Early this morning, I went to check out a friend of mine who had a gig for Halloween. When I went into the premises, I saw that was using the new Numark Mixtrack Pro 3. Awesome, I thought, as I was eyeing this new, slim controller from Numark that was Serato DJ compatible. But first of all, let us look at this controller closely
First of all, Numark has endowed this controller with 100mm pitch sliders that make it easy to perform even the finest pitch adjustments. I used to have pitch knobs on my Hercules DJ Console MK 4 and while they were quirky at first, I got used to them and now I wish I had knobs instead of sliders all the time because it was easy to fine-tune the pitch. My WeGo has pitch sliders but they are short. I have had to live with them but the long-throw sliders on this Numark are very welcome.
Next thing worth mentioning is that there are 16 multi-function backlit performance pads that can be utilised to add loops, launch samples, and control hot cues to your performance. Use the multi-function touch strip for dynamic FX control and track search operation. There are dedicated filter knobs for each channel, to give you just the exact amount of tonal control you need. So we are talking versatility here but there are other controllers in the same price range that will do the same as well admittedly.
I did mention that this Numark is thin…and looks pretty stealth. And the jogwheels…they look pretty responsive with a red halo around them. They are low-profile metal platters and they add to the controllers slim profile. Numark has stated that they are capacitive and dual-zone, giving you the ability to scratch or stop a track simply by touching the top of the platter, while at the same time allowing you to adjust the pitch by manipulating the platter from the side. Now that is awesome but my inexpensive WeGo does the same, and is no slouch.
So in a nutshell, let us look at the features of this controller:
- All-new 5-inch high resolution metal jog wheels
- Dedicated filter knobs for each channel
- Multi-function Touch Strip for dynamic FX control and Track Search
- 100mm pitch sliders for fine pitch adjustments
- Dedicated track browsing controls for your library
- 16 multi-function performance pads
- Integrated class compliant audio interface with ¼-inch and 1/8-inch headphone connections
- 1/4″ Microphone Input
- Includes Serato DJ Intro upgrade-ready for Serato DJ
- Includes Prime Loops remix tool kit
Most controllers, at least the lower-end ones, have mic inputs but I suspect this is for unbalanced mics with tip-sleeve connectors. This one is no exception. Outputs-wise, these come with two RCA outputs, standard on most controllers like these. Now this looks good but Decksaver has not made an covers for this controller…yet. I am seriously tossed on this and the DDJ-SB2 but I forgot to mention one thing in this review and that is my friend’s controller’s channel faders could NOT work and he was relying on his crossfader all night long. Oh well…worth a thought and I hope that everything works out well for him.
The world is inundated with controllers, both old and new, that it would be almost impossible to keep up with what is coming out or what has come out. Take this Numark Omni Control for one. This looks like a solidly-built controller, made out of steel and with its own sound module. Sadly, it has been discontinued according to what I read on the Internet. I am not saying that I should have gotten this over my excellent Hercules DJ controller but I am sure if this as available when I was looking for controllers, I would have snapped it up. I went on a Google search to find out more about this controller and this is what I found on the Numark website:
Omni Control contains everything you need to plug into any sound system and perform. This high-quality, heavyweight, rugged DJ device is not only a hardware controller for performing with the included Native Instruments Traktor LE and MixMeister Fusion Live software; it also houses a professional digital-audio interface to feed your headphones and the sound system.
This complete professional computer-DJ package consists of a hardware controller with built-in audio interface and two software titles: Native Instruments Traktor LE and MixMeister Fusion Live. Firm, reliable knobs, faders, and buttons are high quality, delivering solid and precision performance. An extremely clean, built-in 24-bit professional high-quality computer audio interface feeds pristine audio signal to two stereo outputs and your headphones. Ultra–low latency 44.1kHz and 88.2kHz audio ASIO drivers deliver solid sound. You can even plug in a microphone and talk over your mix.
Interesting and I might add, pretty advanced for a controller of its class. I do not know when it came out but I have read that it came out ages ago.
I came across this in Engagdget. This is a new controller from Numark and is named the Mixtrack Edge. It is still in the prototype stage and this photo of the device was taken at the MusikMesse at Frankfurt. Looks like the platter are recessed and so are the faders. I also notice that there are no equalizers like HI, MID and LO on each channel either so that is gonna cause some consternation for DJs. This is very thin and it covers up in the same way like an iPad. There is also a built-in soundcard and it looks like the outputs are in stereo 1/8″ format….one for the headphones and one for the audio outs. It works with Virtual DJ too! Interesting-looking controller and a good concept. Numark said that this is going to be a low-cost controller so I wait with bated breath for this to come out, as well as the pricing.
This controller has been discontinued from production. Numark introduced this controller in early 2009, more than three years ago. It was a “sprayed version” of the old Omni Control controller and also had the audio soundcard removed. But one thing I like about it is that it is built tough. All-metal construction and I bet it is heavy too.
This is what it looks like in the rear. No soundcard options and only two ports: a USB port and a port for you to hook up and AC power adapter. The AC adapter is not needed as this controller is USB bus-powered. Software-wise, I expected this unit to ship with Virtual DJ but it was not the case. What you get if you buy this controller is Native Instruments’ Traktor LE and MixMeister Fusion Live. I am not too sure about the second software that is shipped with it because I have never used it before. Its features, according to the Numark website:
- Plug-and-play USB connection, requires no AC adapter
- Heavy, professional feel for high-energy performance
- Rugged, stiff, rubberized knobs
- Metallic black slate finish
- Includes Native Instruments Traktor LE and MixMeister Fusion Live software; mapped for Traktor Pro
- MIDI-over-USB communication
A pretty basic controller with a very good build. My only gripe would be the lack of a soundcard. But it is a good controller to learn the DJ controller basics on.
It had to be about 1994. Back then, all I had to DJ with were a couple of Technics SL1200 MKIIs. And the only CD player I had was a Pioneer single-deck CD player. CDs were becoming more popular and they were easy to get. Records, by and large, if you could get them, chances are they were pretty pricey. So what I did was to get myself what the DJs back then claimed was the industry standard. Forget the Technics DJ CD-players, the SL-P1200s. They were totally lousy. I have a picture below, courtesy of Hifiengine.com
That is what DJs back then used to spin CDs with, all the way until 1993 at least till the Denon DN-2000F came into being. The beautiful thing about the DN-1200F was that you could cue the CDs accurately. Plus, they were rack-mountable, making them easy to install in a flight-case. The only thing I did not like about the DN-2000F was the fact that the control cable linking the control part to the actual CD mechanism was too short. I tried to make my own but I failed pretty miserably. There were buttons to do a pitch-bend before you mixed if you wanted to. Plus, there was a sliding pitch fader. All this made the Denon DN-2000F a winner in more ways than one.
There were comparable offerings from the likes of Numark, Hosa and other forgettable brands but this one has stood the test of time. I still have them mounted in my DJ flightcase. I do not know if they still work because it has been some time since I have played with them. But knowing Denon and their reliability, I am pretty sure that they still work fine.
I wrote an article on the Mixdeck earlier in January and I was sure that it would be a great controller to use. I had the chance to use it in the club a couple of nights back. The first thing that comes to mind is…it is huge. It almost three times the size of my current controller. But the very fact that it is able to play CDs as well as work as a controller is something that is really great. The sliders feel great, you can record your mix to your iPhone as there is a docking station for one. I was using this Mixdeck that was hooked up to a computer running Virtual DJ. This Mixdeck originally came with Traktor LE but for some reason, my friend who bought it had some issues getting the software to work so he settled with Virtual DJ. I had some issues with the controls so I guess some mapping must be done to ensure that the thing works fine. Other than that, a great controller with a huge power supply (yes, it actually has one) and a nice, hot signal that sounded punchy. Maybe the separate power supply had something to do with it. My friend got it second-hand, for a real bargain basement price. He is one lucky dude.
I have heard a lot about this controller from Numark. It is the Mixtrack Pro and it has everything that is needed for the newbie DJ to get up and running. Some people may scoff at hit but I will say this. If I can use a Hercules controller, a rather small and beginner one at that with no issues, AND and keep my customers happy, this should be no problem at all…not one bit. Now that I have done with my rant, let us look at this controller and what it has to offer
Like most digital DJ controllers that are in the market now, this two-channel controller has the same two platters, the channel A and channel B faders, the STOP, CUE and SYNC buttons that are so needed by the DJ nowadays to mix tunes. Unlike my Hercules controller, this controller comes with sliders instead of knobs for the pitch controls. This controller is pretty light too, seeing that it is made up almost entirely of plastic.
Earlier versions of the Mixtrack Pro came with Virtual DJ 7. Newer ones come with Traktor LE (for Europe and Asia) and it seems that it also ships with Serato Intro.
The controller like most other controllers in the market is completely powered by the USB bus power. Also, there are two outputs on the back. Output 1 is for the output to an amplifier and Output 2 is for the headphones, so that you can use it for cue monitors if need be. Also, it is rather inexpensive. It costs about $425 dollars here in Singapore. Relatively inexpensive!
The only thing I do not like about this is the fact that the main output slider is smack between Channel A and Channel B. They should have made the master output a knob instead and put it somewhere on the controller. But what I like about this controller is that it is relatively inexpensive and has everything the beginner DJ needs. Load the software on a laptop, connect the controller to the laptop via USB, connect the amplifier to the Output 1 at the rear of the Mixtrack Pro and you are ready to go. Its as simple as that!