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For starters, there’s a range of software to suit every level of skill. You can invest big in some additional hardware to control your virtual turntable, or you can play it cool with cheap, cheerful and even free low-level mixing apps.

Today we’ll be taking a look at some of the best solutions around, with some impressive free options and slightly more advanced paid solutions too.

Mixxx (Free)

The most complete free DJ software available today, Mixxx is a great place to start Rock On With Free Mixxx Music Mixing Software Rock On With Free Mixxx Music Mixing Software Read More if you’re a beginner, intermediate or even experienced DJ who values quality open source software. The software is freely available to anyone with a capable PC running Windows, Mac OS X (10.5+) or Linux, with additional binaries available for Ubuntu.

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For beginners, there’s is ample support available, which is great because the number of features might be a little daunting at first. There is special guidance for newbies included in the full user manual which also contains information regarding hardware controller support and the advanced functions found in Mixxx. In addition to this, the wiki, FAQ and community support forums are bound to address any other issues, making Mixxx very newbie-friendly indeed.

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In addition to library management, BPM detection and scratchable turntables (the bare essentials for a DJ package) there are some far more advanced tools available if you know what you’re doing. This includes a wavetable, beat detection with looping, multiple hotcues and pitch bend. In addition there are four sample decks ready for use and the software supports a vast range of formats including MP3, MP4/AAC, OGG, WAV and even FLAC. For free, you really can’t complain.

Download: Mixx (Windows/Mac/Ubuntu/Linux Source)

Virtual DJ Home Edition (Free)

Virtual DJ make a range of DJ software, and that software isn’t particularly cheap. The full version of Virtual DJ will set you back $299, but there’s also a free version available Mix & Fade Your Music Tracks With Virtual DJ Free Mix & Fade Your Music Tracks With Virtual DJ Free Read More under the “Home” label. As you would expect for premium software, this free version is rather limited in its scope, but comes with plenty of features to start you off. Virtual DJ Home is available for Windows and Mac OS X 10.5+, with unfortunately no support for Linux.

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According to the product comparison page, there is support for a maximum of 99 decks, BPM detection with full beat-matching capabilities, automatic gain control, looping, sampling and effects. There is also that all important recording facility, so you can save your mix – though broadcast has been stripped out of the home version and is instead found in Virtual DJ Broadcaster for $49 instead.

Much like Mixxx, there are ample support options, though these fall short of being as user friendly as the aforementioned open source offering. If you’re looking for help there’s a wiki, forums, though many of the topics refer to things that aren’t available in the free version. There’s also no support for hardware in this version, unless you get a bundled OEM version with the purchase of a controller.

Download: Virtual DJ Home (Windows/Mac)

Algoriddim djay ($0.99 iPhone, $19.99 Mac/iPad)

If you have an iOS device and a vague interest in DJing then there’s a very good chance you’re already familiar with djay. It’s pretty much the premier mixing app for Apple’s mobile platform, and if you’ve got an iPhone you can pick up an absolute bargain at $0.99, a “special” price the app has been at for over a year now. Mac and iPad owners can also play along, with their respective versions costing $19.99 each.

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You probably won’t find a better looking DJ app, and you’d be hard-pressed to find one that’s easier to use and learn on. I’ve personally had the iPhone version for a while now, and I love it so much that I bought the split-cable that enables proper pre-cueing. In addition to this there are an array of features like beatmatching, loop control and some great sounding effects for perfect transitions.

Add all the features that come with iOS including iCloud support, AirPlay for broadcasting your mix to the nearest receiver as well as iTunes library access and you’ve got one complete solution for party DJs. There is even a compatible Numark iDJ hardware interface for taking total, tactile control of your mix.

Download: Algoriddim djay (Mac/iOS)

Also Consider: itDJ (Free)

A Mac-only DJ app that doesn’t cost a penny, itDJ boasts about being “developed on a Mac for a Mac” and having complete iTunes library support. The interface won’t win any awards but the core functionality is there – BPM detection, beat matching, effects, sample pads and even an auto-DJ feature. Not bad for free!

Conclusion

If you’re an iPad or iPhone owner then I’d thoroughly recommend purchasing djay 'Appy Christmas: The MUO 2011 iOS Gift Guide [iPhone & iPad] 'Appy Christmas: The MUO 2011 iOS Gift Guide [iPhone & iPad] And so it approaches - Christmas. I sure hope you’ve finished your Christmas shopping, wrapped your gifts and can sit back and enjoy the festive period- but what about those last minute purchases? This year,... Read More . It’s tremendous fun, easy to learn and capable of impressing a room full of people. If you’re approaching from a PC angle then Mixxx definitely gets the vote for being truly open source, actively developed and powerful enough for most users. If you’re looking at “professional” packages then I’d recommend some Technics 1200/1210 direct drive decks and an attic full of vinyl for those who are really serious about taking their DJ habit to the next stage.

Do you have any favourite software for DJing? Have you played with any hardware controllers? Let us know what you think about the rise of the tablet/laptop/virtual DJ in the comments, below.

  1. BMR
    February 8, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    I have begun experimenting with Emulator software which is based on Traktor, using a touchscreen PC or Mac. It's a bit more complicated than Mixx or Virtual DJ but has full iTunes integration and some very cool effects. The automatic beat matching is a great feature, allowing for perfect beat mixes. The Pro version is 99 bucks. It can also be used with a transparent touch screen and projector: http://www.djcraig.net/los_angeles_dj

  2. Max Well
    September 12, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Virtual Dj it's still a young product, i woudn't pay for it.

    • Tim Brookes
      September 14, 2012 at 1:35 am

      Virtual DJ has been going for longer than any of the other products listed here, so it's actually not that young at all. In fact, according to Wikipedia at least, it's been around since 2003. That probably explains why they're charging so much for it, to be honest.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VirtualDJ

  3. Akash
    September 9, 2012 at 9:12 am

    All are osem

  4. venkatp16
    September 2, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Nice tools... I'm installing Mixx , i'll give it a try.Thnx

    • Tim Brookes
      September 14, 2012 at 1:36 am

      No worries, I hope it's what you're looking for!

  5. Damien Garcia
    August 31, 2012 at 10:53 am

    i want the Djay app for ios, but dont have any devices. At the store i always use it lol.

    • Tim Brookes
      September 14, 2012 at 1:39 am

      You know what, despite having the app on my iPhone, I've done the same with the iPads at local stores too. The extra screen real-estate really helps you get a handle on what you're doing, so while the iPhone version is pretty damn good the iPad version is even better. This, for me, justifies having the buy the iPad version again once I eventually get an iPad (or someone happens to give me one, I can live in hope).

      It's a very fun app, Apple are cleverly pre-loading it onto iPads in a bid to get you to realise how much you really want to buy one it seems.

  6. Dave
    August 30, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Virtual DJ free tries to offer the "virtual" toolbar (whatever that may be - always "recommended" of course!), so make sure you un-tick the relevant boxes on installation. It also tries to access the internet, which may only be for update checking but I refused it access. No problems.

    • Tim Brookes
      August 31, 2012 at 12:12 am

      Thanks for the heads up Dave, I'm sure it's probably for update purposes but you can never be too sure, eh?

  7. Adeyemi Adisa
    August 30, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    I have only been able to try my hands on Virtual DJ which I think it's really cool. I will like to try Mixxx as well, I got told it's a cool application!

  8. SKK
    August 30, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    When i am at home , I play mixx on my computer and its awesome to have a personal Dj without pay anything

  9. Michael Sledge
    August 30, 2012 at 8:16 am

    what about Ots turntables? it has 4 versions: Free; Bedroom ($39.95); Silver ($69.95); and Pro ($99.95). I guess you can't use the free version for actually DJing, since it plays a sound clip at the start of every fourth song or so.

    • Tim Brookes
      August 30, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      Yeah that is a slight problem for DJing, and to be honest Mixxx is better if you're going to download free software. Even Virtual DJ doesn't have audio adverts. Thanks for mentioning it though, for anyone else interested in checking it out then have a look at: http://www.otsturntables.com/

  10. Jonas de Groot
    August 30, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Once I tried FL Studio, but although I suppose it has more features, It's very difficult to start with. These three programs look much more useful to me.

    • Michael Sledge
      August 30, 2012 at 8:08 am

      that's because it's a DAW for creating music not for DJing

    • Tim Brookes
      August 30, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      Indeed, FL Studio is for making music - not mixing it together! It is quite a good workshop though, quite intuitive and fun to play around with.

  11. Vipul Jain
    August 30, 2012 at 3:56 am

    Also, which one between Virtual DJ & Mixx do you think is more user friendly?

    • Tim Brookes
      August 30, 2012 at 5:18 am

      From my own personal experience I'd say Mixxx is just that little bit more user friendly, and it certainly has more documentation (and a die-hard free software community) over Virtual DJ.

      Virtual DJ is a great tool, and a very serious one at that, but it is just a free sampler for the free product the developers are hoping you'll buy (not that there's anything wrong with that).

      Saying that, I would personally choose djay on an iPad over either of these (but I'd still take Mixxx over djay on a Mac, probably). djay is worth every penny, $20 seems a lot for an app but djay really is that good.

    • Vipul Jain
      August 30, 2012 at 5:24 am

      well as i said i suck at DJ'ing, so i'm definitely going to pay money to further prove it.
      Also i don't own any apples. :p
      I'll give Mixxx a go.

  12. Vipul Jain
    August 30, 2012 at 3:53 am

    I had tried my hand on Virtual DJ long back around 2000's. At that time i sucked so bad :p
    Will try again, maybe the UI is simpler or maybe i got some skills now. XD

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