Vinyl Emulation

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Vinyl emulation software allows the user to physically manipulate the playback of digital audio files on a computer using the turntables as an interface. Vinyl emulation normally uses special vinyl records which are played on conventional turntables. The result is digital audio playback that feels like it can be manipulated like a vinyl record.

However, there is always a short delay between the needle’s reading of the time code and the software’s playback of the audio. This delay is usually between 6 and 30 milliseconds. The delay is treated as a figure of merit for vinyl emulation products. A shorter delay allows the DJ to have better response and control of the music. In some countries, including the United Kingdom and Finland, a digital DJ license is required to legally play copyrighted music with vinyl emulation software.

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