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There’s no more need to hang around the club with full bags of vinyl. Software like Virtual DJ lets you digitalize all the DJing process, including playing music and applying DJ tricks. Yes, it has been considered not as true as scratching the physical vinyl, but as the times change, digital solutions get more precise. Virtual DJ is the ultimate solution for playing music from your PC or Mac as greatly as you would do on vinyl disks or at least professional CD players.Read More
This suite contains two virtual decks, and each can be attached to a separate audio output. So if you have two soundcards (or at least one 5.1 one), you can have two separate sound outputs and mix them with an external mixer as you like. Each deck has its own controls to play or pause it, change pitch or tempo, set cues and start over.
Playing music can be synced automatically or manually, via visualized waves you see on the top of the screen (though it depends on the skin you select).
Virtual DJ can play different audio and video files (lossy or lossless audio, different video formats). It can be controlled by virtually any DJ or general MIDI controller and play sound through ASIO devices, with zero latency necessary for real time playing. And yes, if you use a touchscreen device, you can scratch with it as easily as you push virtual buttons.
All tools available on the screen (3-band equalizer, beat locker, Master Tempo switcher, navigation buttons) can be controlled via external controllers. These can be both specialized devices and professional CD players (like Pioneer CDJ-900/2000). In the latter case, you can mostly play using players; the laptop works as a music library you can access through this software.
The music you play can be crowned with special effects provided by special plugins. More of these plugins can be downloaded from virtualdj.com or third-party sites. And while you’re playing, your mix can be recorded (or rather rendered) in real time as an MP3 file or broadcasted on Internet radio.
In fact, if you aim at the online audience, you won’t need much hardware support; a mic and a simple controller will do. But Virtual DJ is first of all for club DJing.
The default Virtual DJ skin is good, but the strength of it lies in changeable skins you can select. Skins are imitating professional setups by Pioneer, Technics, Denon, Gemini, other vendors. So if you had your first experience with a certain hardware setup, you can recreate it with Virtual DJ after putting the right skin on. There are more free skins every day, you can download them both from virtualdj.com and numerous third-party pages.
If you’re even a bit into DJing, the interface seems as logical as can be. The application doesn’t require much CPU resources… But it will, as your music library grows. The more files you have in your database, the greater performance it takes to search by name or to sort files by BPM. Sometimes it may cause crashes or hiccups (that is intolerable while you’re in a real club).
So clear your library periodically and optimize the database if you want your club set to run smoothly. And if you haven’t upgraded to an SSD, we recommend you do it before going to the club.
Cross-platform use 5/5
Virtual DJ is available for Windows and Mac, and both versions have the same feature set. There are no full mobile versions (for there’s little space for setting independent audio outputs, and exceptions like Marshall London remain exceptions), but there are remote control apps for iPad or Android tablets. Nota bene: remote apps don’t make any sense without the host application!
As commercial software, Virtual DJ will cost you (and we can’t guarantee your first set brings you the money back). But comparing to a real hardware DJing setup, it’s cheap. You can pay $19 for a monthly subscription or $229 once for a lifetime license. There is a free version, but its limitations (limited controlled support, mix recording and so on) don’t let you use it professionally.
Remote control mobile apps are purchased separately. Android or iOS remote app costs $9.99.
An ultimate DJing tool (though some like Tractor or Ableton Live better), with unlimited plugins and skins and reasonable price. Sometimes it can imitate a real hardware setup; but even if there is a set of mixer and CD players, you can use your PC/Mac as a music library fully controlled by your hardware via Virtual DJ.Collapse
An ultimate DJing tool that won’t replace a real hardware setup, but will help in getting more from computerizing your DJ table.
Pros : Rich functions;
Skins imitating real setups;
Different controllers supported;
Advanced music library and browser;
Cons : Sometimes works unstable;
Requires a lot of resources to process large databases.
Cross-platform use 5.0