VirtualDJ 8 User Manual
BASIC DECK CONTROLS
- Jog Wheel - is used to Scratch or Bend the pitch of the track (depending on which mode is selected) with the use of the mouse, touchscreen, or control surface. The jog wheel also displays the progression (position) of the current track.
- Transport Controls
CUE Stops the song at the previous Cue point and will preview the song as long as it is held if the song is paused. PAUSE/STOP Pauses the song if playing and cycles through the available Cue points if paused. Holding right-click will unload the deck. PLAY Starts the track on the selected deck. If pressed while playing it will jump back and play from the last CUE point. SYNC Smoothly synchronizes the track of the deck with the opposing deck. It will match the BPM of the track and align the CBG (Computerized BeatGrid). VIDEO
How to Sync
- Pitch Slider - is used to increase and decrease the tempo (BPM) of the track by moving it up and down. In 2 Deck View, clicking on the button to the left of the slider will gradually reset the pitch. Double-clicking the button will act as an instant reset.
Pitch Bend buttons (+/-) are offered under the pitch slider to temporary slowdown/speed up the track (Pitch Bend) while pressed. On release the pitch will reset to it’s previous value.
- Deck Options - Click on the Deck Options button to choose a different behavior for the Basic Control buttons, adjust the Pitch Range, and enable Master Tempo or other useful smart mixing options such as Smart Loop, Smart Cue and Smart Play.
Deck Option Description Smart Play Automatically start playing from the nearest position that would allow the songs to be beat-matched with one another. Smart Cue Automatically adjusts the jump position to keep the song beat-matched when using Hot Cues. Smart Loop Automatically adjust the size of the loop (in beats) when you set a
manual loop in order a seamless loop to be offered.
Master Tempo (Key Lock) Keeps the key of the song unchanged when the pitch of the song is changed. Pitch Range Set the percentage (%) Range of the Pitch slider. Button Behavior Description Play-Stutter In this Mode the Play button behaves like Play-Stutter (the song will keep playing from the last Cue) and the Stop button behaves like Pause-Stop (pauses the song if playing and cycles through the available Cue points if paused) Play-Pause In this Mode the Play button behaves as Play-Pause (toggles between Play and Pause) and the Stop button behaves like Stop (will pause the song and return to the previous Cue if playing and will cycle through the available Cue points if paused. Cue Standard Will stop the song at the previous Cue point and will preview the song as long as it is held if the song is paused. Cue Hold-to-play Cue hold-to-play Will stop the song at the previous Cue point and will preview the song as long as it is held if the song is paused. If held more than 3 seconds the song will continue to play once the button is released. Cue Inverted Will stop the song at the previous Cue point and will stay paused as long as the button is held. Jog Behavior Description CD Mode (nudge) In CD mode the jog wheel will bend the pitch when the position is moved. When in this mode the Deck Options button will be white in color. Vinyl Mode (scratch) In Vinyl Mode the Jog Wheel will emulate the sound of a record being scratched when the position is moved. When in this mode the Deck Options button will be grey in color.