Virtual DJ is one of the most popular mixing platforms available on the market. But why is this? There’s arguably never been a bigger nor a better set of mixing controls made available to the public, and whether you are mixing at home for fun or are a professional DJ, the experience is always easy to get into. It can take time to master Virtual DJ 8 DJ Controller software, but with enough tweaking and playing around, there is no reason why you won’t be able to find your way with this next level DJ software.
In this guide, we’ll introduce you to how to use Virtual DJ 8, and will get you started on your mixing journey. Thinking of downloading the software, but aren’t sure where to start? Let’s break things down for you.
Choosing Your Version
Virtual DJ 8 is available in free and paid versions. Naturally, the paid ‘Advanced’ and ‘Professional’ modes will come with more features and functionality, so let’s consider some of the differences.
- The ‘Free’ version lets you use the software on a private basis. Therefore, you won’t have a license to be able to use it professionally. You also won’t have full access to DJ controller compatibility, though you do get a limited trial of a few minutes.
- The ‘Advanced’ version for home users will let you connect up a DJ controller of your choice, though the amount you pay will vary depending on the controller you use. This version of the software won’t give you a professional licence.
- The ‘Professional’ version of Virtual DJ 8 lets you use the software for professional DJing, and you have unlimited access to DJ controllers. You can choose to pay a small monthly subscription or a one-off lifetime license fee.
Once you’ve decided to download the software of your choice, it’s time to install it!
Virtual DJ 8 works on both Windows PCs and Macs. Download the software and run the installation program as you would with other apps. Along the process, you’ll be asked to set up an account. This is worth doing, as much of the software’s best features are available online. You’ll only need to fill in a few form details to get started.
Once you’ve set up an account and are logged in, you’ll be presented with your Virtual DJ dashboard. For now, it looks fairly simple! Start by checking that the suite is picking up on your sound card. Head to the ‘settings’ screen by clicking the wheel logo and choose your preferred card from the drop-down list.
Playing and mixing music on Virtual DJ is as easy as dragging the files over you want to get started with. You can do this easily on both Windows and macOS; however, the software also has built-in sound finders which will do the hard work for you. Check the bottom left of your dashboard to access the folders list – where you can browse your various files and bring them into the main interface.
You can also right-click songs in your folders and ask Virtual DJ 8 to analyse your tracks before you bring them across. This is a great way to get solid data on RPM and waveform. You can analyse data in batches, so select a few songs and right-click away. This should help you choose tracks which are best-suited to one another.
Let’s Get Mixing
Of course, mixing is what you’re going to want to get into sooner rather than later. So let’s get started. Click on ‘music’ to find songs you’ve moved into the central folder and drag files to the decks on-screen. The functions from here should be fairly simple – press ‘play’ to play, ‘stop’ to stop – you get the idea. However, it’s here where you also get access to the crossfade function, where you can choose which audio travels where, and by how much.
The mixer will, of course, also let you manage highs, mids and lows, as well as filters. The mixing table will also let you toggle gain, and there’s a nice scratch function where you can virtually scratch your tracks as if they were real vinyl on real decks. It’s a fantastic addition that really helps to embellish the experience.
This, of course, is only the start of your mixing journey. Virtual DJ 8 is very simple on the surface, though thousands of video tutorials and guides will help you find new, exciting ways to create new music from existing samples and tracks. It’s well worth exploring what’s out there.
Customise Your Look
One of the major perks of Virtual DJ 8 is that it’s really customizable. Not just in terms of functionality, of course, but in terms of looks. Just as you would with old-school digital music players, you can download custom skins for the software to transform its look. This isn’t just an aesthetic choice, as many DJs like their decks to be set up in a specific way! You’ll be able to download free skins galore through the Virtual DJ community as you see fit. However, you need to make sure you’re paying for the Advanced license at the least.
Using Controllers and More
As mentioned, Virtual DJ 8 is compatible with a huge variety of DJ controllers and devices. However, you’re going to need to check that your device is supported – and if you’re using the Advanced version of the suite, you’ll need to pay a fee to support just one controller. Pay for a Premium subscription, and you have an unlimited license. For professional DJs, it’s a brilliant way to take greater control over your mixes.
Mixing on Virtual DJ 8 is fantastic fun – though it’s not just a home hobby program. It’s a professional and surprisingly advanced piece of kit which should serve you well out on the circuit. Why not download the free version, have a play around, and see how you get on? Don’t forget to buy that Professional license if you’re going to make money off it.