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.
Virtual DJ must feel like the itch that won’t go away to certain others. Whereas Traktor is increasingly only really an option if you’re using Traktor hardware, and Serato has always only worked on a relatively small number of tightly licensed and controlled devices, Virtual DJ is positively promiscuous by comparison.
In what should definitely be seen as a coup for the software, Virtual DJ 8 Pro now ships (alongside Serato DJ) right there in the box with the Pioneer DDJ-SZ, the company’s flagship DJ controller, and is therefore officially supported by this flagship controller.
Remember the Pepsi Taste Test Challenge? Well, VirtualDJ has today issued its own challenge. It has thrown a gauntlet down by inviting all DJs who currently use any DVS (digital vinyl system) to try the new VirtualDJ 8 DVS engine for free.
What you’re looking at is Serato timecode vinyl, as part of a digital DJ set-up. Having played on the set-up you can see pictured here, I can tell you that it sounds and performs like the very best digital vinyl systems that are out there… but it’s definitely not Serato software that was being demoed. Want to know what it is? Read on…