Virtual DJ is the most popular DJ software in the world. That might come as a surprise to some, but with 121,470,946 downloads, and counting, the versatile entry-level and competent professional DJing solution is the go-to option for many hobbyist, mobile and bar DJs in hundreds of countries. What makes Virtual DJ so appealing, apart from the fact that it’s free for basic use, is its flexible nature. Complete newbies can be presented with a stripped- back, simple GUI, with friendly artwork, only the core controls and an easy-to-use, two-deck interface.
As your DJ skills progress and you want to explore more features, there are endless built-in tutorials, customisation options, third-party extensions and an extensive list of compatible hardware, from the cheapest sub-£50 portable unit to the industry-standard Pioneer DJ 2000nxs2 CDJs. While many other DJ software continues down the road of closed systems designed for specific hardware, VDJ’s one-size-fits-all approach continues to make it hugely popular for all skill levels and budgets.
You’d be forgiven then for thinking VirtualDJ would shy away from innovation in favour of appealing to the masses, and would only add more experimental or advanced features when they’d been adopted by the wider industry. But with VirtualDJ 2021, the French company has added something genuinely innovative that has the potential to shake up how we approach DJing for good. Real-time stem separation is here.