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6 Best Dj Mixers Featured

With a wide arrange of Dj mixers on the market and with an endless amount of bells & whistle features , you could end up a bot on the undecissive end of making the right decision for your usage of the mixer, here we list 6 of what we feel are the best mixer on the market at the mo even though Pioneer is found in most venues today here in South Africa , it could be a wise choice to extend to other brands that offer another point of versatility with a price that fits your budget

 

1. Pioneer Djm 850

Pioneer’s mid-range DJM-800 has long been a favourite of DJs thanks to its sturdy build quality and its well-balanced mix of flexibility and straightforward usability.

Released back in 2012, the DJM-850 updated the 800’s design without being a major leap into new territory in the manner the 2000 series was. The mixer features the same robust build quality and a similar effects setup as its predecessor, whilst adding a USB soundcard and a handful of modernised performance features and effects.

It doesn’t have the same flashy Pro Link functionality as Pioneer’s top end DJ hardware, and it isn’t the cheapest unit in its category, but for a well built, capable and very usable four-channel mixer, the 850 is hard to beat.

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2. ALLEN & HEATH XONE DB4

 

Over the years Allen & Heath has made a well-deserved names for itself as a mark of quality within the sphere of DJ mixers. Many of the brand’s Xone range are held in understandably high-regard, and units such as the mid-range Xone:42 and the Richie Hawtin-endorsed Xone:92 can be found installed in clubs across the globe.

The digital-friendly DB4 hybrid mixer is possibly the most impressive unit the company has ever created, however. It packs the same high build quality, excellent filters and all-round usability as the 49 and 92, but adds a built-in, multi-channel USB 2.0 soundcard for integration with digital DJing setups.

It also features a Quad FX Core DSP effects engine, providing each channel with its own effect bank with BPM detection. There are five groups of DJ-style effects available, with Expression and Wet/Dry controls on each channel for manipulation.

It’s a bit of a complex beast and could take a while to master, but the DB4 sounds great and packs enough functionality to keep even the most ambitious DJs happy for a very long time.

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3. Denon DN-X1600

Denon’s X1600 is a fantastic all-rounder mixer. It features a quality, tension adjustable crossfader, four flexible mixing channels with three-band kill EQs and two effects engines playing host to a wide range of quality DJ effects.

There’s also a built-in soundcard as well as USB MIDI capability. It’s capable of digital vinyl conversion too, and is a certified Traktor Scratch mixer - all of which makes the unit nicely future-proofed.

It’s perhaps not as flashy as its also-excellent bigger sibling the X1700, but we’ve opted for the X1600 here as, in our view, it’s one of the best value mixers on the market - clocking in at sub-£1000 but offering features and build quality that punch above its price point.

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4. PIONEER DJM 2000 NEXUS

As was the case with its predecessor the DJM-2000, the nexus has divided opinion slightly amongst longstanding fans of Pioneer’s older units, possibly for being too much of a leap into cross-platform ‘performance’ territory. It’s hard to fault the quality and implementation of those flashy additions though, and the 2000s are winners in our book.

Central to those features is Pioneer’s Pro DJ Link function, which allows for advanced synchronisation between the mixer and other units, such as Pioneer's recent CDJ-2000 nexus players and laptops running rekordbox. There’s also a touchscreen-controlled Beat Slice feature for rearranging tracks on the fly.

Additionally, there's a built-in eight-channel soundcard, MIDI functionality for controlling external software and an impressive range of quality DJ effects.

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5. NI TRAKTOR Z2

In reality, NI’s Z2 is possibly better classified as a DJ controller than a straight mixer, seeing as it’s designed specifically to interact with the company’s DJ software, Traktor.

It’s worth inclusion here, however, as the unit is more than just a straight MIDI device. As well as offering tight control integration over the mixer, looping, Remix Decks and effects sections of Traktor, the Z2 also features two independent audio channels with filters and full EQ strips.

These allow users to connect a pair of CDJs or turntables, which can run through the mixer independently of a laptop. Best of all, it features built-in converters for use with NI’s timecode system, which makes the Z2 a brilliantly hassle-free option for those who want to switch between hands-on digital DJing and mixing with their vinyl or CD collections.

There’s also a pair of USB ports that can be used for adding additional Traktor controllers or external drives. 

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6. PIONEER DJM 350

Pioneer being a solid leader in the dj gear field it is at no surprise that they have taken half of the spots in this list we have compiled and it would be right in leaving out the little brother of the pack.

The DJM-350 mixer inherits similar functions and operability of the popular Pioneer DJM series of mixers often experienced in the club scene. The mixer is equipped with four kinds of effects as well as an isolated 3-band equalizer—all of which allow the DJ to make a one-of-a-kind mix. The front USB port allows users to record their DJ mixes onto USB mass storage devices, check their own mix and take it with them to listen on other devices.

For its size it still packs a serious amount of features in to this little unit

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