VirtualDJ 8 User Manual


Interface - Decks - Advanced controls

EFFECTS


VirtualDJ offers the ability to apply a variety of Effects to a specific deck as well as the Master Output (see Master Panel). A large selection of effects are included in the software and can be accessed by clicking on the arrow next to the effect text. Once the preferred effect is selected it can be triggered directly from the deck by clicking on the effect text.

For a complete list of native effects included with VirtualDJ, please see here.

Additional User created effects are available for licensed users here.



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The Single FX view is auto-selected by default. In this view, a single effect slot is offered with 2 parameter dials and a (+) button to open the effect’s Graphical User Interface in the SideView area of the browser.

Clicking on the effect name will trigger the desired effect





Clicking on the Effect text box at the top will toggle between Single FX view to Multi FX view. In this view, 3 effect slots are offered with a single parameter slider.

Clicking on the effect name will trigger the desired effect.






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In the Single FX view, a single effect slot is offered with 2 parameter dials.

Clicking on the effect name will trigger the desired effect.




Clicking on the right of the FX area will expand or contract the Multi FX view (3FX Slots). In this view 3 effect slots are offered with a single parameter slider to control each individual effect and a (+) button to open the effect’s Graphical User Interface in the SideView area of the browser.






USING EFFECTS





Once the Effect select button is pressed, an Effects Selection list will be displayed to easily scroll through all the available Sound, Video and Visualization Effects and make your selection. The Sound Effects Group is displayed by default, and the Video and Visualizations Effects Groups will be nested as separate folders. Clicking one of the folders will open it and display those effects.

Click on the Pin icon to the right of Sound Effects to keep the Effect Selection list visible (pinned) after effect selection if required.

Once the Effect is selected it can be activated by clicking on the effect name in the Deck Effect Panel or in the Effect Selection List by clicking on the Activate Button to the left of the desired effect.

Multiple effects can be triggered from the Effect Selection list simultaneously regardless of the number of Effects visible in the Deck Effect Panel.




Clicking on the + button in the Deck Effect Panel (if available) or the gear icon to the right of each effect in the Effect Selection List will open the GUI for the desired Effect and dock it to the lower right of the software interface beside the Info Panel.

The Effect can then be unpinned by using the Pin icon on top of the Effect GUI so that it can be repositioned to anywhere on the screen for greater customization and ease of use. Clicking on the X will close the Effect GUI regardless of it’s position but will not de-activate the effect.






GROUPING EFFECTS



VirtualDJ offers the ability to group and organize the default, custom and VST effects. A new Effects Group can be created by right-clicking on any of the available Sound, Video or Visualization effects or folders and selecting Move to new folder...


Enter a name for the Effects Group and click OK.


Once the group is created, right-click on any additional effects and choose to move them to the newly created folder.

Additionally, effects can be set to Ignore if not being used. Clicking on Ignore will create a new Group (folder) and remove the selected effect from the main drop-down menu. All ignored effects will be placed into the ignore folder.

The Ignore Folder is particularly useful for controller use. While scrolling through effects, any effect that is placed into the Ignore Folder will not be displayed in the effect selection slots on the interface.





VST EFFECTS






Virtual Studio Technology (VST) is a software interface created by Steinberg that integrates software audio instruments (VSTi) and effect plugins with audio editors, hard-disk recording systems and dj-ing applications. VST technology uses digital signal processing to simulate traditional hardware in software. Thousands of plugins exist, both commercial and freeware.
VirtualDJ supports VST and VSTi effect plugins. These are usually simple .dll files that come zipped in a file to facilitate download through the internet.



Windows: Extract and copy the .dll file of the VST to the sound effects folder of VirtualDJ (\Users\YourUsername\\(My)Documents\VirtualDj\Plugins\SoundEffect).


Mac: Install the .dmg file to your computer. Open the contents of the file and find the .vst file that you wish to install. Copy the file and paste it in the effects folder (\Documents\VirtualDj\Plugins64\SoundEffect). Once pasted into the folder rename the ".vst" extension to ".bundle". This is necessary for VirtualDJ to recognize the VST.


After that your Effect will be listed along with your other effects and you can select and use it like the default ones. A restart of the software will be necessary if the VST was installed while the software was open.

VST Effects usually provide their own GUI. Use the + button from the skin or the settings icon from the Effects List, to get a floating window with the effect’s interface.


MIDI devices such as MIDI Keyboards can be set up to control VSTs through a deck. Right clicking the device in the Controller settings will bring up an option for MIDI to VST. You can then select which deck the VST will be controlled by the device when it is activated.

This setup is pass through. Mapping for the device is handled by the selected VST (if offered).


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