Properly set up 5.1 surround sound system

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Properly set up 5.1 surround sound system

Postby Dubfiance » Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:41 pm

Hi everyone. I just got a 5.1 Logitech x530 speaker set and an Asus Xonar U5 external sound card for my laptop (Windows 10)

I was wondering how do I properly set up the channels to work with Mixxx, or what's the best way to do so.

Thanks
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Re: Properly set up 5.1 surround sound system

Postby JosepMa » Sun Aug 18, 2019 6:04 pm

According to the image here, the xonar has 5 connectors. https://www.asus.com/es/Sound-Cards/Xonar_U5/gallery/

It has one input connector (the one with a microphone), one stere output (the one with the headphones), and a 5.1 output (the front, center and rear connectors).

I recommend you to use the "front" and "rear" connectors, use front as your master and "rear" as your headphones. Usually you can connect the headphones directly there, but you might need a heaphone amplifier if you need more volume.

On Mixxx, you would go to settings, audio hardware, and configure the output for master to channels 1-2 and headphones to channels 3-4 (usually center and subwoofer are channels 5-6, you might need to try).
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Re: Properly set up 5.1 surround sound system

Postby Dubfiance » Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:14 pm

JosepMa wrote:According to the image here, the xonar has 5 connectors. https://www.asus.com/es/Sound-Cards/Xonar_U5/gallery/

It has one input connector (the one with a microphone), one stere output (the one with the headphones), and a 5.1 output (the front, center and rear connectors).

I recommend you to use the "front" and "rear" connectors, use front as your master and "rear" as your headphones. Usually you can connect the headphones directly there, but you might need a heaphone amplifier if you need more volume.

On Mixxx, you would go to settings, audio hardware, and configure the output for master to channels 1-2 and headphones to channels 3-4 (usually center and subwoofer are channels 5-6, you might need to try).



As an update I actually found a way to get all my speakers to work as far as I know:

For how I did this i used three audio outputs: Master, Headphones, and Booth
-Master has channels 1-2 which are the front speakers
-Headphones has channels 5-6 which are the rear speakers
-Booth has channels 3-4 which are the center and sub

Everything works great however i do have to enable headphones to get the rears to work (all headphone icons on top of the mixer have to be enabled) so if I am trying to switch songs they play only through the rear but I can just lower the volume until needed again.
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Re: Properly set up 5.1 surround sound system

Postby JosepMa » Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:53 pm

If you only want your system to play a stereo track on your surround system, usually there is an option on the speaker driver configuration that enables the stereo signal to be sent to all the channels and applies the appropriate leveling and crossfading needed.

What you have done with Mixxx is just "send the same signal to all speakers", which not necessarily sound good, and of course, as you've explained, you lost the ability to use Mixxx for mixing.
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