Video: Hacking Soundcards Into DJ Mixers

This morning on our internet radar was DJ Blaze’s overview of his most recent DIY project – installing Traktor audio soundcards into traditional DJ mixers. It’s a great idea, especially if you happen to have an older mixer and soundcard both lying around that could be put to good use.

The way he’s done the mod, he’s pretty much just dropped a complete Traktor Audio 4/6 into his Korg KM-202 and Vestax PMC-05proIV mixers, respectively. This allows him to pull out the soundcard intact in the future – and additional ports drilled into the rear of the unit allow for DVS signal to be input into the now-enclosed audio devices.

Watch the full overview video below – skip to 3:25 for close ups of the rear of both mixers, or to 8:00 to see how the soundcard sits inside of the mixer:

[via DJBooth]

Anyone inspired to do a similar mod for themselves? Let us know in the comments below! 

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  • Axel

    not really a hack, its just making a mess of your mixer by drilling non-aligned holes and putting the sound card inside it, with more cable joins that will decrease overall quality…oh and definitely invest in decent interconnect cables.
    good luck selling your mixers on..

  • Shuriken Tenshii

    Uh….why not just build a new housing for the audio interface that mounts to the back of your mixer and can be removed in a couple seconds? Like a DOCKING STATION. That way the sound card stays intact, attaches to the mixer, but can be removed in a flash. Just my idea.

  • Pandemonium

    This guy did the same thing (with a Tascam XS8 and Rane SL1) a couple years ago. I’ve had that bookmarked since then, meaning to do the same thing to my XS8

  • James 'Pioneer' Burkill

    had this idea for a DDM-4000 but using a powered 7 port hub also to build in a HDD for a 2nd boot drive and a 2 external port to add controllers to the mixer mount the hubs transformer into the mixer and wire it to the 3 pin plug all powered all contained

  • Yatin K

    if you want to make this as a home DJ/practice setup this is workable. But then this is very impractical to put the soundcard inside the mixer because then you cant carry the soundcard for outside gigs. its stuck with your mixer for life…

    • Spacecamp

      Very true – but for many DJs, they’re using a club mixer anyway, so if you’ve got old/unused gear laying around (or I’m sure old soundcards can be had for cheap on eBay) then it might be just the ticket : )

    • Shuriken Tenshii

      Not true, just like DJ Blaze ( did… can build it so it’s removable if need be. Leave the interface intact.

  • fumbustos

    It’s cool that y’all mentioned DJ Blaze here. He also does reviews on dj hardware on his website.

    • Spacecamp

      Blaze is a cool dude!

  • DJ Rockwell

    Check out djhenraycustoms on Facebook. He’s been doing this with all kinds of mixers and serato (djm800with serato). He also does a super sweet dicer inlay on technic 1200’s

    • Ben Marshall

      where can i learn more or acquire more tips on how to do this. I would like to put a sound card in my rane ttm 57 but would love to see all different possibilities on proaudio equiptment. Do you have a link?

    • Shuriken Tenshii

      Charges WAAAY to much though. The work and parts ratio is not even 20% of what he charges.

  • DJ Rob Ticho,Club mU

    i’ve been wanting to do this! i have all the parts sitting here but was waiting for the knowledge.

  • James Brian Thomaston

    I want to do this with a Rane 56 and a Traktor box, 1) because it would be sick and 2) because the serato heads would freak.

    • Lauti

      lol, then just put a sticker that says “ttm 63” or something and they’d go mad with hate towards rane and life

    • poornunknown

      already did that a year ago, also did sl3, sl4, sl1 inside the rane 56 and 56s. vestex as well.

    • Shuriken Tenshii

      wouldn’t be the 1st or last time Traktor took the ideas of Rane and called it their own.

  • Ryan Dejaegher

    I did this with a DJM 909 and Audio 4 DJ. Space was a huge factor though so this required removing the soundcard from it’s casing. It does work, the only concern i’ve had with the setup is the phono input picking out sound from Traktor’s line output which could affect the timecode signal. Nothing major has happened yet but i’ve yet to play out in a public setting with the mixer.