Most list elements (sources, library, list browsers, main playlist) can be resized by clicking on left/right side of the list box and then dragging left/right.
(Mac OS X only)
Hides other applications and sets the main window to fit entire screen, menu bar is hidden and can be shown by moving cursor to top of the screen.
(Mac OS X only)
Shows an alternative Disco XT version of the main menu bar within the main window.
Hides main tab select/change to reduce screen-height use, then the tab may be selected from 'Tabs' menu instead.
A picture library/viewer with slideshow playlist option.
X button closes the window (double click).
BW button switches interface color to either dark/light (double click).
PicLib opens the picture library lists:
On the left side are two lists: to select a folder and it's enclosing folder, to view pictures only from those folders. Above the lists is a choice to create more than one picture library.
Above the picture name list is a filter field to search for picture by file name.
On the right side from the filter field is button to add pictures to the library, files or folders can also be drag and dropped. In the 'Add' window an option is available to create thumbnails (smaller size pictures) from the pictures for quicker browsing, this also creates a larger size JPG version when the image would otherwise be several megabytes. If 'Thumbnails' is selected, adding pictures to the library can take several minutes depending on the number of items being added.
When picture name is selected from the list, a thumbnail image appears to the right side.
Above the thumbnail is a playlist, pictures may be drag and dropped to that playlist list and the order of pictures may be changed. The pictures on the playlist can be viewed as continuous fullscreen slideshow by clicking 'Start'
'Show Song Info' shows currently playing song as text on the right side of the slideshow.
If length is set to 'Audio X...' the slideshow pictures change is synced to audio songs on the main playlist. x1 shows one picture for each audio file and x2 shows two pictures for each audio file.
Double click a picture from list to open it in a larger viewer. The viewer can be closed by pressing Command+W (control+W) or by clicking 'Pic Lib'. Viewer controls can be hidden/shown by pressing Command+F (Control+F).
In the larger viewer, picture can be right-clicked for options, the background can be right-clicked to change the background color.
Shows current keyboard controls. Double click in the window to close it. This a larger size visual key list, to edit keyboard controls: Edit menu > Keyboard Setup....
Same as View Keys, but if a keyboard group has been selected, keys of that group are shown instead, "View Keys" shows keys of the main group.
When selected, a popup menu is placed to above the playlists list to select a library. Library consists of: library list (list of files imported/added to Disco XT) and list of playlists containing songs from the library list. Having more than one library allows to create multiple lists of playlists (another option is to place playlists within folders in the same library). Multiple libraries allows to import/add different audio files to each library.
Keyboard shortcuts can be set to change the current library 'Library Previous', 'Library Next'. 'iTunes Library', 'Library Other', from Edit menu.
Playlists and songs can be moved between libraries by right-clicking a playlist or songs and selecting 'Move to Library..'.
Shows alphabets A-Z above library for jumping to that position. The letters might be greyed out until the list is sorted by clicking a column above the song list. Then click letter to scroll to position of first appearance, or click twice to last appearance of that letter.
Shows artwork images attached to audio files. If no artworks are shown, Select File menu: Read Artwork to read artworks to Disco XT image cache.
Click an image to select and list files with that artwork, other items are then hidden from the list. Once image is selected, it can be unselected by clicking to another artwork or by clicking 'X' button shown inside the artwork image. Artworks can be dragged to lists to quickly add the contained audio files. Arrows are placed on left and right sides to navigate between artwork pages, or use mouse scroll wheel to scroll the artworks.
In Edit > Preferences, some artwork browser options are available, such as hiding the arrows and adjusting image crossfade duration.
Click and hold just below the artwork browser and drag up or down to adjust size of the artwork images.
List browsers narrow the selected playlist or library by selecting one or more genres, artists, folders etc.
If List Browser 2 is not checked and list browser 1L is not checked and List Browser 3R is not checked, then
this shows three lists above the library. The keys selected on list 1 (on left side) narrow down the keys on list 2 (at middle) and the key selected on list 2 narrow down keys of the last key list on right side, so selecting a genre from the first key list narrows down artists on list 2 to the selected genres, and selected artists narrow down to selected albums from those artists.
Height of browser can be resized by clicking below the browsers and then hold and drag up/down.
If List Browser 1L is selected, list 1 will be placed to the left side from library.
If List Browser 3R is selected, list 3 will be placed to the right side from library.
On Mac, holding shift and command keys can be used to select multiple keys,
and shift and control keys on Windows.
Key of a list can be changed by right-clicking on a list browser.
Same as previous, except that only 2 lists are shown instead of 3. If List Browser 1L and List Browser 3R are selected, only one list is shown.
Places a browser list to the left side from the song list.
Places a browser list to the right side from the song list.
Shows buttons above the library, from left: Detect BPM for selected, edit info of selected, show artwork browser, show list browser, show alphabets. All of these are available from File and View menus and so having these buttons shown is optional.
Shows a small prelistening player above the library. Double click item on the list to prelisten. Player has time elapsed on left side and timeline on right side. Click the time elapsed to also play/pause the player (and default keyboard shortcut is the space key) and click the timeline to change position.
The width of this prelisten player can be changed in Preferences > Misc.
Although not set up by default, there are more keyboard controls available for this player than the space key (such as go to file start, back 2 seconds...), listed in Edit menu: Keyboard Setup: Decks Oth: Deck list pre....
Shows a waveform (amplitudes/peaks) of the song being prelistened. On the right side of the wave is a zoom control to zoom in/out in the wave, or right-click the zoom-control to toggle on/off entire wave mode that shows the entire song in the waveform.
For storing one or several time positions of the file being prelistened. These are available after closing and reopening the program and available when the file is later loaded to decks A or B (and C,D,E).
- minus button to remove the current bookmark.
+ button to add a new bookmark (to the end of bookmark list).
< > to navigate in created bookmarks.
Cue button sets the prelistening player position to the current bookmark.
Set button stores the current prelistening position as the current bookmark, another option is to click 'Cue' and then adjust the position by dragging the waveform left/right, the wave needs to in zoomable and not in entire view mode for this.
Each bookmark can be named, double click the field right from 'Set' button to enter a new name for the bookmark. First bookmark is always named 'Cue'.
Shows tabs above the library, usually by default there should be an item named "Library" in the list and (+) button to add a new tab. Library tabs are used to store multiple views of the library simultaneously. For example first searching for 'Electronic then selecting artists from list browser, then clicking (+) button to add a new tab and change the view to something else (such as changing search terms), then going back to that 'Electronic' view by clicking on the tab name.
By default, a new tab is added automatically when typing a new search to the search field. This can be changed in Preferences > Misc > "Search entry to new lib tab" and also see the next item there "Remove lib tab when clearing search field".
In File menu are available:
New List Tab
Remove List Tab
Remove Other List Tabs
Below the library are shown: name of currently viewed playlist, number of items, duration of all items together and number of selected items.
Side editor is between the sources list and the library list.
Shows a small playlist editor at right side from sources (at left from library).
This can be useful for creating a new list of songs by navigating within the library and dragging songs to that side editor while still keeping the library view.
Another way is to drag songs from the library to above a playlist name in sources.
Another way is to drag the songs first to main playlist or requests lists on the right side and then save it as a playlist later.
When 'Side Editor' is enabled all editable playlists open in the side editor list, non-editable playlists such as the Library and iTunes playlists load to the Library list. By default, side editor only has one column "Title" this can be changed if needed from Edit menu: Columns.
In case many information columns are required (such as composer, grouping...) and there isn't enough width, horizontal scroll bars can be enabled to scroll the list horizontally.
Includes the sources/list of playlists next to the library music list within the same view item. This is usually not needed, but if the library is set to 'Next to Tevices' in Edit menu > Tabs, this allows to include the playlist list there.
When 'File Browser' has been selected from 'Sources', additional list "Locations" is shown at the left side from library. These can be clicked to set file browser to that location. Items can be drag and dropped from the library to this "Locations" list.
See "List Waveform" above.
See "List Player" above.
For splitting the file being prelistened to two or several parts. You create split marks and then after all marks have been created, click 'Split' button and the file on main playlist will be replaced with multiple copies p1/3 p2/3 (parts) The button (1) can be clicked later to remove the splitted items and instead show it as a single item. These splitting functions only changes some values within Disco XT and do not alter the original audio files in any way. The split marks are available after exitting and relaunching Disco XT.
The first mark 'Cue' sets the beginning of the audio, only the second item (after clicking +) adds a split marker.
click '+ Plus' button to add a marker. then adjust the marker position. Then click '+ Plus' button again to add a new marker and then adjust the position of that marker.
- minus button to remove current mark.
+ button to add a new mark.
< > to navigate in created marks.
After the file has been splitted by clicking 'Cue', the first item should be navigated to 'Cue'.
When a splitted file is shown in the Transition editor, the transition editor does show (and allow editing) audio after the mark but instead adds a white or dark line to indicate the split mark. Otherwise this works just like a normal end-of file.
Setting split mark position
Cue button sets the prelistening player position to the current bookmark.
Set button stores the current prelistening position as the current bookmark, another option is to click 'Cue' and then adjust the position by dragging the waveform left/right, the wave needs to be in zoomable and not in entire view mode for this.
When 'Main Playlist Requests' is selected from 'View' menu, a button to show either the requests or the main playlist (automation list) is shown above the main playlist.
Using requests is optional, purpose of the requests list is to have some clear space for song selecting and song ordering to be played in the future apart from the main playlist which is connected to the decks A+B.
To move songs from requests list to main playlist and vice versa, drag songs above the buttons to change the list to view and then drop the songs to that list. Songs can also be moved by selecting and then clicking '<->' button right from 'Requests' button. Or by right-clicking a song and selecting 'Move to ...'
Shows a group of buttons above the main playlist, from left to right:
Move selected items down by one.
move selected items up by one.
move selected items to the top of main playlist (if currently playing the top most songs, then the songs are placed below it instead).
X remove selected items.
Shuffle selected items or, if only 1 or none are selected, the entire main playlist is shuffled (except the top most songs if the songs are playing). Shuffle is a random order separation function.
+ button to insert a special track to the main playlist to the current position.
'Copy to Source' asks for a name, then saves the content of the main playlist to the sources as a new playlist. This includes any transitions, transition effects, start times, gain and tempo adjustments, so the playlist is playable exactly as it was created here,
See "List Stats" above.
See "List Horizontal Scrolling" above.
An artwork image is shown (if available) instead of jog wheel in the decks A+B. Only valid if not using the smaller size version of the decks A+B.
If there is unused space on the left and right sides of the devices, the artworks of the decks A+B are shown there.
An artwork image of the currently selected item in the library is shown in the sources list. When mouse is moved above the sources list the image is hidden.
To customize images and colors of the Disco XT user interface.
First is a popup to select an image folder, included are two image folders: Inverted and grey. Inverted is default white skin, grey is a dark grey skin.
When only changing colors, click 'Apply' instead. There are several colors to edit, selected from the Color popup menu.
Color is adjusted using three sliders: From top: click to select a color (hue), then select between light or strong color, then between dark or light color. Current color is shown below these 3 sliders. Above the first slider, are C Copy and P Paste buttons to copy colors from one place to another.
display = color of display background of decks and others.
display text = text color of deck displays and others.
icon = some texts in the interface etc...
some control bagkr = ...
list=color of list rows
list row 2 = color of every other list row (row 2, row 4....)
list text = text color of list row
list misc = some separator lines etc.
list sel text = text color of a selected row.
list sel = color of selected rows.
menu = color of main menu and popup menus
menu sel = menu selected item color
menu text = menu text color
menu text sel = menu selected text color
icon B = ...
column text + some = ...
window backgr = general and window background color
level meters mostly = level meters color
wave grid = color of the beat grids in the 'Compile Layers' feature.
Colorize = First select the image folder '1_inverted' then adjust this color, then click 'Colorize Images' button and an image folder is created with the color defined here. This allows to colorize the image files of Disco XT easily. If you instead select '0_grey' as the image folder to colorize, select 'Lighten instead of darken' and the last of the color sliders (white/black) adjusts lightness instead of darkness.
If you have an image editing application, and wish to alter the default images, duplicate either one of the default image folders and edit image files in that folder (do not duplicate the masks folder, as that is used by all image folders together). Some interface elements such as displays are created by code within the program and are not editable as an image and some image elements are used in multiple places.
On Windows, images are in the program folder in Programs > Disco XT > Disco XT. On Mac OS X, right-click Disco XT and select 'Show Package Contents' and navigate to Resources > images.