DJ with Headphones

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  • NEW for iOS 6 – DJ with headphones on your mobile device, just like the pros!
  • Dual stereo outputs – main out and headphone monitoring.
  • Simply connect the digital output of your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch to an HDMI digital screen or sound system, or to a USB audio interface, and plug your headphones into the headphones jack.
  • You can use any standard wired headphones to DJ. Set it up once and get busy mixing!

Pricing and Availability

  • Requires iPhone 4 or newer, iPod Touch 4th generation or newer, or on iPad 2 or newer, running iOS 6.0
  • USB audio interface is only supported on iPad 2 or newer
  • HDMI is supported on iPad 2 or newer, iPhone 4 or newer, or iPod Touch 4th generation or newer
  • Included in the paid DJ Mixer app
  • Available as part of the Full Mixer Upgrade in-app-purchase ($19.99) on DJ Mixer Pro, Carl Cox Mixer, VIBE Music Mixer, and DJ Spooky apps.
  • Works with any wired headphones connected to your mobile device headphones jack.

Supported Configurations

Two main configurations are supported – HDMI and USB audio interfaces. To get started, follow the instructions below.

Using a USB Audio Interface (iPad only)

Required hardware

  1. iPad 2 or newer
  2. Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit – Available on Apple.com and in Apple Stores
  3. A USB Audio interface such as the Griffin iMic or the Behringer UCA202 Audio Interface – Available for purchase online or at audio stores.
  4. Standard RCA stereo audio cable



Setup instructions

Important notes: (1) Make sure to plug in your headphones first and set the device’s headphone volume to maximum before launching DJ Mixer. If the headphone volume control is set to a low level prior to connecting the USB interface and launching DJ Mixer, it may result in low headphones monitoring levels. (2) Please be aware that when using a USB interface, you will be unable to charge your device at the same time. We recommend you charge your device before using a USB interface and DJ with Headphones.

  1. Launch the DJ Mixer app
  2. Connect your headphones to the iPad headphones audio jack
  3. Connect the iPad Camera Connection Kit USB adapter to your iPad
  4. Connect the USB audio interface to the iPad camera Connection Kit USB adapter
  5. Connect the RCA stereo audio cable to your USB audio adapter and to your amplifier or speakers
  6. The headphones setup screen should appear on the Mixer app. If it does not appear automatically, tap the headphones button on the bottom-right side of the mixer screen on the iPad
  7. Tap the speakers icon next to the USB Audio label to route the main output to your sound system.

Alternative Configuration

If your USB audio interface includes a headphones / monitor connection then you can:

  1. Connect your headphones to the USB Audio interface Monitor output
  2. Connect your stereo system or speakers to the iPad headphones jack
  3. Start the App and choose USB audio for the headphones and the Headphones jack for the master out by tapping the speakers icon next to the Headphones label in the setup screen

Using HDMI

In this configuration, your main audio will come out of a stereo system, a digital screen with speakers, or any speakers with an HDMI input.
Required Hardware
  • iPhone 4 or newer, iPod Touch 4th generation or newer, iPad 2 or newer
  • Apple Digital AV Adapter
  • A standard HDMI cable
  • HDMI audio receiver or a digital screen with speakers and an HDMI input, or an HDMI to analog converter such as the KanexPro HDMI to VGA with Audio Converter

NOTE TO DJS WHO USE THE HDMI INTERFACE – The HDMI interface supports iDevices with a 30-pin connector only. New iPhone 5 and iPads with the Lightning connector are not supported via HDMI. For iPhone 5 and latest generation  iPads and iPad Minis we recommend using a USB interface.

Setup Instructions

Required Hardware

  • iPhone 4 or newer, iPod Touch 4th generation or newer, iPad 2 or newer
  • Apple Digital AV Adapter
  • A standard HDMI cable
  • HDMI audio receiver or a digital screen with speakers and an HDMI input, or an HDMI to analog converter such as the KanexPro HDMI to VGA with Audio Converter

Setup Instructions

Important note: If the headphone monitoring level is low, set the device’s headphone volume to maximum by pressing the volume knob on the side of the device while the headphones are connected. If the headphone volume control is set to a low level, it may result in low headphones monitoring levels.

  1. Connect any headphones to your iPad headphones audio jack
  2. Connect the Apple Digital AV Adaptor to your iPad USB port and to an HDMI cable
  3. Connect the other side of the HDMI cable to the HDMI input on your audio receiver, HDMI speakers or digital screen
  4. Start the mixer App
  5. On iPad You should see the setup screen below. If you don’t then tap the headphones button at the bottom-left side of the mixer screen on the iPad
  6. On an iPhone or iPod Touch locate the headphones section in the Settings Screen
  7. Tap the Speakers icon next to the HDMI to assign the main audio output to the HDMI Audio Interface, and the headphones audio to the headphones jack

Assigning decks for headphones monitoring

There are two ways to choose which audio will be played in your headphones:

  1. Manual deck selection
  2. Automatic deck selection

Switch between the modes by using the Automatic Deck Monitor Assignment switch in the headphones selection screen:

Manual Deck Selection

Manually choose which deck’s audio will be sent to the headphones:

  1. Tap the headphones icon on the bottom-right side of the mixer screen to access the headphones setup screen
  2. Turn the Auto deck monitor assignment switch OFF

Tap the headphones button on each deck to send audio to your headphones.
You can select one of the decks, or both decks. You will hear the deck audio in the headphones when a green frame light up around the headphones icon.

In the image above screen, the cross-fader is all the way to the left, causing the audio from Deck A to play on your speakers. The headphones button for Deck B is on as indicated by the green frame around it. This will cause the audio of the song playing in deck B to be outputted to your headphones.
Level Controls in Manual Deck Selection Mode
You have complete control over monitor audio levels while you work in the manual selection mode.

  • To control the overall headphones volume, use the volume slider in the headphones section of the settings screen.

To control the monitor volume of each deck, tap and hold the headphones button for a deck for 2 seconds. A volume slider will appear. Adjust the slider value to change the deck’s monitor volume.

Automatic Deck Selection

In this mode, the audio that is sent to the headphones is automatically determined based on the main mixer cross-fader position.
When the cross-fader is all the way to the left (Deck A audio is playing on the master output), then the audio of Deck B will be played in the headphones.
When the cross-fader is all the way to the right (Deck B audio is playing on the master output), then the audio of Deck A will be played in the headphones.

  1. On the iPad, tap the headphones icon on the bottom-right side of the mixer screen to access the headphones setup screen.
  2. On the iPhone or iPod Touch, go to settings and locate the DJ with headphones settings section
  3. Turn the auto deck monitor assignment switch ON
DJ with headphones settings in the Settings tab on an iPhone or iPod Touch
DJ with headphones settings in the Headphones settings screen on an iPhone or iPod Touch
Level Controls in Automatic Deck Selection Mode
  • To adjust the overall headphones volume, use the volume slider in the headphones section of the settings screen.
  • The individual decks monitor volume is determined by the cross-fader in this mode and can not be manually adjusted.
Troubleshooting
The following section details solutions to common audio setup problems. Multi route audio support is a new iOS 6 feature and has several configuration issues that can be resolved using the following solutions.

Important note: If the headphone monitoring level is low, set the device’s headphone volume to maximum by pressing the volume knob on the side of the device while the headphones are connected. If the headphone volume control is set to a low level, it may result in low headphones monitoring levels

Issue: Can’t play any audio on the mixer.
Solution:
  1. Disconnect all of the audio cables from your iPad
  2. Exit the App, then restart it
  3. Connect your audio cables again
  4. If the issue is not resolved, restart your iPad and continue from step 1
Issue: The headphones settings section does not display my HDMI or the USB Audio route.
Solution:
  1. Disconnect both your HDMI or USB Audio Interface AND the audio cable that is connected to your iPad headphones jack, and reconnect them
  2. If you are still having problem, restart your iPad
Additional Configurations.
  • The headphones feature works with Any USB audio interface or HDMI audio device that you can connect to your mobile device’s USB port
  • As a general rule, any external USB or HDMI audio device that plays the built -in Music App should work with DJ Mixer
  • For additional questions and support, please contact us at support@djmixer.fm

86 comments on “DJ with Headphones

    • Hello Fernando, please make sure that the RCA cable is properly connected and is not broken. Plugging the RCA into the Behringer Audio Interface and then into your external device should work. If you have any more questions, can you please email us at support@djmixer.fm ?

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