How To Use DJUCED 40 To Slice Tracks and Play Multiple Samples Simultaneously!

Saturday, June 04, 2016

The DJUCED 40° app is compatible with the Hercules P32 DJ and other Hercules DJ controllers. This guide will give you guidance on the layout interface of the DJUCED 40°, how to load a track, how to create loops and how to use the slicer and multi-layer sampler.

DJUCED 40° Layout Interface
On the top bar of the DJUCED 40° interface you will see the DJUCED 40° logo on the left and the layout buttons in the center to toggle between the four decks. On the top right side, you will find the settings and the "about" buttons, CPU meter, the MIDI communication checker, the battery status and the clock.
With the DJUCED 40°, you get two effects units, one on each side of the deck, as well as headphone volume and mixer, master tempo, SLIP, snap and quantize buttons, main volume and the RECORD buttons.
On each side of the DJUCED 40° interface, you will find four decks (labeled A, B, C, D). Each deck has its own mixer channel, and each mixer channel has a VOLUME fader, GAIN, KEY and FILTER settings, 3-band EQUALIZER with KILL switches, FX units, SEND buttons and a PFL button for the preview listening. Below these decks and the mixer, you will find the CROSSFADER.

At the very bottom of the interface, you will see the BROWSER tree where you can select from TRACK list and the STATUS BAR. From here you can load and select tracks.

How To Load a track in DJUCED 40°
To load a track into a deck, you simply drag and drop audio files from the BROWSER tree into each deck. DJUCED automatically analyzes the BPM and the KEY of the audio file as well as adjust the BEATGRID and put a CUE Point at the first beat. If the BPM and the BEATGRID is not correctly set, you can manually override this by removing the CUE Point and opening the BEATGRID panel by clicking on the BPM tab. From the BPM tab, you can use the ADD/Substract BPM buttons to adjust the BPM to move the BEATGRID.
With the SLICER mode you can cut a part of a track in slices to rebuild a part of a song. The SLICER mode splits an active loop into eight slices which you can trigger in real time by jumping between the eight different sections of an active loop by tapping one of the eight blue pads to jump into the corresponding slice (the pads light up brighter when pressed or activated). The other six pads will light up red and you can choose the loop slice length from 1 to 32 beats.

DJUCED 40° Multilayer Sampler
With the multilayer sampler , you can play with four samples at the same time on one deck. Each sampler has four layers so you can load up to 16 samples per deck. You can set each sample player in LOOP or Trigger mode and control their volume. When you turn SAMPLER on, the pads light up red when a sample is loaded into a slot. When you play a sample the pad lights up blue.
Sampler mode also features a QUANTIZE mode which introduces the next beat at the next quantized beat to start playing the sample. When you see the pad light up purple, this means the sample is waiting to be played. To stop a sample, you simply press SHIFT and one pad playing a sample. To adjust the volume of a sample you also use SHIFT plus one of the four FX knobs at the top of the deck.
DJUCED 40° Loop System
DJUCED 40° also has a LOOP system which is found under the waveform with IN and OUT buttons to create manual loops, and a FIXED LOOP button to create loops with the perfect beat length. With the pads in loop mode, you can create instant temporary loops with the red pads and continuous loops with the purple pads. When a loop is active, you can also BEATJUMP forward and backward with the MOVE function.

Aside from FIXED LOOP, there is also a SLIP mode which changes the normal behavior of a loop so when you create a loop with the SLIP mode activated, exiting this loop will make the track jump back to the original position of the timeline where the track would have been if it had continued playing.

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