When it comes to DJ software Virtual DJ is virtually, no pun intended, one of the best there is out there. So it makes sense that manufacturers make some virtual DJ controllers that are compatible with the software. The software was most recently updated in 2018 and a Virtual DJ download is available for those who want to give it a go.
So, what makes Virtual DJ formidable software?
Virtual DJ 2018 Updates Review
Virtual DJ is a great DJ software and arguably one of the most widely used across the world.
A glance at the recently updated version reveals some nifty additions on top of the already impressive features of the old version of Virtual DJ. Although the ability to cloud stream libraries and recommend tracks is now available in other DJ apps, virtual DJ was the first to implement these features in 2018 keeping with its trailblazing tradition.
Other features and visual options added to the 2018 virtual DJ controller software include video skins and shaders. If you want to livestream to your Facebook or YouTube audience, you can also do so. Giving you in-software control of DMX lights is the OS2L protocol, another new feature. Last, with scratch DNA, Virtual DJ is giving Serato and Pioneer DJ a run for their money by allowing you to use your keyboard to program scratches and routines.
Video skins and shaders – Nothing beats keeping an audience focused on you and what you are doing on stage. With the video skins and shaded in Virtual DJ controller, you have the ability to visually share what you are doing with your audience. This is made possible by the use of animation and full-screen graphics that respond to the music you are playing and show the features you use.
Scratch DNA – If you have used Serato DJ or the Pioneer DJ DDJ-SB3, then you have probably come across their “jazzy Jeff” button. This is where you create a scratch sequence by hitting a button on the controller. With the virtual controller software, you don’t even need a controller to do that. Virtual DJs scratch DNA feature allows you to trigger scratches by hitting any of the eight performance pads on the virtual interface. With this feature, you can even do scratch drops and scratch combos in the software.
Streaming – before allowing direct streaming, you would have to use third parties such as Open Broadcast Server (OBS) to livestream to audiences on Facebook Live, Twitch, or YouTube. Now, if you just want to play in front of your audience without fancy video with cameras on all angles, you can stream from within virtual DJ.
Now that we have an idea of what virtual DJ can do, below is a look at a few small DJ controllers that integrate seamlessly with the software.
Numark Mixtrack 3 DJ Controller
If you are looking for a fast, affordable, and easy to figure out DJ controller, the Numark Mixtrack 3 DJ controller is an ideal choice. It is also one of those DJ controllers that work perfectly with virtual DJ. The first thing that makes this small DJ controller a steal is its USB powered connection. That means you only need to plug it into your PC.
The controller boasts a host of professional features for aspiring DJs making it a contender for mid-tier performance but with entry-level prices. It comes with 16 backlit RGB performance pads, 8 on each channel and a filter knob for each channel. For beat matching, it has 100mm long pitch sliders with additional knobs including metal jog wheels that are sensitive to touch.
Last, it has volume level displays, rubber trigger pads, and a touch strip with multiple functions.
Usb Controller: Powered by USB connection to computer for home and aspiring DJs. Includes many professional features.
- Plenty of features
- Solid and sturdy build
- Lacks and in-built sound card
- Included Virtual DJ software is a limited edition that you will eventually need to pay for
Gemini GV Series G4V Controller
Another practical yet affordable small DJ controller is the Gemini G4V. An ideal alternative after the discontinuation of the Hercules DJ Control mp3 e2, the Gemini offers premium performance with numerous mixing options. Like the Hercules DJ Control mp3 e2, the Gemini boasts optimal compatibility with virtual DJ software.
It features a pair of physical DJ decks with which you can control 4 virtual software decks. Between these decks, you have 16 performance pads, eight on each deck of the unit. With a good number of assignable rotary encoders and pre-mapped FC controls, you only need to power it to start creating.
The Gemini G4V 4-channel virtual DJ controller boasts tri-band EQ, and one each channel, you have a gain and filter control hotkeys for the sampler, hot cues, auto, and manual loop. With touch-sensitive jog wheels, the backlit performance pads, and an LED monitor to visually give you feedback, this is one of the easier-to-use controllers.
One last thing that every DJ drools for is connectivity options. With the Gemini G4V, you have plenty of options. There is an auxiliary RCA input, for master outputs, you have a balanced XLR and RCA.
PREMIUM PERFORMANCE: 2 Physical DJ Decks allow complete control of 4 Virtual Software Decks and feature 16 multi-function pads. Works great with virtual DJ.
And that’s not all!
You also get front quarter-inch headphone output and an RCA booth output with its own volume control.
- Touch-sensitive controls
- Backlit performance pads making it ideal for mixing at night
- Intuitive layout
- Fully loaded outputs
- The build quality is not as solid as it could be
- Does not perform well with other DJ software
Of course, there are numerous other DJ controllers that are compatible with Virtual DJ, but there is also other DJ software out there to consider. If you don’t fancy virtual DJ, Traktor Pro and Serato DJ are also formidable.