Jackson screenshot

Jackson is a freeware sequencer-style mixing application for Windows PC.

Mixing tracks in Jackson is a 2-step process.

  1. Rhytmically analyze the tracks with the included BeatMapper tool.
  2. Mix and manipulate the track in all freedom.

Sounds simple enough.

This application does not try to compete with the big boys like NI Traktor or Deckadence, but it still has an interesting set of features:

  • Allows DJs to alter the structure of songs while playing them: parts can be repeated, skipped, paused and reversed.
  • Tracks are automatically beat-matched and therefore always play in sync.
  • Powerful filters and effects allow the DJ to sculpt the sound to his/her liking.
  • The integrated browser facilitates the selection of songs. It lets the DJ preview the structure of songs and listen to them on a second audio device.
  • The built in recorder allows DJs to record their mixes without the need for additional equipment.
  • The integrated BeatMapper lets users analyze the rhythmic structure of songs.
  • Different computers running Jackson can be networked. In such a configuration several DJs can play together in perfect sync: all tracks on all computers are automatically beat-matched.
  • Sliders can be controlled by physical midi controllers. This allows for fast, tactile control and simultaneous changes to different sliders.
  • Can generate a MIDI clock signal to tempo-sync external midi equipment.
  • A real time oscilloscope and spectrum analyzer is available for the techie DJ.

Check these instructional videos to see how Jackson and Beatmapper work.

Visit the Jackson website for more information and a link to download the latest version.

Thanks for the tip, avner!