User Manual


Interface - Mixer

audio mixer


The mixer panel offers a variety of different audio mixing tools depending on the layout chosen. All layouts provide the basic mixing tools required; Volume Faders, 3 Band EQ, VU meter, PFL and Crossfader.



Starter Layout
Essentials Layout



Pro Layout
Performance Layout (Full)



  1. VOLUME FADERS. Used to control the volume of each one of the available mixer’s channels. If an External Mixer configuration is used (See External Mixer Audio Setup), it is best to leave the volume faders in their maximum (top) position.

  2. EQ. Use the HIGH, MID and LOW knobs to adjust the high, mid and low equalizer bands of each of the available mixer channels. Double-click to reset each one of the EQ bands to zero (off) position.

  3. VU METER. Displays the mixer channel's output volume.

  4. PFL. Use the PFL (Pre-Fade Listen) buttons to send any of the mixer channels to the Prelisten (Headphones) channel.

  5. CROSSFADER. Slide the crossfader to route the left or right deck to the Master Output. If the crossfader is at the far left side, only the left deck will be audible in the Master Output. If the crossfader is at the far right side, only the right deck will be audible in the Master Output. At any other position, both decks will be audible. For External Mixer setups the crossfader should remain in the middle

  6. MIX FX (Starter & Essentials Layouts). Mix FX provide an easy to use alternative to traditional effects. Simply sliding the crossfader from one deck to the other will automatically add an effect which will assist in blending the 2 decks together seamlessly.

    Clicking on the Mix FX button will provide a menu of available effects that are automatically activated every time the crossfader is moved. Select from None (for the feature to remain off), Filter, Echo, Reverb, Loop Roll, or Noise.

    When an effect is selected it will remain active until either a new effect is selected, or the crossfader is moved to the closed position (far left or far right).

  7. FILTER/COLOR FX (Essentials & Pro Layouts). Use the FILTER (default) knobs to apply a Low-Pass or a High-Pass filter to each of the available mixer channels. On the middle position, no Filter is applied. Double-click to reset (off position).

    Clicking on the FILTER drop down button reveals the ColorFX Menu. Clicking on an effect will replace the filter text with the chosen effect name. The actions are identical to the Filter positions with the exception of the effect chosen.

    Select from Cut, Distortion, Echo, Flanger, Filter (default), Noise, Loop Roll, Pitch, Reverb, or Spiral.


  8. GAIN (Essentials & Pro Layouts). Use the GAIN knob to adjust the gain applied to the loaded track. If the knob is to the middle position (12 o’clock) the output level is set by the software to zero dB in order to normalize the audio levels (0 dB by default or other value defined from Options).

    The applied gain value will be displayed under the gain knob. Double-click to set the GAIN to the middle position (zero dB value) When a track is loaded on a deck, VirtualDJ will calculate and set the output level of the track to the given zero dB value. The GAIN knob can be used then to make additional adjustments. VirtualDJ will set the gain to zero (or saved value) if the track is pre-analyzed or has been played before. If not, the software will set the gain to its zero value (if the track is not playing by the time the track is fully loaded). Different behaviors are available by changing the AutoGain setting (see Options).

    More information on VirtualDJ’s gain structure can be found here.

  9. PHRASE INDICATOR AND SYNC (Essentials Layout). This displays the current Phrase the track is on. Clicking on it will automatically sync the Phrase of the opposing deck.





    If 4-Decks is selected in the Pro Layout Options, an additional option to display the 4-Channel Mixer will become available. The 4-Channel Mixer has all of the control functions of the 2 channel mixer with the addition of 2 extra channels and some additional features:

  10. SAMPLER VOLUME. Controls the Master Volume of the Sampler.

  11. CROSSFADER OPTIONS. Displays an options menu to change the crossfader's curve and/or assign the mixer's channels to either side of the crossfader. 4 curve settings are available: Smooth, Full (default), Cut, and Scratch*.

    An additional option, Hamster (inverted), is also available to reverse the crossfader's traditional behavior where moving it to the left will make the right side audible, and moving it to the right will make the left side audible.

    Clicking on Show Crossfader Assign will toggle on/off the Crossfader Assignment buttons (see 12).

    *To learn more about how crossfader curve works click HERE.

  12. CROSSFADER ASSIGNMENT (Not displayed by default). The Crossfader Assignment is turned on and off in the Crossfader Options.

    The assign buttons are used to assign a deck as left or right side of the crossfader. If the crossfader is at the far left side, only the left-assigned decks will be audible in the Master Output. If the crossfader is at the far right side, only the right-assigned decks will be audible in the Master Output. At any other position, all right or left-assigned decks will be audible. If a deck is not assigned as left or right, it will be audible regardless of the crossfader position.

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