Virtual DJ Tutorial For Beginners
Looking to learn how to mix songs in Virtual DJ? Look no further than this beginners tutorial video and article. All you need to get started is a laptop loaded up with the Virtual DJ software.
Virtual DJ has been on the market for a long time and a lot of DJs still use it to play music. So, let's check it out and see if it still stands up to the test.
Straight off the bat, one of the great benefits to Virtual DJ is that it’s free. DJs also love the convenient browser, how easy it is to cue a song on Virtual DJ, the ability to automatically sync and beatmatch, the attractive interface and the option to separate out track stems. However, we’ll get into all of these features in more detail below.
Whether you're hoping to learn, practice or record a mix in Virtual DJ, this tutorial should help you decide if it's the best DJ software for you.
How Much RAM Do You Need For Virtual DJ?
If you're running Virtual DJ on a low-end computer, you may run into some performance issues. Your laptop might lag or freeze when you're trying to mix, or the audio might sound choppy.
Virtual DJ has specific hardware requirements that you need to meet if you want to use it without lagging or freezing. The minimum requirements are:
- 2 gigahertz processor speed
- 2 kilograms of RAM memory
- 100 megabytes of hard disk space
How To Organise Songs In Virtual DJ
Virtual DJ has a browser function, located at the bottom of the programme. Here, you can go through your various folders and find the audio files you’re looking for.
To the right of the browser, you also get a bit more information on the track you’re selecting - the title, the year it was released, the genre and so on.
If you hit the BPM button, you’ll find that it automatically organises everything in the folder in order of BPM, making it easy to find a couple of tracks that will be easy to mix.
How To Cue A Track On Virtual DJ
Cueing a song on Virtual DJ can be done much quicker than on most other programs because of its single-button control.
To cue a song, press the play button at the top left of the screen and then hit the pause button directly next to it. This will bring up a little cueing box where you can set a cue point. Simply move the slider until you find the spot where you want your song to start playing at and then release the pause button to begin.
At the bottom left of the screen, you can see a list of tracks that are available to play. Select your track and drag it over to a deck. Once your track is loaded, set your BPM and find the beginning of the song. You have now cued up your track and are ready to play it.
How To Beat Match On Virtual DJ
When you drag in the tracks you want to beatmatch, Virtual DJ will turn one of your selected tracks red, the other blue. If you look at your crossfader, half of that is red and half is blue too. As you move the crossfader, the proportion of that line that is red versus blue will change accordingly.
Step 1 - Hit play on your first track. If your tracks don’t have the same BPM, you can hit the match button on the track that’s not yet playing before you bring it in. This button will either increase the speed of one of your tracks or slow down the other. Either way, it should set the two tracks you’re mixing together at the same BPM which is where they need to be for a smooth transition.
Step 2 - Now it's time to sync the tracks that you're going to mix. If you hit the sync button, this will match the BPM and smoothly catch up the phase in order to synchronise this track with the opposite deck.
Step 3 - We're finally ready to start mixing, so hit the mix button. This lets Virtual DJ deal automatically with the beat matching, allowing you to focus on the artistic side of the mix.
Once you've conquered beatmatching on Virtual DJ, you won't have any bother learning how to use Serato DJ or any other DJ softwares on the market.
How To Record A Mix In Virtual DJ
Virtual DJ also has a record audio feature, perfect for when you want to share your mixes. To record your mix, follow these 4 steps:
Step 1 - Press "Ctrl-R" to enter record mode. This will automatically start recording your current mix.
Step 2 - Open the 'Record Options', which are located in the 'Configuration' menu.
Step 3 - Adjust the settings to suit your needs. You can set your output device, the file format, sample rate and more.
Step 4 - Press 'Stop' when you are done recording your mix.
Is Virtual DJ Good For Beginners?
Overall, Virtual DJ makes mixing two songs together fairly easy. If you’re just starting out and you need a bit of help with beat matching, it’s a great place to learn. The layout is also extremely intuitive, looks great and helps prepare you for when you're ready to step up to DJing on CDJs.
The only real negative point against Virtual DJ is that as you advance and want to unlock more features, the pro version of the DJ software gets quite expensive. However, to get started it’s completely free, making it a great piece of software to learn or develop new or existing DJ skills.
Once you've learnt how to DJ on a laptop using a DJing software solution like Virtual DJ, you might want to try some of the other options on the market. Learning how to use Serato DJ or rekordbox is easy once you’ve mastered Virtual DJ, and it’s worth finding out for yourself which software you prefer. The next step after that is learning how to beatmatch on CDJs or vinyl.
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