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Virtual DJ Software

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Digital deejaying has skyrocketed in popularity over the past five years and it's no wonder why. Compared to a full vinyl setup with all the hardware and physical media it requires, an MP3-based mixing station is extremely simple and cheap. There's even free software to get you started, and one of the most popular programs available is Virtual DJ.

Virtual DJ is often packaged with USB-based hardware mixing consoles from the likes of Hercules and Numark, and, in fact, if you really want to delve into the full array of features, such devices are going to be a necessity--and they'll require a $99 license fee to upgrade to the Pro version of the software. That said, you can download the app for free by itself and make very basic mixes and playlists.

While the program isn't specifically geared at newbies, it is intuitive enough for a musically inclined individual to use right off the bat. Once installed, Virtual DJ automatically populates a folder tree in the bottom left corner where you can easily access your music collection. The bottom middle serves as a tabbed, multifunction area where you can browse tracks, sample music bites, add effects, and make recordings.

The top of the window is dominated by two digital turntables, which are distinguished by color: blue on the left and red on the right. Each one has the ability to cue, loop, adjust pitch, scratch, and shift (among other features). In the middle is the mixing console, where you can adjust the gain and master volume, as well as transition between the two tracks. Once the songs have been dragged and dropped into the console, a bar along the top displays the sound waves of each to help with visual mixing. There's also a video input option that lets you create montages to the music.

The stylish interface and high number of features score points, but learning how to use the program is a hit-or-miss proposition. To be perfectly honest, using it without mixing hardware (that is, just a mouse and keyboard) is a challenge, and not one we enjoyed, so we recommend hooking up a compatible USB controller. Also worth a look: the thorough online user guide.

Virtual DJ is free, fully featured, and well-laid-out. It's a useful option both for aspiring mixers and newbies.

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    • 2 star: 30
    • 1 star: 62
  • Current version:

    3.9 stars

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  • 4.0 stars

    "the software is tooooooooooooo gud"

    April 23, 2011  |   By ashu_kumar1456

    Version: Virtual DJ Software 5.2

    Pros

    the software is tooooooooooooo gud

    Cons

    the software is tooooooooooooo gud

    Summary

    the software is tooooooooooooo gud

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Great . Thnx !"

    November 5, 2010  |   By ricochico6

    Version: Virtual DJ Software 5.2

    Pros

    i like thats its easy to use

    Cons

    maybe change the actual scratching sound

    Summary

    it is awesome !

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  • 4.0 stars

    "very good software."

    January 27, 2010  |   By prime2datime

    Version: Virtual DJ Software 5.2

    Pros

    lets you experience 2 songs mixed with cool cues and sound effects.

    Cons

    difficult to find plug ins.

    Summary

    overall a very good dj software to practice.

    Updated on Jul 20, 2011

    someone else could be using this account.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "poloche52@hotmail.fr"

    June 2, 2009  |   By poloche52

    Version: Virtual DJ Software 5.2

    Pros

    l'aventage il est bien mieu que les autres

    Cons

    j'aimerai mieux avoir le nouveau sauf quil faud payer la licences et je n'ai pas d'argent a metre la de dans

    Summary



    Updated on Jun 2, 2009

    je n'ai pas compris votre question

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple but GREAT"

    May 27, 2009  |   By aeco15

    Version: Virtual DJ Software 5.2

    Pros

    Can create music, mix it and make you dance in a party night! Easy to use. Even a small child can mix his own music with this software. It just occupies 15MB of the disk space.

    Cons

    None as in NONE

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  • 4.0 stars

    "this is a good product too have man im telling you this"

    May 26, 2009  |   By 0001010

    Version: Virtual DJ Software 5.2

    Pros

    i love this cause its very nice and plus im learning how too use it on my cousins own man this is why im doin it my self too be very hard in it its good too practice when you could cause its make perfect this is a nice system too do man any one can

    Cons

    theres nothing i dont like about it cause this is my first time really gettin too do this stufff ya know soo i cant say what i dont like but it but i do know im gonna love doin it doe cause i like too dj all the time too be best at it and too do all

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  • 1.0 stars

    "terrible !!!!"

    May 23, 2009  |   By susiekates08

    Version: Virtual DJ Software 5.2

    Pros

    i can't do anything with this product

    Cons

    too baddddddddddddddddd

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Simplicity"

    May 13, 2009  |   By Tbnyce

    Version: Virtual DJ Software 5.2

    Pros

    Various Dj skins to use

    Cons

    Itunes has MP4, which did not load or play. Why?
    I had a hard time trying to cue my music, while the other side was playing. Can I use headphones to find the right spot to start my cue?

    Summary

    I love music, andi like to mix music. So this product has alot of options to use. The more time used learning how use all the features the better you'll become with blending music. Overall this is a product I'll get to use at any type of function. So as it gets better updates. This software will pay for its self.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The BEST DJ program EVER! Get it FREE then BUY it"

    May 11, 2009  |   By FreedoMartina

    Version: Virtual DJ Software 5.2

    Pros

    It has everything a DJ could need: Easy to use screen setups, looping of song parts, tempo and key changes, sound effects and room for your own, add your own samples, smooth transitions and you can hook up a hardware mixer (Numark I-Cue is my choice)

    Cons

    20 day trial means just that: you get everything the program has to offer for FREE but then you have to buy it after 20 days. You will still have it on your computer if you don't but it won't work. Not such a bad con! Also some songs may stutter.

    Summary

    Overall, I have loved this product since finding it about 6 years ago. At that time, it was a crude and not-so-hot version that you couldn't get much out of other than your dance mixes and basic urban beat-to-beat mixes. Mostly, it has gotten MUCH better. Doesn't crash like it used to, and you have multiple screen choices. You can go to the Virtual DJ website and download other screens. You can also go online and upload your mixes as you do them live. I haven't yet but it appears to be a feature they encourage users to explore and use.

    If you are looking for a reasonable mixing solution, this is one of the best I've ever seen and I have used Mix Meister, Final Scratch and a couple others. They are all fine but this one I had already gotten used to and love using it. No hype. I am an old school DJ who wouldn't give up their vinyl and then wouldn't give up their CDs-still have about 20 cases of 100 CDs in each so I am working on it!! You can take your time uploading your music to an external hard drive and then eventually, you will be able to do your thing. Don't be afraid of all the features. It can be mastered in a month of day to day use if you do it for an hour each time or more. It can be addictive though so watch out! :)

    Looking forward to them making their own mixer platform. I suppose the ones they have are already really good in the market but still, I am always looking for the next big thing...cheers!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fun Easy to learn wish it lasted longer"

    May 7, 2009  |   By jlaurokidd

    Version: Virtual DJ Software 5.2

    Pros

    I liked the turntable and all the functionality

    Cons

    expensive and only a 20-day trial

    Summary

    its simple customizable and a great DJ tool for pros or just to have fun at college like me

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