VirtualDJ 8 User Manual


Interface - Decks - Advanced controls

PADS




Pads are a dynamic way to quickly access and trigger commonly used functions. Under each deck is a set of pads that can be used to trigger various built in functions as well as customized ones. VirtualDJ offers a wide selection of default pages, but more pages can be added if required in the Pads Editor.

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  1. Page - Clicking on the Page selection will reveal a drop-down menu providing all available pages. Choose the page that you wish to use or choose Edit… to open the Pads Editor and make adjustments.



  2. Parameters - Each page offers 2 parameters that are displayed (if they have been set for the specified page) and can be cycled with the left and right buttons. Hovering a mouse to each side of the parameter will display the button for the desired parameter. Clicking on either button will cycle the specified parameter.



  3. Pads Menu - Each page offers an optional Pads Menu that provides different options for the specified page. Not all pages offer a default menu, but can be added in the Pads Editor if required.



  4. Pads - Clicking on the pads will trigger the specified action for that pad and page combination. A right-click(shift) on any pad will trigger an alternate action if the pad is also mapped with a shift command (See Pads Editor).




DEFAULT PAGES



HOT CUES (Default)




Hot Cues are flagged locations in a track that can be jumped to instantly on the fly. This gives the DJ the ability to jump to any position in the song without disrupting the audio. VirtualDJ displays 8 available Hot Cue slots in the Pads display by default, but also provides the ability to create and store an unlimited number of Hot Cues per track.

The HotCue page will display and store any HotCues that have been specified for the loaded track. Left clicking a Hot Cue Pad will set the Cue if no Cue is available and will trigger the Cue if it already exists. Right clicking (shift) a pad will delete the Hot Cue.


HotCues can be managed in the Pads Editor and POI Editor.


Parameter 1

Cycles back and forth to the next or last Cue point if the deck is stopped or triggers the next/last Hot Cue if the deck is playing.

Parameter 2

Moves the track forwards or backwards by 1 beat increments (not visible by default)


PAD MENU

Edit CUEs and POIs...

Opens the POI Editor to edit CUE points and other POIs

Read-only (Lock)

Locks the Pads so that HotCues can not be accidently deleted

Smart Cue

Turns Smart Cue on or off

Quantize on Set

Will automatically set a new HotCue to the closest beat

Display mode

Changes how the Pads display the HotCues. Pads can show the Cue number (default), Cue Name, Time Position, Time Left or Beats Left.


Hot Cues also have various settings to alter their behavior or performance. These settings can be adjusted in the Options Menu:


hotcueMode
Play
The playhead will move to the selected Hot Cue and continue to play from that position.

Stutter
The playhead will move to the selected Hot Cue and will continue to play as long as the Hot Cue button remains held, acting more like a traditional Cue Point.

updateHotCueFromOnCombo
When a hot cue is pressed when holding the deck’s CUE button, it will update the cue point to the current cue position instead of jumping to the cue.

nonColoredPoi
Specifies a color for POIs that do not have a color set. Per Deck (default) will color all POIs the same color as the deck, Per Cue will add a different pre-defined color for each cue, or you can use one of 4 fixed colors: White, Red, Green or Blue.


*Note: Even though 8 Hot Cue points are offered in the Default GUI (which should cover the needs in most cases), VirtualDJ supports unlimited Hot Cue points which can be controlled using a custom skin, custom buttons, or keyboard/midi controller shortcuts.



CUSTOM BUTTONS


In order to cover all possible needs, features and actions, VirtualDJ has Custom Buttons as one of the Pads pages. This adds extra empty buttons and parameters to customize (via VirtualDJ script actions) any additional functions that may be individually needed but are not present in the Interface. By default, Custom Buttons remain blank but can be added in the Pads Editor.





CUELOOP


CueLoop provides the ability to set and loop cue points instantly. A single click will set a cue point if no Cue point is set, while holding the button will set the cue point and loop it for the specified length of the parameter. If a Cue point is already set, a single click will jump to the specified Cue and set a loop-in point that can be manually set to loop out.


Right clicking a CueLoop will jump to the Cue position and loop from that point.


Parameter 1

Increases or decreases the CueLoop size (number of beats).

Parameter 2

Turn CueLoop Hold on or off (not visible by default)



PAD MENU

Auto Sync

Quantizes the CueLoop so that it stays on beat (similar to Smart Cue)

Only while pressed

CueLoops only function while the Pad is pressed





SLICER


Slicer provides the ability to slice up a track similar to a loop roll. The track is divided into 8 steps (1 beat by default) that move along with each beat (step) of the track. Pressing each Pad will loop (slice) the last displayed step. When the pad is released, the track will continue to play from the position that it would have been in as if nothing happened at all.


Right clicking (shift) the pads will provide Slicer Hold mode. This memorizes the Slice so it can be easily returned to at a later point without disrupting the tracks current position.




Parameter 1

Increases or decreases the slice length (1 beat by default)

Parameter 2

Increases or decreases the step size



PAD MENU

Apply to Video

Applies Slicer actions to the video output (off by default)





SAMPLER


The Sampler page will display the first 8 pads of the active sample bank. Clicking on a Pad will start/stop the selected sample, while right clicking (shift) will stop a triggered sample. Samples cannot be removed or deleted directly from the Pads like other pages, instead all edits must be done directly in the Sampler SideView, Sample Editor or Pads Editor.




Parameter 1

Moves forward or backwards through all available sample banks.

Parameter 2

Cycles through sampler trigger modes (not visible by default)



PAD MENU

Trigger Mode

Provides a menu for all sampler trigger modes

Audio Output

Provides a menu to select the audio routing for the sampler


Displays all samples in the current bank to select and open in the Sample Editor.





BEAT JUMP


The Beat Jump page provides the ability to jump forward/backwards by a specified set of beats.




Parameter 1

Cycles through predefined pages to increase and decrease the number of beats or bars displayed on the pads.

Parameter 2

Empty




LOOP


The Loop page is an alternative to the Loop panel and provides the ability to instantly set a loop by a specified set of beats.




Parameter 1

Selects a Bank (Set of Loop sizes) starting from 1/32 up to 128 beats

Parameter 2

Changes the loop mode to on/off, hold, or roll (not visible by default)



PAD MENU

On/Off

The loop will trigger and remain on until the pad it is turned off.

Hold

The loop will only be triggered as long as the pad is held.

Roll

The loop will only be triggered as long as the pad is held and the track’s position will jump to the place it would have been in on release.





LOOP ROLL


The Loop Roll page provides the ability to instantly create a loop roll by a specified number of beats while the pad is held. Releasing the pad will allow the track to continue from the place that it would have been in as if no loop was triggered.


Right clicking (shift) a pad will offer an additional size (¾) which will move the 1 and 2 beat selections to the right. 4 beats is removed.




Parameter 1

Empty

Parameter 2

Empty



PAD MENU

Apply to Video

Applies Loop Roll actions to the video output (off by default)





SAVED LOOPS


The Saved Loop page will display and trigger any saved loops that you have created in the POI Editor. Clicking on an empty slot will save the loop to the pad, holding a Pad will delete the saved loop. Once a loop is saved to a slot, a left click will load the loop to the deck while right clicking will load and jump to the saved loops position.


Saved Loops can be managed in the POI Editor.


Parameter 1

Increase or decrease the size of the saved loop (number of beats)

Parameter 2

Move the saved loop forward or backward in 1 beat increments




MANUAL LOOP


The Manual Loop page provides the most commonly used loop controls (see Loops), to set an In and Out point as well as adjust the size and position of the loop.


Right clicking (shift) the pads will give additional loop controls to adjust an enabled loops IN or OUT point as well as Move the entire loop with the use of the Jogwheel. Smart Loop, Loop Back and Quantize modes can be toggled on and off, and the entire loop can be moved forward or backwards by 100%.




Parameter 1

Increase or decrease the size of the loop (number of beats)

Parameter 2

Empty




REMIX POINTS


The Remix Points page offers all available Remix Points that have been either automatically analyzed by VirtualDJ or created in the POI Editor. Clicking on an empty pad (N/A) will add a Remix Point to the tracks current position. Remix points are managed in the POI Editor.




Parameter 1

Empty

Parameter 2

Empty



PAD MENU

Edit CUEs and POIs...

Opens the POI Editor to edit Remix Points and other POIs




KEYCUE


The Keycue page provides the ability to instantly trigger the selected Hot Cue and change it's key in a single step. Each Pad will trigger the same Hot Cue but in a different key and the track will continue to play in that key until the key is reset or any Hot Cue is triggered at the zero value. Each Keycue pad displays it's value in semitones.


Right clicking (shift) a pad will display the available Hot Cues that have been set. The preferred Hot Cue can then be selected to be used on the main Pads.




Parameter 1

Increases or decreases the key in one semitone increments

Parameter 2

Cycles forwards or backwards through the Keycue pages. 0 will always be displayed on each page.



PAD MENU

Edit CUEs..

Opens the POI Editor to edit Cue Points and other POIs

Smart Cue

Toggles Smart Cue on or off

Hot Cue Mode

Toggles between the two Hot Cue modes; Play or Stutter