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Rockit Pro DJ - Sample Sound Card Setups

 

Rockit can be used with a single sound card, or with multiple cards for better sound and cueing ability.

 

Most desktop and laptop computers, come with low quality internal sound cards, and are only useful for home applications, such as Windows sounds, etc. By utilizing an external USB or FIREWIRE sound card, you will increase your sound quality, and be able to utilize the cueing facilities built in to Rockit, or even run each deck to separate mixer channels for the ultimate in sound. Here are a few sample setups, and below you will find a small listing of sound cards that our users recommend, and instructions on how to map Rockit's deck outputs to the cards.

 

 

 

 

Basic Single Laptop Output

 

Here we would employ a laptop computer with a single sound output. No cueing is available with this configuration, but it is well suitable for the startup digital DJ. Simply pick up a cable at Radio Shack (part # 42-2551), that has an 1/8" stereo to dual RCA jacks, connect to the headphone output (this laptop has no speaker or line out - line out would be preferred if available), then connect to your mixer device, or powered speakers.

 

  

 

One Internal, one External Output

 

In this configuration, we would use the internal sound of the laptop for cue monitoring on the computer, and an external USB sound device for the mains output to the mixer or speakers. Please note, the sound card picture is a representation, and not necessarily the card of choice.

 

     

 

 

Two External Split Main Deck Output

 

This is the preferred laptop setup for optimum fidelity and monitoring capability. You would actually be doing the mixing and monitoring off your mixer, and each deck in RockIt is mapped to a separate sound device running to a separate mixer channel. You will get much finer control of your monitoring this way, and since each deck has a dedicated sound device, the sound will be much cleaner.

 

     

  

 

 

Two Main Deck Outputs to Dual USB Mixer

 

This is the easiest laptop setup for optimum fidelity and monitoring capability. New USB enabled mixers have two sound cards built in, and you simply connect the USB cables to your computer. No software drivers are needed with most of these mixers (when running on Windows XP), so it's easy plug and play! In this particular setup, a Numark CM200USB mixer, with 2 USB inputs, is connected via two USB cables to the computer, and each deck is mapped to a separate channel on the mixer.

 

  

 

 


Sound Cards and Links

These are in no particular order, but this is a small sampling of external sound cards available, and links to more information. We do not recommend any hardware specifically, so read the reviews, ask other DJs on the DJ message boards, etc.

Model Type Description
Turtle Beach Audio Advantage USB Small, sounds good, low price.
Behringer UCA202 USB Small, sounds good, RCA outputs and Inputs
Maya EX5 USB Large, hard to find.
Gigaport AG USB Large, hard to find, expensive for it's performance.
M-Audio Fast Track USB We haven't tried, but hear they are decent.
Echo Indigo DJ PCMCIA We haven't tried. Expensive.

 

Most of these sound cards can be purchased from our Amazon Store, and you can also purchase high quality DRM free MP3 downloads!

 

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Setting up Rockit's Deck Mappings

Rockit can accommodate any number of sound cards, that is only limited by Windows itself. Each main deck, the jukebox and the effects player, can all be mapped to separate sound cards if desired. To map a main deck's output, go to Config->Audio Decks. You will see the following screen:

 

 

In this example, we have the Mains output set to an external USB sound card, and the monitor output set to the internal sound card. Note that choice 0 is always Microsoft Sound Mapper, and is a virtual output, meaning it is whatever Windows has set as the default sound card. So, it actually points to one of the others in the list. That will vary depending on your setup, so it's best to choose the actual card itself from the list, and not the mapper.

 

To set the desired sound card mapping, double click the card using the left mouse button, this will stop any music playing, set the mapping, and save the changes.

 

To set a card on-the-fly (temporarily), you can right double click, and the output will change, but only for the immediate Rockit session, and will not be saved. The music will not stop playing, and will just switch to the chosen sound card.

 

 

 

 

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