Best DJ Software

Best DJ Software

1. PCDJ DEX 3

PCDJ DEX 3 software for DJs

 

We’re going to start off this list with PCDJ DEX 3. It’s a really good and versatile software for music production.

Here is an overview video you can watch to find out what PCDJ thinks you should know about it:

PCDJ DEX 3 – Video Overview (Promo Video)

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In case you don’t have time to watch the video right now, here’s what they mention:

+ Mix digital music files in 2 or 4 full-featured DJ desks
+ Includes beat sync, auto-looping, key lock, fully automatic mixing, and support for 70+ DJ controllers
+ Advanced file browser allows you to search songs, create playlists and use your iTunes music library easily
+ Mix digital music videos seamlessly just like audio
+ Apply various video effects and transitions
+ Scratch, loop and record audio and video mixes
+ Features to host karaoke shows, karaoke singer list, key detection and control. The next singer screen shows your next three singers in order

If you want to learn more about how to use the different features, you can check out this video:

PCDJ DEX 3 – ‘Video Link’ Feature Demonstration

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Pros:
+ Good for karaoke
+ Lots of different audio effects like filters, echo, reverb etc.
+ Great for video mixing

Why We Liked It – This DJ mixing software is a great, user-friendly software that is perfect for people who like to do a little bit of everything, from just regular gigs to karaoke nights and video mixing. It’s hard to go wrong with this program since it’s really versatile, and it’s really good that it’s available with 4 full-featured DJ desks. This program will give you the freedom to fully control your music the way you want to and it offers no-latency playback.

If you have lots of digital music on iTunes you’ll be pleased to hear that it automatically imports your playlists so that you can start working straight away without having to import them manually. Another great thing is that you can install it on up to three music production computers.

2. Ableton Live 10 Intro

Live 10 Intro by Ableton

 

If we say Ableton, what comes to mind? Most people who have heard of it would say that it’s a DAW, that is, a digital audio workstation. This means that it’s not really a DJ software, but a program that’s mostly used to record audio and create music digitally. As a DAW, Ableton is very well-renowned, and one of the best ones on the market according to many music producers, both professionals, and amateurs.

But if Ableton is a DAW, and not a DJ software, why do we include it on our list? Ableton Live 10 is perfect if you want to kill two birds with one stone. Not all DJs/musicians like the idea of spending lots of money on two different software, which you traditionally must do if you both want to be able to DJ as well as record and create music on your computer.

Ableton Live 10 allows you to do both, which is great if you’re the kind of person who DJs from time to time and need a program that works but also spends quite a lot of time in your home studio. As a DJ software it doesn’t really offer anything that other software don’t, but if you consider that you’ll be able to create music using over 1500 sounds, 29 audio effects, and 3 instruments, it suddenly is a lot more appealing to people with multiple interests. You can record audio using up to 16 tracks and it’s, of course, possible to connect a MIDI control instrument such as a keyboard to it.

For some tips on how to use Ableton Live 10 for music production, head over to YouTube and watch this video where you’ll hear valuable advice from a fellow DJ.

DJ Tips – Top 5 New Features In Ableton Live 10

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Pros:
+ Can be used both as a DAW and DJ software
+ Up to 16 tracks
+ More than 1500 sounds

Why We Liked It – We would recommend buying Ableton Live 10 if you’re the kind of person who likes to do different music related things and both like to DJ and record and produce music and need a music production software that enables you to do just about anything. If you don’t want to spend money on getting two different programs for your musical creations, then Ableton Live 10 is definitely the right DJ software for you!

3. Serato DJ FX Pack

Serato DJ FX Kit Electric Download

We’re now going to have a look at Serato DJ FX Kit, which is a piece of software that is developed together with iZotope, which is a company that is amazing at what they do, which is audio technology. FX stands for ‘effects’, and Serato can really brag about some really good effects for music production!

One way to use these audio effects is chaining, where you load several FX into one unit. The audio will go from left to right moving through this chain of effects and this is an excellent way to make your music come to life and sound really cool, plus the possibilities are close to endless.
Serato DJ Pro makes it easy to apply effects to your different remix decks, and you can choose whether to use the same audio effects for all the remix decks or adapt them individually. It’s easy to add accurate rhythm effects and you can even tap the BPM (Beats per minute, meaning the tempo) manually so that you get it exactly like you want it.

One great thing about this music production software is that the basic program is easy to use and pretty, well, basic, which can be really good if you’re just starting out as a DJ. If you master the basic program and feel like you want to take it to the next level, there are expansion packs that you can download. Some of them are free and others cost money.

Remember the five tips about Ableton Live 10? The same guy has made a video about Serato, and this video is great for beginners. Check it out now!

Serato DJ For Beginners – Top 5 Serato DJ Effects

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Pros:
+ Create amazing FX chains
+ Expansion packs available
+ Developed together with iZotope, for amazing audio effects

Why We Liked It – So who should buy this great DJ software? We imagine that anybody who is serious about their career/interest as a DJ should look into this program to examine if it’s for them. You can try it for free for 14 days before you commit to buying it, which should be enough to make up your mind.

4. Mix Vibes CROSS DJ Package

Mix Vibes CROSS DJ Package

 

Let’s move on to a DJ software package that is many people’s favorite for music production. The Cross DJ Package is the perfect program for people who want to get a decent software without breaking the bank and who are willing to pass on advanced effects that they’re never going to use anyway and might just complicate things.

CROSS DJ is digital vinyl software package and you can get it for Mac and PC, but also for iOS and Android operating systems, which is great because it means that it’s finally possible to DJ from a tablet or even a smartphone!

Efficiency and simplicity are two words that describe this music production software program well, and it’s easy to use and reliable.
Here is a review/walkthrough that will help you learn more about this software:

MixVibes Cross DJ 3.3.6 Review/Talk through

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Pros:
+ Basic and affordable
+ Easy to use
+ Available for operating systems such as Mac and PC, iOS and Android
+ Digital vinyl

Why We Liked It – If you’re just starting out as a DJ, this CROSS DJ package is an excellent alternative! It’s basic and user-friendly and you’ll be able to get started in no time. Even DJ´s who have been working for a while can benefit from this software if they are sick and tired of programs with lots of different audio effects that you never use anyway.

5. Virtual Dj Broadcaster Dsa

Virtual Dj Broadcaster Dsa

 

If you just want something really easy to use on your computer without buying any expensive hardware, you might like Virtual DJ Broadcaster Dsa for your musical creations. It offers a 99 deck capacity and you can adjust the tempo and pitch of your music and scratch with the mouse cursor to make it extra DJ-like (sounds like DJ turntables!). It also offers seamless transitions between the songs in your playlist. The program also features instant BPM detection.

The only thing you need to make sure of before you purchase it is that you can use CDs with your laptop since you can’t download it.

Pros:
+ Cheap
+ For your DJ laptop
+ 99 deck capacity
+ Good for beginners

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