How to Hook Up a Mixer to Virtual DJ

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How to Hook Up a Mixer to Virtual DJ
Use Virtual DJ with your external mixer. (DJ image by Angelika Bentin from

Virtual DJ is a great program for getting digitalised songs into DJ format. You will be able to scratch and personalise all of your songs for a mix all your own with an external mixer. This can replace several pieces of equipment and make travelling to gigs much easier and more compact. Setting up your Virtual DJ machine with an external mixer is not very hard if you have all of the equipment and a little know how.

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Things you need

  • 2 channel mixer
  • 2RCA Y splitters
  • Headphone RCA adaptor
  • PA

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  1. 1

    Turn on your computer and load the Virutal DJ program.

  2. 2

    Click on "Configure" at the top right hand side of the screen. Click on "External Mixer" in the window that pops up. Leave the "Soundcard" information as it is.

  3. 3

    Plug your RCA Y splitters into the input of the line channels in the back of your mixer. Connect the red to red and white to white.

  4. 4

    Connect the headphone Y adaptor into the RCA Y splitters.

  5. 5

    Connect the headphone Y splitter into the headphone jack of your computer.

  6. 6

    Switch the knobs on your mixer to "Line Channel 1" and "Line Channel 2" to crossfade the sound.

  7. 7

    Connect the outputs from your mixer into the "Line 1" and "Line 2" inputs on your PA.

  8. 8

    Turn on your mixer at the power button.

  9. 9

    Turn on your PA at the power button.

  10. 10

    Load a song into Virtual DJ by clicking the "File" menu at the top left hand side of the screen. Select "Open" and browse through your music library until you find the song that you would like to load. Click on the song.

  11. 11

    Press the "Play" button on your Virtual DJ.

  12. 12

    Check the sound on the Virtual DJ to make sure that it is coming out at an appropriate level. You can tell this by the level volume on your mixer. Turn the volume down if it is in the red zone on your computer.

  13. 13

    Adjust the bass, treble and mid sections so you have the best sound quality possible going into your mixer.

  14. 14

    Check the sound on your mixer so the levels aren't going into the red on your PA. Adjust the volume accordingly.

  15. 15

    Test the crossfades on your mixer to make sure that the mixer is fading properly.

  16. 16

    Turn the level on "Line 1" down all the way to make sure that it is working.

  17. 17

    Crossfade the song from "Line 1" to "Line 2" to make sure that it working properly.

Tips and warnings

  • Always check your levels before you run any sound through your PA system so ensure you don't blow a speaker.

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