to digitize and send our stream to our Mac OS X QuickTime Streaming Server.”