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Editors' Review

by   / June 26, 2013

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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Full Specifications

What's new in version 8.3.5046

  • Reloop RP-8000MK2 support
  • Pioneer DJM-450 support
  • Fix select folder dialog on mac not responding to mouse clicks properly
  • Fix moving a file to a different volume on mac
  • Old Denon ASIO driver no longer used on windows (will use WASAPI instead)
  • Text video overlay improvements
  • Allow hiding sidelist, karaoke and sampler in sideview
  • Fix text cut off in browser in some skins
  • browserDaysSongsAreNew option added

General

Publisher Atomix Productions
Publisher web site http://www.virtualdj.com/
Release Date June 25, 2019
Date Added June 27, 2019
Version 8.3.5046

Category

Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory DJ Software

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 7/8/10
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 35.33MB
File Name install_virtualdj_2018_b5046_pc.msi

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Total Downloads 110,431,138
Downloads Last Week 792

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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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