How to Optimize Virtual DJ

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How to Optimize Virtual DJ
Virtual DJ changes your computer into a set of turntables. (laptop image by Du...¡an Zidar from

The Virtual DJ application simulates turntables to transform your laptop into a mobile DJ device. This program uses a lot of system resources, so optimising your set-up will improve stability, performance and tracking speed. they may not be possible to optimise every computer for the program, but if a computer can run Virtual DJ, then there are a few things you can adjust.

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    Install virtual DJ on a dedicated audio laptop. Ideally, a dedicated machine will not be used on networks and won't need resource-intense antivirus and firewall programs. You can turn any machine into a dedicated audience up by simply reinstalling your operating system and erasing the hard disk, but be sure to back up your data first.

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    Turn on your computer and repeatedly tap the F8 or F5 keys after the main screen loads. Select "Safe Mode" from the list of options and press "Return." Your computer will boot as normally, except certain processes will be disabled, the resolution will be lower and you will not be able to connect to the network. Since fewer programs are running your computer, Virtual DJ should run smoother.

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    Close all other applications while you run Virtual DJ to optimise its performance. Since Virtual DJ processes your MP3s, mixes them and acts as an audio output, you generally do not need to run other applications unless you are doing live sampling or running effects.

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    Click on the "Users" button on your computer and select "View UAC" (User Account Control). Restart your computer and select the "Advanced" options for your screen saver and disable all power saving options. Remember to turn the UAC back on when you are finished using Virtual DJ.

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    Open the "Utilities" folder in "Applications" under Mac OS X. Launch the "Activity Monitor" and click on the "% CPU" bar to sort your running applications by the most resource intensive. Close all of these applications unless you need to run them concurrently with the Virtual DJ. If the program warns you that a process or application is "owned by root" then do not disable it unless you are sure it is a nonessential function.

Tips and warnings

  • If you don't want to repeat these steps every time use virtual DJ, then create a new user account with the optimisation settings.
  • Buying more RAM for your computer can help improve the performance of virtual DJ, but is not always necessary.

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