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Streaming with OBS + DDJ-RZ (Mac)

This guide is a how-to for streaming using a 3rd party software such as OBS, and many of these instructions may also be applied to other software.

The instructions provided herein are based around a DDJ-RZ, and may be different for other DDJ units. Please check the DDJ section of the Knowledge Base for additional tutorials.

If you are using a DDJ-RZ with DVS, the instructions are slightly different; please see the this guide.

Due to Apple dropping 32bit application support in Catalina, and certain previously documented applications not being updated with 64bit support, this guide was updated to recommend newer software options which will work with all OS's.

Step 1 - Update

Ensure that you are running the latest version of rekordbox, that your drivers and firmware are up-to-date, and that your broadcast software is current as well.

Step 2 - Download the Necessary Software

There is just one extra tool necessary for us Mac users:

You can also use other similar applications such as Sound Siphon or Loopback, but those are both paid apps and BlackHole works, and is free, so why not?

Install it and that's it - there is no application icon, it will appear only within the Audio Devices.

Step 3 - Configure DDJ-RZ

Open the DDJ-RZ Setting Utility. On the Mixer Mode tab, set the Mixer Mode to Internal Mixer Mode.

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On the Controller Output tab, set the outputs for USB 5/6 and USB 7/8 to match the type of control tone you will be using (PHONO or LINE). Set output USB 9/10 for MIX(REC OUT).

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Step 3 - Configure Master Output

Open Applications > Utilities > Audio MIDI Setup - if the Audio Devices window is not visible, click Window > Show Audio Devices.

Right-click on the BlackHole 16ch item and select Use This Device For Sound Output:

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You'll see a little speaker icon appear beside the BlackHole 16ch device.

Quit Audio MIDI Setup.

Step 4 - Configure rekordbox Audio

Connect your DDJ-RZ and power it on. 

Launch rekordbox, open Preferences > Audio and verify that the DDJ-RZ is set as the Audio device. Tick the box below it to enable the PC MASTER OUT function, and the Master Output should now show DDJ-RZ + Blackhole 16ch:

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Close the rekordbox preferences window. 

Step 4 - Configure OBS for Audio

Download and install OBS if you haven't already, then launch it.

Click the + button at the bottom of the Sources window to add a new Audio Input Capture source:

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You can keep the defaults, click OK.

Select Blackhole 16ch from the Device drop-down.

Click OK.

With audio playing on a deck in rekordbox, you will now see activity on the meters in the Audio Mixer section of OBS:

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You may notice the levels are a bit low, and don't change when you adjust the Master level knob on the DDJ-RZ - this is normal! The recording output is taken pre-master so it's not affected by the master volume knob. I recommend adjusting the channel Trim knobs so the DDJ-RZ channel meters are peaking around the first orange LED. Them there are two options for boosting the signal; first is within rekordbox by going to Preferences > Controller > Mixer > Headroom and adjusting the value from the default to NONE, but I like to keep this at -6dB or -9dB and use the second method. Click the gear icon below the Audio Input Capture in the Audio Mixer of OBS (pictured above), and click Advanced Audio Properties.

Adjust the Volume as needed to get the single track peak levels just dipping into the red:

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If you want to also have the audio come out of your computer's speakers, change Audio Monitoring to Monitor and Output. This is only necessary if you don't have speakers connected to your DDJ-RZ already; the device for this is set in the preferences below.

Click Close.

Next, open Settings to configure a few things...

If you want to record the stream from within OBS, click General at the left and tick the box beside Automatically record when streaming in the Output box.

Click Stream at the left to select your output stream destination from the Service dropdown, then click the Stream Key (Link) linked text to open the corresponding website's streaming info page:

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Go through their setup process or other instructions and copy/paste your key into the field above.

Click Output at the left and check that the Output Mode is set to Advanced:

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If you want to go to a higher quality stream, uncheck the Enforce streaming service encoder settings box, otherwise, skip this and the next part. Click the Audio tab and adjust the Audio Bitrate:

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How high you go depends on the quality of your internet connection and the capacity for the server you're streaming to.

Finally, click Audio at the left - change the Monitoring Device if desired (per above).

Step 7 - Broadcast

Click Start Streaming and that's pretty much it! Start playing some tunes, and if you've enabled your webcam - smile!

Step 8 - Tweak

You should test and monitor the workload and buffer on your computer as you perform - chances are the CPU usage won't be the issue, but the audio buffer may still run out. As you increase the buffer, the latency (delay between action and audio output) will increase, but the likelihood of audio dropouts or crackling will decrease. Your computer's age will typically increase the buffer sizes required, but there are tricks you can do to reduce background application usage and improve the overall performance of your Mac.

Notes

This guide was made using the following software versions:

  • macOS Catalina v10.15.5
  • rekordbox v6.0.1
  • Blackhole v0.2.6
  • OBS Studio v25.0.8

While efforts will be made to keep up with any changes to this process to ensure others can use it after software update have been released, we can't guarantee the accuracy or relevance of this information, nor the performance of any 3rd party software applications.

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