Mixtrack Pro 3 – 5 Things to like about this new controller
We will be testing it this week so look out for the full review shortly.
In the mean time we’ve put together a short list of why it appears to be the ‘go-to’ entry-level DJ controller for laptop DJs right now…
It looks PRO
The Mixtrack Pro 3 finally lives up to its name of ‘PRO’ in the aesthetics department. Whilst the original was rather plasticky and ‘clunky,’ albeit a great entry-level unit and the Pro 2 was definitely better looking, the Mixtrack Pro 3 is the best looking so far. It now looks a lot more like Numark’s higher end gear. Looks aren’t everything but they do count when you’re jamming out to your friends or at a club/party. The Pro 3 gets a massive thumbs up in this department.
Long Pitch Controls
This is massive. The new Mixtrack Pro 3 has 100 mm pitch sliders. What this means is that those tiny increments that make the difference between one track reading 128 bpm and the other reading 127,8 bpm can now be rectified since longer sliders mean better accuracy. This may seem innocuous to those who use the sync button but trust me, when and if you want to beatmix legit, then having accurate pitch control is a big plus. Even more so when you’re learning…
The verdict is still out on just how useful touchstrips really are to be honest. Nonetheless the Mixtrack Pro 3 has them per channel and it is a useful way to quickly jump to any part of a track by simply pressing different parts of the strip. On can also ‘scrub’ through a track nice and quickly. It’s a little like fast-forwarding on your car CD player or MP3 player. But the Touchstrip is also used to control the wet/dry signal on your FX and this seems like a tactile way to do it. Nice.
Size means space to jam
The new Mixtrack Pro 3 is longer than the previous versions but also a bit narrower. Budget controllers often suffer from being too cramped. You really do need tiny fingers to work in between the EQ knobs and jogwheels are often too close to the pitch sliders. The Pro 3 looks to have generous space between all the functions. It frees you to worry about the dancefloor and not whether you’re going to bump the wrong control.
Right now the Mixtrack Pro 3 can be picked up for around R 3,000 online in South Africa. With the current rand/dollar exchange rate that is a remarkably good price. All you need is the controller and a computer (preferably laptop) and you’re ready to DJ!
Oh and tunes.
Then it’ll be time to rock that crowd!!!
To find a Numark Mixtrack 3 & Mixtrack Pro 3 retailer in South Africa contact Viva Afrika