A Look Ahead At Our Goals for 2016

PCDJ Year 2016 Goals
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2015 was a year of DJ software and karaoke software innovations for Digital 1 Audio. We also formed compelling new partnerships with like-minded businesses providing emerging technologies for professional entertainers.

But that was last year, and in our tech-driven industry if you’re not constantly moving forward you’re already old news. Here’s a look ahead at some of our goals for 2016. So it’s clear, there are a few secrets we’ll keep in the bat-cave, for now!


A Look At What’s In Store For PCDJ In 2016


DJ Software

pcdj plus pulselocker press release

DEX and RED Mobile 3.5 recently launched with the inclusion of Pulselocker streaming, providing DJs access to over 44 million songs directly through the software. DEX 3.5.6 just introduced key detection for harmonic mixing. Both of these features are major development feats, and took considerable time to implement with precision.

All new and existing features in our DJ software products will continue to receive polish throughout 2016, with Pulselocker’s SDK on track to receive search engine upgrades and new features such DJ curated playlists.

Here’s a few further bullet points of our development goals in 2016:

  • Finalize visualization, text-to-screen and slide-show engine for DEX 3
  • Continue implementing any and all new DJ controllers
  • Allow for various browser modes (track library)
  • Support for Native Instruments “STEMS” format
  • Improve karaoke hosting capabilities in DEX 3 to include better singer rotation management


Karaoke Software

karaoQ360 with karaoke software

Largely, for Karaoki 2015 consisted of fine-tuning existing features and under-the-hood tinkering – some of which were in preparation for the soon-to-be launched KaraoQ and KaraoQ360 platform integration.

We released the in-app Karaoke Cloud store, allowing users to purchase new karaoke music in Karaoki for $1.99-a-track, and support for SongbookDB — a remote song/singer request system that’s baked right into Karaoki.

Here’s a smattering of goals for Karaoki development in 2016:

  • Launch KaraoQ and KaraoQ360 (more than just a remote request system, KaraoQ it allows for bumps, tips and even point-of-sale tools for the karaoke venue)
  • Release the already in-the-works “slide show” feature for Karaoki
  • Jingle/sample player to trigger sound effects/audio samples
  • Native Video support for all popular video types
  • “Hits of the Month” club integration (in-app subscription providing just the latest karaoke music – which are yours to keep)
  • Karaoki…for MAC?


That’s our ‘short-list’ of product development goals for 2016. Yes, there are many other little niggles and expected tweaks, although listed are some of the more immediately goals for the PCDJ team.

Here’s to another year (it’s year 17 for PCDJ, wow!) of exiting new product upgrades that will hopefully make your personal DJ goals of 2016 that much easier to obtain!


16 replies
    • Ryan Sherr
      Ryan Sherr says:

      Yes, all versions of DEX 3 are Windows 10 compatible. In fact, due to the increased support for Direct X in Windows 10, DEX 3 seems to run better on it than previous Windows OS’s.

    • Ryan Sherr
      Ryan Sherr says:

      I suppose it’s a big of a teaser, although likely not a good one!

      It means we’ve worked on a MAC release for Karaoki for some time, although it still has some way to go (since Karaoki is a .net application, the code doesn’t exactly port to mac line-for-line). We plan to have it ready this year but it’s left to be determined depending on product feature priorities.

      • John Neilsen
        John Neilsen says:

        Hi Ryan, a have searched high and low for some years for a karaoke product for Mac that is as good as pcdj karaoki. I have found all of the programs to be NOT user friendly. Please help us karaoke jocks ASAP. I have even beta tested your lyrx but as it says it’s really only a home use program.

  1. Barry Wickings
    Barry Wickings says:

    what i would like in red mobile and dex 3 is an individual music and karaoke database it would make things a lot easier more so for karaoke

    • Ryan Sherr
      Ryan Sherr says:

      Thanks Barry, although both DJ software products already have library filters – therefore if you’re just looking for Karaoke music you can apply the karaoke library filter, ensuring the only files you view in the DEX 3 browser are karaoke files. You have filters for Audio and Karaoke in RED Mobile 3, and filters for Audio, video and karaoke in DEX 3.

  2. Anthony Koritko
    Anthony Koritko says:

    If you guys could make the elapsed mix timer move in 5 second intervals on Dex that would be great.

    • Ryan Sherr
      Ryan Sherr says:

      Thanks Anthony, we can certainly look into that! I know the main reason we put the elapsed automix feature in the software was for gentleman’s club DJs – who need the 3mins setting. I don’t think it should be difficult to add support for fine tuned adjustments.

  3. Michael Boot
    Michael Boot says:

    I have been running PCDJ for manny years now, program fantastic and superb support, great team to be accociated with. Would recomend to anyone looking for a fantastic program representing the best value for money. Thank you Ryan and the team Mike B

  4. Bryan
    Bryan says:

    Bumps in karaoke? Most karaoke singers wont go for this. A lot of them will get upset if they are “bumped” down the list.

    • Ryan Sherr
      Ryan Sherr says:

      Hello Bryan,

      The technology certainly isn’t for all KJs. For those that cater to mainly regulars, it’s not necessarily a great fit. For venues that have a high turnover, loads of new singers/traffic it’s a great way for the venue/KJ to make extra income. It’s tested very well over the last couple of months in about 15 locations, with both the KJ and Venue bringing in extra revenue (on average the KJ is making about $60 extra in tips etc a night). Plus, you can limit bumps (IE: one per person per night), and the cost for the bump. Bumps are nothing new, in many Countries is pretty standard practice. The app makes it easy, and fun – many of the times it’s the friend of the singer that pays to bump them up in rotation.

      Since the singers can all see where they are in rotation and “see the bumps” it adds to the interaction/social aspect too. They can view the rotation order from their phone, or the “info screen” option that can be displayed on another tv/monitor for all.

      For the venue, attracting singers that would gladly pay for a bump can also result in bringing in singers ready to spend more money at the venue, in general.

      • Bryan
        Bryan says:

        I like the Idea, but it’s generally bad karaoke etiquette to move people down the list. Just sayin’. 🙂

        Looking forward to the new features, though! 🙂

        P.S. Can I add a request for a few more?

        – Ability to put an image up between karaoke songs, say the DJ’s logo or something.
        – More customization of next singer lists, ability to change the output.
        – Ability to have decks to output to multiple video sources (most computers nowadays can output to 3 or 4 different sources). This might be a DEX thing.

        • Ryan Sherr
          Ryan Sherr says:

          Thanks Bryan. I think it depends on your market, where you host and do your thing. It’s pretty common to allow people to pay for bumps in major metropolitan areas such as NYC. In Vegas it’s commonplace, too. Some singers are just used to it.

          Since you can set the amount and how many times someone can pay for a bump, you don’t have to run into singers with loads of spending cash abusing the bump system.

          I think this is one of those “new school” vs “old school” debates that will rage on well after KaraoQ/KaraoQ360 launches.

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