To be honest, since I purchased Serato, I couldn’t be happier with my DJ software choice.Â I’ve been so happy with the product that I have stopped doing a lot of research on other DJ software solutions.Â Just recently I noticed a new addition to the DJ software voting list, Virtual DJ Pro.Â Not only did a fan take the time to add the software to the list, but it’s also holding it’s own with 7% of the total votes.Â So what is Virtual DJ Pro?Â Well, I took some time to do a little research, and I was quite impressed.
I noticed that the screenshots looked kind of familiar, and then I realized that I had seen them in the past in DJ catalogs next to the Hercules DJ controller.Â The DJ software is included with each Hercules unit.Â After browsing the rest of the Virtual DJ site, I learned that there are a number of different versions of the DJ software for different applications, and that you can download a trial version of the software as well.Â I care most about the vinyl emulation functionality, and according to the site, I can get started for fairly cheap.Â Virtual DJ Pro costs $319 for the software, and $20 for each timecoded vinyl record.
Virtual DJ was roughly based on Atomixmp3, another software product released by the company, Atomix (a French company), Â but the new version adds a lot more advanced features for pro and semi-pro DJ’s.Â What impressed me most about the software is it’s ability to control video as well, much like Numark’s Cue software.Â But with Virtual DJ Pro, you are able to use the time-coded vinyl to control those videos, Serato is also currently working on this functionality for an upcoming software release.
Here is some content from www.virtualdj.com further explaining the product:
“VirtualDJ is the hottest MP3 mixing software, targeting every DJ from bedroom DJs to professional superstars like Carl Cox.
With its breakthrough BeatLock engine, your songs will always stay in the beat, and you can work your mixes incredibly faster than any other DJ could.
The automatic seamless loop engine and the brand new synchronised sampler will let you perform astounding remixes live, with no preparation at all.
The visual representation and the cues allow you to clearly see the song’s structure, and never be surprised by a break anymore.
The vinyl controls will let you scratch like on a real turntable, except that with the beatlock engine your scratches will never end out of the beat.
Add to that an infinite number of cue points you can save for each songs, a bunch of wonderful effects automatically beat-synchronised.
Add also several interfaces to suit everybody from the beginner to the professional DJ, the possibility to record your mixes to burn them on CDs, to broadcast on the Internet and have your own radio station, to save your CDs directly in MP3, to use a headphone to preview the songs or an external mixtable to perform in a club.
Lastly, enter the new era of DJs by mixing video clips (DVD, DivX, MPEG…) which you can send on a giant screen.
Virtual DJ brings you all that, in the most easy-to-use way, and at the most affordable price.”
It would be nice to get my hands on this DJ software to see howÂ well theÂ vinyl emulation really works. Atomix, if you read this, hook me up with a copy and I’ll give it a thorough review!Â You’ll have to come with something really great to convince me to stray from the Serato way.