Quickstart Guide Video:
The Main Screen. This is the first screen you seen when you open LCDJ. Not sure what else to say here really.
Starting with the bottom left section, we have the Playlist, Search, History and Connections Tabs.
The Playlist Tab has 4 buttons and a pull-down menu item in it.
The first button is the Save button which allows you to save your currently loaded playlist to an m3u file.
The Open button is for loading an m3u file as your current playlist.
The Add button allows you to add individual titles or entire folders to the currently loaded playlist.
The Remove button simply allows you to clear all items from the playlist.
The Pull-down menu will allow you to switch between different playlists (m3u files) stored in the playlist directory.
Next we have the Search Tab. I think you can figure this one out. ;)
The History tab is just as its name would imply. A history of songs you have played. History can be cleared with the broom button.
The connections tab is where all the stored encoder connections are found, and where you can start, stop, delete or add new encoder connections. This will allow you to
connect to multiple streaming servers at the same time, or just one at a time.
The bottom right tab group includes the Sound FX and Title Update Tabs.
The pull-down menu allows you to switch between different folders which you can create youself under the sfx folder. Each folder can hold up to 10 sound effects. These can be actuated
by clicking the corresponding buttons or with the number keys 0-9. There is also a volume control and a count-down timer so you can see how much longer the sound effect will run.
Title updates can be performed here manually by typing in the "Send This Message" field and clicking on Update. The Auto rotate option is described in the image.
In the middle we have the Save button which is for saving any current personalized settings such as the various volume controls. A push-to-talk button for DJ voice-over as well as a lock button to lock the microphone on.
2 volume controls which set the microphone volume and what the music volume should be while the microphone is active. The "gears" button is to open the configurations page (which will be explained next).
An analog and a large digital clock.
Lastly, the play Queue. This is where you load the music you want to play (especially in Auto Play mode). Songs will be pulled from the top of this list either automatically (Auto Play Mode) or manually when you click the play button
of an emply Deck.
The buttons at the top of the queue are as follows:
Save & open buttons do the same as the ones for the Playlist.
Up and Down arrows will move a song up or down the queue list.
Shuffle will re-arrange all songs in the queue randomly.
Add random song button will add a song at random from the currently loaded Playlist.
The Configurations page currently has 3 areas.
Save Options - These do absolutely nothing at the moment. lol. But it is intended to be where you can set which settings you want LCDJ to save upon closing the program.
Microphone and Speakers - Well, you set what Microphone and what speakers you are using...
Fade Out sets the time in seconds that the curently playing songs will fade out over.
Fade In sets the time in seconds that the next song will fade in over.
Next sets at what point the next song should begin playing in seconds of how much time the currently playing song has left.
The Players are fairly easy to understand. Each has its own Play, Stop, Eject and Next buttons as well as its own volume control, title box, time remaining, total time length and time elapsed.
The Picture boxes will display cover art if it is found in the songs tags. Clicking on the picture boxes while a song is playing will display tag information.
The master volume control in the middle effects only local volume. If you are streaming to a stream server, the master volume control will not effect the stream volume. Only the individual Deck
volume controls will effect the stream volume.
The Pull-down menu allows you to switch between AutoPlay and ManualPlay modes.
The slider under the pull-down is a manual cross-fade to allow for fading between the 2 decks.
The 2 Aux inputs are only useful if you have more than 1 sound card and would like to include a second audio input from that second sound card to your stream.
That's it for now but, I know there are still a number of items I haven't covered in this article. I will post some video tutorials soon which will go a bit more in-depth.