Virtual DJ

 

To be honest, since I purchased Serato, I couldn’t be happier with my DJ software choice.  I’ve been so happy with the product that I have stopped doing a lot of research on other DJ software solutions.  Just recently I noticed a new addition to the DJ software voting list, Virtual DJ Pro.  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.  So what is Virtual DJ Pro?  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.  The DJ software is included with each Hercules unit.  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.  I care most about the vinyl emulation functionality, and according to the site, I can get started for fairly cheap.  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),  but the new version adds a lot more advanced features for pro and semi-pro DJ’s.  What impressed me most about the software is it’s ability to control video as well, much like Numark’s Cue software.  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 how well the vinyl emulation really works. Atomix, if you read this, hook me up with a copy and I’ll give it a thorough review!  You’ll have to come with something really great to convince me to stray from the Serato way.

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DJ Ron July 11, 2011 at 5:48 am

NOW thanks…. you post back my little toughts about djing. I mean it is unfair that you let others say what is there toughts while others not. Thank you… peace…

Eccles2005 August 11, 2011 at 5:37 pm

I’m a professional user of Virtual DJ and subscribe to their monthly premium service. Yes its has lost of features yes it is easy to use but currently and for the past 18 months it appears to have had problems with video freezes and memory creeps resulting in a need to restart the program or worse, unexpected crash at venues.

The software does not appear to be stable with the latest graphics cards and integrated chips, requiring either Hardware acceleration within the program to be switched off (consequent loss of video effects) or the installation of an older graphics card where this is possible (laptops have real issues) and the switching off of the newer graphics hardware.

This has been going on for in excess of 18 months with no statement from Atomix on their plans to fix it and with users becoming frustrated with the inability to use their new hardware.

This is a fantastic piece of sofware being let down by lack of progress on fixing fundamental bugs / features

godabove February 3, 2013 at 1:32 pm

with patience, realistic expectations and a passion for perfection, some credible, eleborate and professional mixes can be produced. ALL FOR FREE……..

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