How to Choose a DJ Mixer
DJ Mixers are the most important component when it comes to DJ gear, without them, it’s impossible to be a Disc Jockey. Its main job is to allow a DJ to smoothly mix from one piece of music to another. When it comes to choosing a Mixer, you first have to know what kind of DJ you would like to be and how serious you actually want to take it. There are endless amounts of DJ equipment to choose from and sometimes it can be confusing, below I will explain what to look for when purchasing a Mixer.
The first thing you need to figure out is how many channels you want to mix, for most, a two-channel mixer with phono inputs, line inputs, and microphone inputs such as the Numark DXMPRO should suit your needs. However, depending on the level you want to achieve as a DJ, there are numerous amounts of channel options to choose from.
Secondly, you want to look for a high quality crossfader that can withstand lengthy usage. A crossfader is a sliding control device on the mixing board that allows the DJ to transfer the audio output from one source to another in a smooth manner. An ideal crossfader will operate for a long time without losing its sound purity. When a crossfader starts to get old and show signs of overuse, it will begin to pop and break up the sound.
Next, look for line switches and EQ Controls. The line-phone switch at the top of each channel should be replaceable and reliable. You will want the switches to be 8-way adjustable; this provides you with the option to move the switch in a way that is easy for you to control. EQ Controls allow the filtering of differing frequencies on the DJ Mixer. When it comes to choosing an EQ Control, you want to make sure the feel of the control is compatible with your style of DJ’ing. You have the option of choosing an EQ knob or an EQ slider depending on your preference.
Lastly, Cue Control is something that should be looked for in a Mixer. Cue Controls allow a DJ to listen to a track through headphones while playing another through the sound system. You want to make sure that the controls give you the option of listening to your creation in your headphones before it is displayed to the master output; this will get rid of any type of sound delay caused by the distance between you and your speakers.
Well there it is. I hope this information helped you understand what to look for when purchasing a mixer and leads you to fulfilling your dreams of being a DJ.
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Written By: David D.