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
The last post on MIXXX I made is now out of date, so here’s what I’ve been using recently, as since the MIXXX team are releasing .deb files of their nightly builds, I’ve been trying them instead of the self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 http://downloads.mixxx.org/builds/master/release/
ZOG DJ rig with DDJ SB2
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).
Here is a simple script I run after starting up mixxx in a separate terminal as root, i.e.
sudo bash mixxx-max-perf.sh
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, bleep.com 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 bandcamp.com, 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….
In Minirig HQ the Numark Mixtrack Pro has become the go to digital DJ interface.