Virtual DJ 7, the award-winning DJ software, is now available as a free download for the first time to all DJs, in its Home format.
Virtual DJ 7 is a considerable advance on the previous version, and the software now has up to 99 decks (we think you'll be happy with 4 or even 6), as well as a host of advanced features including auto key detection (the only DJ software that does this to our knowledge).
The Pro version of the software costs US$299 / €227 / £199, but Atomix will now let you download Virtual DJ 7 Home for free, with nearly all the same features as the Home version, for absolutely nothing and to use forever.
What it won't do
Obviously there is going to be a catch here, and it is that the Home version won't work with external hardware. That means you can't plug in a DJ controller or control vinyl system - you have to DJ exclusively from your laptop. Considering that my first DJ software was Virtual DJ back in 2004, and I actually DJed using just the laptop in clubs all of that year with it (I couldn't find a DJ controller I liked and just found it easier to use the keyboard), this shouldn't put you off, especially if you're just getting into laptop/digital DJing and want to try it out.
There are other trivial limitations - you can't use it to broadcast with as that function is disabled, and full-screen video output is also blocked, but apart from that you get the full, real deal.
An astute move
It's a fantastic move by Atomix, who are obviously aware that many people downloaded their 30-day trial of Virtual DJ Pro as their first step into digital DJing but needed more than a month to get "hooked".
They're gambling that people will become used to their interface, and that when they get a bit more serious and buy a DJ controller they'll upgrade to the full version.
Grab yours here:
Are you glad you can play with a fully featured software version with no time limit? Will this persuade you to have a play with Virtual DJ for the first time? Was Virtual DJ your first foray into digital DJing too? Let us know in the comments.