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How To DJ Online - The Best Online DJ Mixer

While a proper DJ setup will usually give you better results, I'm no stranger when it comes to using a web-based DJ app to mix music online. 

I've had many experiences where I've found myself being called to give an impromptu DJ set, but I didn't have my DJ gear on me. 

In the old days, I would use a bootleg technique of having two separate YouTube tabs open, and trying to time the start and stop, and rapidly crossfading the volume using a mouse - it didn't sound great, but it got the job done. 

Since these old days, I've now discovered countless online DJ mixing apps, letting me create better sounding mixes when I'm caught without my decks. 

In this guide, I'm going to share my favorite online DJ mixing tools with you, explain how you can use them to create mixes and explain some of the pros and cons of using online DJ mixing tools. 

TL;DR - DJ Mixer Online #

  • Many tools let you DJ online, from your browser. 

  • Some online DJ mixing tools are better than others. 

  • DJ.Studio is the most powerful online DJ mixer, letting you mix from Spotify, YouTube, or your downloaded files. 

  • You can start using DJ.Studio for free!

The Benefits and Downsides of DJ Mixing Online#

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For starters, I'll share some thoughts of the pros and cons of mixing online. Of course, I think you can always achieve better results with some real DJ software, installed on your machine - but sometimes we don't have access to it...

Benefits#

  • Accessibility and Portability - You don't need to carry around (or own) any DJ gear to use these online tools. You just need the internet and a PC/phone. 

  • Spontaneity - Sometimes, the best tool for the job is the one you have on you. If you're caught at a party getting asked to DJ at short notice, an online DJ tools is instantly ready to be used. 

  • Cost-Effective - Many online DJ tools are free or have a low cost compared to professional DJ software, making it a budget-friendly option.

  • Ease of Use - These tools often come with user-friendly interfaces, making them accessible even for beginners with minimal experience.

Downsides#

  • Limited Features - Online DJ tools often lack the advanced features and customizability found in professional software, potentially limiting creativity and functionality.

  • Dependence on Internet Connection - You need a stable internet connection to use online tools, which can be a drawback in locations with poor connectivity.

  • Performance Issues - Online tools may suffer from latency and performance issues, especially on lower-end devices or with high-demand tasks.

  • Quality and Reliability - I'd say the sound quality and reliability of online DJ tools generally don't match that of dedicated software, impacting the overall experience and output. But this isn't always the case. 

How to DJ Online with DJ.Studio #

I'll show you some of my other favorite online DJ tools later, but first, I'll explain how to use DJ.Studio - which is easily the most powerful and fully featured option. 

For starters, DJ.Studio doesn't work like other DJ software - rather than using a mixer and deck-style interface, it uses a timeline and carousel editor. This makes it much easier to use when you don't have access to a DJ controller (which you probably don't if you're looking for online DJing software). 

This has several benefits, including making it really easy to create seamless mixes using a keyboard and mouse alone. DJ.Studio is suitable for both beginner and professional DJs, thanks to the simplicity, but also depth. 

Let me explain how you can use DJ.Studio to mix online. 

  1. Open the DJ.Studio Browser App - You have access to most of the features in the browser, although the installed version is a bit more stable. 

  2. Create a new project. There are three types:

    1. Local File - These projects work with your local music collection, so you can make mixes from any tracks you have downloaded to your machine, and remix songs using the stem separation. 

    2. YouTube - You can use this mode to add song from YouTube or Spotify to your mix, letting you DJ with Spotify and DJ with YouTube. This is usually the best option if you are DJing online, so I'll explain the rest of the steps as if you were using this type. 

    3. Beatport - This connects to Beatport Streaming so you can access all of their 12m+ tracks, and experiment with any of them in a mix before you buy them. 

  3. Add Songs - After making the project, you can start to add tracks to your mix. Simply search in the YouTube or Spotify bar, or you can even paste in the link to a whole Spotify or YouTube playlist to add a bunch of tracks in one go. 

  4. Automix - You can manually create the order, or use DJ.Studio's powerful AI automixer to quickly analyze the best order of your tracks based on BPM and harmonic mixing. This also automatically creates seamless transitions, like crossfades, so you instantly have a near-perfect mix. 

  5. Edit and refine - Now you can start to customize your mix in more detail. Add in effects, tweak the transitions between two songs, use extra samples and loops, and get as creative as you can imagine with the powerful but simple timeline editor. 

  6. Play and Share - When you're happy with the mix, you can either play it back directly from the project, or share it to our Online Mix Sharing Platform. You can then share your mix as a link which anybody can play - they don't even need a DJ.Studio account. 

This just shows you the basic process of using DJ.Studio to make mixes online with it's intuitive interface. This workflow revolves around the unique YouTube and Spotify mixing projects, that let you make mixes from any music on either streaming platform. 

This is great for a new DJ, but there are countless other ways to use DJ.Studio, including many professional applications for pro DJs. 

You can start mixing yourself for free here - DJ.Studio Free Trial!

Other Online DJ Platforms#

While DJ.Studio is definitely my favorite online DJ mixer, there are still some other useful options. Because DJ.Studio uses a timeline editor, you might also want something that has more of a traditional interface.  

  • Beatport DJ - This pro-grade solution lets you mix any songs from the Beatport catalog. While you do need to pay a subscription to access full-length songs, you can play 2-minute previews for the entire library. The party mode is cool too. 

  • YouDJ - This free online DJ mixer has a very familiar deck-style interface and connects with streaming platforms. It even features realistic vinyl scratching, but it is a bit buggy, being made by a solo programmer. 

  • Transitions DJ - This is another traditional-styled online DJ mixing app, that can connect with Soundcloud, or use downloaded files. It has some neat features, but I find it a bit ugly looking. 

Finally...#

Good luck with your online DJing session! I know how much fun it can be. 

I suggest that you eventually use some real, downloaded DJ software - see my list of the Best DJ Software downloads for more info.

That said, you can still achieve some professional results with the right online DJing tools. 

Start DJing online for free using DJ.Studio's trial

Noah Feasey-Kemp
DJ/Producer
I started DJing when I was 15. Started a record label, residency by a club in Bristol. I’ve played at all the biggest clubs in Bristol (and the small ones) and have entertained thousands of dancers! I love writing about music, DJing, and technology. I've been blogging for DJ.Studio since the start of the project, and am always happy to answer questions and help fellow DJs out!

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