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Virtual DJ

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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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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.2 stars

    out of 1,099 votes

    • 5 star: 588
    • 4 star: 311
    • 3 star: 108
    • 2 star: 30
    • 1 star: 62
  • Current version:

    4.0 stars

    out of 24 votes

    • 5 star: 9
    • 4 star: 11
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Useful features if you have patience. Free program....."

    May 10, 2011  |   By graysmith3rd

    Version: Virtual DJ 7.0.3

    Pros

    It's free and you can record your efforts

    Cons

    If you don't have a hands on Console, this is not for live use.If you don't have the patience for tedious tasks, stay away.

    Summary

    This is not an easy program to use.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Microsoft should buy this application..."

    May 9, 2011  |   By ScooterCA

    Version: Virtual DJ 7.0.3

    Pros

    It's simple and does what is supposed to do. It's awesome.

    Cons

    Could use some more configuration options and individual volume controls on the 6 deck.

    Summary

    Download it and use it at EVERY PARTY you have.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Satisfied Performance"

    May 3, 2011  |   By viviencaloy

    Version: Virtual DJ 7.0.3

    Pros

    Added formats for recording such as mp3. The old version has only wav when you record. The effects, & mixing is great.

    Cons

    A little bit confuse on the controls.

    Summary

    for the begginers. If you want free mixing software. Virtual DJ is the solution.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great for beginners or anyone that likes to play around"

    April 22, 2011  |   By fredcord66

    Version: Virtual DJ 7.0.3

    Pros

    Easy library access. Offers dual turn tables and basic effects and master mix controls.

    Cons

    Could not access win media library.

    Summary

    Great product for those who like to have fun at home but not meant for advanced users.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "An overated product Then"

    April 22, 2011  |   By DjBobby1

    Version: Virtual DJ 7.0.3

    Pros

    Some good things about this

    Cons

    But an overated product here

    Summary

    I am a Dj, and I can tell you, especially those who are new to Dj-ing and / or are trying to get new things....that this thing...is overated...yes I know alot of people like this...and yes I know alot of people reccomend this....but it is overated....

    1 - If you plan on dj-ing with a laptop, and your not using anything like a hardware controller, mini controller, dont bother with this. The buttons are not easily practically easy to use. .

    2 - Play a song through windows media player and then play it through this. You might notice that the sound quality gets a little less. Now its not that big a dela, but I dont like that....and yes...i think there is a way to adjust the sound, but i dont want to do that, plus thisthing is complicated, and i dont like it when there are so many options that i have to figure it out....for example....equalizers let u adjust sound right?...but...do u really want all those options?...it takes time and it is annoyhing then...so thats how i thnk with this...i think u can adjut the sounds...but....ti takes time...and its annoying..

    3 - Its complicated. What is the point of having something that is compliated. I mean yes in time u can figure things out, its not rocket science. But still i like things more simple

    4 - I like dj softwarees that hhav an instant fade or something. Meaning something that when i press a button, one side stops playing adn thea other sides starts right away...I dont think this has that...now i could be wrong...maybe it does...so tahts where me not trying to figure it out comes into play....beuase this thing is a littltle compliated....and not simple then...so manybe im just bothered and annoyed by this that id idnt put more effort...but....i did put some...and im not sure if it has this feature where one side stops and the other sides starts then

    THere are other softwares that are easier and more practical to use

    There are other that you can just use on your laptopp and u can ajdust the buttons easy with ur laptop mouse

    This thing is overated

    And there are otehr Dj Softwares that can be better

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  • 4.0 stars

    "TRYING TO FIGUER THIS OUT CANT START IT YET"

    April 19, 2011  |   By ASTROMAN-217

    Version: Virtual DJ 7.0.3

    Pros

    PROS....THATS WAT I NEED I DONT GET THIS **** KEEPS TAKING ME BAK WONT DOWNLOAD

    Cons

    NO CONS!!!!

    Summary

    HELP!!!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "very good ....."

    April 14, 2011  |   By lordrolanshus

    Version: Virtual DJ 7.0.3

    Pros

    dont no just got here

    Cons

    same as....

    Summary

    soon come back to you

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This Is Amazing"

    April 7, 2011  |   By GazaBabiie

    Version: Virtual DJ 7.0.3

    Pros

    Seems very simple to use. Sound is good.

    Cons

    Dowloads are giving problems.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This Is a very effective tool for the home D.J.!"

    April 6, 2011  |   By stoneaffects

    Version: Virtual DJ 7.0.3

    Pros

    Very decsent effects.Easy to use, Play with it for a while and you will be syncing your tunes like a pro. Fun to add effects and overdubbing and its starts getting addictive. Really cool software!

    Cons

    You will want to go pro for the added goodies after a while the base program seems not to have enough effects. Price of pro is steep but in my opinion rocks! The black skin I find hard to see.Options on some different colours on back drop would help!

    Summary

    Try it out for free you haven't anything to loose,you might find yourself pleasantly surprized. I downloaded this progame because, I bought a creative notebook sounblaster for my laptop. wich was overrun with thousands of mp3's. I combined this with a pair of wharfedale amplified 100 watt diamond 8.2s and started dj ing alot my friends partys. With portable pro sound for very little cash and lugging It was efortless, pounds a very big punch while taking up very little room and this programe made it all possible! I think anyone will have alot of fun with It!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This is just simply awesome.it plays like a charm"

    April 6, 2011  |   By lambertpaul2002

    Version: Virtual DJ 7.0.3

    Pros

    This is what I have been waiting for

    Cons

    This is really kool

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