Mixxx Virtual DJ is a piece of software developed which allows you to mix music on your own personal computer. You won’t need any expensive equipment to do it, everything you need is included in this free application. It isn’t intended for professionals as of course the real physical turntables are always going to produce a better result when you know how to use them. Never the less, this is something that can offer a huge amount when you’ve learnt all about it.
This tool was originally started back in 2001 as a university project, a similar start to a lot of computer programs that have proved to be incredibly popular over the past few years. It was actually one of the first tools to do this job, before then nobody thought that it was actually needed and therefore nobody wanted to spend their time building one. However, what programmers didn’t realise is the demand for DJ applications that don’t require the thousands of dollars worth of equipment that’s actually needed to become one. It changed the industry completely because it meant anyone with a computer would get involved rather than just those with money.
Another thing that was surprising was the fact that it was completely free. The developer was a student and even though they could have made a lot of money by selling it (especially because of how unique it was) but instead they wanted to help as many people as they possibly could. They did this also by making it entirely open source, which means anyone who knows how to code can look at how it works and even add their own features. What this has led to is the project becoming very powerful. Over 100 active developers are working on it everyday to make sure it stays better than the rest, which is why it has had millions of downloads and installs over the past 10 years, far higher than the others in the industry. This is the only decent free tool you can use, there’s no point even looking at others you might have found.
You’re probably also going to be interested in the system requirements that you need to meet in order to be able to run it. Not every machine will be able to run this application sadly so make sure you pay attention to this part to make sure you aren’t wasting your time. The most basic requirement is that you have to be running on the Windows operating system. This is something you can’t get around but shouldn’t be a problem anyway because the vast majority of DJs will be running this anyway. It must be on XP, Vista, 7 or 8 which should account for the vast majority of people. This is actually the only real system requirement! However, if you’re wanting to get the best performance out of it you’re going to need great hardware. For example, having a powerful CPU, lots of RAM installed and ultimately a great speaker system is what you need to be able to perform a great DJ set. If you don’t have these, you really should look into it because they’re an essential part of the process and it usually isn’t too expensive to do either. If you want to save on costs, you can often install RAM manually which will reduce the need to take it to a store where you’ll be charged for the labor.