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Virtual DJ

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Atomix Productions' Virtual DJ Free not only mixes and mashes beats from a classic two-deck console, but also it serves as audio central for your system since it also records audio and video, burns discs, and even broadcasts online using a radio server or your own PC as a client-limited server. A survivor, Virtual DJ has been making music for millions of users for more than a decade. The latest version adds new controllers and full compatibility with Windows 8 multitouch surfaces. And it's still free.

Like similar tools, Virtual DJ takes its functional and style cues from the traditional pro DJ console, with the side-by-side, turntable-style scratch pads surrounded by duplicate control sets. You can change its skin from the Config. button on the top edge. The lower half of Virtual DJ's interface is tabbed for those features you need the most: Browser, Sampler, Effects, and Record; each with a submenu accessing main features. For instance, under Record, we could Record Audio, Burn CD, Broadcast, and Record Video. The Sampler has 12 tracks with large, easy-to-see sliders and Play and Rec buttons, while the Effects tab offers both Sound and Video Effects as well as Video Transitions. We started with the Browser, which is anchored by a specialized, music-oriented tree view in the left sidebar. We dragged some MP3s into the right and left decks. Virtual DJ showed each song's spectral energy in a small graph in each deck and in a larger graph along the top displaying sampled selections. Virtual DJ automatically integrated our selection into the main spectral view (which can be grabbed, dragged, and altered) and loaded it on the scratch pad. A cool touch: Virtual DJ illuminates and aligns sampled tracks on the pad's rim, just as if they'd been the grooves on vinyl records.

The only beef we could muster over Virtual DJ is actually common to all such programs, and they inherited it from the real deal: The need to cram two full sets of as many highly-visible controls as will fit into an ergonomically useful space. Even there, Virtual DJ Free has them beat.

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    4.2 stars

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    • 3 star: 108
    • 2 star: 30
    • 1 star: 62
  • Current version:

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    out of 42 votes

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  • 5.0 stars

    "great for mixing acapellas and instrumentals"

    April 10, 2014  |   By lorettajervis

    Version: Virtual DJ 7.4.1

    Pros

    Simple to use, easy set up, great for mixing acapellas and instrumentals

    Cons

    Theres an option to cut and scratch the record with your hand using a web cam.

    Summary

    You can record your mixing right to wav format, with an option to record to cd, you can cue where you want your

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  • 5.0 stars

    "great for mixing acapellas and instrumentals"

    April 9, 2014  |   By hoyt_arden

    Version: Virtual DJ 7.4.1

    Pros

    I don't want anyone to listen to my pieces and these tones can be stolen, so use Folder Lock to make them secure.

    Cons

    The software Virtual Dj is very best software.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It's so easy to use and the interface is idiot-proof."

    April 4, 2014  |   By geoffreybede

    Version: Virtual DJ 7.4.1

    Pros

    Very easy to learn how to use if you haven't used dj audio equipment before. Worth The Money!!!

    Cons

    It's so easy to use and the interface is idiot-proof.

    Summary

    Beatlock enginge might be slightly off though. But over all this program is a keeper.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Here is the link that can help you"

    March 28, 2014  |   By judith_quarles

    Version: Virtual DJ 7.4.1

    Pros

    so use Folder Lock to make them secure. It will benefit you a lot

    Cons

    I can experiment music taste and create some of my own

    Summary

    I don't want anyone to listen to my pieces and these tones can be stolen

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  • 5.0 stars

    "You can record your mixing right to wav format"

    March 27, 2014  |   By lester_matthew

    Version: Virtual DJ 7.4.1

    Pros

    You can record your mixing right to wav format, with an option to record to cd, you can cue where you want your

    Cons

    You can record your mixing right to wav format, with an option to record to cd, you can cue where you want your

    Summary

    You can record your mixing right to wav format, with an option to record to cd, you can cue where you want your

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Quality is top notch."

    March 27, 2014  |   By lillian_stoke

    Version: Virtual DJ 7.4.1

    Pros

    they always make updates of the program as soon as possible and

    Cons

    and last is the support and updates

    Summary

    they always add new features that make you think that the software couldn't be better than it already is because it's already the best.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple to use"

    March 24, 2014  |   By georgina_palmerston

    Version: Virtual DJ 7.4.1

    Pros

    I don't want anyone to listen to my pieces and these tones can be stolen, so use Folder Lock to make them secure.

    Cons

    It will benefit you a lot. Here is the link that can help you.

    Summary

    You can record your mixing right to wav format, with an option to record to cd, you can cue where you want your.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Here is the link that can help you"

    March 24, 2014  |   By maxwell_hillman

    Version: Virtual DJ 7.4.1

    Pros

    I can experiment music taste and create some of my own.

    Cons

    It will benefit you a lot.

    Summary

    I don't want anyone to listen to my pieces and these tones can be stolen, so use Folder Lock to make them secure.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "it already is because it's already the best."

    March 24, 2014  |   By Adams14789

    Version: Virtual DJ 7.4.1

    Pros

    And last is the support and updates, they always make updates of the program as soon as possible and they always add new features that make you think that the software couldn't be better than it already is because it's already the best.

    Cons

    And last is the support and updates, they always make updates of the program as soon as possible and they always add new features that make you think that the software couldn't be better than it already is because it's already the best.

    Summary

    And last is the support and updates, they always make updates of the program as soon as possible and they always add new features that make you think that the software couldn't be better than it already is because it's already the best.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Quality is top notch"

    March 21, 2014  |   By gregory_cecil

    Version: Virtual DJ 7.4.1

    Pros

    I don't want anyone to listen to my pieces and these tones can be stolen, so use Folder Lock to make them secure.

    Cons

    Theres an option to cut and scratch the record with your hand using a web cam.

    Summary

    I can experiment music taste and create some of my own.

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