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Being a DJ Does not only mean playing music. To be a good DJ you should have at least some computer software that will enable you to perform your tasks smoothly.
Below are must-have computer programs that a DJ should have or have knowledge about.
1. Virtual DJ.
This is free software that can be used by any DJ and can be used by both Windows and Mac operating systems. For advanced usage and pro versions, you can buy a pro license.
Virtual DJ is mainly liked for its ability to be used alone even in case your hardware fails. Most DJs also use it in analyzing tracks.
Virtual DJ can also be used by DJ machines and compatible with most controllers its suitable for upcoming DJs and pro DJs. You can download a free version here.
Serato is a widely known DJ software. It’s the most popular software used by pro DJs. It has various versions with Serato lite being their only free version available on their website. You can download it for free.
However, Serato lite can not be used easily without a DJ hardware or controller. It also lacks some features that are available in the pro versions.
Every DJ should be well conversant with Serato DJ being the most commonly used and compatible with most DJ gears.
Is also a major DJ software but it’s not as popular as the above two (Virtual DJ and Serato) Anyway a good DJ should be well conversant with Traktor too. This may one-time use full to him/her when time may require, for instance using a machine that is only compatible with it.
4. Sony Acid.
Sony acid is becoming a popular DJ software. The software that was primarily made for music production is now the most used for making nice mixtapes, intros, and video mixes.
Sony acid is not free software and the trial version only lasts for 14days.
If you are interested in learning Sony acid follow my YouTube channel for tutorials.
5. Vegas pro.
Formerly Sony Vegas is a software mainly used for video editing. The software is used by DJs in making video mixes.
DJs can also use it to edit video clips on their practice sessions, gigs, or even other videos for marketing or even YouTube videos.
6. Pioneer Reckordbox
Record box is also a DJ Software similar to the first three in this list.
7. Ableton Live
Ableton Live is intended to be used as both a live instrument and a tool for creating, recording, arranging, mixing, and mastering. Mostly used by Karaoke DJs and can also be useful to DJs who like to make remixes, acapella, and instrumentals.
Other software that a DJ should know include.
- Photoshop – For graphics design can be used to create great posters,flyers branding among other things
- After effects
- Corel draw
- Cinema 3d.