Bare minimum equipment for DJing:
Helpful but not strictly necessary:
See the manual for diagrams and descriptions of setups with different kinds of hardware.
See the Beginner DJ Links page for more helpful resources.
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 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, macOS, or Windows. Standards compliant HID controllers do not need any special drivers. Most DJ controllers are standards compliant MIDI controllers and so are these in the tables below. Exceptions from the standard are noted in the tables below.
Controllers that have integrated audio interfaces often have a USB Audio Class compliant audio interface. Sound cards that aren't USB Audio Class compliant need a driver for each OS. USB Audio Class compliant audio interfaces, both stand-alone and integrated into controllers, do not need any special drivers for Linux or macOS. On Windows, they can be used without any special drivers, but a driver is needed from the manufacturer to use the recommended ASIO sound API. Sound cards that are advertised for use with iOS devices are class compliant.
Unlike some proprietary DJ programs, Mixxx works with any audio interface that your operating system has a driver to use—including for timecode vinyl (DVS) use.
If you are considering buying a controller or audio interface, the easiest way to tell if it is USB class compliant before you buy it is to search for macOS drivers for the device on the manufacturer's website, even if you do not use macOS. If it is advertised as compatible with macOS but there are no drivers to download for macOS, it does not require drivers from the manufacturer on macOS because it is class compliant. If it is advertised as compatible with iOS, it is class compliant because Apple does not let manufacturers provide proprietary drivers on iOS. USB class compliant audio, MIDI, and HID devices can be used with Mixxx on Linux, macOS, and Windows.
Click the name of the controller for more information.
|Device||Price (USD) 1)||Description||Integrated Sound Card||Balanced outputs||Signal protocol||Supported since Mixxx version||Released|
|Hercules DJControl Compact||$80||basic 2 deck||no||-||MIDI||2.1||2015|
|Hercules DJ Control MP3 e2 / MP3 LE / Glow||$90||basic 2 deck2)||no||-||USB Bulk||1.11||2009|
|Hercules P32 DJ||$250||2 deck3) without jog wheels||yes||no||MIDI||2.1||2016|
|Allen & Heath Xone K1||$250||2 decks + 2 effect units, or 4 decks, or 4 effect units||no||-||MIDI||2.1||2014|
|Allen & Heath Xone K2||$270||2 decks + 2 effect units, or 4 decks, or 4 effect units||yes||no||MIDI||1.11||2012|
|Denon MC6000MK2||$700||4 deck all-in-one||yes||yes||MIDI||2.0||2015|
|American Audio VMS4/4.1||discontinued||4 deck all-in-one||yes||yes||MIDI||1.9||2012|
|DJ TechTools MIDIFighter Classic||discontinued||4×4 spring-loaded arcade button grid 4)||no||-||MIDI||1.8||2011|
|Denon HS5500||discontinued||2-decks-in-1 CD player with motorized platter||yes||no||MIDI||2.0||2008|
|Hercules DJ Console Mk2||discontinued||2 deck all-in-one||yes||no||USB Bulk||1.11||2008|
|Hercules DJ Console RMX||discontinued||basic 2 deck all-in-one||yes||yes||HID||1.11||2008|
|Hercules DJ Console RMX 2||discontinued||2 deck all-in-one||yes||yes||MIDI||1.11||2012|
|Korg Kaoss DJ||discontinued||2 deck controller and standalone mixer (switchable)||yes||no||MIDI||2.1||2015|
|M-Audio X-Session Pro||discontinued||2 deck mixer||no||-||MIDI||1.6||2007|
|Stanton SCS.3d||discontinued||1 deck control 5)||no||-||MIDI||1.7||2009|
|Stanton SCS.3m||discontinued||2 deck mixer 6)||no||-||MIDI||1.7||2009|
|Stanton SCS.1m||discontinued||4 deck mixer||yes||yes||HSS1394 (MIDI)||1.7||2009|
|Stanton SCS.1d||discontinued||1 turntable 7)||no||-||HSS1394 (MIDI)||1.9.1||2009|
|Vestax VCI-400||discontinued||4 deck all-in-one||yes||yes||MIDI||1.10.1||2012|
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 for a controller, please add it to the Mappings In Development table and refer to the Contributing Mappings page for instructions on how to get it included in Mixxx. When the pull request is merged, move your controller to this table.
|Device||Price (USD) 8)||Description||Integrated audio interface||Balanced outputs||Signal protocol||Supported since Mixxx version||Released|
|Korg nanoKONTROL 2||$60||miscellaneous||no||-||MIDI||1.11||2011|
|Novation Launchpad Mini||$75||pad grid||no||-||MIDI||2.0||2013|
|Novation Dicer||$100 9)||pads for use with turntables||no||-||MIDI||1.10||2010|
|Hercules DJ Control Instinct S||$100||basic 2 deck||yes||no||MIDI||1.10.1||2015|
|Novation Launchpad Mk2||$150||pad grid||no||-||MIDI||2.1||2015|
|Numark Mixtrack 3||$150||2 deck all-in-one||no||-||MIDI||2.1||2015|
|Behringer CMD Studio 4a||$200||2 deck 10) all-in-one||yes||no||MIDI||2.1||2013|
|Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol F1||$200||originally branded as “Remix controller”, but very versatile||no||-||HID||1.11||2012|
|Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z1||$200||2 deck compact||yes||no||HID||2.2.1||2013|
|Numark Mixtrack Pro 3||$200||2 deck all-in-one||yes||no||MIDI||2.1||2015|
|DJ Tech Tools MIDI Fighter Twister||$220||2 deck controller 11)||no||-||MIDI||2.1.5||2015|
|Keith McMillen QuNeo||$250||miscellaneous||no||-||MIDI||1.11||2012|
|Numark Mixtrack Platinum||$250||2 deck12) all-in-one||yes||no||MIDI||2.2.0||2016|
|American Audio VMS2||$250||2 deck all-in-one||yes||yes||MIDI||1.11||2011|
|Denon MC4000||$400||2 deck controller and mixer||yes||yes||MIDI||2.1||2015|
|Behringer BCD2000||discontinued||basic 2 deck||yes||no||MIDI||1.11||2006|
|Behringer CMD MM-1||discontinued||4 deck mixer||no||-||MIDI||2.1||2013|
|American Audio Radius 1000 / 2000 / 3000||discontinued||CD player||no||-||MIDI||1.10||2010|
|Behringer BCD3000||discontinued||basic 2 deck||yes||no||MIDI||1.6||2007|
|Behringer CMD Micro||discontinued||basic 2 deck||no||-||MIDI||2.1||2013|
|Denon SC2000||discontinued||1 deck||no||-||MIDI||1.8||2010|
|DJ Tech CDJ-101||discontinued||2 deck jog wheel||no||-||MIDI||1.11||2011|
|DJ Tech DJM-101||discontinued||2 deck mixer||no||-||MIDI||1.11||2011|
|DJ Tech iMix Reload||discontinued||2 deck all-in-one||no||-||MIDI||1.10||2009|
|DJ Tech Kontrol One||discontinued||4 decks||no||-||MIDI||1.11||2009|
|DJ Tech Mixer One||discontinued||2 deck mixer||no||-||MIDI||1.10.1||2009|
|eks Otus||discontinued||1 turntable + 2 deck mixer||yes||no||HID||1.11||2008|
|Electrix Tweaker||discontinued||2 deck13) without jog wheels||no||-||MIDI||2.0||2012|
|Evolution X-Session||discontinued||knobs + crossfader||no||-||MIDI||1.6||2006|
|FaderFox DJ2||discontinued||2 deck mixer||no||-||MIDI||1.6||2006|
|Gemini FirstMix||discontinued||basic 2 deck||no||-||MIDI||1.11||2011|
|Kontrol DJ KDJ500||discontinued||basic 2 deck||no||-||MIDI||1.10||2003|
|Korg nanoKONTROL||discontinued||2 deck mixer||no||-||MIDI||1.8.2||2009|
|Hercules DJ Control Air||discontinued||2 deck all-in-one||yes||no||MIDI||1.11||2012|
|Hercules DJ Control Instinct||discontinued||basic 2 deck||yes||no||MIDI||1.10.1||2012|
|Hercules DJ Console Mac Edition||discontinued||2 deck all-in-one||yes||no||MIDI 14)||1.7||2004|
|Hercules DJ Console 4-Mx||discontinued||2 deck15) all-in-one||yes||yes||MIDI 16)||1.11||2010|
|Hercules DJ Console Mk1||discontinued||2 deck all-in-one||yes||no||HID||1.11||2003|
|Hercules DJ Console Mk4||discontinued||2 deck all-in-one||yes||no||USB Bulk||1.8||2010|
|Hercules DJ Control MP3||discontinued||2 deck all-in-one||no||-||HID||1.11||2006|
|Hercules DJ Control Steel||discontinued||2 deck all-in-one||no||-||HID||1.11||2009|
|Ion Discover DJ||discontinued||basic 2 deck||no||-||MIDI||1.8||2009|
|M-Audio Xponent||discontinued||2 deck all-in-one||yes||N/A||MIDI||1.6||2007|
|Mixman DM2||discontinued||2 decks||no||-||MIDI 17)||1.7||2001|
|Mixvibes U-Mix Control 2||discontinued||2 deck all-in-one||no||-||MIDI||1.10.1||2011|
|Mixvibes U-Mix Control 2 Pro||discontinued||2 deck all-in-one||yes||no||MIDI||1.11||2011|
|Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 Mk2||discontinued||4 deck all-in-one||yes||yes||HID||2.1||2013|
|Novation Launchpad Mk1||discontinued||pad grid||no||-||MIDI 18)||1.11, 2.1||2009|
|Novation Twitch||discontinued||2 deck all-in-one||no||-||MIDI||2.1||2011|
|Numark DJ2GO||discontinued||basic 2 deck||no||-||MIDI||1.10||2011|
|Numark Mixtrack Pro II||discontinued||2 deck all-in-one||yes||N/A||MIDI||1.11||2013|
|Numark Omni Control||discontinued||2 deck all-in-one||yes||no||MIDI 19)||1.10||2008|
|Numark Total Control||discontinued||2 deck all-in-one||no||-||MIDI||1.6||2007|
|Numark Mixtrack||discontinued||2 deck all-in-one||no||-||MIDI||1.8.2||2010|
|Numark Mixtrack Pro||discontinued||2 deck all-in-one||yes||no||MIDI||1.10||2010|
|Numark N4||discontinued||4 deck all-in-one||yes||yes||MIDI||1.10||2012|
|Numark NS7||discontinued||2 deck all-in-one with motorized wheels||yes||yes||MIDI||1.9||2009|
|Numark V7||discontinued||2 deck motorized wheel||yes||no||MIDI||1.10||2010|
|Pioneer CDJ-350||discontinued||CD player||no||-||MIDI or HID||1.8.2 (MIDI)||2010|
|Pioneer CDJ-850||discontinued||CD player||yes||no||MIDI or HID||1.10 (MIDI), 1.11 (HID)||2010|
|Pioneer CDJ-2000||discontinued||CD player||yes||no||MIDI or HID||1.10 (MIDI), 1.11 (HID)||2009|
|Pioneer DDJ-SB||discontinued||2 deck20) all-in-one||yes||no||MIDI||2.0||2014|
|Pioneer DDJ-SB2||discontinued||2 deck21) all-in-one||yes||no||MIDI||2.0||2015|
|Pioneer DDJ-SX||discontinued||4 deck all-in-one controller/mixer||yes||yes||MIDI||2.1||2012|
|Pioneer DDJ-SX2||discontinued||4 deck all-in-one controller/mixer||yes||yes||MIDI||2.1||2014|
|Reloop Beatmix 2||discontinued||2 deck all-in-one||yes||no||MIDI||2.1||2014|
|Reloop Beatmix 4||discontinued||4 deck all-in-one||yes||no||MIDI||2.1||2014|
|Reloop Beatpad||discontinued||2 deck all-in-one||yes||yes||MIDI||2.0||2014|
|Reloop Digital Jockey 2 Controller Edition||discontinued||2 deck all-in-one||no||-||MIDI||1.8||2009|
|Reloop Digital Jockey 2 Master Edition||discontinued||2 deck all-in-one||yes||yes||MIDI 22)||1.8||2009|
|Reloop Jockey 3 ME||discontinued||2 deck23) all-in-one||yes||yes||MIDI 24)||2.1||2011|
|Reloop Terminal Mix 2||discontinued||2 deck25) all-in-one||yes||yes||MIDI||1.11||2012|
|Reloop Terminal Mix 4||discontinued||4 deck all-in-one||yes||yes||MIDI||1.11||2012|
|Tascam US-428||discontinued||mixing console||yes||no||MIDI||1.6.2||2001|
|Vestax VCI-100MKI||discontinued||2 deck all-in-one||no||-||MIDI||1.6||2007|
|Vestax VCI-100MKII||discontinued||2 deck26) all-in-one||yes||no||MIDI||2.0||2011|
|Vestax VCI-300||discontinued||2 deck all-in-one||yes||yes||MIDI||1.11||2008|
|Vestax Typhoon||discontinued||2 deck all-in-one||yes||no||MIDI||1.9||2010|
|Vestax Spin||discontinued||2 deck all-in-one||yes||no||MIDI||1.9||2009|
These are devices that were not designed for controlling music software but have been mapped to Mixxx anyway.
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.
|Device||Price (USD) 27)||Description||Integrated Sound Card||Balanced outputs||Signal protocol||Released|
|Akai AMX||$250||2 deck mixer||yes||no||MIDI||2014|
|Faderfox DJ44||€499||2/4 deck28) mobile controller||no||-||MIDI||2013|
|Gemini G4V||$350||2 deck29) all-in-one||yes||yes||MIDI||2013|
|Pioneer DDJ-WeGO||discontinued||2 deck controller||yes||n/a||MIDI||2012|
|Pioneer DDJ-WeGO3||$300||2 deck controller||yes||no||MIDI||2014|
|Behringer CMD PL-1||$100||1 deck controller||no||-||MIDI||2013|
| JBSystems DJ-kontrol 3 |
(Resident DJ-kontrol 3 identically?)
|$200||2 deck controller||yes||yes||MIDI||2012|
|Behringer CMD Studio 2a||$100||2 deck controller||yes||no||MIDI||2014|
|Roland DJ-202||$300||2 deck30) all-in-one||yes||no||MIDI||2017|
|Hercules DJ Control Instinct P8||€90||2 deck31) all-in-one||yes||no||MIDI||2016|
|Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol F1||$200||originally branded as “Remix controller”, but very versatile||no||-||HID||2012|
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 contribute the mapping to Mixxx.
Native Instruments' newer DJ controllers are USB HID class compliant devices (source). The Windows and macOS 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 macOS 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.
Mixxx can work with any microphone that can be plugged into your audio interface. Refer to the Mixxx Manual for a detailed explanation of different options for setting up Mixxx with microphones. As explained in the manual, USB microphones are not recommended because they cannot be used with direct monitoring with Mixxx.
The table of USB audio interfaces below has notes regarding use of some audio interfaces with microphones. As explained in the manual, Behringer Xenyx mixers are not recommended because their audio interfaces only have 2 channels for output.
Splitter cables are the cheapest way to get two separate sound outputs from your computer. These plug into the onboard audio interface built into computer motherboards and split the stereo signal into two separate mono signals. However, onboard audio interfaces are not good quality, and you lose the stereo effect of hearing different sounds arranged in space.
Devices marketed as “headphone splitter” instead of DJ splitters 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.
Available DJ splitter cables:
To be able to hear the next track you want to mix in before your audience hears it, you need two separate sound outputs. Most computers come with an audio interface built into the motherboard with only 1 stereo 1/8“ headphone output (2 mono channels). Onboard audio interfaces built into computers generally have bad sound quality and may pick up interference from other devices in the computer, especially the charger or power supply. It is recommended to use one audio interface with at least 4 mono output channels (2 stereo channels). For vinyl control, it is recommended to use an audio interface with phono preamplifiers.
As stated above, Mixxx can use any audio interface that your OS has a driver to use. All USB audio interfaces listed in the table below work with Windows, macOS, and Linux.
Thunderbolt audio interfaces can operate at lower latencies than USB or Firewire audio interfaces, but are generally only compatible with macOS.
These devices allow a computer to output and input sound. Any audio interface that your operating system has a driver to use can be used with Mixxx. All the USB audio interfaces in the table below are compatible with Windows, macOS, and Linux. It is possible to use just an audio interface plus a keyboard & mouse to use Mixxx, but a separate controller makes using Mixxx easier, more intuitive, and more fun.
An audio interface with at least 4 mono output channels (2 stereo pairs) is recommended for most uses. Refer to the Mixxx manual for details. If your audio interface does not have 4 output channels, it is possible to use multiple audio interfaces. However, this increases latency. On Windows, it can be tricky to configure Mixxx to use both of them at the same time depending on the sound APIs supported by each audio interface's driver.
Surround sound (5.1 or 7.1) cards are not recommended. They sometimes do signal processing in hardware or in the driver to split a stereo signal into multiple components. It may be possible to configure them to output separate master and headphone stereo signals, but it is often tricky to do so.
This table only lists a handful of available USB audio interfaces that are currently in production and suitable for use with Mixxx. There are many more options available that may be better for you depending on your input and output needs and the sound quality you can afford. You generally get the sound quality you pay for with audio interfaces. The Mixxx manual has more information to help decide on an audio interface to use.
|Device||Price (USD) 32)||Channels out||Balanced outputs||Channels in||Microphone input with direct monitoring||Phono preamp||Notes|
|Generic USB audio interfaces||< $10||2||no||0-2||no||no||These look similar to USB flash drives. They tend to be poor quality, sometimes even worse than onboard audio interfaces. Splitter cables are another option in this price range.|
|Behringer U-Phono UFO202||$30||2||no||2||no||yes||Cheapest option for vinyl control, but requires using 2 of them and making a small hardware modification. Not to be confused with the Behringer U-Control UCA202 & UCA222, which do not have phono preamps and cannot be used for vinyl control.|
|Behringer U-Phoria UMC204HD||$80||4||yes||2||yes||no||Cheapest option for broadcasting with a microphone input and independent main & headphone outputs. However, it has no loopback input, so it is more complicated to configure the microphone input. There are also no sound quality measurements published.|
|ESI Maya 44 USB+||$140||4||no||4||no||no||Does not have phono preamps on the inputs, but has been reported to work for vinyl control.|
|Roland Rubix24||$200||4||yes||2||yes||no||Good balance of sound quality and price with independent main and headphone outputs. Has microphone inputs with direct monitoring and loopback for easy setup. Also, the microphone inputs have compressors that can be used with direct monitoring.|
|Focusrite Scarlett 2i4||$200||4||yes||2||yes||no||Good balance of sound quality and price with independent main and headphone outputs. Has microphone inputs with direct monitoring but no loopback input.|
|Denon DS1||$300||4||no||4||no||yes||Higher quality option for vinyl control. Comes with a pair of Serato timecode vinyl that are compatible with Mixxx.|
|Native Instruments Traktor Scratch Audio 6||$300||6||no||6||no||yes||Higher quality option for vinyl control. Has an extra stereo pair of inputs for recording or broadcasting with an external hardware mixer. The included Traktor Scratch Mk2 timecode vinyl are not compatible with Mixxx.|
|MOTU Ultralite AVB||$650||10||yes||10||yes||no||High quality outputs can plug directly into main speakers, booth monitors, and headphones with independent volume controls without needing an external mixer. Also works as a WiFi controllable mixer without needing a computer.|
|RME Babyface Pro||$750||4||yes||4||yes||no||Very high sound quality|
These are devices that can mix audio from different sources without needing a computer. They also have a built-in USB audio interface to connect directly to a computer without needing a separate audio interface. They tend to be much more expensive than comparable controllers and USB audio interfaces. They are often found installed in venues for multiple DJs to use.
Each conversion of a signal between digital and analog forms adds noise and distortion. So, if the mixer's processing is done digitally, it is best to use the audio interface built into a mixer (or a digital input if the mixer has one). When analog outputs of a separate audio interface are plugged into a digital mixer, the audio interface converts the digital signals to analog, then the mixer converts the analog signals back to digital for its processing. If the input to the mixer is digital, those two conversions do not occur.
However, some of these mixers are analog mixers and the built in audio interface converts the digital signals from the computer to analog for the mixer's analog processing. In that case, using the mixer's built in audio interface may or may not sound better than a separate audio interface, depending on the quality of each of the audio interfaces.
Many of these mixers also send MIDI signals to the computer over USB, which could be mapped to control Mixxx.
Most of these have a single USB port, but some have two. Two USB ports allows two different DJs to use the mixer's audio interface at the same time with their own computer for collaborative DJ sets and easy, seamless transitions between DJs.
|Device||Price (USD) 33)||Decks||Phono preamps||USB ports||Analog or digital mixing||Linux|
|Allen & Heath Xone 23C||$400||2||2||1||analog||likely 34)|
|Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z2||$600||2||2||1||?||likely 35)|
|Allen & Heath Xone 43C||$1000||4||4||1||analog||likely 36)|
|Allen & Heath Xone DB2||$1500||4||4||1||digital||no|
|Rane TTM57MkII||$1750||2||2||2||digital||likely 37)|
|Rane MP2014||$2000||4||2||2||digital||likely 38)|
|Allen & Heath Xone DB4||$2000||4||4||1||digital||no|
|Pioneer DJM-2000NXS||$2500||4||2||1||digital||likely 39)|
|Rane MP2015||$2900||4||4||2||digital||likely 40)|