Last year, Virtual DJ introduced stem separation and mixing on any track. Now, with Virtual DJ PRO 2021 Summer Edition, you can export these stems to your USB drive and mix them on any other digital DJ’ing system.
Virtual DJ’s stem separation feature has previously been accessible solely using the Virtual DJ 2021 software. Although this allowed DJs to mix various elements of any audio track on the fly, it meant that they needed a laptop on stage instead of a CDJs or digital vinyl setup. With the Virtual DJ PRO 2021 Summer Edition update, DJs can instantly split the stems of any given audio track and export them to standard USB sticks for use on another system.
DJ purists may be unsure of the practice of algorithmically removing elements of a song, such as a vocal or bassline, to mix with other songs. But, according to Virtual DJ, 20 artists on last year’s DJMag Top 100 charts lauded the software, including Fedde Le Grand, Afrojack, Mariana Bo and David Guetta.
Virtual DJ says traditional DJs can benefit, too. For example, a scratch DJ can now export a vocal stem and manipulate it over the top of an entire song, only loop the drums of a track, or blend just the melody.
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Virtual DJ is free to use for non-commercial use, so you can try out the stem separation for yourself if you haven’t already. To export the stems to USB, you’ll need a Virtual DJ PRO license, priced at £17 per month or £268 as a one-off purchase.
Download Virtual DJ at virtualdj.com.