Pre-Listening, what do I need?

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Dustin L.
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Pre-Listening, what do I need?

Post by Dustin L. » Tue May 11, 2010 3:31 am

What would be a cheap way to be able to pre-listen tracks through headphones on live? I've been messing around with an APC40, but I'm about to start dj'ing for friends/parties.

I'm not sure if it is possible with any of these (I have already from a band):

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/pr ... sku=631236

(just the fast track pro, not the software):
http://www.amazon.com/Tools-Recording-S ... 354&sr=8-6

but if I could do it another way, what would be my cheapest solution?

Thanks,

Dustin

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Re: Pre-Listening, what do I need?

Post by anamexis » Tue May 11, 2010 3:51 am

Do you own the audio interface you linked to, or the fast track pro? They're different - the one you linked to only has 2 outs, but the Fast Track Pro has 4.

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Re: Pre-Listening, what do I need?

Post by Anand » Tue May 11, 2010 4:46 am

You need 4 outputs at a minimum.

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Re: Pre-Listening, what do I need?

Post by mrideas » Tue May 11, 2010 5:20 am

Are you on Mac or PC.

If Mac, then you can manage with a simple card as you already have be creating an 'aggregate audio device' in your audio prefs in OSX.

IF pc, you need 4 outs.

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Re: Pre-Listening, what do I need?

Post by anamexis » Tue May 11, 2010 4:00 pm

mrideas wrote:Are you on Mac or PC.

If Mac, then you can manage with a simple card as you already have be creating an 'aggregate audio device' in your audio prefs in OSX.

IF pc, you need 4 outs.
There are ways to make "aggregate audio devices" on PCs as well.

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Re: Pre-Listening, what do I need?

Post by evaodland » Tue May 11, 2010 6:42 pm

advanced ears...

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Re: Pre-Listening, what do I need?

Post by alienguts » Tue May 11, 2010 7:10 pm

pretty sure you basically need to have an asio card with 2 stereo out (1/2 master 3/4 cue is my setup) to get it to work.
I stay away from anything except midi controllers that use USB. get a pci
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Dustin L.
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Re: Pre-Listening, what do I need?

Post by Dustin L. » Tue May 18, 2010 1:32 am

mrideas wrote:Are you on Mac or PC.

If Mac, then you can manage with a simple card as you already have be creating an 'aggregate audio device' in your audio prefs in OSX.

IF pc, you need 4 outs.
Thanks man, suggestions for which?

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Re: Pre-Listening, what do I need?

Post by Dustin L. » Tue May 18, 2010 5:16 am

anamexis wrote:Do you own the audio interface you linked to, or the fast track pro? They're different - the one you linked to only has 2 outs, but the Fast Track Pro has 4.
I have the audio interface linked (the Fast Track, not the Fast Track Pro).

It has a headphone out as well as an L and R out. Seems like that would work, but even so would I even need that much? If I assign my normal computer jack as my main out and then either one of those two outs as my headphones, would that would work too?

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Re: Pre-Listening, what do I need?

Post by Destro » Tue May 18, 2010 5:45 am

Dustin L. wrote:...

but if I could do it another way, what would be my cheapest solution?

Thanks,

Dustin
Your cheapest solution would be the Audio 2 DJ by Native Instruments.

http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/ ... udio-2-dj/

It's got exactly 2 stereo outputs (one for the master, the other to pre-listen), it's really small, and the digital<->analog converters are awesome.

Hope this helps!

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