If you’re an aspiring DJ and need to get started at home, then Virtual DJ is a great tool that can get you going. The application, currently available in its 6th iteration, is quite simple to use and provides some rather startling effects. There are a bunch of new features that you can use as well.

Virtual DJ has been the application of choice for many professional DJs and even amateurs who want to turn pro some day. Besides audio mixing, the application has also included video mixing capabilities. One of the main features of the application is the BeatLock engine that helps speed up the mixes as the songs are kept constantly in beat. The looping feature is quite easy to use and there is a great level of automation in the engine. This helps in creating more precise loops in less time.

The sampler used by the application is synchronized; this helps in live mixes. Other cool effects and features of the software include a ‘scratch’ feature like the one that can be done on a real turntable, infinite cue points that can be added to the application, and lots more.

Recommended Requirements

  • This is what you’re going to need to run the application smoothly –
  • Intel Core 2 or AMD Athlon X2
  • 1024×768 SVGA video
  • Multi-channel DirectX compatible soundcard
  • 1024 MB RAM
  • 30 MB free on the hard drive


  • Here’s a list of all the new features Virtual DJ version 6 comes loaded with –
  • Twin, independent zero-latency players
  • Standard controls (play, pause, stop, cue)
  • Independent deck and master volume control
  • Independent deck pitch control (from +/-100% to +/-6%, with several range choices in between)
  • 3 band equalizer High, Mid, and Low with Kill and +/-30db gain
  • One-click beat matching and synchronization
  • BeatLock engine for keeping songs in-sync and in-time
  • Dynamic beat-matching visualizer and automatic beat-matched crossfading
  • Automatic BPM and KEY calculation, pitch matching and audio gain matching
  • Automatic seamless and beat-aware LOOP functionality
  • Real scratch simulation
  • Synchronized sampler with 12 instant record and playback slots
  • Time-Stretch and Master Tempo Pitch algorithms
  • Automatic first beat and last beat detection
  • Automatic 4/4 phase detection
  • OSC network synchronization
  • Infinite number of beatlocked decks using localized multi-instance loopback or cross network connectivity

  • Infinite number of cue points per song saved for instant recall each time the song is loaded
  • Beat-aware effect plugins
  • VST effects compatibility (PC version only)
  • Video mix with windowed or FULL SCREEN TV output using 2nd video output
  • Karaoke CDG+MP3 and/or ZIP support
  • FreeFrame and custom video effects
  • Infinite number of video effects applied simultaneously
  • DJ-adapted video transition plugins
  • Song database engine with easy-to-use search feature
  • CoverFlow or text-only song browsing
  • Compatible with iTunes playlists (iTunes DRM files not supported)
  • MP3 ID3 Tag compatibility
  • User-defined automatic filter folders
  • Automatic Hot-Swap of external hard drives
  • Ready-to-burn recording of a DJs mix to CD
  • Broadcast on the Internet
  • CD to MP3 encoder
  • Multi-channel sound card, dual-sound card or Y-splitter output for real-time monitoring or external mixer use

If you’re looking at being a DJ from home here are a few other tips that will be very handy – Check out our ‘Become a Home DJ’ series of articles and get to mixin’.

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