Virtual DJ

Virtual DJ

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Virtual DJ (also known as VDJ) is a range of audio/video mixing software developed by Atomix Productions Inc. for use by mobile and club DJs. The software is also exclusively repackaged for Numark, called Numark CUE.

The packages run on PC or Mac to allow computer DJs to mix music or videos, with or without an external controller. DJs can control the software with a MIDI controller or using traditional DJ hardware such as CDJs and DJ mixer with vinyl emulation software and CDs.

History[edit]

The first version appeared in July 2003. VirtualDJ is the software of AtomixMP3, which was released for the first time in September 2000. Development for AtomixMP3 stopped as soon as VirtualDJ was released as its successor. VirtualDJ was released in 5 different versions: VirtualDJ Home Edition (formerly sold at shops, now released as free edition), VirtualDJ Broadcaster (available online and in shops), VirtualDJ Pro Full (only available online), VirtualDJ Limited Edition (free with selected MIDI controllers), and VirtualDJ Pro Basic (a budget alternative to VirtualDJ Pro without MIDI control). In May 2014 VirtualDJ 8 was released, which was completely rewritten.

Versions[edit]

From Atomix Productions.[1]

VirtualDJ v8.x[edit]

  • VirtualDJ 8.2 (24 Jun 2016)
  • VirtualDJ 8.1 (20 Nov 2015)
  • VirtualDJ 8.0 First Release (11 May 2014)

VirtualDJ v7.x[edit]

  • VirtualDJ 7.4.7 (5 Jan 2016)
  • VirtualDJ 7.0 (12 October 2010)
  • AtomixMP3 2.0 (30 November 2001)

Features[edit]

Starting with version 7.0,VirtualDJ supports up to 99 decks. 4-deck and 6-deck skins are included in all editions of VirtualDJ 7. VirtualDJ offers video mixing and scratching. Vinyl emulation allows the user to physically manipulate the playback of digital audio files on a computer using the turntables as an interface. This allows DJs to scratch, beatmatch, and perform other turntablism.

NetSearch is a feature introduced with VirtualDJ version 6.x. At the first few releases this allowed users to access music and videos from content providers on internet. The music and videos would be streamed directly to the user’s decks, and no downloads would be allowed, except for local web cache, protected by digital rights management. From the release of VirtualDJ 6.1 in May 2010 this model was replaced by a subscription model, with Grooveshark as the content provider.

MusicGroups was a feature added to VirtualDJ 6. MusicGroup collects track histories, and publishes them on Virtualdj.com. Licensed users can make their own single-user groups, or can join a multi-user group. Each MusicGroup page includes a mini-blog, with track history, as well as top 20 played tracks, and saved track lists. Other users can make comments to the group, and subscribe to the group. The software analyzes track lists, and makes suggestions to what track to mix next. The suggestions are based on what other DJs around the world have played next, with a stronger weight on the MusicGroup the user subscribes to. In essence a real-time track advisor based on evaluating what other DJs around the world are mixing.

VirtualDJ provides two ways for DJs to broadcast their mix sets to the internet. With the built-in radio server, a DJ can broadcast from his own computer by publishing a link generated by the software, that streams the mix played. The software can also broadcast to a webradio that runs Shoutcast or Icecast servers. VirtualDJ based webradio has been running since 2005 under the name VirtualDJ Radio.

From VirtualDJ 6, mapping to MIDI or HID controllers changed. In earlier versions mapping to a controller was done with the mappers built into the software, or by hard coded DLL files made by users (using C++ or other programming languages). VirtualDJ 6 introduced VDJScript language,[2] making a custom mapper for any MIDI and HID controller easier by editing the mapper configuration of the software, or by editing an XML file.

Reception[edit]

In 2010, Virtual DJ won the award for Best DJ Software[3][unreliable source?] at the 25th Annual International Dance Music Awards[4] the Winter Music Conference in Miami.

In 2013, Virtual DJ won the award for Best DJ Software at the 28th Annual International Dance Music Awards, the Winter Music Conference in Miami.

The most recent version, Cross/CrossDJ 3.3, launched in October 2014 offers a 4 channel mixer, 4 Band EQs, 8 pad samplers, many different effects and features, seamless looping, automatic beat-gridding and beat-matching. Cross/CrossDJ is renowned for its easy and effortless integration of iTunestracks or any other media format into Cross.[2]

Cross/CrossDJ is adapted to both PC and Mac platforms and is compatible with nearly all external MIDI controllers. DJs are able to control the software using either the mouse/keyboard or MIDI controllers. This DJ mixing software offers all effects, loops, locators, samplers that you can find on any regular controller and the beat matching/quantize features correct any human rhythmic errors to ensure smooth transitions. The modular interface has been redesigned with the most recent version so it can be customized to the unique preferences of each user.

In 2012, Mixvibes expanded their Cross software range to cover nearly all Apple devices. CrossDJ for iPad was launched early 2012, a professional DJing application for the iPad, and features all the necessary channels, FX and EQs. The CrossDJ remotes were released for iPad/iPhones and iPod Touch where users can control their mixes at a distance from their computer through a connection on their Apple device.[3]

There is also a version of Cross DJ for Android.

Cross[edit]

Mixvibes’ specific version Cross, is a vinyl emulation software which allows traditional turntable Vinyl and CD integration, bringing in timecode control and allows DJs to mix andscratch their digital audio files. This product is used throughout the turntable and scratch DJ community. The software allows manipulation and playback of digital audio sources using traditional vinyl and turntables. This provides DJs with a platform to scratch or beat match their tracks without losing the genuine vinyl/CD feel.

DVS[edit]

Mixvibes DVS (Digital Vinyl System) was a vinyl emulation software launched in 2004 by Mixvibes. This software will be soon discontinued, with Cross (see above) being its replacement. Cross retains all the features and effects of DVS. This software was Mixvibes’ main focus for many years and comes highly regarded within the scratch and turntablist community.

History[edit]

Cross was first introduced into the DJ community in 2008. Mixvibes drew from their previous experience of their most popular software DVS (Digital Vinyl Systems) which was composed of a digital mixer interface and allowed the integration of external vinyl or CD control. The software has only been updated a few times, recently releasing Cross2.0.[8]

Cross has been release in numerous versions:[9]

Cross – An all inclusive version with plug in available for vinyl and CD users

CrossDJ – Complete software version for DJs who use MIDI controllers, keyboard or mouse

CrossDJ LE – Software comes bundled with various controllers in partnerships

CrossDJ for iPad – Professional application for iPad DJs

CrossDJ Remotes – Control the software on your laptop by using your iPhone/iPod or iPad as a remote

CrossDJ Free – Basic version of Cross Software but released as a free edition

CrossDJ LE[edit]

This software has been bundled with numerous DJ Midi Controllers that have been released

• Mixvibes U-Mix Control 2[10]

• Denon MC3000[11]

• Gemini FirstMix[12]

• Numark iDJ3

UltraMixer is a DJ Software for so called digital or virtual DJs, who are not using Vinyls or Audio-CDs but using digital music formats like MP3. UltraMixer is designed especially for the need of mobile DJs, who work as an entertainer for events like weddings, it is also used in dancing schools and restaurants.[1] According to their website, it was the very first platform independent DJ Software for Windows, Mac OS and Linux.[2] The software is being developed and distributed since 2003 by a company, in Dresden that is calledUltraMixer Digital Audio Solutions GbR.

Functionality[edit]

The software works as a dual player with two independent controllable decks. The music tracks can be adjusted in real time Mixer, crossfader and optional beat matching which ensures seamless blending during track transition. The software can also apply effects to a track. Time stretching allows two tracks with different speeds to be normalized to each other while preserving the tone pitch. A 3 or 31-band equalizer is available to allow the output signal to be tuned to best fit a particular room.

The user interface has a file manager called file archive as its central working area. It can efficiently be used to search and organize tracks and play lists. Besides audio formats like MP3, AAC, FLAC or M4A, video files and Audio-CDs can also be played. Furthermore, the software can be used to record a live set. Supported languages are English, German, Dutch and Japanese (as of May 2014).

Hardware support[edit]

Since version 4.1 the software is fully MIDI compliant and can be used with any available MIDI controller.

Editions[edit]

Version 5 is available in four different flavors (Home, Basic, Pro Entertain) with different functionality. A demo can be tested unlimited.

History[edit]

UltraMixer has been actively developed since 2002 by Tobias Bley and Matthias Hänel. The main goal of the development was Usability.[3] Version 1 was free of charge, and the very first commercial version, 2, was published as a first beta version in October 2005. Significant changes to version 1 has been a complete user interface revamp.

New versions of UltraMixer are released roughly every month or two. Since early 2006, the software has implemented the Replay-Gain Algorithm. Features such as the 31-Band-Equalizer, looping, time stretching, and real time effects, such as flanger, (cutoff), high and low pass have been supported since the end of 2006. In version 2.1, the ability torecord as well as support for MIDI-devices was introduced. Since then, the list of supported MIDI controllers has been steadily increasing. Version 2.2 introduced silence detection, and version 2.3, the ability to directly access an iTunes playlist.

UltraMixer 3.0 was announced near the end of 2008[4] and released in November 2010. New features included the ability for the user interface to scale gracefully at various resolutions, graphical waveforms, and the possibility to switch between two different operating modes – a single or double playlist view. Version 3 supports automated and synchronized Beatmatching, automated loops, digital Scratching, Recording as well as automatic gain control (AGC).[5]

Since the beginning of 2012, version 4 has been released as a publicly available beta version. Key new features are the ability to connect with an Internet radio streaming serversuch as those found on SHOUTcast and Icecast, microphone support, as well as the ability to search through videos and cover art.

Version 4 has been undisclosed December 2012. Major new features web radio-streaming-server (SHOUTcast, Icecast), microphone-support and video- and cover search.

In December 2015 UltraMixer5S has been undisclosed with a major rewrite for its video engine and a lot of new features like karaoke support, beat driven visuals and full 64 bit support.

In the press / Reception / Reviews[edit]

Demo and occasionally full versions of UltraMixer are distributed regularly as promo material via the magazines C’t and Computer Bild.[6] UltraMixer has also been the download tip of the day from various web portals.[7]

For example, the editorial staff from the “Computer Bild” magazine recommended the free version of the “visually appealing player” as “the perfect accompanyment for your next party”.[8]

In a market overview, the journal Beat introduced 18 different DJ programs, of which UltraMixer was included.[9]

Netzwelt regards the software as “one of the best DJ Programs”.[10]

The Brazilian download portal Baixaki praises the intuitive user interface and highlights the ease of use in comparison to other music players.[11]

Criticized and simultaneously praised[12] was the simplicity of the software, that for example, up till 2009 still didn’t have a graphical Waveform view.

The software has been downloaded in 2008 over one million times from the vendors webpage.[13] Download portals like Netzwelt show more than 400.000 downloads.[10]Softpedia has more than 40.000 downloads.[14] MacUpdate.com states “UltraMixer for Mac is DJ software done right.

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