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Turntable stopped working with Torq DJ Software

I have been using Torq software with technics 1200 mk5 turntables for three years now and one of my turntables just stopped working with the software. the turntable works fine just plugged into the mixer and even works if i use the knob on my torq interface to switch to input instead of usb. I have a lot of work coming up and i need this problem fixed asap but torq tech support is never open and they cost too much to get help.

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It could be either or none of them! It could be the fuse, but if there's any power present you could eliminate power switch, fuse, transformer or power supply. If no indication all of them are suspects.


More than likely the RCA cables need to be replaced. Torque, Serato, and all digital dj programs require a clear signal path coming from the source (turntable, cdj, etc). If it does not have a clear signal, or 1 side is louder than the other, it will not work.

You have to remember, these are analog turntables connecting to a digital system. The signal quality is different, and your RCA cables have to be prestine.

The following cables work very well for this type of configuration:

MOGAMI RCA CABLES

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Posted on Jul 14, 2010

  • dustin4rm Jul 14, 2010

    Thats what i thought the problem was but i wasnt sure if it was the rca or tone arm wires. i really appreciate the help and ill try out your suggestion.

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