Atomix Productions is the company that develops and distributes the VirtualDJ Basic DJ mixing software program. Their corporate headquarters is in Los Angeles, California, but they were established in France by Stephane Clavel in 2000, and they also manage an office in the Ukraine.
Atomix Productions began distributing DJ mixing software in 2006, and today they sell four different DJ software projects: VirtualDJ Pro, VirtualDJ Basic, VirtualDJ OEM and VirtualDJ Home editions. In this article, we will concern ourselves primarily with the Basic version because it is the one that is most comparable to the other amateur DJ mixing software in our rankings. As you will see in the following sections, this software can be used equally by a beginner, an intermediate, or a veteran amateur DJ, or as well as a professional DJ.
It is clear that VirtualDJ is taking advantage of the new and emerging technologies in the DJ software world, which seem to pop up every day. This amateur DJ mixing software allows you to automatically develop loops, add gimmicks and samples to your live track on the fly and use an external audio mixer.
The program has all but four of the features found on VirtualDJ Pro, and is available for about a lot less money. Because this software program is designed to operate in a small venue, it can be an attractive product for the DJ who uses a keyboard and mouse to mix music.
This amateur DJ software’s input and output features allow you to access your entire digital music file library instantly. It can detect musical keys for you so that all your mixes come out in tune, set your BPM counter automatically and interface with a number of different MIDI and HID controllers. The software can be used in conjunction with timecode CDs or vinyl, giving you the ability to scratch digitized music on an old-school turntable. Its timecode solution also is compatible with most music video files.
The company says that the Basic package is great for DJ’s who perform mainly in venues where a hardware controller is not an option or a requirement, and DJs who don’t have to mix karaoke or full screen video. Some of the specific features that are inherent to the software program are listed below:
The customer service and technical support provided include telephone support (for English speaking customers only), a ticket box that allows you to send a written question to their service and support staff for personal attention and community page. On this community page, you will find a number of other DJs communicating about everything important in the DJ realm. Atomix says that this community page gets approximately 15,000 posts on the forum pages each month and that more than 1 million of these users are registered. The product could benefit from additional technical support features.
Not only is VirtualDJ Basic an impressive product, but the company’s website does an outstanding job at presenting the information on its other DJ mixing software. The side-by-side comparison chart is a unique feature that really helps the customer find the product that has all of the features and system requirements that he or she will require.
Virtual DJ has some great features and is compatible with almost everything.
It would be nice if Virtual DJ offered a bit more technical support options.
Beginners and long-timers will like Virtual DJ.