During a live set or recording, you often want to find and prepare the next song while the current one is still playing through the main audio output, a common task known as Pre-Cueing. This requires headphones and a USB audio interface to connect your headphones to.
Note: the built-in audio sound card of your Mac only has one stereo output, therefore you cannot use it for both speaker output and Pre-Cueing. However, you can use the built-in audio device in combination with any USB audio interface compatible with Mac OS X (i.e. that shows up in the Audio System Preferences). This includes USB headsets and external USB or FireWire sound cards (to be used with your favorite headphones). Multi-channel sound cards are fully supported with channel assignment. Please see our Audio Hardware page for more information about recommended devices.
How to preview a song with headphones:
- Connect your USB audio interface to your Mac.
- After djay has detected the device, confirm that you want to use it for Pre-Cueing.
- djay will select the turntable audible through your headphones automatically. To change the currently active turntable you can use the pre-cueing buttons above the line faders.
- To change the pre-cueing volume open the Pre-Cueing panel using the headphones button in the lower right corner of djay’s main window.