How to use virtual DJ pro

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How to use virtual DJ pro
Virtual DJ is software for computer-based audio and video mixing. (DJ wave 190 image by Nathalie P from Fotolia.com)

Virtual DJ is software for computer-based audio and video mixing. There are a number of versions and they vary in price. The flagship version is Virtual DJ Pro. Two principal differences between Virtual DJ Basic and the next level, Virtual DJ Pro, are that the Pro version will output video in full screen and there is timecode vinyl control support. Experiment with these useful upgrades.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Computer
  • Virtual DJ Pro
  • ASIO Supported 4-in/4-out soundcard
  • Timecode vinyl disc
  • Two turntables
  • Cables

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Experiment with timecode vinyl control. Connect the timecode control component (turntable) to the soundcard. The left control connects to Input 1 and the right control to Input 2. Set the soundcard to "Phono" for each input. Set up the soundcard in Virtual DJ. Click on the Config button in the upper right corner of the skin and select your soundcard. On the soundcard tab, select the input's drop-down and select the Timecodes option.

  2. 2

    Set the appropriate Digital Vinyl System (DVS) signal for your DVS. Choose the DVS that you are using. For example, manufacturer Serato Vinyl. Virtual DJ will support most (DVS) signals.

  3. 3

    Start playing the DVS Vinyl and look at the display. You should see the 100% Quality signal. If you don't, adjust the global settings like Left/Right, Phase/Anti, Gain and Silence in that dialogue box until you get to 100% quality. Click "OK" to close the Timecode dialogue box. Click "Apply" to commit the settings and then "OK" to close the dialogue box.

  4. 4

    Output some video in full screen mode. Look in the browser for video files. They are distinguished with a blue "V" symbol within the file icon. Video files linked to audio files will be marked with a blue "L" symbol in the icon. Play a video or a video-linked audio file by dragging it to a control area---a turntable deck, for example. The video window will open, which in Virtual DJ Pro will be full screen, as opposed to other versions, which will output as windowed output.

Tips and warnings

  • Other differences between Virtual DJ Basic and Virtual DJ Pro is that there is Midi/HID Controller Support in Virtual DJ Pro. Virtual DJ Pro will also work under the Apple MAC OSX (10.5 and 10.6) operating systems, whereas Virtual DJ Basic is limited to Microsoft operating systems like XP and Windows 7.

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