Numark Mixtrack

Numark’s new Mixtrack budget DJ controller is gaining considerable interest, what with it being an under 2 grand unit with some really good features for the price. Let’s take a closer look at it:

Hardware
First things first – this is not pro DJ kit, but it’s not too bad, either; while it has a plastic chassis, it’s still sturdy and heavier than expected. Even though the faders aren’t “long throw” they’re still smooth and the cross-fader is nice and loose, just how it should be. And while the feature-set is limited (not a lot of bells and whistles here), it still has kills (missing on some more expensive kit) and effects (ditto).

What’s more, Numark has put the budget where it will count for many: it has excellent touch-sensitive jog-wheels. For most DJ’s it’s all about touching and spinning things that are round. So when it comes to digital, jog-wheels are really important. And the Mixtrack’s wheels are good, performing manipulation and spin-backs satisfyingly both physically and in sound.

Another feature that impresses is backlit buttons, the lights telling you how the system is set to save you constantly squinting at the screen of your laptop; a real plus point for performers. Apart from that, it’s pretty much all you’d expect, little you wouldn’t. By the way, it is powered straight from your computer’s USB bus, so no need for any mains.

Software
This is a fully Midi-compliant controller. That means you’re not tied to the Traktor LE software. Therefore you can use other software and “map” the controls to it easily enough. However, with Traktor it works just fine, straight out of the box. There’s no need to even install drivers, Windows or Mac.

What else will I need?
This unit has no built-in sound card. That is the thing that actually makes the sound – that reads the MP3s and turns them into music.

For the uninitiated, you may be wondering why your PC can’t do that for you. After all, it can make sound, right? Yes, but not quite: Because you need to cue up the next tune while the current one is playing, you actually need two sound outputs – one for the headphones, one for the speakers so that everyone else can hear. So if you buy this, you’ll have to factor for a sound card too – from about R 600 upwards.

Who is it for?
As I say, not professionals. However, I can see this unit being very popular with the following types of people:

  • Old-skool DJs who want to know if they will “get on” with digital and want a cheap way to find out.
  • New DJs who aren’t sure if Dj’ing is for them so don’t want to spend a large amount of money at first.
  • DJs with more expensive kit who are looking for a cheap unit to take with them to parties or events where they don’t want to take their full set-up for space, security or convenience reasons
  • DJs wanting a budget controller they know they will be able to perform proper spinbacks on.
  • DJs upgrading from an older budget controller (as even cheap units have moved on in leaps and bounds recently) and who already have a soundcard, and so don’t want to buy one of today’s more common controllers that already have a soundcard built-in.
  • DJs wanting a digital DJ unit to make mix tapes, which they’ll never really use out of the house and so for whom build quality is not such a big thing.
If this sounds like you, the Numark Mixtrack may well be the controller you’ve been waiting for.

Price: R 1795.00
Supplier: Viva Afrika
Tel: (011) 250-3280

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