Play controls
there are several play controls for each deck located in the lower part of the window.

displays the current name of the file being played.

deck volume (numeric +/-)
the vertical slider specifies the volume for each deck. very useful to match different files to the same volume.

deck punch in (numeric 0)
located directly above the deck volume slider (labelled with a big "p"). press this button to get the specifed deck into the mix, regardless of the position of the cross-fader.

music controls
probably, these controls look familiar to you since you have seen them on a lot of audio equipment. they are: previous song from playlist, skip backward, play/pause, skip forward, next song from playlist.
nothing more to say about.

progress bar
the vertical progress bar below the music controls visualizes the current song position. you can change the position by dragging the marker or clicking on a specific position. while loading a file, the marker indicates the decoding position.
global controls
crossfader (arrow left/right)
the crossfader between the two decks controls the mixing relation of each deck in the audio output stream. hard left equals 100% left 0% right, middle equals 50% left 50% right and so on.

open/close the playlist window

the record button
hit this button to record your mix as one big wave file (.wav) onto your harddisk.
monitor related functions (1/2/3)
these functions will only be useful to you, if you've selected the audio doohicky/Terratec EWS64 in the sound setup. but then you have two wave outs. one for monitoring and one for your audience, the "master" output.
the a/axb/b switches specify what should be played on your "master" output, eg. if you've selected the a button, only the song on deck a will be sent to the "master" output, no matter what you're doing with the cross-fader.
this is a really important function, since it's possible to e.g. match the bpm settings of the other deck or to synchronize the drums of two songs without letting your audience hear what you're doing. if you select axb (which is the default position), the "master" output will reflect the state of the x-fader.
on the monitor wave out, there will be always the mixed signal represented by the crossfader.
MJ Studio's playlist - general information
with the playlist you can manage a set of songs to quickly access them within MJ Studio. just add songs with the "add" or "add dir" command or delete them with "delete" button. "clear" will remove all songs from the playlist. the next song to be played is indicated by an arrow.
"save list" saves the current state of the playlist and "load list" will load a previously saved list.

note: MJ Studio loads and saves the playlists in the popular .m3u format for your convenience.
you can drag and drop songs from e.g. the windows explorer onto the playlist to add them.
MJ Studio's playlist - options
  • loop playlist
  • if checked, continues with the first song, if the last one was played.

  • autoload next entry
  • if this option is checked, MJ Studio will automatically load the next song on the end of the current song.

  • clip directory from filename
  • check this option, if the playlist should display only the filename without directory information.

  • automix
  • select this checkbox, if you would like MJ Studio to do take over control of the party. MJ Studio then will play the songs in the playlist one by one, and by using the x-fader there will be no silence between two songs. you can choose the time MJ Studio will take for mixing in the preferences settings in the system menu.
Keyboard access
for fast access, all important functions are directly mapped to the keyboard.
the current focused deck is indicated by the red font. you can change the focus permanently by pressing space bar. by pressing ctrl the opposite deck will be focused as long as you hold the key. the shift keys are used to speed up the movement of some sliders (e.g. x-fader), just press them in addition to the regular keys.

function assigned key
cross fader arrow left/right
output selector (deck a/axb/b) 1, 2, 3
deck pitch arrow up, down
deck 3-band eq ins, del, home, end, pgup, pgdn
deck seek numeric 4, numeric 6
deck start/stop return and numeric 5
deck next/previous track numeric 2, numeric 8
deck volume numeric +,-
deck punch in numeric 0
deck hold numeric delete
deck nudge forward/backward numeric *, numeric /

note: please be sure that the num-lock key is lighted, because the numeric keys only work in num-lock locked state