SYQEL vs. Virtual DJ Video Mixer: Cheap and Simple vs. Overpriced and Limited

If you are just looking for VJ software, then Virtual DJ (an entire suite of DJ equipment) is overkill. You have to buy a Virtual DJ license just to use a video mixer for performing. You are limited to royalty-free content and effects, or you have to pay for content use. If you want visuals quickly and easily (for a better price), SYQEL is the VJ software for you.

SYQEL vs. Virtual DJ: A Very Fast and Simple Feature Comparison

Feature SYQEL Virtual Dj Logo posted by Ethan Mercado
Software Compatibility Windows/Mac Windows/Mac
Software Setup Time 5 minutes Several hours. Depends on familiarity with software.
Visual Set Design Time 0 minutes. SYQEL generates visuals in the moment. Several hours when installing and customizing visuals
Livestreaming Connectivity Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, OBS, Twitter Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, OBS
Visual Quality 8K ready 4K ready
Number of Included Visuals/Transitions 50,000+ Limited until you buy $50 monthly content subscription
Audio Input Source Any Virtual DJ compatible inputs
Visual automation Always Automate transitions, but not video lineup
Audio Freedom Change your audio set at any time, SYQEL reacts. Must sync visuals with audio
Price $299 Lifetime Software License Minimum $299 for Basic Lifetime License + $50/month for Content License Subscription

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SYQEL vs. Virtual DJ's Video Mixer:
An In-Depth Feature Comparison


Virtual DJ is an entire virtual DJing controller software. The controller's video mixer has limited visual materials and effects installed. Is it worth it to use Virtual DJ's audio controller, and learn how to use the video controller, just to produce decent visuals?

Software Compatibility

SYQEL can be downloaded as a desktop app on Windows/Mac. There are very few system requirements to use the app. It can also act as a web-based app, so you can generate visuals online and off. SYQEL can be set up so that it receives any audio source: a desktop, a microphone, you name it. This means that you can use any form of audio DJing equipment you own (or will own). The app can also be connected to your Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook accounts for livestreams using your own personal DJ URL.

Virtual DJ is an entire DJ mixer, either to be used on its own or with other pieces of hardware. You would have to buy an entire Virtual DJ license just to have access to their VJ mixing software. Because the VJ software is connected to Virtual DJ, you can only add visuals if you are using Virtual DJ for your shows. To use Virtual DJ video at larger venues with several screens or projectors, you have to have dual monitor setup, the required video cards, and VGA cables that convert your laptop to a signal that is suitable for the large display. You can also only use lower resolution videos. If you use high-resolution material, you'll end up with low quality, corrupted, or no video display at showtime.

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Time Spent Setting Up and Using Software

To use VJ Pro, you must first download and set up Virtual DJ. You have to hook it up to hardware you already have, or set up a virtual hardware "skin" to use for mixing. There are 5 "getting started" videos and several "how to actually use this product" videos (only a few of those videos are pictured on the right). If you do not have Virtual DJ, you have to learn a whole new way of uploading and mixing audio just to get visuals. If you already have Virtual DJ set up, you have to learn how to use the video mixer. This all takes several hours and a lot of patience.

With SYQEL, there is no complicated interface you need to learn. You just download the software on your PC. Choose your audio input (laptop, microphone, whatever you choose) from your online account and open the desktop app. The app immediately starts visualizing. Modify the framerate, visual duration, and transition times. Modify your set and SYQEL will adjust automatically. It takes 5 minutes to set up and start using SYQEL.

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Ease of Software Usage

SYQEL uses the power of AI to automatically react to any designated audio input and generate visuals for you in real time (like the visual pictured on the left.) You don't have to think about managing visuals at all. The SYQEL app does all the work of creation, so it's very easy to use.

Virtual DJ's video mixer requires you to find and install your own images, videos, effects, and transitions from approved content sources. If you want to customize any materials, you have to go through the process yourself in advance. You have to make sure any acquired material for your VJ set is compatible with the version of Virtual DJ you are using, and with the hardware you are using to run Virtual DJ itself. Images and videos are known to lag or not show up at all, which is frustrating for many first time (and seasoned) VJs. And unless you use a "loop video" feature when playing live, you have to set up timing and transitions in advance.

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Visual Media Generation

SYQEL uses the power of AI to automatically react to any designated audio input and generate visuals for you in real time. The SYQEL app does all the work of creation, so it's very easy to use.

Virtual DJ's video mixer requires you to add images/videos and install transitions/effects from the Virtual DJ content library (pictured on the right), or another approved source. You have to source, sync, queue, and mix videos as you are performing. You are limited to what is available in Virtual DJ's content library, or paid materials from an approved source. Virtual DJ offers a video content license, VJ Pro – for an extra € 50 a month. And you only get this option if you have a Pro License.

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Learning Curve and Fine-Tuning Visuals

SYQEL uses the power of AI to automatically react to any designated audio input and generate visuals for you in real time (like the visual pictured on the left.) The SYQEL app does all the work of creation, so it's very easy to use.

To make visually pleasing and worthwhile visual content with Virtual DJ, you would have to find, install, and learn how to use several content samples, transitions, and effects. You would also have to be on top of mixing visuals throughout your show.

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SYQEL ALSO OFFERS MONTHLY AND YEARLY PLANS IF THIS KIND OF CASH IS JUST NOT IN THE CARDS RIGHT NOW.

What about pricing differences?


A SYQEL lifetime license entitles you to all current and future SYQEL features and auto-updates. With Virtual DJ, you have to buy a Virtual DJ License to use Virtual DJ outside the home, and a Virtual DJ Pro Content License to have a decent selection of visual content to build visual sets with.

$299+$49/mo

Virtual DJ Lifetime License and VJ Pro Monthly Content License.
While a Virtual DJ license can be a one-time purchase, you have to pay monthly for content.

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$299

SYQEL Lifetime Software License.
Pay once and receive all current and future visuals, transitions, and features. Auto-updates.

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$1999

Virtual DJ Annual Business License.
A business license includes licenses for music content and visuals, but you have to pay this amount every year to continue to have access to it.

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It ultimately comes down to what you need.

A Virtual DJ controller's strength is in its audio mixing capabilities. Its video mixer is limited by copyright laws. You must use (generic) royalty-free material, or pay for material.
If you are looking for software to visualize music for you, so you don't have to waste time or money doing it all yourself,
SYQEL is the VJ software that will put you on the map in your niche.


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If you’re a “see it to believe it” person, this high-quality SYQEL music visualization is for you:

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