Building Mixxx 2.1.1 on a Raspberry Pi

For an upcoming holiday with a few of my friends I needed a Midi-controllable software which allows me to play different audio-samples – some might call this a ‘soundboard’. On top of my wishlist were things like

-open source

-runs on Linux (Raspberry)

-fully customizable

Fortunately, before starting a new project myself I came across Mixxx. It’s an open source DJ-Software with a completely customizable user-interface that also includes a multi-cell sample-player. Mixxx version 1.10 is readily available for various platforms (“sudo apt-gt install mixxx” on a Raspberry PI) but has been superseded by version 2.1.1 (as time of writing). There are no precompiled binaries for Mixxx 2.1 on a Raspberry PI yet so the first step was to build a version myself. The necessary steps are documented in Mixxx’s own Wiki but it’s partially outdated and not everything is located in one place.

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Volumio box

Derzeit baue ich einen ganzen Stapel an Gerätschaften, um beim nächsten Festival-Besuch entertainment-technisch auf einem angemessenen Level zu sein. Dazu gehört selbstverständlich irgendetwas mit Musik. Bisher hatten wir immer ein Laptop mit einer uralt-Version von Virtual-DJ dabei. Das war halbwegs okay, aber bei der diesjährigen Vorplanung für’s Deichbrand Festival hatten wir Lust darauf, irgendetwas mit mehr CYBER zu machen: Steuerung per Handy und so’n Schiet.

Unsere Wahl fiel relativ schnell auf Volumio, das wir auf einem Raspberry betreiben werden.

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Unboxing Raspberry PI


It’s finally there….My Raspberry PI model B. I tried to get on the orderlist as soon as lines were opened. Payed for it ~6 weeks ago and now … there it is. In all its glory.


Unboxing like a boss.



Purest expression of joy upon holding it in my hands.


Outrageous joy….


Truely outrageous joy…


OK…enough with that…stop it…


It’s me…Doktor-Andy .. so I’ve got to examine it thoroughly.


I have about 2 tons of USB cables lying around. Dozens of every flavour. But the fr*gg*ng “micro USB” ain’t one of them….