Numark Mixtrack Pro 3 Review – The best one yet?
The Numark Mixtrack Pro 3 is out worldwide and it’ll be interesting to see if it continues to outsell other brands in this price range, as has been the case with previous models.
One thing Numark has in its favour is that each version has looked decidedly better or a little bit more pro than its predecessor, whilst still sticking to the script of what a basic 2-channel controller must do.
I finally got to have a look at one firsthand to see how it compares to the previous models, both of which I have tested in the past and I do really think it’s the best one yet!
Does this matter? Yes!
Your DJ gear is an extension of yourself when performing so the more it lives up its name of being ‘pro,’ the better you’ll feel about using it. The Numark Mixtrack Pro 3 in real life looks as cool as it does in the images. It doesn’t have quite the same build quality as the NV, which it resembles the most, but that’s normal for an entry-level model.
1. The ample space between all the controls
I don’t think I know of any other DJ controller, entry level or otherwise that has such generous gaps between the knobs, sliders and jogwheels. It’s a massive plus. It just made using the Numark Mixtrack Pro 3 so much more fun and tactile.
2. Long pitch sliders
The 100mm pitch sliders are awesome. This makes the pitch adjustable to a full +100/-100% range. Benefit of this? Accuracy! With short pitch sliders you cannot always get 2 tracks with different tempos to match 100%
Example: if your track is playing at 128 BPM and you wish to mix a 126 BPM track what often happens is that when you push the tempo up it’ll never go exactly to 128 with short pitch sliders. It will go to 127,85 for example. This is because the increments on short sliders cannot adjust with such accuracy. For beginners this can actually be off-putting which makes them opt for the sync button instead. Ironically the more expensive the gear, the easier it is to mix on which kinda defeats the point of entry-level gear. On the Numark Mixtrack Pro 3 this is thankfully not an issue.
3. VU Meters
Finally the Numark Mixtrack Pro 3 gets VU meters which is a nice touch, albeit only for the master output. It helps though, in making sure you’re not pushing the signal too hard.
4. Raised jogwheels
5. Dedicated filter knob
This is a first on the Mixtrack series and definitely adds to the ‘pro’ tag
6. Master gain knob
Previous versions had a volume slider for the master gain. I always felt this made people want to push it all the way to the top like the channel sliders. The master volume knob is way more practical and sensible.
It’s a bit of a novelty, these Touchstrips but the fact that the Numark Mixtrack Pro 3 has them for each channel does put it in the league of more expensive units. This Touchstrip can be used to scroll/scrub through a track (but so can the jogwheel to be honest), as well as for controlling the wet/dry signal on an effect which looks kinda cool for your dancefloor to watch.
8. Built-in soundcard and all the basics
Whilst the Numark Mixtrack Pro 3 does not have things like XLR connectivity or line inputs to connect external gear (turntables, CDJs, iPods etc) it does have a built-in audio interface, a mic input with a volume control and of course full headphone cueing and previewing including cue gain and cue mix controls. Basically this controller, a laptop and a set of headphones and you’re ready to mix!
9.Works seamlessly with the included Serato Intro software
Although you only get Serato Intro with the Numark Mixtrack Pro 3, it’s actually more than adequate to play on. All the controls are mapped and ready for action out the box.
The Numark Mixtrack Pro 3 is selling between R 3,000 and R 3,500 in South Africa. At the current Rand exchange rate that’s a real bargain.
The pads are a little disappointing to be honest. Maybe it’s just an expectation thing. They don’t feel as much like pads as they do oversized buttons. They also have limited functionality – with preset functions like setting the loop length on the pad which doesn’t feel right to me. It’s not that they don’t work… they do! It’s just not the best feature on the controller. It’s nice that they’re backlit though.
2. Short channel sliders
The channel sliders are very short. It’s no train smash but with all the space on the unit this would have been the real ‘PRO’ feature in the name Pro!
The Numark Mixtrack Pro 3 has the looks, has the pedigree and simply put… it works and works well. It’s the best Mixtrack so far in my opinion and for around R3K is great for entry-level DJs or in fact anybody who wants to jam some tunes at home.
I’d recommend it.
To find a Numark Mixtrack Pro 3 retailer in South Africa contact Viva Afrika