Version 1.8.0 User Manual
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Table of Contents
1. Beginner's Guide 2. Introduction 3. Installation 1. Windows 2. Linux 3. OS X 4. User Interface Overview 1. Playback Controls 2. Tempo Controls 3. Headphone and Flanger 4. Volume and EQ 5. Waveform 6. Waveform Overview7. End of Track Mode 8. Master and Crossfader Controls 9. Library 5. Configuration 1. Master and Headphone Outputs 2. Latency 3. Samplerates 4. Sound APIs 5. Vinyl Control 6. DJing with Mixxx 1. Loading Tracks 2. Waveform Displays 3. Beatmatching and Mixing 4. Headphone Cueing 7. Keys and Hardware Controllers 1. Keyboard Shortcuts 2. MIDI Controllers 8. Getting Involved
IntroductionMixxx is software designed for DJs that allows you to mix songs live. Mixxx natively supports MP3, OGG, FLAC, WAVE, and AIFF playback (with plugins to support additional formats) and can be controlled by numerous DJ MIDI controllers. Turntables with timecoded vinyl can also be used to control Mixxx through the vinyl control feature.
Windows users can install Mixxx bydouble-clicking on the Mixxx installer executable. Mixxx is supported on Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7, with native 32 and 64 bit versions. (It may also run on Windows 2000.)
Linux users can often find Mixxx included with their favourite distribution. For example, Ubuntu users can install Mixxx through the Applications→Add/Remove… menu item. If Mixxx is not packaged for your distribution,you can compile Mixxx from scratch. For details on compiling Mixxx, see: Compiling on Linux
OS X (Intel) users can install Mixxx by double-clicking the Mixxx zip archive, and then dragging-and-dropping the Mixxx bundle into their Applications folder. Mixxx requires an Intel Mac running OS 10.4 or newer.
User Interface Overview
Mixxx's user interface is designed to be simple andeasy to use when DJing live. This section outlines the main features of Mixxx's interface.
Playback and Hot Cue Controls
The playback controls allow you pause, play, and otherwise manipulate the playback of a song. The REV button toggles reverse playback when pressed during regular playback. When playback is stopped, pressing the CUE button places a cue-point at the current position on thewaveform. A cuepoint is marked by a white vertical line in the waveform view. If the CUE button is pressed during playback, the song will seek to the cue-point and stop. Holding down the CUE button while the song is positioned on the cue-point will result in the song temporarily playing back, and seeking back to the cuepoint upon release of the CUE button. This describes the “CDJ Mode” cue behaviour,which is modifiable in the preferences under Interface→Default cue behaviour. The Hot Cue buttons allow you to place additional cue-points inside a song, which immediately start playback when triggered. Clicking a Hot Cue button the first time will place a hot cue at the current position in the song, and pressing it again will begin playback from that position. Hot cues are useful for markingdifferent sections of a song for easy access and for manipulating a song. Placing hot cues at the start of different drum sounds in a song allows you to use the Hot Cue buttons as a mini drumkit. Try placing hot cues on different parts of a melody, and use that to remix songs on-the-fly.
Tempo and Looping Controls
The tempo controls allow you to slow down and speed up a song. This isfrequently useful for beatmatching songs when mixing. The RATE slider changes the tempo of a song when it is moved. The PERM buttons apply fine adjustment to the RATE slider, and the TEMP buttons apply a temporary pitchbend when depressed. The amount by which the PERM and TEMP buttons alter the pitch of the track can be changed in the Options→Preferences→Interface menu. The SYNC button attempts to...