Pre-listen using headphones in VirtualDJ Home FREE or Broadcaster

VirtualDJ Home FREE and VirtualDJ Broadcaster are limited software and only support the following configurations for pre-listening to music using headphones:

  • If you are using a desktop computer with a 4.1, 5.1, 6.1 or 7.1 surround sound card built-in, you can use the front and rear outputs of this for master and headphones. Plug stereo amplified speakers into the front output socket and a pair of headphones into the rear output socket.

    NOTE: Most laptops only have a single headphone output. The other socket if it has one is normally a mic/line input. In some cases two headphone sockets are provided, but these both output the same audio signal, so are unsuitable for headphone pre-listening in VirtualDJ. Two separate outputs are very rare on a laptop.

  • If you are using a laptop (Or desktop with stereo sound card), you can add a basic stereo USB sound card for the headphone output. Your computer's built-in sound card will be used for the master output and the USB card for your headphones (Plug your headphones into the USB card.)

    NOTE: On Mac, both this and the internal card must be set to the same rate (44100Hz, 16-bit recommended), otherwise you may get distortion and other sound issues. Use MacOS's Audio/MIDI utility to view and change this. Please see: Common Mac Performance Issues

  • You can use the sound card built into your laptop and the mono separated Y-cable option, however this will only give you MONO sound and is not ideal or recommended for live performance. You will need a splitter cable to split the left/right channels - Please search Google for: 3.5 jack splitter to mono - Plug your headphones into one of side of the splitter (You will need an appropriate adaptor for this) and plug the other into your amp, speakers or mixer.

To choose which deck to pre-listen to, press the TAB key or click the PFL button on the skin. Use the crossfader and/or volume sliders to control which deck is output live over the master output.

Use the Headphone MIX knob on the default skin to adjust how much of pre-listened deck vs the live playing one is heard in your headphones.

For more advanced sound configuration such as using two sound cards or multi-channel external DJ sound cards, you will need to purchase either VirtualDJ Pro Basic or VirtualDJ Pro Full.

Advanced sound configuration and other Pro features such as MIDI controllers can be tried out for 10 minutes at a time, after which the software will revert back to free limited.

NOTE: VirtualDJ Home FREE is for non-commercial use only using your mouse and keyboard to mix. It cannot be used at DJ gigs where you are being paid.

For live performance, VirtualDJ Basic or the full VirtualDJ Professional with a dedicated multi-channel sound card designed for DJ use is strongly recommended, such as Numark DJIO.

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