- Locodog PRO Infinity Moderator Member since 2013 Sounds like you are throwing yourself in the deepend here mate, What sounds ok on a home stereo can sound terrible on a PA, I'd really recomend a stereo out external sound card (audio interface) But if you're going to go ahead and use the internal sound card take your splitter and plug the left and right in to separate desk channels, bring 2 rca.
- If you’re an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch DJ using software like Algoriddim’s djay, there’s no way of adding an external sound card to these devices, so a splitter cable is your only solution. Splitter settings in Traktor Pro (click to enlarge). Another advantage is keeping things simple – it’s one less thing to plug in.
- If you buy the Digital2Go controller, that is bundled with Virtual DJ LE Lite, it is NOT capable of doing what they claim it is capable of doing with a “stereo splitter.” The ONLY way you can have/use a headphone cue (ie, one channel the audience is hearing, the other channel is through the headphones, only) is IF YOU UPGRADE!
- For live performance, a dedicated multi-channel DJ sound card with either VirtualDJ Basic or the full VirtualDJ Pro is strongly recommended for best sound quality. Sound Setup: Plug your speakers into the left side of the splitter (Normally white) and your headphones into the right side (Normally red.) Go to CONFIG- Sound Setup in VirtualDJ.
Most DJ's will need to be able to separately pre-listen to a deck so that they can cue up and optionally beat match (If appropriate) the next song that they intend to play.
The problem is, most laptops only have a single headphone output, which is insufficient for this purpose because you need two separate outputs - One for master output and another for your headphones. Some laptops may have two headphone sockets, but these are normally intended for headphone sharing and will output the same audio signal (They cannot normally be separated to work independently from each other.) NOTE: Make sure that you don't confuse the mic/line input socket also commonly found on most laptops as a second headphone output.
You will need to be able to separate the output to allow you to be able to pre-listen. The simplest and easiest way to do this is by using a Y-splitter cable. This simply splits the stereo headphone output into two mono left and right outputs. With the correct sound configuration in VirtualDJ, you can then plug your master output into one side and your headphones into the other and have pre-listening capabilities (Although only in mono.)
Please ensure that you purchase the correct type of Y-cable. There are two types commonly available. The first simply duplicates a stereo output into two stereo, allowing you to connect two pairs of headphones for two users to listen to the same music simultaneously. This type is unsuitable for DJ use. The second (Often referred to as a DJ cable) splits the stereo output into two mono. This is the type of cable that you need.
To find a suitable Y-cable, search Google for: 3.5 jack splitter to mono
NOTE: Using the Y-splitter cable option will only give you mono sound. For live performance, a dedicated multi-channel DJ sound card with either VirtualDJ Basic or the full VirtualDJ Pro is strongly recommended for best sound quality.
Plug your speakers into the left side of the splitter (Normally white) and your headphones into the right side (Normally red.)
Go to CONFIG -> Sound Setup in VirtualDJ.
If you are using VirtualDJ Home FREE or Broadcaster, choose the Y cable option.
If you are using the VirtualDJ Basic or the full VirtualDJ Pro, choose the following:
Sound card: Mono Separated -> Choose your laptop's sound card in the drop-down list
If you find that the sound from headphone pre-listening 'leaks' through to your master output or vice-versa, then this may be caused by audio enhancements enabled on your laptop's sound card, such as virtual surround.
While these enhancements can improve audio for general listening, they are unsuitable for DJ use and will prevent you from separating the left/right output.
To resolve the problem, make sure that any enhancements are disabled in your sound card's control panel.
As above, make sure that you also have the correct type of Y-splitter cable.
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Our reader’s letter today is from Gerald, who writes: “I have an Ion Discover DJ controller. I like it a lot. I used the tips I found about a DJ splitter cable (stereo – going out to two mono) but I am struggling with the software. I do not understand the routing nor how to set up the supplied MixVibes Cross LE software to allow me to use my splitter cables. I have a gig coming up and am trying to get all my gear set up. Can you help?”
Plug your speakers into the left side of the splitter (Normally white) and your headphones into the right side (Normally red.) Go to CONFIG - Sound Setup in VirtualDJ. If you are using VirtualDJ Home FREE or Broadcaster, choose the Y cable option. If you are using the VirtualDJ Basic or the full VirtualDJ Pro, choose the following.
Digital DJ Tips says:
For those of you just starting out with very cheap DJ gear, or an iPad, iPhone or even Android DJ program, you may be having great fun with your DJ program or basic controller, but wondering how the hell you get your headphones and your speakers plugged in and working independently. This ability to “cue” (to listen “secretly” to the other music source, the one that’s not playing) is fundamental to DJing, and cheap laptop controllers and all iOS/Android software doesn’t have it built-in.
If you’ve dug a bit deeper, you may have found out – like Gerald – that a DJ splitter cable can be your saviour. This semi-legendary “hack” works by splitting the stereo signal into two independent mono signals, one for each of your required outputs. Sure, you’re now playing in mono – as you plug your speakers into one of these outputs, and your headphones into the other – but it’s a little-known fact that most “real” club sound systems are in mono anyway, and it’s a very small price to pay to be able to DJ with the gear in front of you in exactly the same way all DJs do.
Trouble is, getting any old splitter cable and plugging it in and hooking up your speakers and headphones isn’t enough. Firstly, you need a DJ splitter cable (the one we recommend is here). This genuinely puts the left channel to one pseudo-stereo output and the right to the other. Having the kind of splitter cable sold to share a single headphones output on an iPod, for instance, won’t work because it sends the same thing down each of its outputs.
Secondly, you need to tell your software that’s what you’re doing. You have to find the audio output, audio routing or audio configuration settings and look for “mono split”, “split mono” or “DJ splitter” setting – the one that shows all audio going through the single PC/iOS headphones output and also shows both the speakers and headphones plugging into this. In your case, Gerald, MixVibes has a page here that tells you exactly how to do it.
And don’t forget, you have to plug the speakers and headphones into the correct sockets on your cable! If things aren’t behaving how you feel they should (eg the “cue” buttons are turning the main audio on or off, or the crossfader is affecting your headphones) try swapping the headphones and speakers over at the cable.
Virtual Dj Headphone Splitter
One final thing that sometimes confuses people about all of this is a question that goes something like: “But I’ve got four decks and a sampler, don’t I need five outputs, not two?” The reason the answer to this is “no” is that even if you had 99 decks (and Virtual DJ 7 can, folks!), the mixer section of your software mixes all of these inputs into just two – one for your headphones,a dn one for the speakers – so however complex your software audio is, you only ever need two outputs – and if you can’t afford, or simply don’t currently have, a pro DJ audio interface (or a controller with one built in), an audio splitter cable is a great way to get going, or a sensible backup to have too. I’ve had one kicking around in my gig bag for 10 years.
Headphone Splitter Cable
• Our recommended splitter cable is here; we also have an article and video that goes into this in a lot more detail here: All You Need To Know About DJ Splitter Cables
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