SYQEL vs. MixEmergency (by Serato): Simple and Fast vs. Overwhelming and Time-Consuming
MixEmergency and SYQEL are both apps made to create live visuals. But there is a major difference between them: SYQEL immediately starts visualizing your music automatically using AI, while MixEmergency requires you to build visuals layer by layer. Eventually, there are so many choices and modifications to make for a visual set that many aspiring DJs are turned away from VJing altogether.
Note: MixEmergency only runs on macOS. It is also exclusive to Serato users.
SYQEL vs. MixEmergency: A Fast and Simple Feature Comparison
|Device Compatibility||Windows/Mac||macOS 10.10 or later, Serato 1.9.2, 1.6, or Pro|
|Software Setup Time||5 minutes||Several hours to learn how to use the interface|
|Visual Set Design Time||0 minutes. SYQEL generates visuals in the moment.||Several hours to build a visual set|
|Livestreaming Connectivity||Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, OBS, Twitter||OBS (with NDI export)|
|Visual Quality||8K ready||Dependent on output projector resolution|
|Number of Included Visuals/Transitions||50,000+||30|
|Audio Input Source||Any||Any|
|Visual automation||Always||Randomizer, which keeps visuals from matching mood|
|Price||$299 Lifetime Software License||$199 Software License|
SYQEL can be downloaded as a desktop app on Windows/Mac. There are very few system requirements to use the app. It can also act as a web-based app. SYQEL can be set up so that it receives any audio source: a desktop, a microphone, you name it. The app can be connected to your Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook accounts for livestreams using your own personal DJ URL.
MixEmergency can only be run on macOS. You need a lot of memory to run the software. With MixEmergency, audio/visual output quality is determined by the hardware used to project your visual set (desktop, projector, etc.)
Time Spent Setting Up and Using Software
MixEmergency requires you to learn an entire interface before being able to build visuals. There are also presets and preferences to configure before being able to quickly run software. Then you must learn how to overlay media and effects to create dynamic visuals. If you want to use a new effect or transition, you must install a plugin. You must then configure it as well.
With SYQEL, there is no interface to master. You just download the software on your PC. Choose your audio input (laptop, microphone, whatever you choose) from your online account and open the desktop app. The app immediately starts visualizing. Modify the framerate, visual duration, and transition times. Modify your set and SYQEL will adjust automatically. It takes 5 minutes to set up and start using SYQEL.
Ease of Software Usage
SYQEL uses the power of AI to automatically react to any designated audio input and generate visuals for you in real time (like the visual pictured on the left.) The SYQEL app does all the work of creation, so it's very easy to use.
As MixEmergency works using layer building and media modification tools, you have many options for customizing your visual sets. Because of this, there are over 15 different control windows to manage visuals and audio. You have to take the time to overlay elements as you create them. This is all to say that MixEmergency requires you to make so many decisions, and organize so much media, that many aspiring DJs are overwhelmed by it.
Visual Media Generation
SYQEL is preloaded with over 50,000 8K ready visuals and 120+ moods to choose from. Set your framerate, visual duration, and transition duration on your online account. A higher framerate creates sharper quality visuals, while a lower framerate promotes better performance on the part of your desktop. Since SYQEL's visuals are preloaded and audio-reactive, you do not need to source visuals or so any visual set up before a show. You also have complete freedom to vary your set in the moment, as SYQEL is not tied to any specific audio ordering.
MixEmergency has you import your own media. You may need to source media from other sources to build your visuals. You may also need to use different software, Quartz Compositions, just to add your own personal logo to your visuals. SYQEL allows you to upload your logo as an image, and the app will display it at all times.
Learning Curve and Fine-Tuning Visuals
Fine-tuning a visual set with MixEmergency requires you to learn how to change so many factors, such as velocity adjustment and contour. You must consider every element of a visual, as well as how it interacts with every other one, and your audio on top of it all.
SYQEL requires no training, as machine learning has, in a sense, learned how to perfectly compose visuals for you. The only "fine-tuning" you have to do is choosing how long a visual stays on-screen, and how long it takes to change to the next. You can also choose your mood, but otherwise, you're good to go.
Pricing: What is worth paying for?
A SYQEL Lifetime Software License is a one-time purchase that is and always will be easy to use. But a MixEmergency Lifetime Software License isn't worth it if it's too time-consuming and intricate to use.
50,000+ High-Quality Visuals
No Time Needed to Start
No Learning Curve
Must Build/Source Visuals
Must Create Visual Sets
It just comes down to what you have the time and patience for.
MixEmergency requires too many decisions and variables to quickly learn to use and get to DJing.
If you are looking for software to visualize music for you, so you don't have to waste time or patience doing it all yourself,
SYQEL is the VJ software that will put you on the map in your niche.
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