The DENON PRIME GO as main DJ device, one year on

I’ve had the DENON PRIME GO now for just over a year. It replaced my Linux laptop / MIXXX / Pioneer DDJ-SB2 setup, which was great – but I’d had the occasional cryptic crash on stage that was near impossible to replicate in my home studio and debug effectively.

I feel I haven’t abandoned Linux as the ENGINE OS DJ platform is an embedded Linux appliance under the hood – though it is not open source.


Great sound, convenient, reliable. Not perfect, but more than good enough. I’ve played a bunch of shows of various sizes using this device in the last year and it has delivered. It lets me enjoy the music and have fun.

I had one hardware failure with it – the cross-fader stopped working, but not while playing “live”.  Denon/DJCITY repaired this under warranty, which took about 6 weeks.

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MIXXX 2.1 has been released

ZOG + Col preferred DJ software Mixxx has had a new release of stable version 2.1

MIXXX 2.1 has arrived

this is now the preferred build to use from the official Mixxx PPA source, so the previous posts about using specific alpha builds or building from source are obsolete.

The Download instructions, including Ubuntu Linux PPA install source, are here:
MIXXX Download Instructions

The ZOG DJ rig is still:

Pioneer DDJ SB2

Dell Latitude E6410 with i5 M540 CPU
It has been upgraded with a Toshiba OCZ TR150 Series 960GB SSD.

Xubuntu Linux, 16.04 -lowlatency kernel

current ZOG MIXXX setup Jan 2018

The last post on MIXXX I made is now out of date, so here’s what I’ve been using recently, as since the MIXXX team are releasing .deb files of their nightly builds, I’ve been trying them instead of the self compiled version.

Installed version of MIXXX
Downloaded from

ZOG DJ rig with DDJ SB2

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Native Instruments Audio2 DJ interface and Linux 4 channel alsa config

I was recently given a Native Instruments Audio2 DJ interface, this is a great little card with working Linux drivers that works well with MIXXX using a variation of the .asoundrc available on the MIXXX site and other locations.

But either my version of the card, or the Linux driver has changed, as my card identifies differently so the config files available elsewhere don’t work with my OS (Xubuntu 14.04 with kernel 4.2.0-18-lowlatency).

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multiple audio outputs for cue with Mixvibes CrossDJ with Android Marshmallow

TLDR: If you can’t get multichannel USB audio working with CrossDJ on Android 6+, editing the /system/etc/audio_policy.conf file might help, if your device is rooted, and you don’t care about your warranty.

read on for how to do it, if you are comfortable with Linux shell commands and throwing your warranty to the wind. This is an updated version of a post I made to the Mixvibes support forum that they got a bit nervous about and locked…
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MIXXX DJ software – ZOG preferred build

I’m just documenting this here for reference, and perhaps others find this useful.

  • MIXXX is my preferred DJ software, it works well with the Numark Mixtrack Pro interface
  • One reason to go the digital DJ route is to maximise sound quality, this means FLAC files where possible, CD rips or purchased as wav from beatport, or bandcamp.. and 320k mp3 when FLAC files are simply not available..
  • But I found the MIXXX 2.0 series (or earlier) had issues decoding some valid flac files purchased from, causing sound to abruptly cut out, while MIXXX appears to continue playing
  • after discussing with the incredibly helpful MIXXX developers they pointed me to the MIXXX 2.1 alpha source code available on github, which uses a new audio decoding engine.
  • This fixed all my issues and has proven to be very stable. The effects I have found not that great, but I don’t use them much, sticking to relatively straight forward mixing.

So here are the steps….
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Roland SH-101 T1 Terminated!

Found a broken Roland SH-101 on Gumtree. Couldn’t believe my luck!
I was hoping for a simple fix, maybe a dodgy power switch or something. When I started to investigate it soon became apparent that someone had been there before me. The T1 transformer, which does DC-DC conversion from the 9VDC plug pack to the various analogue stages was missing! Also, the surrounding components had been lifted out of there solder pads. This wasn’t going to be a quick fix!

T1 Terminated!

Searching around the net and it was becoming obvious that this problem was fairly common but with no one having fixed it! Also, the T1 transformer is not available for purchase anywhere. Continue reading