In recent years, the business of syncing lights to music has become somewhat of an active thing, enabling DJ’s to set up intricate light shows without the need of a dedicated lighting technician, something many DJ’s just can’t afford.
SoundSwitch came up with such a system back in 2016 and besides being reasonably priced (USD 499 for the hardware/software package) it works with Serato DJ and Virtual DJ.
Today Denon DJ announced they acquired SoundSwitch. And that’s pretty good news for DJ’s that own Denon DJ gear because it probably means that Denon Dj’s in-house music preparation software, Engine Prime, will be integrated with SoundSwitch.
The CEO of Denon DJ, Jack O’Donnell, had the following to say:
“SoundSwitch is a fantastic addition to the Denon DJ portfolio of pro-level DJ performance products. The SoundSwitch software will continue to bring even more creative options to our DJ customers’ gigs and shows, bringing a more exciting and vibrant experience of lighting, visuals, and sound.”
Denon DJ already has a syncing protocol called StageLinq, which was announced a few years ago with the release of the Denon DJ MCX8000 but that remained unused until the recent announcement of a partnership between Denon DJ Stagelinq tech and a Dutch company called Timecode, with the goal of syncing track information with the front of house.
I imagine that the approach will be to merge both technologies into 1, using the best parts of each.
Zak Meyers, CEO od SoundSwitch, had the following words:
“Becoming part of the Denon DJ team is a great outcome. With Denon DJ’s support, SoundSwitch will be able to further expand on its vision in both the software and hardware fields at pace. The SoundSwitch team is excited to explore the synergies between the two companies and develop the next generation of lighting products alongside Denon DJ’s impressive hardware.”
Last year Pioneer DJ came up with a similar solution, named Lighting Mode. It uses the RB-DMX1 to pair up Rekordbox DJ with a lighting setup and, much like SoundSwitch, has a dedicated software interface to sync music with different lighting patterns.
The future of lighting
It’s interesting to see all these companies coming up with technology to enable more DJ’s to produce advanced light shows without the need of hiring a professional lighting technician, or the acquisition of very expensive lighting hardware and software.
Using the already available data in DJ software to cue up lighting patterns is a smart idea and one that should profoundly democratize the use of proper light shows during DJ sets, something that has for far too long been the privilege of a happy few on the top of the DJ foodchain.
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