Virtual DJ is a virtual console for DJs. Despite the number of tools that it offers, it's easy to use, and is the perfect midpoint between a consumer and professional product for DJing.
All the best DJ tools
Virtual DJ is great for mixing music, but its also the perfect program for remixes, thanks to an integrated sampler and effects. With the paid version, you can download a ton of tracks, which is great to replenish your musical arsenal.
Virtual DJ has 5 different versions to suit the needs and capabilities of all types of users, from the absolute beginner, to the professional DJ.
It offers a lot of independent decks (depending on which release you have), pitch control, EQ, effects, tone control algorithms, beat matching, beat lock engine, and dozens of other tools.
Virtual DJ is a console within your reach. Mixing music without a physical interface can become complicated, but there are many controllers on the market that are compatible with Virtual DJ.
A few caveats , however, must be kept in mind:
- With the LE version of Virtual DJ, you can only use the controller that was bundled
- With the Home version, you can use any controller you want, but it will work only for 10 minutes per session. After this time, you will need to disconnect and reconnect it to the computer to use it again.
The Pro Full version has no controller limitations of any kind.
Choose the version suited to your needs
If you already have a little practice with mixing, Virtual DJ Home is the perfect version for you. It's free, but very well equipped, and is an ideal way to see if the program is the right one for you.
If you are experienced, it might be a good idea to start with Virtual DJ LE, which is bundled with controllers and external sound cards for PCs and Macs. The limitations, compared to other editions, make it a good choice to learn the basics.
Finally, there are three paid versions (Virtual DJ Broadcaster, Virtual DJ Pro Basic and Pro Full), which differ mainly in hardware support and control mapping. To study the exact differences between the five versions, you can consult the complete table on the Atomix site.
A console suitable for anyone
If you're a DJ novice, Virtual DJ is the console to try. It's a perfect example of quality combined with simplicity and completeness; it's rare to find free DJ programs with so many features.
Virtual DJ can also count on a very active community that revolves around the official forum.
If you already have experience and are looking for alternatives, there are virtual consoles for DJs with any need. Quality, features, and ease of use are indicated "only for professionals" (Torq for example).
If you come from the old school tradition and you're used to mixing with analogue instruments, the most suitable alternative to switch to digital consoles could be MixVibes Cross DJ, which runs particularly well.