Creatively slice, gate,
repeat, and scratch audio
with the Gross Beat effect
in any DAW
Add compelling rhythmic effects to full mixes
or single stems as a finishing element.
Deckadance 2 works as standalone DJ software
or as a VST instrument plug-in. You can use
it to process audio through its effects engine,
where you can chain up to three effects
and choose to effect the three EQ bands
individually. There’s also a separate effect
module called Gross Beat that’s worth the $79
price on its own; the highly editable Gross Beat
applies a huge amount of real-time slicing,
gating, repeating, and scratching effects to
audio. You can record Deckadance 2’s output
like a regular virtual instrument in a DAW.
|Step 1 With
in one of
the Gross Beat
effect from the
of the software.
holds 16 labeled
for left deck and eight for the right deck. Click one of the presets to activate the effect.
Each Gross Beat pattern is one bar in length.
|Step 2 Click the arrow at the bottom of one of the
Gross Beat preset slots to open the menu and choose
a new preset. More than 200 presets are available in
categories such as Turntablist, Stutter, Gates, and DJ
Patterns. Experiment with three playback modes for
each preset: One Shot, where the effect pattern plays
once and re-triggering the button stops the effect;
Re-trigger, where the pattern plays once but allows
you to re-trigger the pattern from the beginning while
it’s playing back; and Loop, which repeats the pattern
until you re-trigger the button to stop it.
|Step 3 Check out the Gross
Beat Editor by choosing
Show Editor from the Gross
Beat menu. The resulting
grid represents 4 beats
of time horizontally and 8
beats of time behind the
current playback position
on the vertical axis. Time
and Volume envelopes
show you the effect pattern
for your preset.
|Step 4 Edit the
Gross Beat pattern
by adding, moving,
or deleting control
points, and changing
segment types and
curves. Editing options
are available from a
contextual menu or
from the editor menu,
where you can snap
movements to the
grid, flip the curves
vertically, and more.
When you are finished,
you can name and save
Step 4: While editing a Gross Beat pattern, loop the track playing in Deckadance, so you can hear the changes you make in a consistent way. In the Loop column of either of Deckadance 2’s decks, choose a loop length from the drop-down menu (4, 8, or 16 beats recommended), and then click Loop to activate it.