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Mixxx is a free, open source mixing software for DJs, providing features for both new and advanced users. It runs on Linux, Windows and Mac OSX.

Mixxx features:
  • mp3, ogg, wave and flac playback
  • automatic crossfading
  • waveform summaries
  • database-powered library and can read Rhythmbox library
  • playlists and crates
  • Pitch-independent time stretch
  • live broadcasting (soutcast / icecast)
  • Vinyl emulation
  • Hot cues
  • Looping
  • Wave recording
  • BPM detection and estimation
  • Multichannel soundcard support (playback and capture)
  • Multiple soundcard support
  • Adjustable EQ shelves
  • Crossfader curve control
  • Advanced MIDI scripting engine
  • And many many more.

Don't like the default interface? Mixxx has this covered as it comes with multiple skins which are more then just making the application look pretty. For instance, if you use a netbook like I am, select a netbook skin and Mixxx will fit perfectly on your screen resolution. And if you're a new user, you'll be glad to know that each control has a tooltip which explains what it does as well as the corresponding keyboard shortcut.

If you have a graphics card that supports video acceleration or multiple CPU cores, Mixxx can take advantage of those, providing low latency and high responsiveness.

Using Mixxx seems quite easy and intuitive - for some basic tasks anyway and I'm the perfect candidate for testing how easy it is to use since I've never used any mixing software before. But unfortunately this limits my review so this time I'm counting on your feedback: what do you think about Mixxx? Have you used it?

Install Mixxx in Ubuntu

(The default Mixxx skin - running in Ubuntu 11.04)

Mixxx is available in the Ubuntu official repositories, but to get the latest version you must use the Mixxx PPA.

Install Mixxx DJ software in Ubuntu 10.04 and 10.10 using the commands below:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mixxx/mixxx
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mixxx libportaudio2

For Ubuntu Natty you can install the Maverick version:

Download Mixxx for other Linux distributions, Windows and Mac.

Thanks to bhaismachine for the tip!