Importing Audio Files

Learn how to import and manage audio from a range of locations.

Noah Feasey-Kemp avatar
Written by Noah Feasey-Kemp
Updated over a week ago

One of the first things to do when using DJ.Studio is to import music to mix with! Otherwise, you’re just mixing thin air…

You can import music into DJ.Studio via three main methods. Each of these methods is explained in more detail below.

  1. Local files from your hard drive.

  2. Local files from external DJ software.

  3. Online tracks from YouTube.

Note, that you cannot import audio tracks and YouTube tracks into the same project, these use different project types.

What Audio File Formats can I use with DJ.Studio?

DJ.Studio is compatible with a range of audio file formats. We are adding new formats all the time.

Currently, DJ.Studio can use the following audio file formats:

  • MP3

  • WAV

  • AIFF

  • FLAC

  • M4A

  • ALAC

  • AIF

  • Vorbis

  • MP2

  • MP4

  • WMA

We use ffmpeg internally to unpack all file formats different than WAV and MP3. Internally, we work with unpacked audio in WAV quality using Float32. In the near future, we give you the option to export your mix as 48Khz or 96Khz. At the moment, it is 44Khz only.

Importing Local Files from a Hard Drive

One of the easiest ways to add songs to DJ.Studio is by importing them from your hard drive.

To import audio files to DJ.Studio from your hard drive, simply:

  1. Create a new mix, making sure to use the 'Local File' version

  2. Click the 'Add Tracks' button from the bottom left corner.

  3. Then click 'Import Local Files' from the top left corner of the new window.

  4. Locate the audio files you wish to import in your file browser (Windows Explorer/Mac Finder)

  5. A new window will appear letting you choose files on your hard drive. Alternatively, you can drag and drop your files into the window.

  6. DJ.Studio will now import your audio files. Please wait for the analysis to be completed, then you can start to mix with your tracks.

When you look in the music library, you should now see your imported tracks, as well as the analysis information.

Importing Local Files Via Integrated DJ Software

DJ.Studio can easily import files and playlists from other DJ software.

The steps are similar for each unique DJ app.

Follow these steps to import music from your external DJ software:

  1. Make sure your software of choice is integrated with DJ.Studio’s library

    1. Open the settings menu

    2. Scroll down to the Library tab

    3. Check any DJ software you want to connect

  2. From the Library view, click on your chosen software from the left panel

  3. You may be prompted to locate the connected software’s storage folder

  4. DJ.Studio will now connect to the software’s library

  5. You should now be able to browse through your libraries from other software, from within DJ.Studio’s browser

  6. Any tracks can now be used in a playlist.

Note - Apple iTunes M4P-protected files

Apple has m4p files which are Apple-protected files that can only be read from any other source than iTunes. With your Apple Music subscription you are allowed to listen to those files, but because you didn't buy the files ( for example on Beatport), you are not allowed to make mixes with them.

During import, you will see a message like this:

Importing Online Tracks From YouTube

When you are in YouTube mode, DJ.Studio can also use tracks from YouTube.

Rather than these being imported as audio files, DJ.Studio streams the audio in real-time, letting you mix songs from YouTube.

It’s worth noting that projects containing YouTube tracks cannot be exported - due to copyright limitations. Hence, we offer two types of projects (Local, or YouTube) - but this is explained in more here - Local vs YouTube Projects.

To import tracks from Youtube into your music library, simply follow these steps:

  1. Switch DJ.Studio into Online/YouTube mode, by clicking the YouTube icon in the top left corner.

  2. In the left panel, you will now see the library options for YouTube Music, or YouTube Video. Songs can be imported from either of these sources.

  3. Click on the desired source.

  4. You will now be shown a YouTube search bar.

  5. Here you can either:

    1. Enter the name of a song.

    2. Enter a link to a YouTube Playlist.

  6. After doing either, you will be shown the list of returned results - either the songs matching the entered name or all of the tracks in the playlist.

  7. From here, simply select a song, and click either ‘Add to Library’ or ‘Add to Mix’.

  8. The song will now be imported and analyzed so we know the BPM and key of the song.

As stated, you can’t export YouTube projects yet, however, you can still play the mix from within DJ.Studio and enjoy it at home.

The Music Library

After you import audio to DJ.Studio, the tracks are stored in the music library. You can use the library storage to add tracks to a mix at any time.

Click on the 'Add Tracks' button to open your library:

Here, you will be able to see every track that has been imported into your library.

You can also use it to access tracks that are linked via external 3rd party software.

Click on the '+' icon to add a song to the current mix.

What Happens To Imported Files?

When you import audio files into DJ.Studio, it makes copies of them in your DJ.Studio directory folder: 'User/music/'

If you delete DJ.Studio and need to remove the files from your hard-drive, you can find them here:


What happens if I delete songs added to my library, using my PC browser?

Because DJ.Studio doesn’t copy imported audio files, it can cause issues when you delete or move the original folder.

If you delete or move the original audio file, you will notice that the song no longer appears in your music library. This can be fixed by re-importing the audio file.

I can't import any more tracks - how can I import more than the track limit?

We have a soft limit of 60 imported tracks to make sure your PC's resources aren't overloaded, however, you can bypass this limit in the options.

  1. Click the cog to open the settings.

  2. Turn 'Off' the 60-track limit. Note, that you will need at least 32GB of RAM to add more than 60 tracks to your mix.

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