Best DJ Mixers reviewed: These come with a comprehensive feature set, have rugged construction, and are designed to take your performance to new heights.
If you have been DJing for a long time, its time to consider adding a DJ mixer to your setup; it will give you more/better control of your setup, and also get a better sound. DJ mixers have come a long way since those two-channel, three band eq ones (and that too without any effects). Today’s mixers are more advanced equipment.
DJ mixers come with several controls to fine-tuned the sound, several inputs & outputs, USB ports and more. Professional DJ mixers come with built-in processor that give a warmer, more nuanced sound.
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“DJ Mixers”: Are They Different from Studio Mixers?
Basically they all are mixers at the end of the day and rely on exterior signal inputs. They take incoming signals, process them, combine them, and reroute them as a mixed signal.
But ‘DJ mixers’ are specialized mixers made for professional DJs, considering their requirements & habits.
Here are some features that are more specific to DJ mixers:
- A DJ mixing console will have one or max two XLR inputs, as most DJs require only one microphone to perform.
- DJ mixers also include a cue feature (Read more about Cueing here)
- DJ mixers also have Cross-faders that allow DJs to smoothly transition from one song to another.
- Instead of taking a guitar or piano as input, a DJ mixer will most likely receive input signal from turntables, CD players, controllers, or samplers.
- DJ mixer also have Multiple outputs: Master for the dance floor, booth for immediate stage monitoring, and cue for headphone monitoring.
How is a DJ Mixer Setup?
Some DJs connect a controller to either side of the mixer. Some DJ’s use four turntables, a computer, and more.
However, most DJ consoles do the heavy FX work using controller units or computer software. The DJ mixer is primarily used for leveling and EQ’ing – EQ shaping, adjusting gain, and volume of each channel.
DJ Mixers, Reviews
Top DJ mixer brands include Ableton, Akai, Allen & Heath, Behringer, Denon, DJ Tech, Native Instruments, Gemini, Numark, Pioneer, Presonus and more; these manufacture a range of DJ mixers designed to meet your home or studio or live needs.
Most DJ mixers typically only have two or four channels, but certain models do offer more. You may choose from basic units or ones that fully loaded. DJ mixers typically cost a few hundred dollars, but professional units can cost more.
Here are some popular choices:
Numark’s M6 USB Mixer
This is a great four-channel mixer for beginner/intermediate DJs. Though basic, this DJ mixer has everything you need to get your act together, and that too at an affordable price.
This club-style design works with any standard audio source, including turntables and CD players, and also has a USB computer connection. When connected to your Mac or PC, the plug-and-play connection allows you to mix in audio from music-player software, and record into virtually any audio recording application.
4-channel (each with gain, three-band EQ), Dedicated XLR mic channel and additional mic input on channel 4.
Pioneer DJM-900NXS2 Professional DJ Mixer
Comes with 4-channel, has a 64-bit/96kHz processor, dual USB ports, and 23 built-in effects.
Pioneer DJM-750 4-Channel DJ Digital Mixer
If you have always wanted a Mixer from a good brand and something that is robust, this is the one to consider. You can tweak effects with the Boost Color FX knob, and you can stream 4 channels off your laptop via USB at 96 kHz/24-bit quality.
Behringer Pro Mixer VMX1000USB
Behringer Pro Mixer VMX1000USB: Boasts seven separate channels: two XLR mic inputs, and five stereo inputs. Two BPM counters, 3-band EQ’s, and USB connectivity round out this feature-heavy model.
Stanton M203 2 Channel DJ Mixer
Clean and intuitive layout, perfect for the beginner DJ. With full rotary 3-band EQ per channel, a rugged alpha crossfader, the Stanton M203 mixer provides DJs with every feature they need to start out, grow and excel in their craft.