How To Connect DJ Controller To External Mixer: Tips And Tricks
Do you know how to connect DJ controller to external mixer? If not, then you are looking at the right page. We have broken down the steps on how to connect DJ controller to external mixer.
DJ Controller And External Mixer
Let us first define these technologies. What are DJ controllers as well as an external mixer?
A DJ controller is commonly used to operate DJ computer programs that are installed on a computer or on another system. DJ controller uses USB cables to be connected to a computer.
An external mixer permits you to mix externally. It means that you have two outputs from a sound card (one for the left deck, one for the right), while the software is controlling the state of the decks such as speed, on/off, etc.
Three Steps To Connect a DJ Controller to External Mixer
Try the three simple steps below on how to connect DJ controller to external mixer.
Step 1. It is necessary that you attach your cables first to the DJ controller output.
Step 2. Inspect your external mixer if there is a line input where you can plug in the cables' other end. Bear in mind that you might need an adapter so you can connect various types of connections such as RCA to 1/4", XLR to RCA, etc.
Step 3. After connecting all your cables to your controller master output and your external mixer's line input, proceed with a soundcheck. Make sure that the external mixer has the master plus the channel volume is increase. You have to increase the volume for channel one if you plugged into line input channel 1.
Tips For Sound Check
I am giving you some tips below on what you can do for a better soundcheck.
- Make Use of Line Input: Ensure that you use the line input on the external mixer. Don't use phono as it will sound terrible when used to connect a DJ controller since they are not the same in nature from Line/CD inputs. The phono are also generally used to connect turntables.
- Set The Controller Output Volume: Set your controller's output as high as you can, yet make sure not to decrease the sound. You can utilize the main output levels from the external mixer in order to fine-tune the sound output.
- Use The External Audio Interface: Just in case that you are using another type of audio interface or a sound card, you might need to attach your controller first to the audio interface. As soon as it is joined to the interface, connect the sound card to an external mixer in the same manner described above.
DJ controllers have their own mixers that can connect with a laptop and DJ software. Therefore, they can be used in the absence of an external mixer. However, DJs still connect it to an external mixer for them to add a little spice to their setup.