Review: Virtual DJ Studio offers a good tool for experimenting

Edit, paste, and clip audio tracks into one piece with Virtual DJ Studio.

Virtual DJ Studio looks and feels like a professional mixing tool, but it's missing some of the more advanced editing tools you might need. True to that, it boils down some of the most common mixing tools into a few basic steps for rookies, although it would benefit from better labeling. The bigger downside is that you can't save your work without an upgrade.

Virtual DJ Studio opens with a relatively obnoxious audio file playing and a tutorial waiting for you. It lets you control nine different audio files at once. You can adjust the volume, add effects, and cut and trim music files with a few easy touches. There are lots of different effects in this soundboard, but none of them are clearly labeled. That means you have to experiment to get the exact sound you want. There's a neat karaoke mode, but you have to supply the music. Once you've finished, you can't save all of your files together without upgrading to the full version of the software.

If you don't mind your tracks sounding a little amateur, give Virtual DJ Studio a try. Just remember that you'll have to tinker with it a lot to get the exact sound you're looking for. Additionally, this software will be cheaper than Pro Tools and a little easier to use, as well.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Virtual DJ Studio 6.6.

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