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Mixxx User Guide
Release 1.10

The Mixxx Team

December 23, 2011





Introduction to Mixxx

Mixxx allows you to perform live DJ mixes with your digital music collection. It helps you rock the party with MIDI controllers, vinyl turntables, or even just your keyboard. Mixxx is used by professional DJs and bedroom DJs alike. It is designed by aninternational team of volunteer DJs who want to bring the joy of DJing to everyone. The project is non-profit, open-source and community driven. Together and with your help we aim to build the best DJ software ever created.

1.1 Project History
Mixxx was originally created in 2002 as part of a PhD thesis on new interfaces for DJing by Tue Haste Andersen. After releasing the project as open source,dozens of contributors began modifying and improving Mixxx. In 2006, a new development team lead by Adam Davison and Albert Santoni began reorganizing the project to ensure smooth growth of both the codebase and the number of contributors. A renewed focus on usability and stability has helped Mixxx grow to become the most popular free DJ software in the world, receiving over 1,000,000 downloadsannually. Our committed team has worked hard to create great DJ software, and this growth is a sign of our success. As our user community grows, so does our development team - As of Mixxx 1.10.0 over 100 Developers and artists have helped create Mixxx!

1.2 What? Why?
Mixxx started as an open-source project because of demand for DJing software on Linux, and discontent with proprietary DJ software onWindows and Mac OS X. Today, Mixxx development is driven by the simple idea that together we can create a better way to DJ, and that has brought Mixxx to the cutting edge. Mixxx is the only free cross-platform vinyl control software and has the most advanced MIDI controller support via our innovative Javascript-based MIDI scripting engine. We are continuing to pursue new and exciting features thatgive DJs more tools to create better live mixes.

1.3 System Requirements
Mixxx is available for Windows, Mac OS X and GNU/Linux. Mixxx is designed to use very few system resources, but the Mixxx team suggests these minimum requirements for having a great experience with Mixxx: 1

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• A 2GHz or faster CPU • At least 1GB of RAM • A soundcard with 2 audiooutputs


Chapter 1. Introduction to Mixxx


Installing Mixxx

First, you need to download Mixxx. If you haven’t done this already, head on over to our downloads page and grab a copy for your OS.

2.1 Windows
Windows users can install Mixxx by double-clicking on the Mixxx installer executable. Follow the step-by-step instructions in the installer. Mixxx is supported on WindowsXP, Vista, and Windows 7, with native 32 and 64-bit versions. (It may also run on Windows 2000.) Note: If you aren’t sure about 32-bit versus 64-bit, pick the 32-bit version.

2.2 Mac OS X
Mac OS X users on Snow Leopard or greater can install Mixxx from the Mac App Store. Alternatively, users can install Mixxx by downloading and double-clicking the Mixxx DMG archive, and thendragging-and-dropping the Mixxx bundle into their Applications folder. Mixxx requires an Intel Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or newer. Note: The Mac App Store version of Mixxx does not have vinyl control support enabled due to licensing restrictions.

2.3 GNU/Linux
Official packages of Mixxx are only offered for Ubuntu Linux. However, Mixxx can build on almost any Linux distribution.

2.3.1 Installation on UbuntuInstalling Mixxx on Ubuntu Linux is easy because we provide a handy Personal Package Archive (ppa). Open a terminal and type the following commands:


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sudo apt-add-repository ppa:mixxx sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install libportaudio2 mixxx

2.3.2 Installation on Other Distributions
Your distribution may maintain a non-official build that you may...
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