How to use Virtual DJ correctly
Download Virtual DJ and you can have on your computer a fantastic virtual program to mix, or listen to songs and even create your own songs.
Virtual DJ is the most popular digital program for disck-jockeys and music lovers of all, but perhaps you don't know how to start using it or how to get the most out of it, so let's offer you a step-by-step guide where we explain to you, How to use Virtual DJ.
Virtual DJ is a program that not only mixes the rhythms of a classic two-platform disc jockey console, but also serves as the audio hub for your system, as it also records audio and video, records discs and even broadcasts online using a radio server or your own PC. So let's see how it's used.
Steps to use Virtual DJ
The first thing we need to do to use Virtual DJ is to download and install the program on your computer.
The only thing you have to do is to enter the official website of the program, click on the Download item and, in the new page opened, press the PC Version and Download now buttons.
Once the download is complete, double-click the file install_virtualdj_[version] _pc.msi , press the Run button , place the check mark next to I accept the terms of the license agreement and click the Install button, then wait for the toolbar to open.
Once the download is finished, press the Start Virtual DJ button to start the program and close the window.
If, on the other hand, you use a Mac, start the Mac App Store, type Virtual DJ in the Search field at the top left and press the Enter button on your keyboard to see the search results, then click the Get and Install buttons next to Virtual DJ to start the download and installation.
Then press the Continue and Install buttons, enter your Mac administrator password in the appropriate field, and click the Install Software button to begin the installation. Finally, click the Close and Move buttons to close the window and complete the setup.
When you open Virtual DJ for the first time, configure the Spanish language (or the one you are interested in) through the Language drop-down menu on the top right and choose if you want to create your own account, useful to be able to use all the functions of the program (for example, the ability to broadcast on the Internet and create podcasts), or not.
At first glance, the Virtual DJ interface might leave you a little lost due to the "guilt" of the many commands available.
However, if you look at it in detail, you will immediately see how easy it is to use: at the top, there are two readers with relative commands, useful for playing the songs and for configuring the effects; at the bottom, on the other hand, you can see the folders of the computer in use, a useful section for quickly choosing the songs that interest you.
On the other hand, you can change the main Virtual DJ interface by selecting the number of readers or if you prefer tablet mode.
To change it, click on the element 2 readers at the top left and choose the option that interests you between 4 readers, 6 readers and tablet mode.
In addition, by choosing the Show some empty buttons item, you can add to all readers in use a series of custom buttons that, when clicked, allow you to create custom actions.
Once made this necessary premise in the Virtual DJ interface, locate the local music option on the left, select the folder on your computer where you have the music files and choose the song that interests you to see the songs it contains.
Now, choose the song that interests you and double-click (or drag) it to add it to the program.
On the other hand, you can also create a quick link to the folders of your interest by dragging the latter in the box on the right (the one above the Sidelist buttons, Sampler Automix, etc.).
In addition, by selecting the Sidelist item and dragging the individual tracks of your interest into it, you can create a list of songs to use in your Virtual DJ music session.
In both cases, by doing so, you'll be able to quickly access the folders and audio files you're interested in without wasting too much time searching for songs to play.
After dragging the song you're interested in to the Virtual DJ player, you can see the main information, such as song title, artist name, elapsed playback time, remaining playback time, and BPM (times per minute).
In addition, the waveform viewer is also visible, useful not only to visualize the progress of the song's playback, but also to visually understand its structure and, consequently, the presence of only vocal parts and possible pause points.
To start playing a song, you have to hold down the "Play" button related to the player you are interested in and start using the related commands to apply the desired effects to the song you are playing.
By clicking on the downward pointing arrow icon in the Effect box, you can choose one of the available effects and adjust the parameters by acting on the buttons shown at the bottom, which vary according to the chosen effect.
If, then, you want to apply a loop (i.e. an uninterrupted repetition of a part of the track), first choose the size using the arrow keys in the Loop box, click the IN button to set the loop start point and press the OUT button to define the end point and start the repetition that you can interrupt by clicking the OUT button again.
To make a scratch, you can hold down the left mouse button on the virtual cymbal and move it, while acting on the slider to the right of the cymbal (if you are using the left reader), you can adjust the BPM of the song that is playing and consequently increase or decrease the speed.
While playing a song, you can also apply additional audio effects by clicking on the Sampler element in the lower right corner and selecting the category (Instruments , Famous , Audio FX and Video & Scratch ) and effect (Saxo , Hands up , Air Cuerno , siren , explosion , applause , synthesizer , kick , etc.) that you want to apply.
After familiarizing yourself with the Virtual DJ interface, if you feel ready to record your first mixed song, you can click on the gear wheel icon at the top left to access the program settings, then select the Record item in the sidebar on the left, enter the name of the recording in the File name field, choose the output format through the drop-down menu next to the Format option, and press the Start Recording button.