Magix made their name with Samplitude in Germany in the 90s, and they’re also behind undervalued PC DAW Sequoia – so they have some credibility. In fifteen years they’ve gone from a team of five with one product to a global company with 300 staff and a portfolio that includes software for backing up data, building websites and converting VHS to DVD. They’ve diversified as they’ve grown, and today the Magix website gives little hint of the musical roots to which it owes its existence: video tools are clearly Magix’s main focus these days.
So how does a company with this unusual back-story fare when it releases a modern digital DJ solution?
Digital DJ is “powered by Deckadance,” which seems to mean that the timing engine is licensed. Digital DJ can be upgraded to Deckadance and so can actually be thought of as like a Deckadance Lite. Indeed, a number of features are just greyed out and are only there to tempt you to upgrade: you can’t modify the patterns in the awesome Relooper, for example, and you can’t load your own samples into any of the eight sample slots, and you can’t record your mix to disc, even though the button is right there.