The biggest obstacle when learning how to cut and scratch with Virtual DJ is learning the timing of the program. Virtual DJ is a good software to use when DJing. Virtual DJ allows you to save playlists, making it faster to get to the songs you want. It also allows you to save loaded samples that you can throw into a mix with the push of a button. Virtual DJ also allows you to do historically difficult DJing tricks simply by pushing a button, or a few buttons, at the right time during a mix. Yes, Virtual DJ makes it easy for anyone to potentially DJ a good party, but Virtual DJ has one drawback that it shares with most other DJing software. Virtual DJ is very sensitive to external things going on in the laptop, which can and will affect the timing of certain operations. If you play with it enough, you'll see. There's a slight delay from when you tell it to scratch and when you actually hear the scratching effect. The same thing happens with cutting songs. Understanding the slight delay is the difference between putting together a seamless mix and a sloppy showing. Here's the best way to best cut and scratch with Virtual DJ.
- Utilize external hard drives for your music. A busy computer is a slow computer. Storing your Virtual DJ software on a laptop that's full of music is just asking for trouble. The laptop you use to DJ with should honestly be bare bones. Don't have a lot of stuff on there. Virtual DJ slows down considerably if its forced to share space with too much data. Get an external hard drive to house your music. When you do a show you can connect the hard drive through a USB port. You'll definitely notice the favorable difference in the reaction time of Virtual DJ when it has room to operate.
- Your DJing computer should be just that. This goes along with the first tip. You want to give your Virtual DJ enough space to comfortably operate. Saving a bunch of big programs on your laptop is like a UFC fight in a baby's play pen. They'll be competing for space. Even if you've only got Virtual DJ opened at the time, there'll be a considerable amount of slowdown. You'll even see it in how long it takes you to load a song. For your best interest, Virtual DJ should have it's own laptop with nothing more than a few hundred songs saved on the laptop and a good search application to pull the songs up quickly. The external hard drive can house the rest of your library. Your search application will be able to speed through the hard drive as well.
- Manual cutting. Manual cutting with the Virtual DJ software is, well, very cumbersome. The timing issue makes it more of a bother than it's worth. Lucky for you, Virtual DJ comes with certain effects that, when combined with creative button pushing combinations, can simulate different cutting techniques quite well. You just have to play around with them a little until you get the hang of it. You can also download newer effects to incorporate into your Virtual DJ software.
- Scratching with Virtual DJ. Scratching with Virtual DJ is just annoying. Even with following the aforementioned tips, you'll still notice a delay in your actions and the software's reactions. Scratching is done with the clicks and drags of the mouse pad on your laptop. The problem is, because so much of the software is manipulated with drags and clicks of the mouse, you can actually confuse Virtual DJ, having it do things you didn't want it to do. Nothing's more embarrassing than messing up a set because Virtual DJ is having a tantrum. The only way to get by this design flaw is to practice with it constantly. Learn the alternate key combinations as well as mouse pad manipulation and you'll be fine. Learn the timing with the delays and Virtual DJ is an awesome piece of software for music manipulation.
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