CrossDJ Free is a free cross platform DJ mixing software. This is the free version that’s being given away by the creators of CrossDJ, the professional version for which you’re gonna have to dish out some cash.
Free version of this free DJ mixer allows you to mix up to 2 audio tracks, but it’s limited to 3 effects, 2 mixer channels and it doesn’t have as good hardware support as the paid version, doesn’t support recording of the mix, and it has several other minor limitations.
Songs that you are interested in mixing are gonna be open in the FX1 and FX2 slots.
Waveform analyzers are available for each one of the tracks. Moving them is gonna cause the famous DJ scratching effect, it’s basically the same, but without vinyl records being destroyed in the process. All around the sides of the analyzer you can see various different buttons and switches, they are of course used for mixing to achieve various different effects. Music collection that you have, either from your hard drive or iTunes folder can be loaded directly down below, from the file browser. Key features of CrossDJ – free DJ mixing software are:
- Free – at least the Free version of it, but it’s limited in features
- 2 Channel Mixer – mix up to 2 channels by tweaking them to your liking
- Supports up to three different FX types – echo, flanger and chopper
- Track browser – browse and manage your collection – iTunes, local
- Good format support – all the major formats supported, WMA, MP3, etc.
- Cross platform – works on both Windows and Mac OS
Another great features of CrossDJ is that you get 2 sample tracks and 8 sample loops for getting familiar with the basics of how mixing works. Tracks come with the CrossDJ free, but loops have to be downloaded separately from the website, links available down below.
How to mix tracks and create music with CrossDJ Free – free DJ mixing software
Use the file browser down below in order to navigate to your song collection, loop collection or to open up your iTunes folder. Tracks are added to the FX tables at the top via drag&drop. As soon as you do that the spectrum analyzer should fill up.
Album art will also be shown on the side, if any is found in the folder. With the tracks loaded, you now just have to start playing around with the various knobs, switches and buttons in order to see what kind of mixes you can create.
Controls of each track have their own identifier, A or B and it also has a different color so that you know which one you’re mixing. Play around with them until you create something you like.
You might think that there isn’t much use to anyone using CrossDJ Free seeing how it doesn’t support recording, but if you’re a novice and would just like to get your feet wet, this is the tool for you. It’s light, simple, has a modern looking interface, what more could you ask. Give it a try and see how it goes.