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easy dj swapping with the Rane sixty-four

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One of the biggest challenges of digital DJing has been seamlessly changing over from one DJ to the next and playing back-to-back DJ sets. Now, with the next-level architecture of the Rane Sixty-Four mixer, swapping between digital DJs has never been easier.

 

it’s a four channel Sixty-Two, plus a whole lot more!

Just like the Rane Sixty-Two mixer, the Sixty-Four comes equipped with two USB ports and the same simplified Input Source switching workflow. If you’ve swapped between DJs using the Sixty-Two mixer, swapping with the Sixty-Four is done exactly the same way by using the Source Select knobs.


 

deck swapping controls

At the top of each channel is the Source Select knob. This knob switches input sources. If your computer is connected to USB port B, switching a channel Source Select knob to USB B, the mixer assigns the corresponding virtual deck to that channel for audio playback.

 

The same applies to USB port A. If your computer is connected to USB port A, switching a channel Source Select knob to USB A, assigns the corresponding virtual deck to that channel for audio playback. For example, assigning all four channels to USB 1A-4A, assigns all four virtual decks to the computer connected to USB port A.

 

 

When two DJs are connected to the Sixty-Four, they can quickly swap deck control between computers using the Source Select knobs. Any of the four virtual decks can be swapped back and forth with a simple twist of a knob. Nice and easy, just the way we intended.

 

midi without interference

An innovative feature carried over from the Sixty-Two is mixer MIDI routing. When you assign a channel Input Source switch to your computer, MIDI follows along with the audio automatically. This means two DJs can share the mixer, MIDI controls and all, without interference or needing to manually toggle MIDI controls.  

 

 

the dj handover walkthrough

Swapping between two DJs using the Sixty-Four with Serato DJ is quick and seamless. In the scenario below, one DJ, let’s call him DJ A, is already connected to the Sixty-Four using either USB port A or B.

 

 

With DJ A’s computer already connected to the Sixty-Four and playing music, do the following:

  1. Connect your computer to the unused USB port on the Sixty-Four.
  2. Switch the Input Source on the non-playing mixer channel to the USB source of your computer.
  3. Play a track on this Deck and mix it in when ready — you’ll now have audio from both computers in the mix.
  4. Fade out the audio playing from DJ A’s computer to the audio playing from your computer.
  5. Assign the Input Source for the remaining free mixer channel(s) to your computer and continue DJing
  • If DJ A is done DJing, disconnect his computer from the USB port. If you’re back-to-back mixing with DJ A, keep the computer connected and perform the same swapping instructions to regain deck control.

 

enhancing back-to-back mixing with the usb insert

To enhance your back-to-back mixing experience, the Sixty-Four comes equipped with two USB effect inserts. The USB Inserts allow you to route audio from the Sixty-Four back to your computer for post-fader effects. Now, with two USB Inserts, both DJs can quickly route audio back to their computers using independent inserts for USB A and B. This gives both DJs the flexibility to swap insert audio routing as easily as swapping decks.

 


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