We review the most used DJ software on the planet.
One of the best things about new software and technology innovation is that it allows anyone to conduct basic level enhancements. While nothing will ever replace a highly-skilled, talented graphic artist, for example, the abundance of Photoshop-like alternatives means most people can at least adjust their photos for personal use. Video editing is a whole career field with a unique skill set, but thanks to titles on the market, anyone can combine their family memories into a nice keepsake.
Thanks to software like VirtualDJ, anyone can mix and enhance their music now, too. While the UI and layout look very much like a professional-grade option, you don’t have to be the hottest draw in the club scene to create your own mixes. While this software might be one more tool in the professional artist’s toolbox, anyone can figure out this intuitive yet highly functional software.
Unlike some competitors, it doesn’t rely on years of experience learning how to DJ, but instead uses modern technology to help you mix better by ‘focusing on the artistic side of the mix’.
Scratch the DJing itch
VirtualDJ claims to be the most used DJ software on the planet, with more than 150 million downloads, and is used by everybody from bedroom DJs to international superstars.
The UI looks like a typical setup with a mixer and two turntables, but it can be expanded to four or more decks depending on your needs. It has a vinyl emulation feature that lets you incorporate and alter your stored music files via the turntables, making the mixing and scratching effects sound more authentic than a keyboard and mouse could produce on their own. The software’s large range of features include standard controls like play, pause, stop, and cue, automatic BPM and KEY calculation, a three-band equalizer, pitch control – plus a range of cool effects, ranging from traditional flanger and echo – to more modern “beat-aware” effects like beatgrid, slicer, loop-roll, and even video mixes.
For both home use and amateur startups, VirtualDJ offers karaoke support, a CD to MP3 encoder, compatibility with your iTunes playlists, and of course, the ability to record your sessions. Once your finished product is ready, it will be available to use or share online.
While this software is certainly average-level user friendly, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s not ideal for professionals. The art form requires more than just pressing play on a sound system – think back to your eighth grade school dance – and VirtualDJ’s features are perfect for those with the know-how and talent to mix and enhance music.