Learn to DJ #11: Audio Interfaces & Sound Cards

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fermin paloma says:

why i cannot connect my controler in a virtual software ?error soundcard
directx..i already set it up but still not working.reintal same
probllem..any situation like this?advice pls thnks

Lee Davies says:

am sorry but u can use one headphone jack out to run two channels basicly u
run in mono and u used vdj / traktor and split the single on the programs
left channel on the headphone jack deck a right channel on the headphone
jack deck b u have t use a external mixer to do this and use a mixer to
monitor and u do need a few adapters to do this aka single rca to 2 rca’s
two of those into a rca to 3.5mm jack adapter and ur left with 2 red rca’s
and 2 white rca’s aka left and right channel and run it in mono 🙂 but
sound card do sound better I do this with a single headphone out usb sound
card so no feedback from laptop :)

Shariff S says:

funny guys and very helpful

Soma Rudi says:

I’ve used a usb skype phone as a 2nd soundcard and my pc headphone out as a
primary out. That works good too.

Jamaal Day says:

I recently emailed virtual dj on this issue about my music dragging. I have
to restart the program in order for this to stop. They told me I have
sound card issue with my MacBook pro that I bought in October. Should I buy
an audio interface? Please help

MAlcolm Wallace says:

I would of thought that due to laptop soundcard naff quality that using the
laptops multiple ins and outs like a person said in one of your posts
wouldnt be good enough for serious work and the person would need a dac so
that the usb digital sound would be processed by the external sound cards
better qualiy dac and give you better sound quality to the mixer …. i
currently run a laptop into a mixer without an audio interface as i just
send Karaoke audio into the mixer from the lappy and my sm 58 mics plug
into my mixer . I dont think the quality is brilliant but i think and hope
that if i buy an audio usb interface that the sound quality will be studio
quality .. please give me feedback because i want to know if the latter is
true about quality that i will notice over a standard laptop built in

clottey patrick says:

thanks alot for that now i will like to know if you know how to connect
numark dj io with numark x5 mixer and numark v7 thanks

TkoBallerx says:

My problem I am having is I’m using Virtual Dj and I am getting my sound to
come out of my speakers and the other song playing on my head phones but
when I want to transition to the other song it doesn’t play it? How do I
get it to transition to the next song smoothly without having to switch
which sound comes out of main speakers or headphones help plz!!!!!

Jaime Dias says:

How do i plug in 2 or more microphones to a dj control do i need a externàl
sound card ??

Digital DJ Tips says:

Yes, it works, although not as good as a proper audio interface.

Mitchel Cramer says:

thank you very much man!!!!!,you have answered all my questions in this
video,i suscribed to your channel,and i will sign for your website,really
helpfull!!! 🙂

Digital DJ Tips says:

Yes, nowadays most do, including the DJC.4

Digital DJ Tips says:

You can use it for anything, including iTunes etc.

SuperJR03 says:

in another video could you cover ground looping in DJTips.. and if
isolators are even worth purchasing got insane buzz from amp when put vol
up to 2 or 3 when i use futuredecks, virtual dj when using novation
launchpad. I use windows 7

Digital DJ Tips says:

Good question. I’d consider this but listen first and decide using your
ears ! 🙂

Digital DJ Tips says:

If you can make different sound come out of each headphones socket, in
theory, you don’t need an extra soundcard.

baddass32 says:

pls help someone – i wanna buy the traktor x1 to control/or for transport
purposes, but still would like 2 use cdj’s for jogwheel purposes. BUT i
don’t have money to fork out for an expensive soundcard. SO……is there
someway i could use, say Numark DJ io with the X1 and my cdj’s?? Another
option i’m looking at is the Allen&Heath K2 (with intergrated s/card)
hooked up to my mixer and cdj’s – but i dunno how and if that will work –
could u pls help or advise PLS ?!?!?!

kittlesbk01 says:

My laptop has 3 jacks, 2 headphones, 1 says s/p dif… would that work? or
do i still need interface

Digital DJ Tips says:

I am afraid I know nothing about that controller, but it should come with
some type of software.

Digital DJ Tips says:

@TheUndercoverfreak Numark DJ iO


im going to get the u-mix control 2 by mix vibes cuz its cheap, but im now
unsure about it because money is an issue for me and getting a sound card
is one thing but i wont be able to afford speakers! 🙁 I dont have any
either! has anyone got any tips on what i should do? I REALLY WANT A DJ

The Official Lysergic Dreamer Productions says:

THANK YOU!!!!! First 30 seconds cleared up everything.

Carlos Riojas says:

would you recommend used mix controllers/Turntable(with digital vinyl)?
over all what do you think about used gear.

Arjun Sawhney says:


Dragon Lil says:

Simple but informative I am going to mix my sound track.

baddass32 says:

thks again, bt hold on. even if i get say a K2 or ReLoop Contour Interface
edition – i STILL need an ext. soundcard to pick up the timecodes??? 🙁
This is so confusing and frustrating….isn’t there anyway i could just use
one of these interfaces with traktor and STILL use the cdj’s without an
external soundcard and just get the timecode cd’s?? i really don’t have
anymore money – was a cdj dj bought a pair that got stolen, then got a
mixtrack pro that broke after a year and a bit. atwitsend!!

andy lara says:

great video! quick question, i am treating dj’ing as a hobby, finally
buying an extremely basic controller (numark dj2go) would i need an audio
interface like the one on the video or would a USB sound card work for now.
(i am doing a small gig for some friends in 2 weeks and need a quick fix)

Digital DJ Tips says:

@ThatSexySaxMan Thanks 🙂

DJ B.Y.E.R says:

Split cable is also okay right just like what you’ve said on your other

Digital DJ Tips says:

You’d definitely be best using timecode for the CDJs, and yes, you could
map the controller functions to your Midi controller just the once. But
you’d stil need a timecode-compatible soundcard (ie Audio 6 / Audio 10)

Digital DJ Tips says:

If they can both have independent music coming from them, maybe not.

marco morales says:

I have a Akai EIE , would that work well good for DJ’ing, i’m a producer
that is starting to DJ, Love the videos thank you for all the help 😀

Digital DJ Tips says:

Easiest way is to use an external mixer.

Bud Doward says:

Hi Phil, you’re probably familiar with the Numark Mixtrack Pro which has
Numark’s I/O built in. Is it worth buying a seperate soundcard to increase
the quality? Or do you think the I/O does exactly the same job? Thanks and
nice videos!

carlson197 says:

Great tutorial, can you only configure the audio interface to work with dj
software or can you use it to play music through your iTunes and other
application’s. I have Window’s 7 if that matter’s. Thank’s

Mike Coughlan says:

Phils a legend :L

Digital DJ Tips says:

Yes, you would if you wanted headphone monitoring. I’d recommend a better
controller (Mixtrack Pro first model is now very cheap),

Digital DJ Tips says:

Just check it carefully

Sean Hames says:

My laptop has 2 but would i still need a soundcard

Digital DJ Tips says:

I am not aware of that interface, but a quick Google showed me that it has
4 x outs, so in that case, yes.

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