• lichodj

    Hi, I’m from Argentina, I’ve just got a Numark Mixtrack and I’m thinking about buying a NI Audio2 or a Numark DJIO. There’s no important difference about money here…

    I’ve read there are some troubles with DJIO drivers, but this review is more than two years old, I wonder if latest drivers works fine with w7 32 or 64 bits.

    I think the Audio2 is a better option, because they are programmers, not like numark, wich brand I have always trusted in.

    So please, give me your opinions… Thanks in advance!

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  • http://djdain.tel DJ Dain

    I have a MOTU Ultralite which has been awesome for production, but unreliable for DJing (I use Ableton Live to do both). This is because it has only been tested for Texas Instruments brand Fire-wire Chip-sets (which I don’t have on my laptop). As such, I’ve had audio drops, distortion and even “surges” of static audio. Now, there is a new model which supports both Fire-wire & USB, but I’m pretty sure those are still $500+.

    I need something really simple and the Numark DJ I/O looks like a nice fit. From what I’ve heard, the only issue is to make sure to download the latest/best drivers. Is that the only concern?

  • http://snotrag@neithernor.org sno

    ean… you say you wouldn’t recommend the indigo dj (i guess the new djx is technically identical) for “big clubs”. could you specify your definiton of “big”? ;)

  • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

    I have had very good results with the Audio 4 in the club and no it does not require a power supply. You can grab one here:

    http://techtools.myshopify.com/collections/dj-gear/products/audio-4-dj

  • JF

    Hi Ean don’t really know if you check this part of the site out still. Could anyone please give me more info on the AUDIO 4. I’m bout to purchase one. I currently have the M-Audio Conectiv. Its crap, i had so many drop outs nded up buying a SL1. Found out the Conectiv needed a power adapter since the audio usually cuts out when they go wild with the strobe up in the club.

    Serato is good but it sounds like ish… Im also a sound engineer so im quite keen on the output. I’ve had a set somewhere where a dude brought this audio 8 of his… I was so amazed with the outputs Ive been obsessed researching on the Audio 4 since i only need 2 decks

    My concern to everyone is the Audio 4 doesn’t have an optional power adapter, I’m afraid i might have the same issues ive had when i was using my conectiv. so HOW STABLE IS IT IN A CLUB ENVIRONMENT?

    thanks for everyone tim :)

  • http://www.g60230us.com HP

    I’m glad that after surfing the web for uch a long time I have found out this information. I’m really lucky.

  • http://none djflavor

    Hi i am starting to get back into the MIX. I bought a starter the ( ION ICUE ) and a Numark DJ IO my problem is , i cant cue my music i call teck support but no cigar. all function work great i can cross fader mix and all that good stuff but i cant get my headphones to work?? One guy told me it might be that me G4 is to old??? maybe i dont know i am running ( 1.2 GIG chip and 1 gig ram ) iam also running Virtual DJ6. dose anyone know how to make it see my headphones so i can beat mix??

  • nobodii

    Hi, i bought a Numark Stealth Control, i want to know which soundcard may i be able to use, taking out the numark dj i/o, does this do the work for me? – Behringer UCA202 U-Control Audio Interface or Behringer UFO202 U-Phono High-Quality USB Audio Interface with Built-In Phono Preamp, thanks in advance!

  • http://tos.network.in.rs ToS

    Ground loop: no. With ground loops, there is instant buzz when you plug all the equipment.
    Try another computer.
    Try another card (same or not).
    Try a better USB cable of add ferrites on yours if there is none.

  • http://www.mentalgrafix.com Mel

    I use Numark’s DJ/IO external soundcard with Virtual DJ and have been experiencing a weird noise from the cable. This never happened when I first bought it. At home, it doesn’t happen, but at a gig it will work for an hour and then start acting up. If I unplug the USB cable and plug it back in, it’s fine for another hour, but then starts making a weird buzzing sound. Is this considered a ground loop? What is it really and what should I do? Thanks in advance.

  • Marco

    [quote comment="15506"]hi ean, i was wondering. i bought an m-audio mobile pre soundcard and a vci-100 midi controller from a dealer in sweden saying that the mobile pre would work just fine with cueing and stuff on traktor but after some testing i came to the conclusion that this soundcard doesn't work with traktor as there's not enough output channels for cueuing headphones. am i doing something wrong or is this problem true??

    thanks..lucas[/quote]

    Lucas were you able tu use the mobile pre?

    I bought it to for digital recording but now that I'm getting to digital djing i think i'll have to throw it away…

  • http://tos.network.in.rs DJ ToS

    Leroy, welcome to the club of dissatisfied FTPro users.

    I'm lucky enough to have a compatible fw chipset but there's shortabe of FW audiophile soundcarsds in my country.

  • Leroy

    I wish I would have found this site a while back when I went digital.

    I started with the M Audio FT Pro. The biggest issue was getting the lappy and the box to talk to each other. This usually involved several reboots.

    When it would finally connect the sound quality would go from pristine – to terrible out of nowhere. On one occasion it locked up completely, leaving a packed dancefloor not so packed. I would rather run an 1/8 cable out of the headphone jack before I'd use one of those in a live setting again.

    That's when I made the move to their FW audiophile. It would play fine for 30 seconds then lock up. Tech Support had me go through a series of tweaks before they outright told me to go get an express card because my internal chipset wasn't compatible. More money down the drain.

    I will say that I haven't had an issue since I got the express card. the audiophile box has performed flawlessly. As for sound quality. I'm comparable to the dj playing cds… After I boost the bass and pull back on the treble of course.

    All that just because I thought the soundcard needed an a/b switch for headphone cueing.

  • celosdedma

    the gigaport has 2 headphone jacks, one monitors all channels and the other can be assigned to channel 1&2 for cueing.

  • http://tos.network.in.rs DJ ToS

    does ESI GiagaPortHD have all outputs mixed on headphone connector or that is fixed(only two channels are routed to headphones)?

  • celosdedma

    also would like to suggest the ESI Gigaport HD. it's priced at about $110. same as the maya44 but instead of having 4-in/4-out, this one has 8-out at 24bit/96. great budget sound card for those wanting to go 4 decks on an external mixer.

  • Lucas Petersson

    hi ean, i was wondering. i bought an m-audio mobile pre soundcard and a vci-100 midi controller from a dealer in sweden saying that the mobile pre would work just fine with cueing and stuff on traktor but after some testing i came to the conclusion that this soundcard doesn't work with traktor as there's not enough output channels for cueuing headphones. am i doing something wrong or is this problem true??

    thanks..lucas

  • http://www.sindikat.tv philtre

    Hey everyone!

    I'm about to retire my trusty Indigo DJ card, so I need a bit of advice.

    I currently use Traktor and VCI-100 (soon to be golden-plated :) and I mix internally, so I use one stereo output for headphones and one for the final mix.

    I've checked out Maya 44 USB, but I'm also very intrigued by the

    ESI U46 XL, which you haven't reviewed yet. Would you recommend it within this post's context?

    Also, I've been told to stay far away from M-Audio soundcards. Are they really that bad?

    Thanks, ph.

  • petey wheatstraw

    any advice on a $200-$500 card, I know you recommend the presonus firewire, it goes for about $299 but its a couple of years old, is there something better now?

  • silveriofunk

    hey brother… excellent site!.

    i bought a nio a few days ago and it runs perfectly with my traktor but with ableton i cannot make it work for my djing…

    outs 1/2 master

    outs 3/4 cue

    i'm going crazy but i just cannot mix outside on my mixer because the master is always on the left channel and the cue is on the right, is there a way to have the left channel receive 1/2 and the right receive 3/4 and effectively mix outside ableton and nio?

    thanks in advance… if anyone can help, please

    Take care brothers!

  • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

    hey Thomas,

    A lot of people have problems with this when first starting with Traktor. Watch our sound card 101 video and check the forum. You will find the answer there.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUtfC7vaLgk

  • http://tos.network.in.rs DJ ToS

    Baby, you are asking questions that do not belong here. Use the forums or even better, use Native Instruments forums or M-audio forums or any other forum but NOT blog comments. TNX.

  • http://none Thomas

    Hi,

    first of all, thanks for the great pieces of infothat you have been posting on your website.

    I saw the posting you recently made about sound cards. In fact i have just purchased a sound card (Fast tarck pro).

    My issue is that i now need to set up my Traktor prference setting so that i can cue tracks. I gather that the cuing depends on whether i connect the headphones to the designated headphone output, or to the stereo outputs at the back of the soundcard.

    Also, how doi assign a hotkey for loading tracks, as i find it pretty tedious to drag and drop tracks, using the mouse/ touchpad.

    your help would be much much appreciated.

    Thomas

  • K-losophy

    Does anybody know if a line 6 toneport would work as a soundcard? Has anybody tried?

  • http://tos.network.in.rs DJ ToS

    http://www.native-instruments.com/index.php?id=en
    What is with thiese devices, don't they act as DVS?

    The: "TRAKTOR SCRATCH CERTIFIED"

  • Ean Golden

    If you want to have vynil control with traktor or traktor acratch- you need to buy the audio 8.

  • Zeezy

    Hi guys im a dj noob, i have 2 turntables and a mixer, Im trying to setup a time code vinyl setup and have questions on what would work for me best and cheapest playing at local bars. I have traktor, traktor scratch, virtual dj, pc dj, and dj decks. Basically do i need to buy the maya 44 even though i have a mixer or can i buy something like the behringer 202 (http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-U-CONTROL-UCA202-USB-Audio-Interface/dp/B000J0IIEQ/ref=pd_sbs_e?ie=UTF8&m=ALUEODRFDWFR4) would that work since i have a mixer for the two vinyl turntables? and would the maya and/or behringer work with traktor scratch and not the audio 8 like what they package it with? Just trying to get setup and spin mp3's already lol

  • Damo

    Is the maya44 USB still available? I'm having trouble finding them for sale online. Any help appreciated!

  • djabsynth

    Anyone have any experience with the Yamaha go46? Seems like it would be the perfect soundcard for DJing (firewire, aluminum casing, balanced outs, mons/mains, headphones, &c.) but no one seems to have a review of it. Several places online have it for $200 but I don't want to spend the money if it has latency issues or bad drivers. advice, anyone?

  • http://myspace/mumuproductions murat

    yes should work fine as long you don’t upgrade to Leopard on a Mac. Enjoy!

  • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

    We didnt have any real problems with the numark, it should work fine for you. It just was not the best value out of the group.

  • gybp

    i cant find too much info on the numark io..

  • http://myspace/mumuproductions murat

    gybp:

    check the equipment forum for info about the numark io

  • gybp

    what was the problems you had with the numark i/o??? i just bought it… (

  • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

    Tel: +44 1494 462246

    here is the novation tech support. Perhaps they can help.

  • Paul

    Hopefully, I got it all figured out and working on 1 deck, but traktor doesn't want to recognize outputs 3 and 4 so I can route deck 2. Hope I can get it working soon because I'm supposed to be playing tomorrow night!

  • http://www.djtechtools.com Ean Golden

    Paul i would recommend posting your question in the forums under digital dj gear. You will get more answers there. I don't currently have the NIO here with me so I cant test the correct settings.

  • Paul

    Also, what is the optimal latency setting, I set it at 7ms, the lowest, and got sound working, but it only was mono on the left channel, and sounded pretty crappy. everything sounded cool just playing audio files on winamp, so it must be something in the traktor settings. Right now I have Deck 1 with nio1 assigned to left(mono) and going from output 1 and 2 in to left and right on a mixer channel.

  • Paul

    <blockquote cite="#comment-4207"><blockquote cite="#comment-4205">I need help setting up my NIO with traktor. what setup do I use in the traktor preferences. It only comes up with nio1 and nio2 and I can't manage to figure out how to get it going stereo in to 2 mixer channels. help please!

    You should be running in external mode. now assign Nio1 to deck A and Nio 2 to deck B. That should take care of it. The routing on the Nio itself can be a bit confusing though. You will have to play around with different settings to find the right one.

    Do I assign it to the 'left(mono)' on each deck? because I noticed I can't put nio1 on the left and right channel

  • http://www.djtechtools.com Ean Golden

    <blockquote cite="#comment-4205">I need help setting up my NIO with traktor. what setup do I use in the traktor preferences. It only comes up with nio1 and nio2 and I can't manage to figure out how to get it going stereo in to 2 mixer channels. help please!

    You should be running in external mode. now assign Nio1 to deck A and Nio 2 to deck B. That should take care of it. The routing on the Nio itself can be a bit confusing though. You will have to play around with different settings to find the right one.

  • Paul

    I need help setting up my NIO with traktor. what setup do I use in the traktor preferences. It only comes up with nio1 and nio2 and I can't manage to figure out how to get it going stereo in to 2 mixer channels. help please!

  • dirkster

    hi, ean i decided to purchase the nio 2/4 and i can say sound quality is excellant alltho i think torq software and the x session pro im using let it down dude , any advice on best software n controller to use with this card ty peace!!!!

  • http://www.djtechtools.com Ean Golden

    I think thats a great point- we should look into that.

  • gamecat

    Has anyone considered using miniaturized desktop systems, rather than a notebook? You can easily put together a mini-atx system in a very portable stereo component case (or rack case) for ~$1200 w/monitor that will beat the pants off of any laptop. Quad core, 2G+ RAM (4G is easy enough, 8G is a complicated issue in a 32bit OS), room for a PCI audio card + break out box, etc. Even by the time you add the price of a $300-$500 interface you're under the cost of a tricked out MacBook, or any MBP — and most high end wintel notebooks as well. If you're lugging a small stack of gear around anyway it's something to consider. With rack ears, these little boxes can go right into a portable rack case.

  • Dash

    Hey, I didn't know where else to ask this, so I cam here:

    I keep reading all over the web, and in a support reply from NI that Traktor's timecoded vinyl system does not work with any soundcard other than the Audio8. Does anyone know whether this is actually true, and if so, what causes this?

    I would love to be able to NOT spend over $1000 on my next setup (Traktor Scratch with the Audio8 and vinyl = $600, the Audio8 itself goes for $400, plus I need a new mixer, which would be $400 more for the one I want [Behringer DDM4000]), but NI seems hell-bent on making me buy their crap and ONLY their crap. No wonder the software's so inexpensive – the equipment needed to run it fully is where the money goes. Ugh.

    So…any ideas? Hacks, alternatives, etc. would be appreciated…but I REALLY want to do a timecoded system. Looking at Ms Pinky for my main alternative.

    Regards,

    Dash

  • http://descubriendolacocina.blogspot.com rialler

    I think you have to take care about audio interfaces because in some soundcards the headphone output is like a master, all channels mixed, or you can only select input 1 or 2. then you have to buy a headphone amplifier.

    In example "MIX VIBES U46 MKII". However in "Audio 8 dj" you can select headphones between input 1/2 or output 7/8. great for traktor and great investment.

  • http://myspace/mumuproductions Murat

    To Lotto:

    usually channels 3-4 would be your headphone output, and channels 1-2 your main mix (the output you are connecting to the club mixer). If you are confused have a look at the ECHO Indigo DJ PCMIA card, as this is basically all that this unit does.

  • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

    <blockquote cite="#comment-2725">hi everyone, got some question

    I'm gonna get ECHO AUDIOFIRE2 for using with my VCI-100 and PowerbookG4

    will it's gonna work seamlessly?

    in term of 'playing from Audiofire through house system while listening to the next

    track in headphone'

    I'm quite confused where my headphone jack supposed to be? at the Audiofire or

    at my Powerbook powered by internal soundcard?

    because in the Audifire's manaul it said the headphone will be using for monitoring output 3 and 4 where i'm already use those channels for house system L and R for sterreo output

    any advice would be appreciated

    I understand that the headphone monitoring thing can be confusing some times but the audio fire 2 has 2 discreet outputs with separate volume controls for each. You will plug your headphones in the front of the card and run the outputs on the back into a mixer or speakers. Then in your software you tell the dj software to send the master and cue mix to each of those outputs.

  • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

    Great- let us know how the audio control holds up. I am very curious what will happen when you hit it with a hammer! :-)

  • Burndownthediscos

    Hi folks,

    I just got a bargain on the NI Audio Kontrol 1 i'll give it a good going over and post my finding s on it.

    THe first thing I have noticed already is that it's built like a tank. If i ever decide to take up building I at least won't need a hammer.

  • lotto

    hi everyone, got some question
    I’m gonna get ECHO AUDIOFIRE2 for using with my VCI-100 and PowerbookG4
    will it’s gonna work seamlessly?
    in term of ‘playing from Audiofire through house system while listening to the next
    track in headphone’

    I’m quite confused where my headphone jack supposed to be? at the Audiofire or
    at my Powerbook powered by internal soundcard?

    because in the Audifire’s manaul it said the headphone will be using for monitoring output 3 and 4 where i’m already use those channels for house system L and R for sterreo output

    any advice would be appreciated

  • miz0

    Hi there, was doing a google search and stumbled onto your site. It's amazing! A little technical for me, but I can be a n00b.

    Ean your voice is like a cross between dark chocolate and silk (2 things I love)

    Anyway, can't wait for the forum. But since that's not here yet, and I really do feel ridiculous asking this with you all being REAL DJs, but I'm feeling frustrated, I've asked at a puter tech forum, and soundcards have been suggested to me, but none of the people even know what SAM is. So I come to you humbly.

    I'm doing internet dj'ing on a small site … doing it for free and that's not a problem. I'm disabled, so I'm on a fixed income and price is a concern. But this is something I'm really enjoying, I can be home but talk to people, play music and just have some fun.

    Use SAM3 which can be somewhat finicky, on a WinXPorSP2 desktop, M2N32-SLI mobo, GeForce8600GT, 2gRam, 500 Watt psu. ATM using an xtremegamer and it's a mess.

    What I need is a soundcard, something that's going to last, has stable driver/software, good for music and voice. That seems to be hard to find – something that works well with talking on air via mic through SAM. Most soundcards seem aimed either at gamers or people producing music on the computer (and cost hundreds!).

    I was looking at the HT Omega Striker and was wondering if anyone had any experience with that card or HT Omega in general. Someone else suggested the Razer Barracuda AC-1 I think mostly for the EMI shield (it's a big soundcard), but again it's technically a gamer card and their requirements for mic/voice are obviously different.

    At some point I'll probably give in to the temptation of mixer software, but right now a decent soundcard that's not over, say, $100 US. I have 2 computers (gotta have a backup!) and if I find the right card, I will be getting 2 of them. Hence the price limit.

    Thanks for a great site!

  • Batist

    Hey Guys !

    Anyone heard about the echo audiofire 2 ?

    http://www.echoaudio.com/Products/FireWire/AudioF

    I was wondering if it had good sound, low latency, and if you could use the headphone jack to cue (it's a 2 mono outputs soundcard, but the headphone jack is said to be independant from the line output, so….)

    I would love to have some feedbacks on this card…

  • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

    mm thats a really high price for a unit your not sure will work in the future. $60 is a fair price and it is a very good sound card. The problem is that drivers might not be any good anymore. They want you to buy the new stuff- not the old :-(

  • Alex

    hi ean,

    i got a question about the m audio quattro. in the first (older) clip about soundcards you mentioned that u were very happy with it, i have the chance to buy one for about 100? (160$), what do you think – too much money for the unit? i think 80? would sound much better ;) but thats not the main question i have…

    Do you have any experience with this interface and os x Leopard – because there are no drivers available any more and i don?t know if there might be any driver problems…. by the way – there is no headphone out, is there?

    thx

  • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

    I forgot about the emi 2/6. that was a good little card! If you can find one then grab it. ;_)

  • Steve

    I just wanted to mention an older usb interface that might work well for some of you.

    I have an EMI 2|6 (aka A 2|6) its a 2 mono RCA analog in, 6 mono RCA analog out, USB interface. I paid over $400 for mine back when it was a new product and I see them these days on evilBay for about $40 a pop.

    The main reason I thought to mention it was because of people being annoyed with the Maya 44's hard wired summing on the headphone jack. Thats not an issue with the EMI as it has 6 mono outputs with the headphone doubling 1&2 (might even be software selectable, I forget).

    These are really best if you have a mac because it was an Emagic product way back when and so windows driver updates stopped when Apple bought Emagic. However, the windows drivers that exist are stable for me down to 2ms (at least in XP I dont know about vista). They also have pretty good DACs in them and should easily stack up to any of these other ~$150 cards. Being a USB 1.1 product they obviously have flaws so YMMV, but I encourage anyone to look into it as an option.

  • http://myspace/mumuproductions Murat

    Hello,

    I just switched to the MacBook Pro (15" 2.4Ghz, 2GB RAM). I was using an Echo Indigo DJ previously on my G4 Powerbook (no problems whatsoever, even in a club).

    Obviously I can't use this little handy soundcard anymore… :( :P :) Unless they make a new smaller one (wouldn't be a bad idea… any day now…)

    What would you recommend:

    All I need is 1 output (Left+Right RCA) to connect to the club's mixer, and 1 headphone out to preview the next track. I am using Traktor 3.3.2 and an X-session Pro. I play dance music so don't really need any jog wheels, The X-session pro works fine for what i need it to do (eq and volume controls, to get a nice smooth mix going for hours, with the extra knobs used for master filters).

    I don't really need mic inputs or anything: basically i need a usb/firewire version of the echo indigo dj (ok, it doesn't have to be 1/8th inch connectors :)

    Thanks… keep that mix going ;)

  • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

    Yup- we agree. Thats why one is being built right as well speak. Hopefully it will be up in a few days. :-)

  • http://tosmts.spaces.live.com DJ ToS

    MAN WE NEED A FORUM. Possibly with a section that is linked to a Blog posts. New blog post->new topic in the section.

  • Paul

    <blockquote cite="#comment-1476">yeah, I think for dj audio the bandwidth is not such a big deal. if I remember correctly, even Serato scratch was running on USB 1.1. Data transfer is where you see a big difference between 1.0-2.0.

    Both of the USB 1.1 cards performed well down to very low latencies so I would not be too concerned.

    Is the Novation equally well suited for production? I recently got a Roland 505 groovebox and am looking for a card that will allow me to incorporate it in production, djing and live sets. Would the USB 1.1 still not be an issue if your were running say, a midi controller in the midi port, had both audio out channels, and were running a line in recording? Processor power aside.

  • Herman

    Ean have you ever heard anything bad about the M Audio fast track?

  • http://tosmts.spaces.live.com DJ ToS

    2. None if I recall correctly, I just do…i waste bandwidth.

    1. my xp is on a same partition as the "usual" one. I've set up junction for traktor directories. that way traktor from both windows is using the same directory for stripes. process count: 21 (numerous services are killed too)

  • whiskers

    <blockquote cite="#comment-1511">Succesfully using 2.5ms ASIO FTPro + Traktor 3.3.1 on a peeled XP for DJing use only.

    Specs:

    soundcard: outputs 1&2(mstr) + 2&3(pfl), 48kHz, 24bit, 2.5ms

    laptop: hp compaq nx7300/CeleronM 440@1.86GHz/1GB DDR2

    traktor: internal mixer, ASIO, phase vocoder

    I have a couple questions for you:

    1. How many processes are running on your XP install? I have a partition on my laptop set up JUST for DJing and the second one is for everything else. I think I have around 40 running processes when idle, but I'll check for sure next time I reboot (just curious to see what other people have, since you don't see many XP setups)

    2. What's your reasoning for running 48KHz outputs (as opposed to 44KHz)?

  • http://tosmts.spaces.live.com DJ ToS

    Succesfully using 2.5ms ASIO FTPro + Traktor 3.3.1 on a peeled XP for DJing use only.

    Specs:

    soundcard: outputs 1&2(mstr) + 2&3(pfl), 48kHz, 24bit, 2.5ms

    laptop: hp compaq nx7300/CeleronM 440@1.86GHz/1GB DDR2

    traktor: internal mixer, ASIO, phase vocoder

  • headquarters

    HI Ean!

    would it be possible for two people to pre-listen a track when mixing, eachone with an own pair of earphones using the novation soundcard..?

    thanks!

  • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

    yeah, I think for dj audio the bandwidth is not such a big deal. if I remember correctly, even Serato scratch was running on USB 1.1. Data transfer is where you see a big difference between 1.0-2.0.

    Both of the USB 1.1 cards performed well down to very low latencies so I would not be too concerned.

  • whiskers

    <blockquote cite="#comment-1465">I was wondering if the fact that the Novation is USB 1.1 will cause any problems.

    I was wondering the same thing, but apparently all Maya44 USB, M-Audio Fast Track and Fast Track Pro are USB1.1. I had no problems running Maya44 at 5ms over USB1.1

  • Paul

    I was wondering if the fact that the Novation is USB 1.1 will cause any problems.

  • http://N/A Average Joe

    what about torq

  • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

    hey, we just did a video on this today! it should be posted soon. The best time code vinyls for deck a dance are serato and then Traktor scratch after that.

  • http://www.myspace.com/stevan_fascinate stevan_fascinate

    Hi guys I?m using a mixer Behringer DJX700, MAYA 44 USB and a Deck A Dance software sometimes and Traktor , now i want to buy two decks and I dont know what kind of timecode software to use with my MAYA 44 and what kind of

    timecode vinyls I need to buy, I want an advice from you guys , by the way I am from Macedonia THANKS, PLEASE FOR HELP I'm sorry for my bad english

  • http://tosmts.spaces.live.com DJ ToS

    I asked. He didn’t. He says, plug both channels into a mixer and route from there(via PFL) (which is external mixer mode in traktor). That is not a solution for a cheapo digital-DJ or one that don’t like to be bothered with carrying another (small) mixer/preamp + power supply.
    Once again, I’m sorry for my overreaction. I’d be glad to see a hardware hack for maya44usb.

  • whiskers

    <blockquote cite="#comment-1237">I have to ask my friend how he sorted it out with his maya.

    Please do… I'm curious as to how this can be…

  • http://tosmts.spaces.live.com DJ ToS

    Forgive me for my arrogance. But I am what I am. The stupid hardware solution astounded me so much. I have to ask my friend how he sorted it out with his maya.

    BTW, the sound quality of the line output driving a headphones is questionable. I know people build tin-can-headphone amps just to get the sound image right.

    I got the FTPro (brought from USA) for ~100eur.

    Good price for the unstable soundcard.

  • whiskers

    <blockquote cite="#comment-1235">Why in the world would they build the card like that???

    That's what I was wondering… you'd think it would be possible to change it using the ASIO driver, but no. It MAY be possible, if the hardware supports it, but for some reason I think the channels are mixed not on a chip but via soldering – otherwise why wouldn't they include that option in the driver? Still possible to somehow unsolder the channels… but I'd refrain from trying to do that.

    <blockquote cite="#comment-1235">I know its a pain in the ass but like you said; an RCA to female headphone adapter would solve the problem. On the positive side, its a very stable sound card without much investment but you are understandably frustrated.

    Yeah, I thought "OK, no more fiddling with a rat's nest of splitter cables, I'll just spent the $100" and turns out I still need more cables… The card is really great though, used it for a couple days now and I love it. Light, portable, stable, fast, it sounds good, and the LEDs on the inside are amusing :)

    Would be cool if you could configure the inputs as outputs – the integrated nVidia sound card on my desktop lets me output sound on microphone / line in jacks and it seems like most decent desktop sound cards do that these days. Wonder why you can't do that on a laptop with a microphone jack…

    /just rambling

  • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

    all right Yoda 1 and Yoda 2. Put your Light sabers down :-)

    That is a most unfortunate discovery you have made whiskers. Why in the world would they build the card like that??? I know its a pain in the ass but like you said; an RCA to female headphone adapter would solve the problem. On the positive side, its a very stable sound card without much investment but you are understandably frustrated.

  • whiskers

    <blockquote cite="#comment-1224">@whiskers:

    I most ceratainly doubt that maya44usb can't separate outputs.

    That's something Ean would most certainly notice.

    Please don't spread SUCH rumours around here before you double check.

    Newbish your post is.

    I wish I were wrong. I triple checked – in the manual, in the configuration utility, on the web. And then I posted here and sent an email to ESI, here's what they had to say:

    "It is not possible to change which channels are send to the headphone

    output

    You cannot use the headphone output for individual channel output

    monitoring

    The headphone output of the Maya 44 USB

    Is the mixed signal from analog out 1,2 and analog out 3,4

    As stated in the manual

    Page 10 /Paragraph 3/Output Level Control Section

    "Please note that the headphone output signal is the mixed signal from

    analog out 1, 2 and analog out

    3, 4. Please also note that the analog headphone output and the digital

    optical output share the same

    connector, i.e. they cannot be used simultaneously. "

    Regards

    UK Support

    ESI Audiotechnik"

    What am I missing here?

    Arrogant and unfriendly your head is.

  • http://tosmts.spaces.live.com DJ ToS

    @whiskers:

    I most ceratainly doubt that maya44usb can't separate outputs.

    That's something Ean would most certainly notice.

    Please don't spread SUCH rumours around here before you double check.

    Newbish your post is.

  • whiskers

    Hey, Ean, I just realized that my laptop's internal soundcard is not powerful enough to drive a pair of MDR V6s and a speaker system (mono set up), so I got a Maya44 USB (from, seemingly, the only site on the web that had them besides ebay)

    And somehow I missed the fact that the headphone out actually COMBINES channels 1,2 and 3,4 together (and the inputs too). That means I can't use the headphone jack for prelistening! (or I can, but then I have no headphone volume / pre-listen control and I'm deafened by the outpu). Or at least I could not get figure out how to set it up.

    That means, if you get a Maya44 USB card, you will have to go out and get MORE cables – if you can track down a 2xmale RCA to 1xfemale 1/8" or 1/4" jack, that'd be so-so. But I didn't see one on Radioshack's website, so that means I'll have to use 2xmale RCA to 1xmale 1/8" (already have this) and female-to-female 1/8" stereo coupler. What an inconvenience! Thought I'd point it out, because it wasn't obvious to me at first (speaking of which, how the hell do you then use M-Audio's Fast Track, which only has 2 outs?)

    Also, with the 2.8.11 drivers I can't use the Highspeed mode (1ms), only Rapid (2.5ms). With the 2.55 driver, however, Highspeed mode worked fine, didn't hear anything weird.

  • http://www.myspace.com/stevan_fascinate stevan_fascinate

    Hi guys I’m using a mixer Behringer DJX700, MAYA 44 USB and a Deck A Dance software sometimes and Traktor , now i want to buy two decks and I dont know what kind of timecode software to use with my MAYA 44 and what kind of
    timecode vinyls I need to buy, I want an advice from you guys , by the way I am from Macedonia THANKS

  • Jeff

    I currently use a Creative X-fi, 100 bucks, 7ch and a busload of features that all work. I run it on my pc allowing 1ms latency, and no ground loop whatsoever. If you don't like 1/8 mm adapters, its avail with rca, but works all the same; considering it has enough gain to overfeed my mixer on any song.

  • http://tosmts.spaces.live.com DJ ToS

    Too sensitive to the electric noise that comes back trough the sound cables.

    Problem with FTPro is discussed here:
    http://www.audioforums.com/forums/showpost.php?p=

    How do you retrieve the abbility to molest people in the club when this happens:

    - close traktor (storing collection, closing)

    - lower the volume on mixer/amp (because of audible click)

    - power cycle the soundcard (off->on)

    - check if the M-Audio ctrl. panel states "connected"

    - start traktor (checking collection, status report)

    That's about 30-60 seconds of silence if you have not prepared yourself with backup sound.

  • Al Robinson

    sitting bored at work today i may have come up with a good answer to my own question…see what you guys think. Route the master out of my soundcard into the effects unit then put the out from the effects unit into an imput on my soundcard then set it as say deck four. That way deck four will be the master sound pluss the effects… then assign decks 1 and 2 to crossfader right (use the up faders to mix like i do anyway) and set deck 4 to crossfader left….now i can crossfade between pure master signal and effected master signal, and cue the effects all with traktor…. as i am still at work I will have to let you know how it all works out. crossfader for effects sounds like it has interesting creative potential.

  • http://www.djtechtools.com Ean Golden

    <blockquote cite="#comment-1145">Hey Ean,

    I have had my thinking cap on but i was just wondering what the best method to hook up an external effects unit into traktor?

    cheers

    Try this thread in the NI forum:
    http://www.nativeinstruments.de/forum_de/showthre
    that might do it.

    <blockquote cite="#comment-1151">

    BTW: I had the worst nightmare @ the yesterday's gig. The soundcard died on me 5 time during the performance.

    that is not good :-(

    we need that kind of feedback guys for the other djs around here. Did you have to re-start the computer for the sound card to respond- (was it a complete driver failure?) or could it have been software related?

  • http://tosmts.spces.live.com DJ ToS

    The MAUDIO FastTrackPro has some kind of send/return TRS connectors but I don’t know if they can be adjusted on the soundcard’s front panel.

    BTW: I had the worst nightmare @ the yesterday’s gig. The soundcard died on me 5 time during the performance. Apparently it is vulnerable to the noise(some say via GND) that is comming BACK FROM the amp(as it was directly connected to the PA). I’m puzzled and ashamed….

  • Al Robinson

    Hey Ean,

    I have had my thinking cap on but i was just wondering what the best method to hook up an external effects unit into traktor? it would be nice to be able to cue the effects from my brand new korg mini kaos pad….at the moment i am just running it in direct mode between my soundcards master out and the amp.

    cheers

  • Chris Combe

    I knew I had seen it somewhere, thanks Ean you know your gear, so basically that leads me to beleive that if its good enough for Zabiela then its sure as hell good enough for me.

    The guy is a DJ god in my opinion so this certainly puts things into perspective. Ultimately its the DJ not the tools…

  • http://www.mixvibes.com polocorp

    Hey Ean,

    Good to see you at NAMM. Impressive performances… TO bad you didn't include the MixVibes U46MK2 in thsi review. It def has great specs for the money.

    peace

    P

  • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

    thats easy. look at the first pic, its the m-audio audiofile
    http://www.dolphinmusic.co.uk/shop_image/product/

  • Chris combe

    Hi Ean,

    Here is a photo of Zabiela in action. Can anyone identify his external sound card?

    http://www.inthemix.com.au/photos20/080215-james/http://www.inthemix.com.au/photos20/080215-james/http://www.inthemix.com.au/photos20/080215-james/

    on this one it looks like he has a little korg kaoss pad…
    http://www.inthemix.com.au/photos20/080215-james/

  • http://www.thebulkdump.com Mr. Tunes

    a good thing to check for when buying a soundcard that will double up for dj use is to find out if the headphone output has the ability to run on its own output, rather than always play back what’s on the master output.

    the reason is cause if it can’t switch over to 3/4, you will have a bit of extra connections going on where you take an set out normal outputs and convert them into a headphone output with something like your mixer or a headphone amp.

    imo you should always look to keep things compact cause some dj gigs you have very little room to set up gear(and time!).

    mbox – not a fan of this line of cards, even the mbox2pro has it’s problems and that’s on the higher end(i used it for a year). the main allure to these are getting pro tools bundled with it.

  • Chris combe

    zabiela has a pretty standard setup from what I understand.

    2 cdj1000′s + mixer (possibly pioneed djm800 + efx 1000) + laptop running ableton live for any custom tune’s other then that I was too low to see what else he has setup.

    in regards to sound cards, I was looking at pricier solutions and possibly something that could be dual purpose, ie dj and production.

    any opinions on the Digidesign MBox 2 / MOTU Ultralite / Focusrite Saffire / Presonus Firestudio / Echo Audio Fire 4 / etc.. I know these are all in the next price bracket but do some of these even seem relevant for DJ purposes?

  • tobamai

    I can confirm that you could use a maya44 with deckadance, it doesn't care what kind of soundcard you have. You could technically use a maya44 with torq, but you would still need to have a conectiv or an xponent connected because it acts as a hardware dongle required to run the software. To my knowledge, you could use a maya44 with deckadance, mixvibes, miss pinky, digiscratch, virtual dj (numark CUE), dj decks, and pc dj (and reflex).

    But I agree with Mr Tunes, especially for anyone new to digital djing. I would have to recommend buying a timecoded vinyl suite (torq, SSL, traktor scratch) with their hardware, because it's designed to work together.

    You have a lot of options on what will technically work, but I can't promise any of those pieces of software will work *well* with a maya44. If you bought a complete suite, for example torq, you'd have a piece of software that is designed to work with the soundcard it shipped with. Then you could take the ASIO compliant soundcard and use it with all of that other software too.

  • http://www.thebulkdump.com Mr. Tunes

    right i don't want people to write it off, just consider it a possible downside. the card's been around for a long time but Ean brings up the great point that maybe laptops function a bit different now? anyways i think it's a bit dated simply cause your main outputs are 1/8" on that card and that doesn't lock in like a RCA connection does.

    i guess you have to try them all our for yourself but pay attention to how people report the driver latency cause that's definitely important.

    all in all i'm glad this blog was created cause Ean seems like a super guy and i think it's helpful for everyone trying to wade through a sea of shit these days.

  • dIm

    <blockquote cite="#comment-967">

    and DIm just to be clear i hope you didn't read my comment as me being rude even though it looks like i was being snappy – my apologies.

    You were right no need for apologies, just because it didnt happen to me it doesnt mean it want happent. i wasnt trying to proove you wrong either, just seeing the ammount of heat my laptop genarates i cant imagine what it would take to melt down the plastic of a Sound card.

  • http://www.djtechtools.com Ean

    <blockquote cite="#comment-951">

    I saw James Zabiela play last night in Sydney, he blew me away and now I have to get to work becoming a better DJ :) inspirational for sure

    Great!

    when you guys see people playing live- take notice of what gear they are using and any cool techniques they might be busting out and let us know :-)

    <blockquote cite="#comment-953"> i recently read that it can suffer from some sort of meltdown since it sits in a very hot place inside the laptop.
    <a href="http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=205379&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=15” target=”_blank”>http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=205379&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=15

    Thanks For bringing that to our attention. I used the echo indigo for MANY 4-6 hour sets and never had a problem but computers have been getting significantly hotter over the years and now laptops may be producing enough heat to damage a card, I dont know about melting things though that sounds a bit extreme. In any case, regardless of the climate your djing a really hot laptop could feasibly damage a card. I would like to hear more than just one report though before writing off the card.

    <blockquote cite="#comment-963">

    would i be able to plug my turntables into the maya 44 and use timecoded vinyl to control torq or final scratch or something like that?

    I agree with the other guys excellent feedback- although you could use the sound card with systems that support third party audio interfaces like Miss Pinky and Deck-A-Dance (confirmation?) it may be better in terms of support and reliability to go with a hardware/software combo that offers vinyl control natively.

    You wont be able to use the maya to control torq or final scratch though. Torq requires torq hardware and final scratch software is dead in the water at this point.

  • http://www.thebulkdump.com Mr. Tunes

    maybe Ean can weigh in on this but i don't think it's a good idea to buy the maya44 with the intention of timecoded vinyl cause then you'll need to find software. ATM i think the only option is ms. pinky running into max.msp – not a user friendly option(and expensive!).

    all the other programs like torq and serato are bundled systems even though they use a control record similar to ms. pinky(it's just a sine wave running on the whole record). so if control vinyl is your goal i think you should look at some of the packages(native instruments has one too).

    and DIm just to be clear i hope you didn't read my comment as me being rude even though it looks like i was being snappy – my apologies.

  • tobamai

    dj doubleyou, you could use a maya44 usb with timecoded vinyl – but there's some things you have to look out for. You'll probably need some phono pre-amps to get the turntables up to line level (unless your decks have a line level output). Some software (not all) says it can work without a pre-amp at phono levels, but I can't tell you how well that actually works. Also, make sure you get the maya44 usb – the newer maya44 EX, EX5, EX7, and EX5 CE all have less than 4 RCA inputs (so you wouldn't be able to use 2 decks of timecoded vinyl at the same time).

  • http://myspace.com/theduckwithanipod doubleyou

    great article! very helpful!

    i have a quick question:

    would i be able to plug my turntables into the maya 44 and use timecoded vinyl to control torq or finalscratch or something like that?

    please help!

    thanks,

    dj doubleyou

  • http://www.thebulkdump.com Mr. Tunes

    I own an Echo indico dj for 3 years now and were i come from has a very very hot climate you can fry bacon on my labtop in the summer it gets extremly hot wile i DJ, what you read and say its not true,

    true or not for you, the fact that people have reported it is something to consider when buying a dj soundcard. it's sort of a moot point anyways cause most new laptops come with ExpressCard and not PCMCIA slots

  • Avelin

    Ean i send you a message on your youtube accaunt about midi controlers, so if you have time please answer my question!

    thx… :)

  • dIm

    <blockquote cite="#comment-953"> the Echo unit – i recently read that it can suffer from some sort of meltdown since it sits in a very hot place inside the laptop.
    <a href="http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=205379&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=15” target=”_blank”>http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=205379&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=15

    I own an Echo indico dj for 3 years now and were i come from has a very very hot climate you can fry bacon on my labtop in the summer it gets extremly hot wile i DJ, what you read and say its not true, i DJ for five hours in very hot contisions and nothing happened to my Echo 3 years now, so it might have been the desing of the specific laptop or a faulty Echo unit.

    Ean pls do the 200 – 500 sound cards range when your up for it.

  • http://www.thebulkdump.com Mr. Tunes

    if you ever do a round two i’m curious about your opinions on the M-Audio Conectiv. I think the drivers are pretty good on it and for the price you get the software bundled with the control vinyl. the Echo unit – i recently read that it can suffer from some sort of meltdown since it sits in a very hot place inside the laptop.
    http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=205379&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=15

  • Chris combe

    nice review Ean, I can confirm that the DJIO is quite stable driver wise, even on vista for my laptop, not sure if you used the drivers in the box or drivers from the net, the latest ones are super stable. thanks again for the review.

    I saw James Zabiela play last night in Sydney, he blew me away and now I have to get to work becoming a better DJ :) inspirational for sure

  • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

    <blockquote cite="#comment-948">

    Also, Ean, were you actively monitoring the inputs when you tested the cards' latency? On some cards, having audio on all of the available channels significantly affects the latency.

    your right – this really changes the game so all i was comparing here was output quality and latency, I was not considering that card for its inputs.

    <blockquote cite="#comment-941"> this blog is really great and dont stop writing it. this the best digital dj site on internet. you are the best

    .greetings from sunny croatia :)

    .

    Thanks! Its good to know we have fans all over. Its really cool how seriously diverse the reader base is here. We have djs from every single corner of the globe!

    <blockquote cite="#comment-944"> Is there any chance of going a step up, say 200 – 500 range?

    yeah, that is a good one to do next! I need a break on sound cards though, it was a lot of work to set this review up.

  • tobamai

    Ean, looks like you're reviewing a Maya44 USB there, right? Looks like you can still find them around the web. Makes me wonder how the newer ones shape up, unfortunately all of the newer models have fewer inputs (so they're no good for a full two decks of timecode).

    Also, Ean, were you actively monitoring the inputs when you tested the cards' latency? On some cards, having audio on all of the available channels significantly affects the latency.

  • Frank

    <blockquote cite="#comment-943">let me know if you want to demo a motu ultralite! even tho its in the next category for price this unit is the shizzle. hmmm lets say i send it to you in exchange for some ean golden face plates!

    wd.

    Hi Will Davis! How are you?

    I would like to know more about your soundcard MOTU Ultralite! I'm planning to get that one, but I don't know much of it.

    Why don?t you write a review or your experience with it?

    Regards,

    Frank.

  • MGyver

    Very nice review. I purchased my laptop with the Echo Indogo DJ in mind, making sure that I had the Type II + Cardbus slot. I guess its time to throw down an order :)

  • arcaneparadox

    this was awesome i wish this was around 2 years ago when i was looking for my first setup! Is there any chance of going a step up, say 200 – 500 range? Also what interfaces are everyone using now (since we didnt have this valuable infor before hand) maybe a poll or just throw it out there if your happy! I am using a fast track pro and firewire 410. I should be a spokesperson for m-audio with all there gear i have. I have only ever had one problem and that is just hitting the reset button in the software mixer on the 410. Other than that i have some pretty creative routing going on with my kaoss pad! Thanks Ean have a good one.

  • will davis

    let me know if you want to demo a motu ultralite! even tho its in the next category for price this unit is the shizzle. hmmm lets say i send it to you in exchange for some ean golden face plates!

    wd.

  • avelin

    hi ean.

    this post is great. i can't wait to see the winner. i need some soundcard like that…

    …just you know i am your biggest fan. i love your style and music. :) this blog is really great and dont stop writing it. this the best digital dj site on internet. you are the best. i love you man…bye…greetings from sunny croatia :)

    p.s if you need some help about anything just send me mail…

  • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

    I updated the posting with links the right sound card. The Maya44 "USB" has not been discontinued and is available all over the net.

  • whiskers

    Correction: there's Maya EX, EX5, and EX7, all of which seem to have been discontinued, according to AudioTrak's product archive page. The EX5 CE is the current version.

  • whiskers

    It looks like Maya44 has been discontinued, and there’s a new version – the EX5 with 6 outs: http://www.audiotrak.net/products/mayaex5ce/
    May not work with Vista. I wonder if it’s the same quality as Maya44
    Waiting for the mp3 :)

  • http://tosmts.spces.live.com DJ ToS

    Tnx, now I feel really bad for buying MAUDIO FastTrackPro.

    Stable drivers but real pain starts when you get the ground loops, try to connect the ext. power adapter but won't stop the audio-hum until you cut the GND and +5V on the usb cable. Drivers need restart whenever you change the usb port that it was connected to.

    Once you start using the audio interface, there is no way you can change latency or which i/o ports you'd like to use.