The Rane Sixty-Eight mixer has the added bonus of two independent USB 2.0 High Speed ports, making DJ changeover easier than a single port mixer. This "how to" will guide you through the changeover process so that you can seamlessly swap between DJs without interrupting the music.
When using the Rane Sixty-Eight with Scratch Live, you’ll see the Channel assign drop menu above each virtual deck. Use this drop menu to select the USB Channel output for each virtual deck.
Special note: The Channel drop menu also corresponds to the virtual deck control source input. Channel 1 is input 1 on the rear of the mixer, Channel 2 is input 2, Channel 3 is input 3 and Channel 4 is input four. As an example, if your left turntable is connected to input 1, your left virtual deck must be assigned to channel 1 and if your right turntable is connected to input 2, the right virtual deck must be assigned to Channel 2.
To stream virtual deck audio to the Sixty-Eight, use the PGM Source switch to select the USB Channel assigned to each virtual deck.
Changing over DJs with two different computers and using just two channels on the mixer is a common scenario and a relatively simple procedure. The following steps will guide you through the process.
1. The DJ before you has his computer connected to a USB port on the rear of the Sixty-Eight (USB A or USB B). His left virtual deck is assigned to USB Channel 2 and the right virtual deck assigned to USB Channel 3. His virtual decks will be setup like this:
2. Connect your computer to the available USB port on the rear of the Rane Sixty-Eight (USB A or USB B).
3. After the DJ before you mixes in his last song, ask him to free up the USB channel not playing. To do this, he simply needs to eject the song loaded to the unused virtual deck.
4. On your computer, assign the same virtual deck to the USB Channel that has just been freed up. In the example above, assign your right virtual deck to Channel 3
5. Mix your track loaded to the right virtual deck and fade out the other DJ’s last song.
6. The DJ before you can now disconnect from the mixer, if finished for the night, or eject the song he just played from the remaining virtual deck to free up the USB channel for you.
7. Once the deck is freed up, assign your other deck to the USB Channel you need to use. In this example, assign your left deck to USB Channel 2.
Good job! You have successfully DJ swapped over without killing the music or the vibe!