• Josh

    I am mostly a “home dj”. I love vinyl and have 2 turntables and a mixer. I have wanted a DVS setup ever since I started playing with midi controllers but didnt want to dish out $300-500 to get into it. After reading this article I spent $47 to get everything I needed: 2 usb soundcards, 4 rca y cables, 2 serato contol vinyls, and downloaded Mixxx. It works and I actually like Mixxx. If you are like me and want to try it before spending $500 on traktor/serato gear, dont hesitate, just do it. The cables can be used forever and the control vinyl can be used with the upgraded options.

  • Warped Singularity

    If anyone is still trying to do this I would recommend getting 2 UFO202s ($30 each) , their inputs and outputs are much more high quality than the cheap sound cards. Right now my current setup uses the cheap sound cards for output to the mixer and it sounds like garbage ( I have tested both my mixer and the sound cards, and it is definitely the sound cards). The UFO202s can be modified using the method here to prevent the timecode signal from going to the outputs: http://www.mixxx.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=2438

    Not quite the under $20 solution but for about $100 (2 serato time code records + 2 UFO202s) this isn’t bad. The Cheap sound card solution is pretty much unusable though.

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  • Yow

    I still haven’t found a (cheap) USB sound card with -stereo- line in. Any suggestions?

    • Siana Gearz

      A Chinese 6-channel soundcard (different brands) in blue aluminium enclosure, available from Amazon, eBay or buyInCoins straight from Hong-Kong. Based on C-Media chip. Be aware: the outputs are ill designed for headphone use, it fails terribly at driving my headphones. Also disassemble before use, check solder quality, and re-assemble. There may be a stray bit of wire or solder, and if it gets between power pins, the result may be very sad indeed.

      I’ll try to see whether a simple mod can fix the outputs to be more headphone-friendly, but you may want to use it in a chain with headphone amplifier instead.

      Next up in price are the Behringer soundcards and then the bigger boys like U-Mix 44.

      • Yow

        Thanks for your reply!

  • http://WWW.DJANTONIOROSSI.COM Antonio Rossi

    Hi Guys can i use this using a ddj sx and 2 x technics 1210s
    Cheers

  • Destiny Samkange

    Hi. ssamkange here. Ok guys, I found these soundcards at some chinese shop. Unfortunately they weren’t branded (obviously) but, I’ll make sure I visit the same shop and ask but, I do know they can be found for sure.

  • Destiny Samkange

    Hi. ssamkange here. Ok guys, I found these soundcards at some chinese shop. Unfortunately they weren’t branded (obviously) but, I’ll make sure I visit the same shop and ask but, I do know they can be found for sure.

  • Destiny Samkange

    Hi. ssamkange here. Ok guys, I found these soundcards at some chinese shop. Unfortunately they weren’t branded (obviously) but, I’ll make sure I visit the same shop and ask but, I do know they can be found for sure.

  • Destiny Samkange

    Hi. ssamkange here. Ok guys, I found these soundcards at some chinese shop. Unfortunately they weren’t branded (obviously) but, I’ll make sure I visit the same shop and ask but, I do know they can be found for sure.

  • Destiny Samkange

    Hi. ssamkange here. Ok guys, I found these soundcards at some chinese shop. Unfortunately they weren’t branded (obviously) but, I’ll make sure I visit the same shop and ask but, I do know they can be found for sure.

  • Destiny Samkange

    Hi. ssamkange here. Ok guys, I found these soundcards at some chinese shop. Unfortunately they weren’t branded (obviously) but, I’ll make sure I visit the same shop and ask but, I do know they can be found for sure.

  • Destiny Samkange

    Hi. ssamkange here. Ok guys, I found these soundcards at some chinese shop. Unfortunately they weren’t branded (obviously) but, I’ll make sure I visit the same shop and ask but, I do know they can be found for sure.

  • Destiny Samkange

    Hi. ssamkange here. Ok guys, I found these soundcards at some chinese shop. Unfortunately they weren’t branded (obviously) but, I’ll make sure I visit the same shop and ask but, I do know they can be found for sure.

  • Destiny Samkange

    Hi. ssamkange here. Ok guys, I found these soundcards at some chinese shop. Unfortunately they weren’t branded (obviously) but, I’ll make sure I visit the same shop and ask but, I do know they can be found for sure.

  • Destiny Samkange

    Hi. ssamkange here. Ok guys, I found these soundcards at some chinese shop. Unfortunately they weren’t branded (obviously) but, I’ll make sure I visit the same shop and ask but, I do know they can be found for sure.

  • Destiny Samkange

    Hi. ssamkange here. Ok guys, I found these soundcards at some chinese shop. Unfortunately they weren’t branded (obviously) but, I’ll make sure I visit the same shop and ask but, I do know they can be found for sure.

  • Destiny Samkange

    Hi. ssamkange here. Ok guys, I found these soundcards at some chinese shop. Unfortunately they weren’t branded (obviously) but, I’ll make sure I visit the same shop and ask but, I do know they can be found for sure.

  • Destiny Samkange

    Hi. ssamkange here. Ok guys, I found these soundcards at some chinese shop. Unfortunately they weren’t branded (obviously) but, I’ll make sure I visit the same shop and ask but, I do know they can be found for sure.

  • Destiny Samkange

    Hi. ssamkange here. Ok guys, I found these soundcards at some chinese shop. Unfortunately they weren’t branded (obviously) but, I’ll make sure I visit the same shop and ask but, I do know they can be found for sure.

  • Destiny Samkange

    Hi. ssamkange here. Ok guys, I found these soundcards at some chinese shop. Unfortunately they weren’t branded (obviously) but, I’ll make sure I visit the same shop and ask but, I do know they can be found for sure.

  • Destiny Samkange

    Hi. ssamkange here. Ok guys, I found these soundcards at some chinese shop. Unfortunately they weren’t branded (obviously) but, I’ll make sure I visit the same shop and ask but, I do know they can be found for sure.

  • Destiny Samkange

    Hi. ssamkange here. Ok guys, I found these soundcards at some chinese shop. Unfortunately they weren’t branded (obviously) but, I’ll make sure I visit the same shop and ask but, I do know they can be found for sure.

  • Destiny Samkange

    Hi. ssamkange here. Ok guys, I found these soundcards at some chinese shop. Unfortunately they weren’t branded (obviously) but, I’ll make sure I visit the same shop and ask but, I do know they can be found for sure.

  • Destiny Samkange

    Hi. ssamkange here. Ok guys, I found these soundcards at some chinese shop. Unfortunately they weren’t branded (obviously) but, I’ll make sure I visit the same shop and ask but, I do know they can be found for sure.

  • Destiny Samkange

    Hi. ssamkange here. Ok guys, I found these soundcards at some chinese shop. Unfortunately they weren’t branded (obviously) but, I’ll make sure I visit the same shop and ask but, I do know they can be found for sure.

  • Destiny Samkange

    Hi. ssamkange here. Ok guys, I found these soundcards at some chinese shop. Unfortunately they weren’t branded (obviously) but, I’ll make sure I visit the same shop and ask but, I do know they can be found for sure.

  • Destiny Samkange

    Hi. ssamkange here. Ok guys, I found these soundcards at some chinese shop. Unfortunately they weren’t branded (obviously) but, I’ll make sure I visit the same shop and ask but, I do know they can be found for sure.

  • blade

    So the question is has anyone found a USB soundcard that has a stereo input on the cheap? I have had a good hunt and most of the ones that I have found are mono mic input.

  • motosega

    for people who know linux, there is a much more stable if minimalist project called xwax. http://xwax.org/
    its a lot more basic than mixxx but performs extremely well on older computers. (3ms latency on an eeepc)
    i’ve used it live for a few years and never let me down.

    a word of warning though, if you’ve never compiled your own software and don’t know the command line then it’s not for you.

    • motosega

      oh and i forgot an important thing: mixxx’s timecode engine is based on xwax.

  • Nikita del Rosario

    when I was starting out. I used two behringer UCA 200 and did the same audio routing as this.. :) at first, I tried it on Virtual DJ and with some tweaks it worked perfectly fine. Then, when I got my copy of Traktor Scratch Pro (When the waveforms aren’t colored yet) I did the same tweaking and it also worked fine.. Even used it for single timecode purposes, used it for a couple of years until I bought my Native Instruments Audio 6.
    I taught it to some of my handful friends who still couldn’t afford to buy serato or traktor box, and up til now they do it. And because of that, I got loads of my own modified tweaks on audio and software :)

    • Greg Puhalla

      Can you share how to route this like set up wise. Like which rca goes where in to the mixer etc. I’m just trying to hook up one table to a gemini cdm-1000 for a basement set up using mixx

  • Sophie

    Hey, this is super helpful but if you’re looking to reach out to beginners it’s very jargon-y. Is there anything even more basic, for someone just looking to experiment?
    Thank you!

  • Alpaca Steve

    ssamkange – if you’re reading this, what exact soundcard did you use?

  • JPIC

    Yooo, the CommonByte sound card does NOT have a stereo line-in. I didn’t see that mentioned here or in the Amazon reviews, but that very well could be my fault. Anyways, just so no one else makes the same mistake. I guess I jumped the gun and assumed the three mentioned in this article would all work.

  • Djs of the round table

    What people should do is put money aside, if you dig, love and respect the industry you give something back, i bought a thousand records even before i even had a decen dj setup. i’ll NEVER stop using them as the soundquality is superior, im going a step forward and getting me a DSD Converter to improve the “ok” soundquality on CD

    , imagine what it will do on crappy mp3s, it will murder it completely. the problem is that it cost about $2000 / 3000 but there no shortcut to the perfect sound!

  • DatBob

    Serato timecode is copyright protected. It’s not free, as you mentioned, for CD burners !

  • http://sites.google.com/site/jorgerosaportfolio Jorge Rosa

    Just an idea… change that dollars pictures for euro ones, and this will work in Europe too!… (Just kidding…) Dan, thankyou for your great tutorial! Really great information on it, simple and well done!

  • http://traktortips.com/ Traktor Tips

    I was just thinking today how to make a DVS system for an iPad. This HAS to be a much sought after set up!?

    • Dionysus
      • http://traktortips.com/ Traktor Tips

        Excellent – thank you so much for the link! Something I clearly missed, but now super happy you have directed me to this…. Cheers!

      • http://traktortips.com/ Traktor Tips

        Shame I still have the audio 8 – non-usb compliant and no separate mains power!

  • mic A$H

    just wana say u guys are nasty at pickn logos; there are ppl out there who appreciate the graphic-mashups too! nice: time-code/2-10s/technic-clipart: no guesswork as to the contents of the article!

  • rubber

    very interresting tip, i will try with mixvibes dvs
    mic input is more useable with phono signal

  • http://rustyryan.net/ RJ Ryan

    Mixxx lead developer here. Thanks for the mention of Mixxx!

    Just a quick note that we’ve got our latest release, Mixxx 1.12.0 right around the corner. We’re planning a beta release April 1 and a final release May 1.

    After over a year of development, we’re packing a lot this time around:

    * 4 decks (including 4 vinyl control inputs if you want to use 4 turntables)
    * Master sync
    * Key detection and pitch shifting (independent of tempo) for harmonic mixing.
    * 4 effect units for built-in effects (this also introduces all the necessary plumbing for LV2/VST, effect send/receive, and advanced chaining in a future release)
    * beatloop rolls (now you can create beatloops and automatically jump to where the track would have been if you hadn’t enabled the loop when you release it)
    * Resizable skins (yes, finally!)
    * Vinyl control deck passthrough (switch to real vinyl temporarily)
    * Auxiliary inputs that pass through to the master mix.
    * Custom key notations (pick between traditional, OpenKey, Lancelot notation or a custom one)
    * Beat jumping and loop move
    * multiple library folders
    * mono output and input support (easily do the Master/Headphone trick on one stereo output)

    Along with over 100 performance, quality and usability improvements.

    You can monitor our progress towards 1.12.0 here:
    https://launchpad.net/mixxx/+milestone/1.12.0

    And, if you are a programmer you can join us and add whatever features you want! Mixxx is a community effort created by DJs, for DJs.

    All of our code is on GitHub here: https://github.com/mixxxdj/mixxx

    • jorenl

      Quite an impressive feature list there. I’m incredibly looking forward to it. Thanks for all the effort, and keep up the amazing work.

    • Dan White

      Thanks for the update, RJ! Looking exciting for this spring.

    • scriptwarlock

      RJ thanks for the awesome free dj app been using it eversince. hope more devs are joining the project so i can add my video playback wishlist.

    • http://traktortips.com/ Traktor Tips

      Is this possible to put it into an iPad App???

  • http://djsaintrob.com/ Saint Rob,Club mU

    I had no idea that there were such cheap soundcards available on the market. I’m definitely going to snag some for my bedroom set up so that I can leave my NI soundcard packed properly in my gear bag. I hate packing and unpacking gear cause there is always the chance something will get left behind.

    -RT

  • Patch

    It don’t get more ghetto than this.
    I always wonderred if this would work, but never cared to buy 2 cheap USB devices to try it.
    This is basically creating an aggregate device in WIN.

    For those of you that can’t put 2 & 2 together – see also THIS blog article:

    http://www.djtechtools.com/2014/03/07/hack-a-mixer-to-be-traktor-scratch-certified/

  • lob star

    In the very beginning of my dj days I soldered a stereo to 2 mono cable on my own to use it with a cracked version of VDJ which allowed to select the stereo splitter option. It was hours of trial and error, because I had zero knowledge about the proper routing of the audio signals. Finally it worked and I had my own possibility to cue songs. I got a cheap cheap cheap omnitronic mixer at the flea market, soldered some more cables, played some housepartys and finally ended up in a huge club where I was allowed to play the first 30 minutes after opening :-)
    The DJs laughed at me and my DYI solution and the DJ who was supposed to play after me didn’t come so I played a bit longer. After about 30 minutes the main room soundsystem failed and suddenly my room was packed with people and they all liked it a lot.
    End of the story: I played this same party in front of huge 500 people crowds for the next 6 years and bought my first DVS M-audio torq with the money I got. (I was more satisfied with my DYI solution)
    So yeah… try stuff like this it gives you so much more knowledge and experience than just plugging in some shitty controller!

    • Intergalactic Space Adventure

      Wow, thanks for the great story. It makes me want to go and try stuff out!

    • danh

      As I got interested in DJing I downloaded mixxx and controlled it with my gamepad and joystick (using MJoy and mixxx’ scripting engine) – well I still use mixxx with my controller and external mixer along with ableton live.

      • http://soundcloud.com/tos Tomislav Simi? ToS

        My first controller were two pots (x/y) broken out of the joystick. It was not even a USB one but D-sub 15 connected directly to the soudcard.

        • Chris

          Man you had it easy compared to me, I started djing with a brand traktor s4 with every built in feature and the traktor pro 2 software.. Psshhh beat that :D

  • maara

    The soundflower may have a huge negative impact on the latency… In my opinion its much better to make an aggregate device on the osx to combine the soundcards than using any 3rd party app like the soundflower or jack etc…

    • Dan White

      Great call – I’m going to modify the article to reflect this.

  • Jack

    Awesome! Thanks for this one DJTT