MixEmergency is a little-known Mac visual app, but it’s got a passionate following. (How do I know? I get excited shouts from them every now and then.) With so many options for live visuals, what would inspire such enthusiasm? Simple: MixEmergency, in addition to some powerful features, can integrate with real-time scratch moves from Serato Scratch Live. Serato is not officially associated with MixEmergency, and yet the app does a number of things Serato’s own VIDEO-SL app does not, without the burden of requiring specialized hardware.

Inklen has posted new features in videos for 1.5 (bottom) and 1.4 (top). Recent updates have brought faster video export, lots of plug-in enhancements including album art (ideal for your record label’s next party when the VJ calls in sick), and extensive Quartz Composer effect and transition support. I’m not quite sure this would steal anyone away from VDMX or Resolume just yet, but the interface is nicely streamlined, and for people looking to add visuals to a Serato audio DJ rig, this looks utterly terrific.

Since I’m not the target audience and haven’t used it, I’d love to hear more from some of those enthusiastic users. Why did you select this tool, and how do you use it — and got any reels of your work to share? Let us know.


Oh yeah, and if you’re tired of carrying turntables around, you can replace them with the iPad via Tonetable.