Probably, one should not deny the obvious truth – the Virtual DJ program has long been the most popular application for DJs and everyone who wants to try themselves in this area. Disc jockeys successfully use it in their activities. But what if you first encountered it and are thinking about how to start using this effective application?
Virtual DJ is a program that not only mixes the beats of a classic two-deck DJ console, but also serves as an audio hub for your system, as it records audio and video, burns discs, and even streams online using a radio server or your own PC. So let’s see how this is used.
- The first thing we need to do to use Virtual DJ is to download and install the program on our computer. All you need to do is go to the official website of the program, click on the “Download” item and on the page that opens, click on the PC version and “Download Now” button.
- Accept the user agreement. Once the download is complete, click the Start Virtual DJ button to launch the program and close the window.
- If, on the other hand, you’re using a Mac, launch the Mac App Store, type Virtual DJ in the search box at the top left, and press the Enter button on your keyboard to see the search results. Next, you need to click the Get and Install buttons next to Virtual DJ to start downloading and installing.
- Then click the Continue and Install buttons to close the window and complete the setup.
- At first glance, the Virtual DJ interface can be a bit confusing due to the many commands available. However, after analyzing it in detail, you will immediately see how easy it is to use: there are two readers at the top with the corresponding commands, useful for playing songs and adjusting effects. At the bottom, on the other hand, you can see the folders of the computer you are using, a useful section to quickly select the songs you are interested in.
- After this necessary prerequisite is done in the Virtual DJ interface, find the local music option on the left, select the folder on your computer where you have music files, and select the song you are interested in to view the songs it contains. Now select the song you are interested in and double click on it (or drag and drop) to add it to the program.
- If you want to apply a loop (i.e. continuously repeating a section of a track), first select a time signature using the arrow keys in the Loop field and press the IN button to set the loop start point. Next, press the OUT button to determine the end point and start the cycle, which can be interrupted by pressing the OUT button again.
- While the song is playing, you can also apply additional sound effects by clicking the Sampler item in the lower right corner and selecting the category you want to apply.
After getting familiar with the Virtual DJ interface, if you feel ready to record your first mixed song, you can click the gear icon on the top left to access the program’s settings. Then select Burn from the sidebar on the left, enter a name for the recording in the File Name field, select an output format from the drop-down menu next to Format, and click the Start Burn button.