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Mixxx DJ Hardware Guide

What kind of hardware should I get to DJ with Mixxx?

Bare minimum equipment for DJing:

  • laptop
  • sound card or splitter cable
  • headphones or in-ear monitors
  • speakers
  • audio cables and adapters

Helpful but not strictly necessary:

  • controller and/or turntables with timecode vinyl
  • laptop stand
  • surge protector
  • cases for laptop, controller, and headphones
  • backpack or some other carrying case
  • portable hard drive
  • powered USB hub

To be able to hear the next track you want to mix in before your audience hears it, you need two separate sound outputs. It is recommended to use one sound card with at least 4 mono output channels (2 stereo channels). Most computers come with a sound card built into the motherboard with only 1 stereo 1/8“ headphone output (2 mono channels). While it is possible to get a splitter cable or cheap sound card with only 2 more outputs and use it together with your onboard sound card, it is not recommended (see explanation below). Onboard sound cards built into computers are generally not high quality and may pick up interference from other devices in the computer such as the power supply or hard drive. When mixing digitally in software on your CPU, use 2 channels for the main output and 2 channels for your headphones (or 1 for each if using a splitter cable). When mixing on an analog hardware mixer, which is traditional (but not necessary) with vinyl control, each deck uses 2 channels and the headphones are plugged into the analog hardware mixer.

Most digital DJs prefer to use a DJ controller rather than just their keyboard and mouse for more intuitive control of their software. Most DJ controllers that cost $200 or more bundle a sound card with the controller. Cheaper controllers are available without integrated sound cards.

The simplest setup for new DJs is an all-in-one controller that can control mixing, seeking, looping, cues, and effects and has an integrated sound card. Users who also want to produce music should consider saving money and get a controller without a sound card and getting a separate, high quality sound card suitable for recording. Users who want to use vinyl control will need a sound card with 2 inputs per deck (so 4 inputs for a traditional 2 deck setup) and a phono preamp for each deck. The phono preamps can either be in the turntable, in the sound card, or stand alone devices. A few small controllers may be of particular interest to vinyl DJs, particularly the Novation Dicer and Akai AMX. Some higher-end all-in-one controllers include sound cards with phono preamps.

DJ headphones are generally better quality than typical consumer headphones. Importantly, they are designed to have good isolation, meaning they block outside sound. This allows the DJ to focus on the sound in the headphones better without having to turn up the volume to drown out sound from the monitors, PA system, and chatter. Also, DJ headphones have hinges or flexible headbands that allow the DJ to take off one headphone cup to hear the monitor or PA output better in one ear and compare it to the headphone output in the other ear. When shopping for headphones, consider how well they isolate sound and their durability. The most frequent places that headphones break are the cable attachment point and the headband. Look for headphones with detachable cables, metal headbands, and other individually replaceable parts.

In-ear monitors isolate sound better than headphones but are more expensive. Good DJ headphones can be purchased new for $150-250; IEMs with comparable sound quality cost $350-$1000. They may be a sound investment for musicians who play often in very loud environments to preserve their hearing.

These are all just guidelines; research your options and decide what you think will work best for the way you want to DJ.

See the manual for diagrams and descriptions of setups with different kinds of hardware.

See the Beginner DJ Links page for more helpful resources.

Hardware compatibility with Mixxx

Because Mixxx is free software — free as in artistic freedom, not just price — we strive to make it work with as much hardware as we can. Mixxx is collaboratively developed by a community of volunteers and we can only make mappings for controllers that we have. If hardware does not work with Mixxx, that does not mean it is impossible, it only means that no one has made it work with Mixxx yet. Anyone, including you, who has the hardware is welcome to make Mixxx work with it.

Mixxx works with any sound card that your operating system has a driver to use. USB sound cards compliant with the USB audio class standard do not need any special drivers on Linux or Mac OS X, but they do on Windows. Most USB sound cards are not standards compliant. Sound cards that are advertised for use with iOS devices are standards compliant.

Mixxx can work with any controller that sends MIDI or HID signals to your computer; it just needs a controller mapping to tell Mixxx what to do with the signals. Standards compliant MIDI controllers do not need any special drivers on Linux, Mac OS X, or Windows. Standards compliant HID controllers do not need any special drivers on Linux and Mac OS X, but do require drivers on Windows. Most DJ controllers are standards compliant MIDI controllers, with exceptions noted in the tables below. Controllers that have integrated sound cards require a driver on every OS for the sound card, unless it is USB audio class compliant.

Controller mappings

Mixxx can be made to work with any standards compliant USB MIDI or USB HID controller by mapping the controller's signals to manipulate controls in Mixxx. The Mixxx developers and community have made a number of mappings for MIDI and HID controllers. There are two different levels of controller support in Mixxx:

  • Mixxx Certified Support: mappings verified by the Mixxx Development Team
  • Community Support: mappings provided by the Mixxx Community, but the Mixxx Team is unable to verify their quality because we don't have the devices ourselves.

If your controller does not have a mapping, or the mapping for your controller does not work how you would like it to, please consider contributing to Mixxx by making one and sharing it on the forums. Within Mixxx, you can easily map any MIDI controller with the MIDI Learning Wizard available in Preferences > Controllers (this does not (yet) work for HID devices). For jog wheels and other advanced functions, you will need to program a JavaScript mapping. See these wiki pages for documentation on making and editing controller mappings. Feel free to ask for help mapping your controller on the forums. If you ask for help, please consider that most people reading your post will not have your controller, so be specific about what kind of controller you have and what you want to map it to do.

If you notice any bugs in the mappings, or wish the mapping would work differently, please report it on our bug tracker.

Please update these tables as mappings are added to Mixxx. Keep the tables sorted by price and move devices to the bottom of the table when they are discontinued (keep the discontinued sections sorted alphabetically). Be sure to add specifications for the sound cards of controllers with integrated sound cards to the table towards the bottom.

Mixxx Certified Mappings

Click the name of the controller for more information.

Device Price (USD) 1) Description Integrated Sound Card Signal protocol Supported since Mixxx version
Keith McMillen QuNeo $250 2 deck all-in-one no MIDI 1.11
Hercules DJ Console RMX 2 $300 2 deck all-in-one yes MIDI 1.11
Allen & Heath Xone K2 $300 4 deck mixer + pads yes MIDI 1.11
American Audio VMS4/4.1 $400 4 deck all-in-one yes MIDI 1.9
Reloop Terminal Mix 4 $400 4 deck all-in-one yes MIDI 1.11
DJ TechTools MIDIFighter Classic discontinued 4×4 spring-loaded arcade button grid 2) no MIDI 1.8
Denon HS5500 discontinued 2-decks-in-1 CD player with motorized platter yes MIDI 1.12
eks Otus discontinued 1 turntable + 2 deck mixer no HID 1.11
Hercules DJ Console Mk2 discontinued 2 deck all-in-one yes HID 1.11
Hercules DJ Console RMX discontinued basic 2 deck all-in-one yes HID 1.11
Hercules DJ Control MP3 e2 discontinued basic 4 deck all-in-one no MIDI + HID 1.11
M-Audio X-Session Pro discontinued 2 deck mixer no MIDI 1.6
Reloop Terminal Mix 2 discontinued 4 deck all-in-one 3) yes MIDI 1.11
Stanton SCS.3d discontinued 1 deck control 4) no MIDI 1.7
Stanton SCS.3m discontinued 2 deck mixer 5) no MIDI 1.7
Stanton SCS.1m discontinued 4 deck mixer yes HSS1394 (MIDI) 1.9
Stanton SCS.1d discontinued 1 turntable 6) no HSS1394 (MIDI) 1.9.1
Vestax VCI-400 discontinued 4 deck all-in-one yes MIDI 1.10.1

Community Supported Mappings

All controllers listed are supported on GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows unless otherwise indicated by a footnote in the signal protocol column. If your controller is listed here but does not work with your OS, please report the bug. All of these devices have mappings included in Mixxx. There may be other mappings more suited to your workflow on the forum.

Do not add mappings to this list until they have been included in Mixxx. If you make a mapping a mapping for a controller, please add it to the Mappings In Development table and make a pull request on GitHub to include it in Mixxx when it is ready. When the pull request is merged, move your controller to this table.

Device Price (USD) 7) Description Integrated sound card Signal protocol Supported since Mixxx version
Numark DJ2GO $60 basic 2 deck all-in-one no MIDI 1.10
Korg nanoKONTROL 2 $60 hotcues + samples no MIDI 1.11
Akai LPD8 $70 basic 2 deck all-in-one no MIDI 1.10.1
Novation Dicer $70 hotcues and loops for use with turntables no MIDI 1.10
Novation Launchpad Mini $75 hotcues, loops, transport no MIDI 1.12
Electrix Tweaker $100 4 deck mixer8) + transport + loops + hotcues + samplers no, but 5-pin MIDI I/O included MIDI 1.12
Behringer BCD3000 $100 basic 2 deck all-in-one yes MIDI 1.6
Hercules DJ Control Instinct $125 basic 2 deck all-in-one yes MIDI 1.10.1
American Audio VMS2 $250 2 deck all-in-one yes MIDI ?
Numark N4 $500 4 deck all-in-one yes MIDI 1.10
Denon MC6000MK2 $700 4 deck all-in-one yes MIDI 1.12
Pioneer CDJ-850 $900 CD player no MIDI or HID 1.10 (MIDI), 1.11 (HID)
Pioneer CDJ-2000 $2000 CD player no MIDI or HID 1.10 (MIDI), 1.11 (HID)
Akai MPD24 discontinued 2 deck mixer no MIDI 1.8
Behringer BCD2000 discontinued basic 2 deck all-in-one yes MIDI 1.11
American Audio Radius 1000 / 2000 / 3000 discontinued CD player no MIDI 1.10
Denon SC2000 discontinued 1 deck no MIDI 1.8
DJ Tech CDJ-101 discontinued 2 deck jog wheel no MIDI 1.11
DJ Tech DJM-101 discontinued 2 deck mixer no MIDI 1.11
DJ Tech iMix Reload discontinued 2 deck all-in-one no MIDI 1.10
DJ Tech Kontrol One discontinued 4 decks no MIDI 1.11
DJ Tech Mixer One discontinued 2 deck mixer no MIDI 1.10.1
Evolution X-Session discontinued knobs + crossfader no MIDI 1.6
FaderFox DJ2 discontinued 2 deck mixer no MIDI 1.6
Gemini FirstMix discontinued basic 2 deck all-in-one no MIDI 1.11
Kontrol DJ KDJ500 discontinued basic 2 deck all-in-one no MIDI 1.10
Korg nanoKONTROL discontinued 2 deck mixer no MIDI 1.8.2
Hercules DJ Control Steel discontinued 2 deck all-in-one no HID 1.11
Hercules DJ Console Mk1 discontinued 2 deck all-in-one yes HID 1.11
Hercules DJ Console Mac Edition discontinued 2 deck all-in-one yes MIDI 9) 1.7
Hercules DJ Console Mk4 discontinued 2 deck all-in-one yes HID 10) 1.8
Hercules DJ Control MP3 discontinued 2 deck all-in-one no HID 1.11
Ion Discover DJ discontinued 2 deck all-in-one no MIDI 1.8
M-Audio Xponent discontinued 2 deck all-in-one yes MIDI 1.6
Mixman DM2 discontinued 2 decks yes MIDI 11) 1.7
Mixvibes U-Mix Control 2 discontinued 2 deck all-in-one no MIDI 1.10.1
Mixvibes U-Mix Control 2 Pro discontinued 2 deck all-in-one yes MIDI 1.11
Novation Launchpad Mk1 discontinued 2 deck mixer, hotcues, loops no MIDI 12) 1.11
Numark Mixtrack Pro II discontinued 2 deck all-in-one yes MIDI 1.11
Numark Omni Control discontinued 2 deck all-in-one yes MIDI 13) 1.10
Numark Total Control discontinued 2 deck all-in-one no MIDI 1.6
Numark Mixtrack discontinued 2 deck all-in-one no MIDI 1.8.2
Numark Mixtrack Pro discontinued 2 deck all-in-one yes MIDI 1.10
Numark NS7 discontinued 2 deck all-in-one with motorized wheels yes MIDI 1.9
Numark V7 discontinued 2 deck motorized wheel yes MIDI 1.10
Pioneer CDJ-350 discontinued CD player no MIDI or HID 1.8.2 (MIDI)
Reloop Digital Jockey 2 Controller Edition discontinued 2 deck all-in-one yes MIDI 1.8
Reloop Digital Jockey 2 Master Edition discontinued 2 deck all-in-one yes MIDI 14) 1.8
Tascam US-428 discontinued mixing console yes MIDI 1.6.2
Vestax VCI-100 discontinued 2 deck all-in-one yes MIDI 1.6
Vestax VCI-300 discontinued 2 deck all-in-one yes MIDI 1.11
Vestax Typhoon discontinued 2 deck all-in-one yes MIDI 1.9
Vestax Spin discontinued 2 deck all-in-one yes MIDI 1.9

Esoteric controllers

These are devices that were not designed for DJing but have been mapped to Mixxx anyway.

Device Price (USD) Description Integrated sound card Signal protocol Supported since Mixxx version
Nintendo Wiimote $25 game console controller no HID 1.11
Sony SixxAxis $25 game console controller no HID 1.11

Mappings In Development

These controllers have Mixxx mappings under active development. If you are considering getting one of these controllers, you are encouraged to do so. You can help the development of the mapping by testing it and providing feedback to the developer. You can also edit the mapping yourself. Click the name of the controller for more information.

When a mapping is included in Mixxx, please move it to the Mixxx Certified Mappings or Community Supported Mappings table above.

Device Price (USD) 15) Description Integrated sound card Signal protocol
Numark Mixtrack Pro 3 $250 2 deck all-in-one yes MIDI16) (and HID?)
Pioneer DDJ-SB $250 2 deck all-in-one yes MIDI17)

Controllers that do not yet have Mixxx mappings

This is by no means an exhaustive list; these are just DJ controllers from popular brands. There are too many DJ controllers out there to list. Some of these controllers may have mappings (of unverified quality and may be incomplete) posted on the forums that have not (yet) been included with Mixxx. If a controller you own or are interested in getting is not listed here, search the forum to see if anyone has posted a mapping. If you are willing to put in the effort to map one of these controllers, please get the controller, map it, and publish the mapping so we can include it in Mixxx. MIDI controllers are easier to map than HID controllers.

Device Price (USD) 18) Description Integrated sound card Signal protocol
Behringer CMD MM-1 $100 4 deck mixer no MIDI
Numark Mixtrack Edge $100 2 deck all-in-one no MIDI
Novation Launchpad Mk2 $100 8×8 RGB button grid no MIDI
Novation Launchpad S $125 8×8 3-color button grid no MIDI
Numark Mixtrack 3 $150 2 deck all-in-one no MIDI19) (and HID?)
Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z1 $200 basic 2 deck mixer yes HID
Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol F1 20) $200 remixing pads + faders no HID
Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol X1 Mk1 $200 effects no NHL
Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol X1 Mk2 $200 effects + touch strip no HID
Gemini Slate $200 2 deck all-in-one yes MIDI
Allen & Heath Xone K1 21) $250 4 deck mixer + pads no MIDI
American Audio MXR 10 $200 2 deck analog mixer + MIDI library browsing and transport yes MIDI
Akai AFX $200 2 deck effects + pads + touch strip no MIDI
DJ Tech Tools MIDI Fighter Spectra discontinued 4×4 spring-loaded arcade button grid with LED rings no MIDI
DJ Tech Tools MIDI Fighter 3D $220 4×4 spring-loaded arcade button grid with LED rings + 3D motion sensing no MIDI
DJ Tech Tools MIDI Fighter Twister $220 4×4 encoder grid with LED rings and push buttons and multicolor LEDs no MIDI
Akai AMX $250 2 deck mixer + vinyl hookup yes MIDI
Gemini Slate 4 $250 4 deck all-in-one yes MIDI
American Audio MXR 14 $300 2 deck analog mixer + MIDI library browsing and transport yes MIDI
Hercules DJ Control Jogvision $300 2 deck all-in-one yes MIDI/HID (either? both?)
Korg KAOSS DJ $300 2 deck all-in-one yes MIDI
Novation Launchpad Pro $300 8×8 RGB velocity-sensitive button grid no MIDI
Reloop Beatmix 2 $300 2 deck all-in-one yes MIDI
Pioneer DDJ WeGO 3 $300 2 deck all-in-one yes MIDI
Reloop Beatmix 4 $400 4 deck all-in-one yes MIDI
Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 Mk1 discontinued 2 deck all-in-one yes NHL
Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 Mk2 $400 2 deck all-in-one yes HID
Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol D2 $500 remixing pads, faders, and touch strip no ?
Pioneer DDJ-SR $600 2 deck all-in-one yes MIDI
Reloop Terminal Mix 4 $600 4 deck all-in-one yes MIDI
Livid OhmRGB $640 2 decks + 8×8 multicolor button grid + many encoders no MIDI
Livid CNTRL:R $700 2 decks + 4×4 and 2×16 multicolor button grids + many encoders no MIDI
Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 Mk1 discontinued 4 deck all-in-one yes NHL
Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 Mk2 $700 4 deck all-in-one yes HID
Numark NV $700 4 deck all-in-one yes MIDI
Reloop Terminal Mix 8 $700 4 deck all-in-one yes MIDI
Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z2 $800 2 decks + effects + standalone digital mixer yes HID
Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S8 $1200 4 deck all-in-one + remixing + standalone digital mixer yes NHL
Pioneer DDJ-SX2 $1000 4 deck all-in-one yes MIDI
Numark NS7II $1300 4 deck all-in-one with motorized wheels yes MIDI
Numark NS7III $1500 4 deck all-in-one with motorized wheels yes MIDI
Rane MP25 $1500 4 deck analog mixer yes MIDI
Rane MP26 $1750 4 deck analog mixer yes MIDI
Rane Sixty-Two $2000 2 deck analog mixer + loops, cues, and effects yes MIDI
Pioneer DDJ-SZ $2000 4 deck all-in-one yes MIDI
Rane Sixty-Four $2200 4 deck analog mixer + loops, cues, and effects yes MIDI
Rane Sixty-Eight $2600 4 deck analog mixer + loops, cues, and effects yes MIDI
Rane MP2015 $2900 4 deck analog rotary mixer yes MIDI
Rane TTM57 discontinued 2 deck analog mixer + loops, cues, and effects yes HID

Note regarding Native Instruments controllers

Native Instruments' newer DJ controllers are USB HID class compliant devices. The Windows and Mac OS X drivers can translate the HID signals to MIDI, but this is not available on GNU/Linux. So, if you make a mapping for these controllers, please make an HID mapping so it is compatible with every OS that Mixxx runs on.

Native Instruments' older DJ controllers use a proprietary protocol called NHL that Mixxx does not support. The Windows and Mac OS X drivers can switch these controllers to a MIDI mode by pressing certain buttons (see the Native Instruments website for the button combination for each controller), which could be mapped to Mixxx. Unfortunately, because this is done by the driver and not the controller firmware, these controllers cannot be used as MIDI controllers on GNU/Linux. However, the snd-usb-caiaq driver in Linux supports the audio interfaces in at least some of these devices. It also registers the signals from some of the controllers as generic Linux input events. To get these devices to work with Mixxx on GNU/Linux, either the driver would need to be modified to translate these signals to HID or MIDI, Mixxx would need to be able to read Linux input events, or a program would need to translate the Linux input events to HID or MIDI.

Custom caps

Most DJ gear comes with black or grey knobs and fader caps. Several companies sell brightly colored knobs and fader caps that can replace the standard black or grey that your gear came with. In addition to looking cool, brighter caps can be easier to see in dark environments. Some caps have a hard plastic slippery surface whereas others have a rubberized surface that fingers don't slide off as much. Some DJs prefer plastic; some prefer rubberized surfaces. Be sure to check that the caps you order fit your controller before purchasing them.

Custom caps available:

Here is a video comparing different brands.

Sound cards

Compatibility with Mixxx

Mixxx can use any sound card that your OS has a driver to use. The tables below list some recommended USB soundcards for DJing. All listed sound cards work with Mac OS X and Windows unless otherwise noted. Most work with Linux, but not all; check the table for details.

The ALSA sound card matrix lists Linux-compatible soundcards. Linux users may also benefit from these soundcard resources for Linux DJs, courtesy of Mark Hills, the author of xwax. If you have a Firewire/IEEE 1394 interface, the only way to use it with Linux is with JACK (not ALSA). The FFADO project has a list of Firewire interfaces compatible with Linux.

Splitter cables

Splitter cables are the cheapest way to get two separate sound outputs from your computer. These plug into the onboard sound card built into computer motherboards and split the stereo signal into two separate mono signals. However, onboard sound cards are not good quality.

Do not buy splitter cables or adapters that are not marketed as DJ splitters. Devices marketed as “headphone splitter” cables or adapters duplicate one stereo signal in two jacks. These cannot be used for headphone cueing. Also, generic stereo-to-mono splitter cables or adapters typically have two mono jack outputs. Plugging headphones or stereo speakers into a generic stereo-to-mono splitter will only play sound on one side of the headphones or speakers.

Mono output is a new feature in Mixxx 1.12. Older versions of Mixxx will not work with splitter cables.

Available DJ splitter cables:

What to look for in a sound card

As explained at the top of the page, it is recommended to use a sound card with at least 4 mono output channels with Mixxx. Playing audio at 16 bit sample depths and 44.1 kHz sample rate is fine for DJing; almost all music is published in this format (which was the standard set by audio CDs). If you are interested in recording music, consider getting a higher quality sound card that supports 24 bit sample depths and a 96 kHz sample rate (there is no advantage of 192 kHz sample rates).

Laptops do not always have the most reliable power output to their USB ports, so the ability to use a separate power adapter for your sound card can be an advantage. Also, sound cards with power adapters can generally output stronger signals. A lack of an external power supply can especially be an issue for sound cards built into controllers because one USB port has to power both the lights on the controller and the sound card. However, sound cards that are USB bus powered can be used with a laptop and battery powered speakers for a completely battery powered setup.

If you are unfamiliar with professional audio equipment, read Digital DJ Tips' Essential Guide to Audio Cables for DJs to understand the different kinds of connectors on sound cards. It is better to use a sound card with balanced outputs, especially if you will run long cables directly into an amplifier or active speakers without going through an analog mixer. Balanced signals reject interference and are less susceptible to ground loop hum issues (which can be a problem when plugging unbalanced gear into separate power sources). However, most venues have DJs plug into analog DJ mixers, which typically only have RCA inputs (RCA cables cannot be balanced). Most home/computer speakers have RCA and/or 1/8” TRS stereo inputs. Most live sound mixers have balanced 1/4“ TRS mono inputs. If you need to interconnect balanced and unbalanced gear, see this guide from Presonus and this guide from Rane.

If you want to plug a microphone into your sound card, it will need a microphone preamplifier. If you want to plug an electric guitar or bass into your sound card, it will need an instrument preamplifier.

If you want to use vinyl control, it is best to have phono preamplifiers (one for each deck) somewhere between your turntable and sound card to boost the turntable's phono level signal to line level. Mixxx can amplify phono level signals in software, but it is better to do it in hardware. The phono preamp can be in the turntable, in the sound card, or a stand alone device. Many higher-end all-in-one controllers include sound cards with phono preamps.

Sound cards often have multiple connectors for a single channel, resulting in more connectors than channels. So, not every connector can send or receive an independent signal. Some sound cards made for DJing have 4 output channels with 4 mono output connectors and 1 stereo headphone connector. This does not mean that the sound card can send out 6 different signals at the same time; rather, the signal on 2 of the mono outputs and the stereo headphone output would be the same.

When considering specifications, higher dynamic range, higher signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), higher maximum output level, lower THD+N (more negative dB value or smaller percentage), and lower crosstalk (more negative dB value) are better.

Using multiple sound cards

Mixxx can use multiple sound cards at the same time. However, before Mixxx 1.12, this would result in crackling in the headphones. Every sound card has its own clock crystal and no two are precisely the same frequency even if the devices are the same model and from the same production run. Mixxx before 1.12 synchronized its audio generation to the clock crystal of whichever device is selected as the master output (deck 1 output if no master is selected) so that the crowd won't hear the artifacts. As a result, secondary devices either fall behind or run ahead of the primary one, causing them to play silence until Mixxx generates the next audio buffer exactly in time for the primary device. Playing bits of audio interspersed with bits of silence sounds like crackling. Mixxx 1.12 can compensate for this, but it is still better to use one sound card with 4 outputs.

Standalone USB sound cards

Many extremely cheap ($1-$10) 2 channel output USB sound cards that look like USB flash drives are available, but these tend to be very poor quality, even worse than onboard sound cards.

See this video for a comparison of cheap DJ sound cards. Note that it does not include the Numark DJ iO 1 or 2 though.

Device Price (USD) 22) Channels out Output connectors Channels in Input connectors Preamps Bit depths Sample rates (kHz) power adapter Linux
Behringer U-Control UCA202 & UCA222 23) $30 2 2 RCA, 1 1/8” headphone, 1 SPDIF Toslink 2 2 RCA none 16 32, 44.1, 48 no yes
Behringer U-Phono UFO202 $30 2 2 RCA, 1 1/8“ headphone 2 2 RCA 1 phono 16 32, 44.1, 48 no yes
Numark Stereo iO $50 2 2 RCA 2 4 RCA 1 phono 16 44.1 no likely 24)
Numark DJ iO $50 4 4 RCA, 1 1/4” headphone 1 1 1/4“ mic 1 mic 24 44.1, 88.2 optional no
Griffin DJ Connect 25) $90 4 2 RCA, 1 1/8” headphone 0 none none 16 48 no likely 26)
Numark DJ iO 2 $100 4 2 RCA, 1 1/4“ headphone 1 1 1/4” mic 1 mic 24 44.1 no likely 27)
Native Instruments Traktor Audio 2 DJ (Mk2) $100 4 2 1/8“ stereo 0 none none 24 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 optional, sold separately for $25 likely 28)
Native Instruments Traktor Audio 2 (Mk1) discontinued (was $120) 4 2 1/4” stereo 0 none none 24 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 no yes
Electrix Ebox-44 discontinued (was $100) 4 4 RCA, 1 1/4“ headphone 5 4 RCA, 1 1/4” mic 2 phono (one switch for both), 1 mic 16 44.1, 48 no yes
Mixvibes U-Mix44 discontinued (was $100) 4 4 RCA, 1 1/8“ headphone 5 4 RCA, 1 1/4” mic 2 phono, 1 mic 16 48 no yes
Reloop Play $130 4 4 RCA, 1 1/4“ headphone 0 none none 24 96 no yes
Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 $200 4 2 1/4” balanced, 4 RCA, 1 1/4“ headphone, 1 5-pin MIDI 2 2 XLR+1/4” balanced combo, 1 5-pin MIDI 2 mic, 2 instrument 24 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 no yes
Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6 $230 6 (4 analog, 2 digital) 4 1/4“ balanced, 1 1/4” headphone, 1 5-pin MIDI, 1 optical SPDIF 6 (4 analog, 2 digital) 2 XLR+1/4“ balanced, 2 1/4” balanced, 1 5-pin MIDI, 1 optical SPDIF 2 mic, 2 instrument 16, 24 44.1, 48, 96 no yes
Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 $250 6 (4 analog, 2 digital) 4 1/4“ balanced, 2 1/4” headphone, 1 5-pin MIDI, 1 optical SPDIF 6 (4 analog, 2 digital) 2 XLR+1/4“ balanced combo, 2 1/4” balanced, 1 5-pin MIDI, 1 optical SPDIF 2 mic, 2 instrument 24 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 yes yes
Native Instruments Traktor Scratch A6 $300 6 6 RCA, 1 1/4“ headphone 6 6 RCA 2 phono 16, 24 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 optional yes
Audient iD14 $300 4 2 1/4” balanced, 1 1/4“ headphone 2 2 1/4” balanced/XLR combo, 1 1/4“ TS instrument 2 mic, 1 instrument 24 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 optional ?
Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 $350 8 (6 analog, 2 digital) 2 1/4” balanced, 2 1/4“ headphone, 1 5-pin MIDI, 1 optical SPDIF 18 (8 analog, 10 digital) 4 XLR+1/4” balanced combo, 4 1/4“ blanced, 1 optical SPDIF, 1 optical ADAT 4 mic, 2 instrument 24 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 yes yes
Native Instruments Traktor Scratch A10 $500 10 10 RCA, 1 1/4” headphone 10 10 RCA, 1 1/4“ mic 4 phono, 1 mic 16, 24 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 optional ?
Rane SL2 $500 4 4 RCA 4 4 RCA 2 phono 24 44.1, 48 optional no
Rane SL3 $700 6 6 RCA 6 6 RCA 3 phono 24 44.1, 48 optional no
Rane SL4 $900 8 8 RCA 8 8 RCA 4 phono 24 48, 96 optional no
ESI MAYA 44 USB discontinued 4 4 RCA, 1 1/8” headphone, 1 optical SPDIF 4 4 RCA none 16 44.1 48 no no

Sound cards integrated into controllers

Controllers with Mixxx mappings

Device Price (USD) 29) Channels out Output connectors Channels in Input connectors Preamps Bit depths Sample rates (kHz) Linux
Behringer BCD3000 $100 4 2 RCA, 1 1/4“ headphone 5 4 RCA, 1 XLR mic 2 phono, 1 mic 24 44.1 yes
Hercules DJ Control Instinct $125 4 2 RCA, 2 1/8” stereo 0 none none 16 44.1 yes
Hercules DJ Console RMX 2 $200 4 2 XLR, 2 RCA, 2 1/4“ headphone 5 4 RCA, 1 XLR 2 phono, 1 mic 24 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 yes
American Audio VMS2 $250 4 2 XLR, 4 RCA, 1 1/4” headphone 4 4 RCA, 1 XLR mic, 1 1/4“ mic 2 phono, 1 mic 16 44.1 yes
Allen & Heath Xone K2 $300 4 2 RCA, 1 1/8” headphone 0 none none 16 48 yes
Reloop Terminal Mix 4 $400 4 4 RCA, 2 1/4“ balanced, 1 1/4” headphone, 1 1/8“ headphone 3 2 RCA, 1/4” mic 1 phono, 1 mic ? ? ?
Numark N4 $500 4 4 RCA, 2 XLR, 1 1/4“ headphone, 1 1/8” headphone 4 4 RCA 2 phono 16 44.1 ?
Denon MC6000Mk2 $700 4 2 1/4“ balanced, 2 XLR, 2 RCA, 1 1/4” headphone 9 8 RCA, 1 1/4“ mic, 1 XLR mic 4 phono, 1 mic 24 44.1 ?
Behringer BCD2000 discontinued 4 2 RCA, 1 1/4” headphone 5 4 RCA, 1 XLR 2 phono, 1 mic 24 44.1 yes
Denon HS5500 discontinued ? ? ? ? ? 16 44.1 ?
Hercules DJ Console RMX discontinued 4 4 1/4“ balanced, 4 RCA, 2 1/4” headphone 5 4 RCA, 1 1/4“ mic 2 phono, 1 mic 16, 24 44.1, 96 yes
Mixvibes U-Mix Control 2 Pro discontinued 4 4 RCA, 1 1/4” headphone, 1 1/8“ headphone 5 4 RCA, 1 1/4” mic 2 phono, 1 mic ? ? ?
Numark Mixtrack Pro II discontinued 4 2 RCA, 1 1/4“ headphone, 1 1/8” headphone 1 1/4“ mic 1 mic 16 44.1, 48 yes
Numark Omni Control discontinued 4 4 RCA, 1 1/4” headphone 1 1/14“ mic 1 mic 24 44.1, 88.2 no
Reloop Terminal Mix 2 discontinued 4 2 1/4” balanced, 4 RCA, 1 1/4“ headphone, 1 1/8” headphone 3 2 RCA, 1 1/4“ mic 1 phono, 1 mic ? ? ?
Tascam US-428 discontinued 2 2 RCA, 1 optical SPDIF, 2 5-pin MIDI 4 2 1/4” balanced, 2 1/4“ unbalanced, 2 XLR, 1 optical SPDIF, 2 5-pin MIDI ? 24 48 yes

Controllers with no Mixxx mappings yet

Device Price (USD) 30) Channels out Output connectors Channels in Input connectors Preamps Bit depths Sample rates (kHz) Linux
Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z1 $200 4 2 RCA, 1 1/8” headphone 0 none none 24 96 yes
American Audio MXR 10 31) $200 4 4 RCA, 2 XLR, 1 1/4“ headphone 5 4 RCA, 1 1/4” mic 2 phono, 1 mic 24 48 ?
Gemini Slate $200 4 2 RCA, 1 1/8“ headphone 1 1/4” mic 1 mic ? ? ? 32)
Gemini Slate 4 $250 4 2 RCA, 1 1/8“ headphone 1 1/4” mic 1 mic ? ? ? 33)
Akai AMX $250 4 2 RCA, 1 1/8“ headphone 4 4 RCA 2 phono 24 96 likely 34)
Numark Mixtrack Pro 3 $250 4 2 RCA, 1 1/4” headphone, 1 1/8“ headphone 1 1/4” mic 1 mic 24 44.1 yes
Pioneer DDJ-SB $250 4 2 1/4“ balanced, 2 RCA, 1 1/4” headphone, 1 1/8“ headphone 1 1 1/4” mic 1 mic 24 44.1 yes
American Audio MXR 14 35) $300 4 4 RCA, 2 XLR, 1 1/4“ headphone 6 4 RCA, 2 XLR mic 2 phono, 2 mic 24 48 ?
Hercules DJ Control Jogvision $300 4 4 RCA, 1 1/4” headphone, 1 1/8“ headphone 3 1/4” mic, 1/8“ stereo 1 mic 16, 24 44.1, 48, 96 ?
Korg KAOSS DJ $300 4 2 RCA, 1 1/4” headphone 3 2 RCA, 1 1/4“ mic 1 mic 24 44.1, 48 ?
Pioneer DDJ WeGO 3 $300 4 2 RCA, 1 1/4” headphone, 1 1/8“ headphone 1 1 1/4” mic 1 mic 24 48 ?
Reloop Beatmix 2 $300 4 2 RCA, 1 1/4“ headphone 1 1/4” mic 1 mic ? ? ?
Reloop Beatmix 4 $400 4 2 RCA, 1 1/4“ headphone 1 1/4” mic 1 mic 16 48 ?
Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 Mk1 discontinued ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 Mk2 $400 4 2 RCA, 2 1/4“ balanced, 1 1/4” headphone 1 1 1/4“ mic 1 mic 16, 24 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 ?
Pioneer DDJ-SR $600 4 2 1/4” balanced, 2 XLR, 2 RCA, 1 1/4“ headphone, 1 1/8” headphone 9 8 RCA, 1 XLR mic, 1 1/4“ mic 2 phono, 1 mic 24 44.1 ?
Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 Mk1 discontinued ? ? ? ? ? ? ? yes
Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 Mk2 $700 4 2 RCA, 2 1/4” balanced, 1 5-pin MIDI 5 4 RCA, 1/4“ mic, 1 5-pin MIDI 2 phono, 1 mic 16, 24 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 ?
Reloop Terminal Mix 8 $700 4 2 1/4” balanced, 4 RCA, 1 1/4“ headphone, 1 1/8” headphone 3 2 RCA, 1 1/4“ mic 1 phono, 1 mic ? ? ?
Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z2 36) $800 4 2 1/4” balanced, 2 XLR, 2 RCA, 1 1/4“ headphone, 1 1/8” headphone 7 6 RCA, 1 1/4“ mic 2 phono, 1 mic 24 48 likely 37)
Pioneer DDJ-SX2 $1000 4 2 1/4” balanced, 2 XLR, 2 RCA, 1 1/4“ headphone, 1 1/8” headphone 8 8 RCA, 1 XLR+1/4“ combo, 1 1/4” mic 2 phono, 2 mic 24 44.1 ?
Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S8 38) $31200 4 2 RCA, 2 1/4“ balanced, 2 XLR, 1 1/4” headphone, 1 5-pin MIDI 5 4 RCA, 1 1/4“ mic, 1 XLR mic, 1 5-pin MIDI 2 phono, 1 mic 24 48 ?
Numark NS7 discontinued ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Numark NS7II $1300 4 2 1/4” balanced, 2 XLR, 4 RCA, 1 1/4“ headphone, 1 1/8” headphone 10 8 RCA, 2 XLR+1/4“ combo 4 phono, 2 mic 24 44.1 ?
Numark NS7III $1500 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Numark NV $700 4 4 RCA, 2 XLR, 1 1/4” headphone 3 2 RCA, 1 1/4“ mic 1 mic ? ? ?
Rane MP25 39) $1500 10 N/A 12 N/A 4 phono 24 48 likely 40)
Rane MP26 41) $1750 10 N/A 12 N/A 4 phono 24 48 likely 42)
Pioneer DDJ-SZ $2000 4 2 1/4” balanced, 2 XLR, 2 RCA, 1 1/4“ headphone, 1 1/8” headphone 8 8 RCA, 1 XLR+1/4“ combo, 1 1/4” mic 2 phono, 2 mic 24 44.1 ?
Rane Sixty-Two 43) $2000 8 N/A 12 N/A 2 phono 24 48 ?
Rane Sixty-Four 44) $2200 10 N/A 12 N/A 4 phono 24 48 ?
Rane Sixty-Eight 45) $2600 12 N/A 10 N/A 4 phono 24 48 ?
Rane MP2015 46) $2900 10 N/A 14 N/A 4 phono 24 44.1, 48, 96 likely 47)
Rane TTM57 48) discontinued 10 N/A 10 N/A 2 phono 24 44.1, 48, 96 likely 49)
1) , 7) , 15) , 18) , 22) , 29) , 30) Prices listed on this page are the prevailing prices for unused devices found from searching Google Shopping. You may be able to find hardware available for sale cheaper. Devices are marked as discontinued if the manufacturer has declared them as discontinued, the manufacturer has gone out of business, or new units are not widely available online. They may or may not still be available used online. If the price of a device has dropped or it has been discontinued, please update this page.
2) The default Mixxx mapping has this mapped to hotcues.
3) Mapping has buttons to toggle between decks 1/3 and decks 2/4.
4) Mapping supports 2-deck switching
5) Mapping supports 4-deck switching
6) Mapping supports n-deck switching
8) This controller has physical controls for 2 decks, but deck toggle buttons in the Mixxx mapping allow it to control 4 decks.
9) This device is not USB MIDI class compliant. Its signals are translated to MIDI by special drivers on Mac OS X. There is no driver available for Linux or Windows.
10) with MIDI driver. For Linux support, see this forum thread
12) , 13) , 14) This device is not USB MIDI class compliant. Its signals are translated to MIDI by special drivers on Windows and Mac OS X. There is no driver available for Linux.
16) , 17) , 19) High resolution MIDI
20) This device has a Mixxx mapping started, but it does not do much yet.
21) This is very similar to the A&H Xone K2, which does have a mapping. The Xone K2 mapping may work for the Xone K1 (for the most part).
23) The only difference between the Behringer U-Control UCA202 & UCA222 are the color and the software they are bundled with.
24) , 26) , 27) , 28) , 34) , 37) , 40) , 42) , 47) , 49) This device is USB class compliant, so it should work without any special driver. However, there is no information about anyone using it with Linux online.
25) Not compatible with Windows.
31) , 35) , 36) , 39) , 41) , 43) , 44) , 45) , 46) , 48) also a standalone analog mixer
32) , 33) Fun fact: the firmware runs Linux
38) also a standalone digital mixer
hardware_compatibility.txt · Last modified: 2015/08/03 02:31 by be.ing