Use your mouse to interact with the controls in the Mixxx User Interface on your computer screen. You can perform actions by pointing and clicking with your mouse.
If you hover with the mouse over a control (e.g the crossfader) in the Mixxx user interface, the tooltip lists the left- and right-click action respectively.
On a Macbook or a computer with a touchpad that lacks mouse buttons, a two-finger click gesture is often treated as a right click.
Using the Mouse drag/wheel on the waveforms you can adjust zoom and playback rate of the tracks. For more information, go to Waveform Displays.
Controlling Mixxx with a keyboard is handy. Unlike mouse control, the keyboard allows you to manage things simultaneously. For example, you can start playing a track on deck 1 whilst stopping deck 2 at the same time.
The default mapping for English keyboards is depicted in the figure above. It is divided into a left-hand side for deck 1 and right-hand side for deck 2. Please note that you can also access the functions through Mixxx’s interface.
For some user groups, like those using controllers or vinyl control, it might be useful to enable/disable the keyboard mappings at runtime. You can do so by clicking Options ‣ Enable Keyboard Shortcuts.
If you hover with the mouse over a control (e.g. the crossfader) in the Mixxx user interface, the tooltip lists the keyboard shortcuts of the control among a description of the control.
For a list of default shortcuts, go to Keyboard mapping table.
Mixxx supports MIDI and HID controllers which are external hardware devices used to control audio applications. Many DJs prefer the hands-on feel of a controller with Mixxx because it can feel similar to using a real mixer and turntables or CDJ.
Without loading the correct preset, your controller does not work with Mixxx.
If you do not find a connected device in the list, make sure to install any necessary drivers for that device.
Mixxx can use any MIDI/HID controller that is recognized by your OS (some may require drivers), as long as there is a MIDI/HID mapping file to tell Mixxx how to understand it. Mixxx comes bundled with a number of mappings for various devices. There are two levels of controller mappings:
If you run into issues with any of these mappings, please file a bug report on our Bug Tracker or tell us about it on our mailing list, forums, or IRC channel. Device support varies for each supported OS, so make sure to consult the documentation of the device.
Additional mappings are available in the Controller presets forum.
Before purchasing a controller to use with Mixxx, consult our Hardware Compatibility wiki page. It contains the most up-to-date information about which controllers work with Mixxx and the details of each.
To use a controller mapping that did not come bundled with Mixxx, place the controller mapping in your User Presets folder. This is the folder called “controllers” inside your User Preferences folder. To open your User Presets folder, go to Preferences ‣ Controllers and click the Open User Preset Folder button. Alternatively, navigate to the folder in your OS file browser:
- GNU/Linux: /home/<username>/.mixxx/controllers
- OS X: /Users/<username>/Library/Application Support/Mixxx/controllers
- Windows Vista and newer: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Mixxx\controllers
- Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\AppData\controllers
On Windows, the AppData folder is hidden, so if you have not already, you will need to set Windows Explorer to show hidden files and folders (how to do this varies with each version of Windows).
If the mapping was posted as a .zip file, first extract the .zip file by right clicking on it in your file browser and selecting the option for extracting an archive or compressed folder. Copy the .xml file into your User Preset folder. If there is a .js file, also copy that to your User Preset folder. Restart Mixxx and load the preset.
There is no mapping available for your controller or you want to change an existing mapping? You can map your controller by using the Controller Wizard or take full control with the MIDI Scripting support in Mixxx.
Go to Adding support for your MIDI/HID Controller for detailed information.
Vinyl control allows a user to manipulate the playback of a track in Mixxx using a turntable or CDJ as an interface. In effect, it simulates the sound and feel of having your digital music collection on vinyl. Many DJs prefer the tactile feel of vinyl, and vinyl control allows that feel to be preserved while retaining the benefits of using digital audio.
Go to Vinyl Control for detailed information.