Numark NV - How to DJ with a Closed Laptop

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numark nv close laptop 1One of the most useful features of the Numark NV DJ controller is the onboard dual 4 inch displays. These screens allow you to DJ without having your laptop open, which can sometimes disconnect you from your crowd. In this guide I will show you how to setup your Mac or Windows laptop so you can close the lid, push the computer to the side, and focus on the dance floor.

Table of Contents:

Windows Setup 

By default most Windows laptops go into sleep mode as soon as the lid is closed. Follow the steps below to allow for closed lid operation.

Sleep Settings

  1. Press the Windows Key.

  2. Start typing "Edit power plan" it will automatically open the search field.

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  3. From the populated results, click the option that says "Edit power plan".

    Alternatively, you can also find this menu in Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options > Change when the computer sleeps

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  4. In the drop down menus for Turn off the display: and Put the computer to sleep: select the amount of time you expect to DJ.  Make this selection for On Battery or Plugged in, depending on your setup. 

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  5. Click Save Changes.

IMPORTANT: It is not recommended to use the Never setting. If your gig requires you to use the Never setting, remember to restore defaults when you are finished DJing. If you do not, your computer is at risk of running indefinitely, and could overheat and damage the hardware.

Closed Lid Settings

  1. Press the Windows Key.

  2. Start typing "Change what closing the lid does" it will automatically open the search field. 

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  3. From the populated results, click the option that says "Change what closing the lid does".

    Alternatively, you can find this menu in Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options > Choose what closing the lid does

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  4. In the drop down menu to the right of When I close the lid: select Do nothing for On Battery or Plugged in, choose what is appropriate for your setup. 

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  5. Click Save Changes.

Important: To avoid overheating your computer remember to change the settings above back to their defaults when you are done DJing. Alternatively, you could create a power plan designed specifically for DJing, and switch to that plan when needed. For more info on creating custom power plans see this Windows Article

 

Mac Setup

By default all Mac laptops go into sleep mode as soon as the lid is closed. Follow the steps below to allow for closed lid operation.

Sleep Settings

  1. Click the Apple icon in the top left corner.

  2. Choose System Preferences...

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  3. In the Hardware section, click Energy Saver.

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  4. If necessary, unlock the lock in the lower left by entering your Administrator password. 

  5. Set Computer sleep, and Display Sleep to the amount of time required for your gig. This will ensure the computer will not turn off the Display or Hard Drives due to a period of inactivity. 

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IMPORTANT: It is not recommended to use the Never setting. If your gig is longer than 3 hours, remember to Restore Defaults. Otherwise your Mac will be running indefinitely, and will overheat which could damage the hardware.

Closed Lid Settings

  1. Download, and install NoSleep (Free). NoSleep makes closing of your MacBook lid possible without going to a sleep mode.

  2. Once installed click the Apple icon in the top left corner.

  3. Choose System Preferences...

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  4. In the Other section, you will not see the NoSleep icon. Click NoSleep to adjust the settings. 

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  5. Check the boxes Never sleep on AC Adapter, and Never sleep on Battery.

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    This will enable NoSleep, and you will notice the icon in the top menu bar is now blue.

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IMPORTANT: It is NOT recommended to Start NoSleep Utility on system startup. If you forget NoSleep is running, you might close your computer, put it away into a DJ bag for hours which may cause the device to overheat. Always remember to turn off NoSleep when you are not using the computer!

Further Product Support

Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own a Numark product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the Numark technical support team is available to help!

Each product has a dedicated support page on the website where you can find manuals, specifications, software updates, drivers and troubleshooting guides: www.numark.com

Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: online community support, phone support, email support.

  • www.numark.com/support
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