Since launching Virtual DJ 8 in 2014, Atomix has been churning out updates regularly. In this review we'll look at the new features of Virtual DJ 8.2, namely Ask The DJ, which is an online song request feature, and the new pads layout and Pads Editor window.
Atomix just released an update to Virtual DJ 8. It adds a lot of tweaks under the hood, as well as two new feature highlights: Ask The DJ, which lets guests request songs through an online portal or through Twitter, and an extended pad section per virtual deck.
DJs in the digital age spend a lot of time preparing their material, and we do this because it allows us to become intimately familiar with the track. But all that hard work then becomes proprietary information depending on the DJ software we use. What can DJ companies do to solve this concern?
If you've been holding back on updating to the latest iTunes version (184.108.40.206 at press time), you can safely install the update without fear of it messing up your iTunes playlists within Serato DJ (1.7.8), Traktor Pro 2 (2.10), and Virtual DJ 8 (8.0.0). We've also tested it with Pioneer DJ's rekordbox (4.0.1) and Algorddim's djay Pro (1.2.1).
Online music streaming service Grooveshark has folded, leaving anyone using Virtual DJ's "ContentUnlimited" service to stream music within Virtual DJ with a hugely compromised service - for the time being, at least. Grooveshark has closed following a six-year legal battle that found the music service infringing on copyright laws to almost 5,000 unlicensed songs in its catalogue.
Virtual DJ has today announced at NAMM 2015 native support for a host of controllers, mixers and accessories, from Akai Pro, Rane and Reloop: the Akai Pro AFX and AMX, the Rane Sixty-Two, and the Reloop Neon being the specific models that are now natively mapped.
Atomix has released its own brand of timecode vinyl over the weekend. Dubbed "Timecode Vinyl v8", these control vinyl are tailored specifically for use with Virtual DJ 8, and counters any detractors claiming Virtual dJ 8 was "piggybacking" other technologies.