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Mixxx DJ Hardware Guide

What kind of hardware should I get to DJ with Mixxx?

Bare minimum equipment for DJing:

Helpful but not strictly necessary:

See the manual for diagrams and descriptions of setups with different kinds of hardware.

See the Beginner DJ Links page for more helpful resources.

Hardware compatibility

Because Mixxx is free software — free as in artistic freedom, not just price — we strive to make it work with as much hardware as we can. Mixxx is collaboratively developed by a community of volunteers and we can only make mappings for controllers that we have. If hardware does not work with Mixxx, that does not mean it is impossible, it only means that no one has made it work with Mixxx yet. Anyone, including you, who has the hardware is welcome to make Mixxx work with it.

Controllers

Mixxx can work with any controller that sends MIDI or HID signals to your computer; it just needs a controller mapping to tell Mixxx what to do with the signals. Standards compliant MIDI controllers do not need any special drivers on Linux, macOS, or Windows. Standards compliant HID controllers do not need any special drivers. Most DJ controllers are standards compliant MIDI controllers and so are these in the tables below. Exceptions from the standard are noted in the tables below.

Audio interfaces

Controllers that have integrated audio interfaces often have a USB Audio Class compliant audio interface. Sound cards that aren't USB Audio Class compliant need a driver for each OS. USB Audio Class compliant audio interfaces, both stand-alone and integrated into controllers, do not need any special drivers for Linux or macOS. On Windows, they can be used without any special drivers, but a driver is needed from the manufacturer to use the recommended ASIO sound API. Sound cards that are advertised for use with iOS devices are class compliant.

Unlike some proprietary DJ programs, Mixxx works with any audio interface that your operating system has a driver to use—including for timecode vinyl (DVS) use.

Mixxx Certified Mappings

Click the name of the controller for more information.

Device Price (USD) 1) Description Integrated Sound Card Balanced outputs Signal protocol Supported since Mixxx version Released
Hercules DJControl Compact $80 basic 2 deck no N/A MIDI 2.1 2015
Hercules DJ Control MP3 e2 / MP3 LE / Glow $90 basic 2 deck2) no N/A USB Bulk 1.11 2009
Hercules P32 DJ $250 2 deck3) without jog wheels yes no MIDI 2.1 2016
Allen & Heath Xone K1 $250 2 decks + 2 effect units, or 4 decks, or 4 effect units no N/A MIDI 2.1 2014
Allen & Heath Xone K2 $270 2 decks + 2 effect units, or 4 decks, or 4 effect units yes no MIDI 1.11 2012
Denon MC6000MK2 $700 4 deck all-in-one yes yes MIDI 2.0 2015
American Audio VMS4/4.1 discontinued 4 deck all-in-one yes yes MIDI 1.9 2012
DJ TechTools MIDIFighter Classic discontinued 4×4 spring-loaded arcade button grid 4) no N/A MIDI 1.8 2011
Denon HS5500 discontinued 2-decks-in-1 CD player with motorized platter yes no MIDI 2.0 2008
Hercules DJ Console Mk2 discontinued 2 deck all-in-one yes no USB Bulk 1.11 2008
Hercules DJ Console RMX discontinued basic 2 deck all-in-one yes yes HID 1.11 2008
Hercules DJ Console RMX 2 discontinued 2 deck all-in-one yes yes MIDI 1.11 2012
Korg Kaoss DJ $250/€140 2 deck controller and standalone mixer (switchable) yes no MIDI 2.1 2015
M-Audio X-Session Pro discontinued 2 deck mixer no N/A MIDI 1.6 2007
Stanton SCS.3d discontinued 1 deck control 5) no N/A MIDI 1.7 2009
Stanton SCS.3m discontinued 2 deck mixer 6) no N/A MIDI 1.7 2009
Stanton SCS.1m discontinued 4 deck mixer yes yes HSS1394 (MIDI) 1.7 2009
Stanton SCS.1d discontinued 1 turntable 7) no N/A HSS1394 (MIDI) 1.9.1 2009
Vestax VCI-400 discontinued 4 deck all-in-one yes yes MIDI 1.10.1 2012

Community Supported Mappings

All of these devices have mappings included in Mixxx. There may be other mappings more suited to your workflow on the forum.

Do not add mappings to this list until they have been included in Mixxx. If you make a mapping for a controller, please add it to the Mappings In Development table and refer to the Contributing Mappings page for instructions on how to get it included in Mixxx. When the pull request is merged, move your controller to this table.

Device Price (USD) 8) Description Integrated audio interface Balanced outputs Signal protocol Supported since Mixxx version Released
Numark DJ2GO $60 basic 2 deck no N/A MIDI 1.10 2011
Korg nanoKONTROL 2 $60 miscellaneous no N/A MIDI 1.11 2011
Akai LPD8 $70 miscellaneous no N/A MIDI 1.10.1 2010
Novation Launchpad Mini $75 pad grid no N/A MIDI 2.0 2013
Novation Dicer $100 9) pads for use with turntables no N/A MIDI 1.10 2010
Hercules DJ Control Instinct S $100 basic 2 deck yes no MIDI 1.10.1 2015
Novation Launchpad Mk2 $150 pad grid no N/A MIDI 2.1 2015
Numark Mixtrack 3 $150 2 deck all-in-one no N/A MIDI 2.1 2015
Behringer CMD Studio 4a $200 2 deck 10) all-in-one yes no MIDI 2.1 2013
Numark Mixtrack Pro 3 $200 2 deck all-in-one yes no MIDI 2.1 2015
Keith McMillen QuNeo $250 miscellaneous no N/A MIDI 1.11 2012
Pioneer DDJ-SB2 $250 2 deck11) all-in-one yes no MIDI 2.0 2015
American Audio VMS2 $250 2 deck all-in-one yes yes MIDI 1.11 2011
Denon MC4000 $400 2 deck controller and mixer yes yes MIDI 2.1 2015
Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 Mk2 $600 4 deck all-in-one yes yes HID 2.1 2013
Pioneer DDJ-SX2 $1000 4 deck all-in-one controller/mixer yes yes MIDI 2.1 2014
Akai MPD24 discontinued miscellaneous no N/A MIDI 1.8 2007
Behringer BCD2000 discontinued basic 2 deck yes no MIDI 1.11 2006
Behringer CMD MM-1 discontinued 4 deck mixer no no MIDI 2.1 2013
American Audio Radius 1000 / 2000 / 3000 discontinued CD player no N/A MIDI 1.10 2010
Behringer BCD3000 discontinued basic 2 deck yes no MIDI 1.6 2007
Behringer CMD Micro discontinued basic 2 deck no N/A MIDI 2.1 2013
Denon SC2000 discontinued 1 deck no N/A MIDI 1.8 2010
DJ Tech CDJ-101 discontinued 2 deck jog wheel no N/A MIDI 1.11 2011
DJ Tech DJM-101 discontinued 2 deck mixer no N/A MIDI 1.11 2011
DJ Tech iMix Reload discontinued 2 deck all-in-one no N/A MIDI 1.10 2009
DJ Tech Kontrol One discontinued 4 decks no N/A MIDI 1.11 2009
DJ Tech Mixer One discontinued 2 deck mixer no N/A MIDI 1.10.1 2009
eks Otus discontinued 1 turntable + 2 deck mixer yes no HID 1.11 2008
Electrix Tweaker discontinued 2 deck12) without jog wheels no N/A MIDI 2.0 2012
Evolution X-Session discontinued knobs + crossfader no N/A MIDI 1.6 2006
FaderFox DJ2 discontinued 2 deck mixer no N/A MIDI 1.6 2006
Gemini FirstMix discontinued basic 2 deck no N/A MIDI 1.11 2011
Kontrol DJ KDJ500 discontinued basic 2 deck no N/A MIDI 1.10 2003
Korg nanoKONTROL discontinued 2 deck mixer no N/A MIDI 1.8.2 2009
Hercules DJ Control Air discontinued 2 deck all-in-one yes no MIDI 1.11 2012
Hercules DJ Control Instinct discontinued basic 2 deck yes no MIDI 1.10.1 2012
Hercules DJ Console Mac Edition discontinued 2 deck all-in-one yes no MIDI 13) 1.7 2004
Hercules DJ Console 4-Mx discontinued 2 deck14) all-in-one yes yes MIDI 15) 1.11 2010
Hercules DJ Console Mk1 discontinued 2 deck all-in-one yes no HID 1.11 2003
Hercules DJ Console Mk4 discontinued 2 deck all-in-one yes no USB Bulk 1.8 2010
Hercules DJ Control MP3 discontinued 2 deck all-in-one no N/A HID 1.11 2006
Hercules DJ Control Steel discontinued 2 deck all-in-one no N/A HID 1.11 2009
Ion Discover DJ discontinued basic 2 deck no N/A MIDI 1.8 2009
M-Audio Xponent discontinued 2 deck all-in-one yes N/A MIDI 1.6 2007
Mixman DM2 discontinued 2 decks no N/A MIDI 16) 1.7 2001
Mixvibes U-Mix Control 2 discontinued 2 deck all-in-one no N/A MIDI 1.10.1 2011
Mixvibes U-Mix Control 2 Pro discontinued 2 deck all-in-one yes no MIDI 1.11 2011
Novation Launchpad Mk1 discontinued pad grid no N/A MIDI 17) 1.11, 2.1 2009
Novation Twitch discontinued 2 deck all-in-one no N/A MIDI 2.1 2011
Numark Mixtrack Pro II discontinued 2 deck all-in-one yes N/A MIDI 1.11 2013
Numark Omni Control discontinued 2 deck all-in-one yes no MIDI 18) 1.10 2008
Numark Total Control discontinued 2 deck all-in-one no N/A MIDI 1.6 2007
Numark Mixtrack discontinued 2 deck all-in-one no N/A MIDI 1.8.2 2010
Numark Mixtrack Pro discontinued 2 deck all-in-one yes no MIDI 1.10 2010
Numark N4 discontinued 4 deck all-in-one yes yes MIDI 1.10 2012
Numark NS7 discontinued 2 deck all-in-one with motorized wheels yes yes MIDI 1.9 2009
Numark V7 discontinued 2 deck motorized wheel yes no MIDI 1.10 2010
Pioneer CDJ-350 discontinued CD player no N/A MIDI or HID 1.8.2 (MIDI) 2010
Pioneer CDJ-850 discontinued CD player yes no MIDI or HID 1.10 (MIDI), 1.11 (HID) 2010
Pioneer CDJ-2000 discontinued CD player yes no MIDI or HID 1.10 (MIDI), 1.11 (HID) 2009
Pioneer DDJ-SB discontinued 2 deck19) all-in-one yes no MIDI 2.0 2014
Pioneer DDJ-SX discontinued 4 deck all-in-one controller/mixer yes yes MIDI 2.1 2012
Reloop Beatmix 2 discontinued 2 deck all-in-one yes no MIDI 2.1 2014
Reloop Beatmix 4 discontinued 4 deck all-in-one yes no MIDI 2.1 2014
Reloop Beatpad discontinued 2 deck all-in-one yes yes MIDI 2.0 2014
Reloop Digital Jockey 2 Controller Edition discontinued 2 deck all-in-one no N/A MIDI 1.8 2009
Reloop Digital Jockey 2 Master Edition discontinued 2 deck all-in-one yes yes MIDI 20) 1.8 2009
Reloop Jockey 3 ME discontinued 2 deck21) all-in-one yes yes MIDI 22) 2.1 2011
Reloop Terminal Mix 2 discontinued 2 deck23) all-in-one yes yes MIDI 1.11 2012
Reloop Terminal Mix 4 discontinued 4 deck all-in-one yes yes MIDI 1.11 2012
Tascam US-428 discontinued mixing console yes no MIDI 1.6.2 2001
Vestax VCI-100MKI discontinued 2 deck all-in-one no N/A MIDI 1.6 2007
Vestax VCI-100MKII discontinued 2 deck24) all-in-one yes no MIDI 2.0 2011
Vestax VCI-300 discontinued 2 deck all-in-one yes yes MIDI 1.11 2008
Vestax Typhoon discontinued 2 deck all-in-one yes no MIDI 1.9 2010
Vestax Spin discontinued 2 deck all-in-one yes no MIDI 1.9 2009

Esoteric controllers

These are devices that were not designed for controlling music software but have been mapped to Mixxx anyway.

Device Price (USD) Description Integrated audio interface Balanced outputs Signal protocol Supported since Mixxx version Released
Nintendo Wiimote $25 game console controller no N/A HID 1.11 2006
Sony SixxAxis $25 game console controller no N/A HID 1.11 2006

Mappings In Development

These controllers have Mixxx mappings under active development. If you are considering getting one of these controllers, you are encouraged to do so. You can help the development of the mapping by testing it and providing feedback to the developer. You can also edit the mapping yourself. Click the name of the controller for more information.

When a mapping is included in Mixxx, please move it to the Mixxx Certified Mappings or Community Supported Mappings table above.

Device Price (USD) 25) Description Integrated Sound Card Balanced outputs Signal protocol Released
Akai AMX $250 2 deck mixer yes no MIDI 2014
Faderfox DJ44 €499 2/4 deck26) mobile controller no no MIDI 2013
Gemini G4V $350 2 deck27) all-in-one yes yes MIDI 2013
Pioneer DDJ-WeGO discontinued 2 deck controller yes n/a MIDI 2012
Pioneer DDJ-WeGO3 $300 2 deck controller yes no MIDI 2014
Behringer CMD PL-1 $100 1 deck controller no no MIDI 2013
JBSystems DJ-kontrol 3
(Resident DJ-kontrol 3 identically?)
$200 2 deck controller yes yes MIDI 2012
Behringer CMD Studio 2a $100 2 deck controller yes no MIDI 2014
Roland DJ-202 $300 2 deck28) all-in-one yes no MIDI 2017
DJ Tech Tools MIDI Fighter Twister $200 2 deck controller no no MIDI 2015
Numark Mixtrack Platinum $250 2 deck29) all-in-one yes no MIDI 2016

Not mapped controllers

There are too many DJ controllers out there to list. Some of these controllers may have mappings (of unverified quality and may be incomplete) posted on the forums that have not (yet) been included with Mixxx. If a controller you own or are interested in getting is not listed here, search the forum to see if anyone has posted a mapping. If you are willing to put in the effort to map one of these controllers, please get the controller, map it, and contribute the mapping to Mixxx.

Note regarding Native Instruments controllers

Native Instruments' newer DJ controllers are USB HID class compliant devices (source). The Windows and macOS drivers can translate the HID signals to MIDI, but this is not available on GNU/Linux. So, if you make a mapping for these controllers, please make an HID mapping so it is compatible with every OS that Mixxx runs on.

Native Instruments' older DJ controllers use a proprietary protocol called NHL that Mixxx does not support. The Windows and macOS drivers can switch these controllers to a MIDI mode by pressing certain buttons (see the Native Instruments website for the button combination for each controller), which could be mapped to Mixxx. Unfortunately, because this is done by the driver and not the controller firmware, these controllers cannot be used as MIDI controllers on GNU/Linux. However, the snd-usb-caiaq driver in Linux supports the audio interfaces in at least some of these devices. It also registers the signals from some of the controllers as generic Linux input events. To get these devices to work with Mixxx on GNU/Linux, either the driver would need to be modified to translate these signals to HID or MIDI, Mixxx would need to be able to read Linux input events, or a program would need to translate the Linux input events to HID or MIDI.

Microphones

Mixxx can work with any microphone that can be plugged into your audio interface. Refer to the Mixxx Manual for a detailed explanation of different options for setting up Mixxx with microphones. As explained in the manual, USB microphones are not recommended because they cannot be used with direct monitoring with Mixxx.

The table of USB audio interfaces below has notes regarding use of some audio interfaces with microphones. As explained in the manual, Behringer Xenyx mixers are not recommended because their audio interfaces only have 2 channels for output.

Splitter cables

Splitter cables are the cheapest way to get two separate sound outputs from your computer. These plug into the onboard audio interface built into computer motherboards and split the stereo signal into two separate mono signals. However, onboard audio interfaces are not good quality, and you lose the stereo effect of hearing different sounds arranged in space.

Devices marketed as “headphone splitter” instead of DJ splitters duplicate one stereo signal in two jacks. These cannot be used for headphone cueing. Also, generic stereo-to-mono splitter cables or adapters typically have two mono jack outputs. Plugging headphones or stereo speakers into a generic stereo-to-mono splitter will only play sound on one side of the headphones or speakers.

Available DJ splitter cables:

Audio interfaces

To be able to hear the next track you want to mix in before your audience hears it, you need two separate sound outputs. Most computers come with an audio interface built into the motherboard with only 1 stereo 1/8“ headphone output (2 mono channels). Onboard audio interfaces built into computers generally have bad sound quality and may pick up interference from other devices in the computer, especially the charger or power supply. It is recommended to use one audio interface with at least 4 mono output channels (2 stereo channels). For vinyl control, it is recommended to use an audio interface with phono preamplifiers.

Compatibility

As stated above, Mixxx can use any audio interface that your OS has a driver to use. All USB audio interfaces listed in the table below work with Windows, macOS, and Linux.

Thunderbolt audio interfaces can operate at lower latencies than USB or Firewire audio interfaces, but are generally only compatible with macOS.

USB audio interfaces

These devices allow a computer to output and input sound. Any audio interface that your operating system has a driver to use can be used with Mixxx. All the USB audio interfaces in the table below are compatible with Windows, macOS, and Linux. It is possible to use just an audio interface plus a keyboard & mouse to use Mixxx, but a separate controller makes using Mixxx easier, more intuitive, and more fun.

An audio interface with at least 4 mono output channels (2 stereo pairs) is recommended for most uses. Refer to the Mixxx manual for details. If your audio interface does not have 4 output channels, it is possible to use multiple audio interfaces. However, this increases latency. On Windows, it can be tricky to configure Mixxx to use both of them at the same time depending on the sound APIs supported by each audio interface's driver.

Surround sound (5.1 or 7.1) cards are not recommended. They sometimes do signal processing in hardware or in the driver to split a stereo signal into multiple components. It may be possible to configure them to output separate master and headphone stereo signals, but it is often tricky to do so.

This table only lists a handful of available USB audio interfaces that are currently in production and suitable for use with Mixxx. There are many more options available that may be better for you depending on your input and output needs and the sound quality you can afford. You generally get the sound quality you pay for with audio interfaces. The Mixxx manual has more information to help decide on an audio interface to use.

Device Price (USD) 30) Channels out Balanced outputs Channels in Microphone input with direct monitoring Phono preamp Notes
Generic USB audio interfaces < $10 2 no 0-2 no no These look similar to USB flash drives. They tend to be poor quality, sometimes even worse than onboard audio interfaces. Splitter cables are another option in this price range.
Behringer U-Phono UFO202 $30 2 no 2 no yes Cheapest option for vinyl control, but requires using 2 of them and making a small hardware modification. Not to be confused with the Behringer U-Control UCA202 & UCA222, which do not have phono preamps and cannot be used for vinyl control.
Behringer U-Phoria UMC204HD $80 4 yes 2 yes no Cheapest option for broadcasting with a microphone input and independent main & headphone outputs. However, it has no loopback input, so it is more complicated to configure the microphone input. There are also no sound quality measurements published.
ESI Maya 44 USB+ $140 4 no 4 no no Does not have phono preamps on the inputs, but has been reported to work for vinyl control.
Roland Rubix24 $200 4 yes 2 yes no Good balance of sound quality and price with independent main and headphone outputs. Has microphone inputs with direct monitoring and loopback for easy setup. Also, the microphone inputs have compressors that can be used with direct monitoring.
Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 $200 4 yes 2 yes no Good balance of sound quality and price with independent main and headphone outputs. Has microphone inputs with direct monitoring but no loopback input.
Denon DS1 $300 4 no 4 no yes Higher quality option for vinyl control. Comes with a pair of Serato timecode vinyl that are compatible with Mixxx.
Native Instruments Traktor Scratch Audio 6 $300 6 no 6 no yes Higher quality option for vinyl control. Has an extra stereo pair of inputs for recording or broadcasting with an external hardware mixer. The included Traktor Scratch Mk2 timecode vinyl are not compatible with Mixxx.
MOTU Ultralite AVB $650 10 yes 10 yes no High quality outputs can plug directly into main speakers, booth monitors, and headphones with independent volume controls without needing an external mixer. Also works as a WiFi controllable mixer without needing a computer.
RME Babyface Pro $750 4 yes 4 yes no Very high sound quality

Mixers with audio interfaces

These are devices that can mix audio from different sources without needing a computer. They also have a built-in USB audio interface to connect directly to a computer without needing a separate audio interface. They tend to be much more expensive than comparable controllers and USB audio interfaces. They are often found installed in venues for multiple DJs to use.

Each conversion of a signal between digital and analog forms adds noise and distortion. So, if the mixer's processing is done digitally, it is best to use the audio interface built into a mixer (or a digital input if the mixer has one). When analog outputs of a separate audio interface are plugged into a digital mixer, the audio interface converts the digital signals to analog, then the mixer converts the analog signals back to digital for its processing. If the input to the mixer is digital, those two conversions do not occur.

However, some of these mixers are analog mixers and the built in audio interface converts the digital signals from the computer to analog for the mixer's analog processing. In that case, using the mixer's built in audio interface may or may not sound better than a separate audio interface, depending on the quality of each of the audio interfaces.

Many of these mixers also send MIDI signals to the computer over USB, which could be mapped to control Mixxx.

Most of these have a single USB port, but some have two. Two USB ports allows two different DJs to use the mixer's audio interface at the same time with their own computer for collaborative DJ sets and easy, seamless transitions between DJs.

Device Price (USD) 31) Decks Phono preamps USB ports Analog or digital mixing Linux
Allen & Heath Xone 23C $400 2 2 1 analog likely 32)
Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z2 $600 2 2 1 ? likely 33)
Allen & Heath Xone 43C $1000 4 4 1 analog likely 34)
Pioneer DJM-750 $1000 4 2 1 digital ?
Pioneer DJM-5000 $1000 4 0 1 digital ?
Allen & Heath Xone DB2 $1500 4 4 1 digital no
Pioneer DJM-850 $1500 4 2 1 digital ?
Rane TTM57MkII $1750 2 2 2 digital likely 35)
Rane MP2014 $2000 4 2 2 digital likely 36)
Allen & Heath Xone DB4 $2000 4 4 1 digital no
Pioneer DJM-900NXS $2000 4 2 1 digital ?
Rane Sixty-Two $2000 2 2 2 digital no
Pioneer DJM-900NXS2 $2200 4 4 2 digital ?
Rane Sixty-Four $2200 4 4 2 digital no
Pioneer DJM-900SRT $2300 4 2 1 digital ?
Pioneer DJM-2000NXS $2500 4 2 1 digital likely 37)
Rane MP2015 $2900 4 4 2 digital likely 38)
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Prices listed on this page are the prevailing prices for unused devices found from searching Google Shopping in the United States. Prices may vary in other parts of the world, but the relative prices of different devices in USD should still provide a rough guide. You may be able to find hardware available for sale cheaper. Devices are marked as discontinued if the manufacturer has declared them as discontinued, the manufacturer has gone out of business, or new units are not widely available online. They may or may not still be available used online. If the price of a device has dropped or it has been discontinued, please update this page.
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4 deck control available by toggling between decks 1/3 and decks 2/4
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The default Mixxx mapping has this mapped to hotcues.
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Mapping supports 4-deck switching
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Mapping supports n-deck switching
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The Novation Dicer is priced per pair.
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This device is not USB MIDI class compliant. Its signals are translated to MIDI by special drivers on macOS. There is no driver available for Linux or Windows.
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This device is not USB MIDI class compliant. Its signals are translated to MIDI by special drivers on Windows and macOS. There is no driver available for Linux.
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This device is USB class compliant, so it should work without any special driver. However, there is no information about anyone using it with Linux online.
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