What is Virtual DJ?
Virtual DJ is a mixing software for audios and videos. It is a widely used software and is feasible for the beginners. The software was released 14 years ago, in 2003 by Atomix Productions. It has seen more than 100,000,000 downloads since. It is used by many professional DJs worldwide.
The software is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and 8, Mac OS Leopard, Mac OS Snow Leopard, and Mac OS X Lion. Initially, there was a free trial version available for users, offered for 20 days, after which the user had to purchase the license to continue usage of the Pro Version. But now, the trial version for 20 days is not available anymore. Instead, the Virtual DJ HOME version is available for free. It cannot be commercially used but it allows the use of the Virtual DJ Pro features for about 10 minutes at a time.
How to install it?
Open your browser and go the Virtual DJ website.
On the top line, you will see the download link which will pop down other options. Click on it and from the drop-down menu, select ‘Download Virtual DJ,’ and then the interface will allow you to choose the version which is compatible with the OS that your computer has.
The two versions available are for Mac and PC users. Click on the link accordingly. Once you have clicked on it, the site will take you to the download portal. Click the download button again and wait for the download to start automatically. Once the download is complete, click on the downloaded prompt at the bottom of your browser to install the software. Then, click ‘continue’ on the installer window and accept the software license agreement.
How to launch it?
Launch Virtual DJ, and create an account by putting your login details and personal information on the Login window. Verify the account by the confirmation code, which will be sent to you on your account. With your account confirmed, the Virtual DJ software is now officially launched and ready to use. Once, the software is launched, you have to choose the interface. The software requires you to select the interface for your mix (audio or video). A window that has the entire DJ setup, will open. On the top right corner of the window, there is a button for configuration. Click it to choose the skin.
When you click (once) the configuration button, it pops up a window, choose the, click on the ‘Skin’ tab and choose the Mix lab version 3.1 and then click ‘OK’. You can select any other skin as well. The reason to choose this is that it has crossfade EQ, which plays a significant role to create a good remix.
Now, you need to set up your sound card. Click the ‘setting’ icon in the top left corner of the Virtual DJ interface. A window opens, which allows you to choose external or internal sound cards. Click internal soundcard and then click apply.
To get music on the virtual DJ setup, you can use the list which contains the folders (in your computer) recognized by the Virtual DJ software. Click one of the folders, choose the audio track and drag it to one of the virtual vinyl turntables above. The music or the audio file is now loaded, and you can see a track overview. It allows you to navigate through the track on a point, by just clicking on that point.
How to mix?
To mix two different tracks, it is essential that both the tracks have similar beats per minute (BPM). If they do not have the same BPM, you can do it manually as well. Just press the sync button, and the software will do that for you.
A good mix can be created by mixing one track’s intro and the other’s outro. To do that, you can select an outro point of one track and for the other track press ‘cue’ button, which makes the track start from the intro. Similarly, there are several functions and effects available in the software for you to mix your music. Like, in the mixer portion, there are two volume faders – both of them control the music for each deck’s track respectively. Then there are crossfaders used to turn the volume from one deck to another. The software also lets you mix more than one track with the options like, adjusting the speed (BPM) and applying different effects.
We hope this guide gives you a brief overview of Virtual DJ. Stay tuned to grab more snippets from the world of EDM.