The dedicated Virtual DJ app is the jack-of-all-trades DJ software available. The user interface can be optically customized with skins and can be selected quickly and easily.
Virtual DJ works without special preparation of musical compositions. The 2nd and 4deck mode looks like regular 3rd party DJ software. The signal displays are superimposed on each other. followed by deck control, mixer and track browser. There are additional performance or cue pad effects similar to those known from Serato DJ Pro or Rekordbox DJ. While they can also be adjusted with the mouse, the usability with the appropriate pad controller is much nicer.
Due to its wide adoption, the VDJ is compatible with countless MIDI controllers. Most mappings are already included so you can get started quickly, but you can also create your own mappings. This is a very big advantage of Virtual DJ, because the versatility of its application ensures great demand among DJs of any skill level.
In addition to simple hang-up features, Virtual DJ also offers video mixing, karaoke, and an iDJPool music subscription for an additional fee. Many extensions are also available for free, but the quality of these extensions can sometimes be questioned. Those who want to share their mix with the world can stream directly from the VDJ to services like YouTube, Facebook, Periscope, Twitch and even Beatport.
Advantages. The strengths of the Virtual DJ software for DJs lie primarily in its numerous functions – there is something for every DJ here. It can be controlled by controller, timecode or mobile device, and it’s very welcome that the VDJ can be used with almost any equipment, without restrictive license conditions. So, for example, any sound card can be used for DVS operation, and there is also a free choice of timecode media from popular products. Harmonic mixing, event scheduler and offline analysis complete it all.
Flaws. Just like the number of features is one of VDJ’s strengths, the quality of some features is also one of its weaknesses. Some of the effects sound mediocre but can be complemented with VST effects, the beat grid editing is a bit awkward and the video transitions could be a little more modern. The wide range of software features are difficult to understand, here you need to flip through online documentation with hard detective work, and also be proficient in English.
Virtual DJ is often bundled with DJ controllers. But if you want to purchase the software, you have three options:
- A one-time fee of €327 (or €21 per month as a subscription) is required for a lifetime but non-transferable license.
- VirtualDJ Business with additional support costs 109 euros per month. If you also want all online catalogs, it will already cost 182 euros.
- For a non-commercial license you bet, you will pay at least 54 euros. In this case, you will only be able to use the application for non-commercial purposes.
There is a free version of the application, but it has very limited functionality, although it is quite enough for beginner DJs.