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mikehende

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Will Breakaway DJ work for my application please?
« on: January 19, 2015, 10:09:12 PM »
Hey guys, I am new here, I went to the net searching for a software which will work together with my touchscreen jukebox software, I am trying out 2 of them right now:

http://www.albumplayer.com/
http://www.freeboxjukebox.com/

The problem I am facing is that I have some mp3's which come on much louder than others so I have to constantly manually adjust the EQ's frequencies, all of my mp3's have been run through mp3gain so the volume itself is pretty much consistent but some mp3's it is the bass, then for others it's the highs and others the mids. When I play music through any software on my home stereo is is not so much of an issue but when I bang out music on my large rig this is where it becomes important so I don't blow my speakers. I joined a couple of broadcasting forums yesterday asking just what it is FM radio stations use to have all frequencies of all tunes constant and was told this:
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It is compression that does that, radio stations typically use a multiband compressor that compresses several frequency ranges indivually. This can be a special hardware box, or it can be done in software with Breakaway being one of the better software multiband compressors. By compressing different ranges of audio individually, it's like custom adjusting the EQ for each song.
One catch with this is the newer digital multiband compressors do add a bit of latency or delay to the audio. If you're listening to that in headphones while talking on a mic, it will mess with your brain and you'll find it difficult to speak properly.


So Breakaway DJ was recommended and is the reason I am here, I would like to know if I can work this software with my jukebox software which does not support plugins, if will give me the constant frequencies like an FM station and also if you guys experience any latency issues with this software please?



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Re: Will Breakaway DJ work for my application please?
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2015, 11:37:12 PM »
Any re-processing will introduce latency. However, it is only a problem if you are using a live mic, outside of the music audio processing, or you are playing audio which is synchronised to video. A simple example is, one track I have starts with the drummer counting in the track by striking his sticks together. If the audio takes too long to be processed, you see the sticks hit together before you hear them in the audio track.

I use Breakaway DJ, which has been optimised for high speed processing and ASIO drivers. Using this with a high-end CPU and very small buffers (something you tweak in BADJ and some sound card setups), there is no discernible delay.

If you are not using a microphone or videos, but simply playing back jukebox music, then latency isn't an issue. BA is NOT a plugin, but a stand-alone program which intercepts the output from your playback software, processes it according to your settings, and then passes it through to the output chain. It is important that you TURN OFF any other EQ in your software or sound card settings, so that the audio is only processed once. If you have a fixed listening environment, it is best to fine tune the settings and then save them as a default template. Each time you play that venue, you simply load the template at startup.

The trial version is free to try (it inserts an announcement now and then), so give it a try.

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Re: Will Breakaway DJ work for my application please?
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2015, 11:47:30 PM »
Ok thanks, will try the demo hopefully this coming Saturday, I don't use any external soundcards, only the mobo's built-in card and output, would this work or would I need any external hardware? Also I will need this for OTSAV software too meaning for 2 different music playback softwares, what would be the situation then please installing BA for 2 softwares with myself not having to do any backend re-routing when switching between any of the 2 music softwares?