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SAM PDJ Quick Start

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SAM 30 Minute Quick Start Guide
The goal of this chapter is that any new user reading it can be up and running in less than 30 minutes.

This is a quick start guide on how to setup SAM Party DJ. We have offered advanced topics within the help file in the event you wish to obtain detailed information, but if you want to do it in 30 minutes it is best not to incorporate the advanced functions of SAM Party DJ until you are up and running. Please refer to the rest of the help documentation and the website if you require further and/or advance help.

What you will need to get started First, you will need to decide which type of DJ business you are going to run. Are you going to DJ live content, pre recorded content, just playing audio source files or combination? Regardless of what you want to broadcast, SAM Party DJ is the program that can handle it.

What do you need to set up SAM Party DJ?

  • CD player
  • Ripper software (copies audio tracks from a CD onto a computer’s hard drive)
  • Assorted recording and editing software (Optional)
  • Microphones (Optional)
  • Audio mixer (Optional)
  • Outboard audio gear (equalizer, compressor, etc.) (Optional)
  • Soundcard
  • Dedicated computer with SAM Party DJ

Adding files to the SAM Party DJ media library

Open the Playlist window and select the category into which you want to add files. Categories are used to split files into manageable groups or lists. Read more here.

For this example, we will create a completely new category. Right-click on the root Playlist category and from the popup menu choose New. Then type in the name of the new category - we'll call it QuickTracks. Press [Enter] to save the changes.

Now right-click on the QuickTracks category and from the popup menu select: Add->Add Directory.

The Choose directory dialog will display. Browse to the directory containing the music you want added to the category. Now click on OK and a status window will display the progress of the files being added to the media library.

Once completed, you should be able to see the list of tracks added to the category in the Tracks in selected category window.

Adding files to the SAM Party DJ Queue
The next step is to load the files you want to play into the Queue . The queue contains a list of files that will be played from top to bottom.

Inside the Tracks in selected category window double-click on a song and it will be added to the Queue. Repeat this process until you have a few songs in the Queue.

Playing the Audio Files
First make sure you have the Virtual DJ set to Auto DJ mode. By doing so the virtual DJ will automatically load the next song from the queue when required and crossfade to the next track.

Next, make sure both Deck A and Deck B are visible.
Click on the Play button on Deck A to start audio playback. Note: The Virtual DJ cues up the next track as soon as the currently playing track reaches the end and then starts playback of the newly cued track (while crossfading).

Tips, Tricks and Features You can quickly locate a song by clicking inside either the Queue or Playlist window and typing the name of the song you wish to find. This will instantly bring up a search window with matching results. Just double-click on the song to add it to the queue.

Drag & drop!
In SAM you can drag track(s) from anywhere to almost anywhere. For example, you can drag a track from the search window onto the playlist, queue, or even directly onto the player decks. You can also drag from the search onto a category inside the Playlist window .
Learn the Shortcut keys
Like zippers, they make life so much easier... More Dragging & Dropping - you can even drag & drop directly from Windows File Explorer!

Cool Trick:
If a song is playing in a deck, hold down the [Shift] key while left clicking on the Play, Pause, Stop or Next button. This will do a nice fade of the music to the specified state.

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