PIONEER TYPICAL CLUB SETUP






The term "Pioneer typical club setup" refers to the Pioneer gear you usually expect to find preinstalled on clubs around the world. On most cases it consists of two (or more) CDJ series media players and one DJM series mixer.

There are three main ways to connect VirtualDJ on such a setup, depending on the actual gear itself:



Last Update : August 2020
 

HID via LINK


Description


HID via LINK is a communication protocol introduced by Pioneer with the DJM-900NXS2 mixer.
It allows the end user to connect up to 4 CDJ devices and a DJM mixer via LAN cables (LINK) and then use one single USB connection on the mixer to connect them all via HID protocol to a PC/MAC computer.

Currently, the only devices known to support this protocol are the CDJ-2000NXS2 and the DJM-900NXS2
This is the most preferred way to connect a setup that consists solely of CDJ-2000NXS2 players and DJM-900NXS2 mixer.

Hardware setup




  1. Connect the "LINK" port on the back of each CDJ with a network switch.



  2. Connect the "LINK" port on the back of the DJM on the same network switch.



  3. Power up the DJM mixer.



  4. Power up the CDJ's with the order you would like to use them (power up "deck 1" first, "deck 2" second e.t.c.).



  5. Wait until "Player" number on CDJ's screen stops blinking.



  6. Use a standard USB cable to connect your PC/MAC with one of the USB ports of the DJM mixer.



> It is not necessary to connect your PC/MAC on the same network switch. Communication with PC/MAC is done via USB connection, and not via LAN.
> It is not necessary to connect any audio cables between the CDJs and the mixer. The audio will be produced by the sound interface of the DJM mixer.
Attention: Due to the way LINK protocol works, it's common practice on clubs with just two CDJ's to see a network cable going from one CDJ to another, forming a 2 point LINK network. Such a network will not work for HID via LINK. You will need to connect the CDJ's and the mixer on a network switch in order to create a "multi-point" LINK network.

Drivers


For both Windows and Mac OS X computers install the latest firmware and drivers for DJM-900NXS2 mixer from PioneerDJ.

Attention MAC OS X users:
MAC users using OS X 10.13 or greater need to allow the drivers to run via [System Preferences] > [Security & Privacy] applet before using the controller. For more information please read Pioneer DJ documentation on this subject.

VirtualDJ Setup


Download and install VirtualDJ from the Downloads Page
(in case you have not done so already)

Once VirtualDJ is launched, a Login Window will appear. Please login with your preferred method from the ones provided.

A Pro Infinity or a Pro Subscription License is required to fully use this setup.
Without one of these licenses, the setup will operate for 10 minutes each time you restart VirtualDJ.
Buy a license




A detection window will appear next verifying proper connection with the DJM-900NXS2

Click on the "DJM-900NXS2" button for VirtualDJ to apply the predefined audio setup with the built-in sound card of the DJM-900NXS2. You can still change that from Settings->AUDIO tab.

Click to OK.


The "Advanced EQ Mode" (stems) configuration window will pop-up next.

Select one of the desired operation modes for EQ.

Click to OK.


Turn each of the desired mixer channels source select switch to USB A or USB B position (depending on which port your computer is connected to)


On each CDJ press the LINK button, then navigate the screen and select "Control Mode (DJM-USB A) > USB MIDI"


The setup is now ready to operate.


AUDIO Setup


DJM-900NXS2 has a pre-defined Audio setup and a special button in the AUDIO tab of Config to provide that. Alternative Audio setups can be applied in the same window.



HID Setup


DJM-900NXS2 should be visible in the CONTROLLERS tab of Config and the “factory default” should be available/selected from the Mappings drop-down list. The factory default Mapping of DJM-900NXS2 also hosts the mapping of the CDJ-2000NXS2 devices that are connected via LINK protocol on the mixer.
If you wish to change the behaviour of some button(s) on your CDJ-2000NXS2 (while you have them connected via LINK protocol on the DJM-900NXS2 mixer) then it's the mapper of the DJM-900NXS2 mixer that you must change, and not the mapper of the CDJ's themselves.



Deck Assignment


When using the LINK protocol, the "player" number displayed on the CDJ screens is what dictates the deck assignment of each CDJ on VirtualDJ.
By default CDJ's calculate their player number automatically when they join the LINK network.
However if the deck order is not as you wish, you can use the UTILITIES menu on the CDJ's screen to change each player number to your desired value.
Note: By default each CDJ takes the lowest player number available on LINK network at the moment it joins the network (usually at startup if all connections are done properly). That's why powering up CDJ's with the desired order may save you the frustration of entering UTILITIES menu and assigning each deck manually.
Attention: Do not use deck assign menu on mappers page above to modify the assignment of the CDJ's connected to VirtualDJ, as this will completely mess up the mixer functions.

Mixer Order


The default mixer channels order for this setup is 3124. This means that the 2 main mixer channels (for decks 1 & 2) are the central ones and the outer ones are assigned to deck 3 on the left and deck 4 on the right.
This order also allows you to manipulate stems on VirtualDJ 2021 by using the outer mixer channels if you use only 2 decks for mixing.
If you wish to change the mixer channel order to match the silkscreen of the mixer (1234) then you need to open VirtualDJ settings, click on "Options" icon on the left, then click "Controller" icon and change the "mixerOrder" setting to 1234.
 

Digital Mixer


Description


"Digital Mixer" as a term is used here to describe audio mixers that offer a built-in sound interface and they also offer connection to PC/MAC via a simple USB connection.
Such models are: DJM-250, DJM-250MKII, DJM-450, DJM-750, DJM-750MKII, DJM-850, DJM-900NXS, DJM-900SRT, DJM-900NXS2, DJM-2000, DJM-S3 and DJM-S9.

The main concept in this setup is that you use the mixer's sound interface to playback audio, while you use the CDJ's only as HID devices to control VirtualDJ functions. This method allows users to use "Advanced EQ" (stems) features of VirtualDJ 2021, easier DJ take overs, and easier transition between the various media sources on the CDJ players.

This guide assumes that your setup consists of CDJ-2000NXS2 players and DJM-900NXS2 mixer, but the main principals are the same for all CDJ players and DJM mixers [Bt]hat offer a USB port connection.

This is the second most preferred way to connect a setup that consists solely of CDJ-2000NXS2 players and DJM-900NXS2 mixer.

Hardware setup




  1. Connect the "USB" port on the back of each CDJ with a USB hub, or a USB port on your computer.



  2. Connect one of the "USB" ports on top of the DJM on the same USB hub, or a USB port on your computer.



  3. Power up the DJM mixer.



  4. Power up CDJ's.



> It is not necessary to connect any audio cables between the CDJs and the mixer. The audio will be produced by the sound interface of the DJM mixer.

Drivers


For both Windows and Mac OS X computers install the latest firmware and drivers for your mixer from PioneerDJ.

Attention MAC OS X users:
MAC users using OS X 10.13 or greater need to allow the drivers to run via [System Preferences] > [Security & Privacy] applet before using the controller. For more information please read Pioneer DJ documentation on this subject.

VirtualDJ Setup


Download and install VirtualDJ from our Downloads Page
(in case you have not done already)

Once VirtualDJ is launched, a Login Window will appear. Please login with your preferred method from the ones provided.

A Pro Infinity or a Pro Subscription License is required to fully use this setup.
Without any of the above Licenses, the setup will operate for 10 minutes each time you restart VirtualDJ.
Buy a license


A detection window will appear next verifying proper connection with the DJM mixer and CDJ players

Click on the "DJM-900NXS2" (or your own mixer model) button for VirtualDJ to apply the predefined audio setup with the built-in sound card of the DJM-900NXS2. You can still change that from Settings->AUDIO tab.

Click to OK.


The "Advanced EQ Mode" (stems) configuration window will pop-up next.

Select one of the desired operation modes for EQ.

Click to OK.


Turn each of the desired mixer channels source select switch to USB A or USB B position (depending on which port your computer is connected at)


On each CDJ press the LINK button, then navigate the screen and select "Control Mode (CDJ) > USB MIDI"


The setup is now ready to operate.


AUDIO Setup


DJM-900NXS2 (or your own mixer model) has a pre-defined Audio setup and a special button in the AUDIO tab of Config to provide that. Alternative Audio setups can be applied in the same window.



HID Setup


DJM-900NXS2 and CDJ-2000NXS2 (or your own mixer and players models) should be visible in the CONTROLLERS tab of Config and the “factory default” should be available/selected from the Mappings drop-down list.



Attention DJM-900NXS2 users:
The factory default Mapping of DJM-900NXS2 also hosts the mapping of the CDJ-2000NXS2 devices that are connected via LINK protocol on the mixer. Since this connection is not using the LINK protocol, any changes made on the mapping of DJM-900NXS2 regarding CDJ-2000NXS2 operation, will not apply!
If you wish to change the behavior of some button(s) on your CDJ-2000NXS2 it's the mapper of the CDJ-2000NXS2 themselves that you must change.

Deck Assignment


By default first CDJ (as listed by your OS) is assigned to first deck in VirtualDJ, second CDJ to second deck e.t.c.
However if this order does not match the physical layout of your CDJ's you can change each CDJ's deck assignment as follows:



Mixer Order


The default channels order for most DJM mixers is 3124. This means that the 2 main mixer channels (for decks 1 & 2) are the central ones and the outer ones are assigned to deck 3 on the left and deck 4 on the right.
This order also allows you to manipulate stems on VirtualDJ 2021 by using the outer mixer channels if you use only 2 decks for mixing.
If you wish to change the mixer channel order to match the silkscreen of the mixer (1234) then you need to open VirtualDJ settings, click on "Options" icon on the left, then click "Controller" icon and change the "mixerOrder" setting to 1234.
 

Analog Mixer


Description


"Analog Mixer" as a term is used here to describe audio mixers that don't offer a built-in sound interface.

In this setup you use the CDJ's both as control surfaces for VirtualDJ functions and as sound interfaces to playback audio.
This method can be used with ANY mixer, but has the most limitations.

This guide assumes that your setup consists of CDJ-2000NXS2 players, but the main principals are the same for all CDJ players.

This is the least preferred way to connect a setup that consists of CDJ players and a DJM mixer, and it should be used only if the mixer doesn't offer a sound interface.

Hardware setup




  1. Connect the "USB" port on the back of each CDJ with a USB hub, or a USB port on your computer.



  2. Connect the "Audio Out" terminals on the rear of each CDJ with a "Line" input on the back of your mixer by using a pair of standard RCA cables.




  3. Power up CDJ's.





Drivers


For both Windows and Mac OS X computers install the latest firmware for your CDJ's from PioneerDJ.
Windows users: Install the latest drivers for your CDJ's from PioneerDJ.
MAC OS X users: You don't need to install any drivers, nor the Pioneer aggregation tool for CDJ's to operate correctly as sound interfaces with VirtualDJ.

VirtualDJ Setup


Download and install VirtualDJ from our Downloads Page
(in case you have not done already)

Once VirtualDJ is launched, a Login Window will appear. Please login with your preferred method from the ones provided.

A Pro Infinity or a Pro Subscription License is required to fully use this setup.
Without any of the above Licenses, the setup will operate for 10 minutes each time you restart VirtualDJ.
Buy a license


A detection window will appear next verifying proper connection with CDJ players

Click on the "CDJ-2000NXS2" (or your own CDJ's model) button for VirtualDJ to apply the predefined audio setup with the sound cards of CDJ-2000NXS2. You can still change that from Settings->AUDIO tab.

Click to OK.


The "Advanced EQ Mode" (stems) configuration window will pop-up next.

Select one of the desired operation modes for EQ.
Please note that since you are not using a MIDI capable mixer you won't be able to control stems directly from your mixer.

Click to OK.


On each CDJ press the LINK button, then navigate the screen and select "Control Mode (CDJ) > USB MIDI"


The setup is now ready to operate.


AUDIO Setup


CDJ-2000NXS2 (or your own CDJ's model) has a pre-defined Audio setup and a special button in the AUDIO tab of Config to provide that. Alternative Audio setups can be applied in the same window.



HID Setup


CDJ-2000NXS2 (or your own CDJ's model) should be visible in the CONTROLLERS tab of Config and the “factory default” should be available/selected from the Mappings drop-down list.



Deck Assignment


By default first CDJ (as listed by your OS) is assigned to first deck in VirtualDJ, second CDJ to second deck e.t.c.
However if this order does not match the physical layout of your CDJ's you can change each CDJ's deck assignment as follows:



If the audio output of your CDJ's is inverted (left side CDJ plays the sound of right software side)






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