Virtual DJ is a great place to start for musicians learning the art of disk jockeying. It is simple, cheap and very effective. Anyone can become a good DJ using Virtual DJ.
Spend Time Preparing
Consider the event and the venue where the performance will take place. Research what type of music is played there, and what kind of people usually make up the audience. Make a specific folder with the tracks you use in your mix. Try to update the database with some new, popular songs. Audiences love trending tunes. Most importantly, only include high quality audio files in your database.
Scan the tempos of all your tracks. To do this, Select the whole database and click ‘Analyze the BPM.’ It may take some time depending on the amount of tracks, but the effort will be worth it when beat matching in front of a crowd. It is very important that you’re able to locate tracks quickly while you’re mixing. Label the songs properly with artist names, songs names, tempo and key.
Set Cue Markers
During a live performance, having pre-defined cue markers on particular sections of tracks makes it easier to manage transitions. Cue points are always there to help. The great thing about Virtual DJ is that is saves all cues, so that the next time a specific song is loaded, the markings will still be there.
Crossfade Between Songs
This is when the cues come into place. There should be a track on both deck A and deck B. When the first song reaches the pre-determined marker, use the cue button to start playing the second track. Then, use the sync function to line up the downbeats perfectly. Crossfading will help make this transition sound smooth.
Experiment With Transitions
There are many ways to transition between songs in Virtual DJ. In most cases, crossfading will not be enough to make a transition sound smooth. Sometimes transitions sound muddy because of the different melodic elements playing simultaneously. This can be fixed by EQuing the frequencies. There are also plenty of effects provided, which can make the transition sound smoother.
Incorporate Harmonic Mixing
Virtual DJ automatically identifies what key a song is in. Take some time to learn more about harmonic mixing. When tracks are mixed in the appropriate key, the transition sounds great harmonically.
Practice Makes Perfect
The more time you spend practicing, the more prepared you will be for a particular gig. This is not just true for DJing. It applies to any art form, sport or skill. Experience leads to greatness, so get behind those decks and start mixing.