Numark Mixtrack DJ Software ControllerMIXTRACK is a powerhouse controller in a compact chassis for performing and producing with DJ software. The familiar layout works just like two decks and a mixer so whether you're a seasoned professional or building your DJ skills, MIXTRACK is easy to learn and handles advanced techniques. It's portable so you can grab MIXTRACK and your laptop and go to wherever the gig is.Familiar LayoutMIXTRACK has two deck controller sections with large touch-activated jog wheels and transports controls. Whether you're used to a CD player, turntables, or any other traditional DJ hardware, you'll find getting around easy. The center of MIXTRACK’s surface is its mixer section with a smooth crossfader, line faders, deck EQs, and more advanced controls for looping and effects.Traktor Enabled, Midi CompliantMIXTRACK comes with Native Instruments Traktor LE software, which is based on Traktor Pro. This popular, easy-to-learn software is made for mixing, remixing, and producing music. It gives you four optional layouts, including cover art. You will enjoy new Beatgrid Editing and saving with locked sync for precise performance. Also included is manual looping and selectable loop length for flexible loop integration. Additionally, Traktor LE gives you several effects per deck including filter, delay, reverb and flanger. MIXTRACK comes factory mapped for use not only with Traktor LE but also Traktor Pro and Duo, so if you’re already a Traktor power user, you’ll be ready to go right out of the box. Full MIDI compliance means MIXTRACK will also work with virtually any MIDI-mappable music software.Easy Usb ConnectionMIXTRACK connects to your Mac or PC as a class-compliant USB device so it requires no software drivers to work, and USB powers it so you won't need an external supply.Features: Large touch sensitive platters for accurate control and scratching Classic, dual-deck layout with complete mixer section Lighted controls indicate status in software for less time looking at the computer MIDI-over-USB controller is compatible with virtually all DJ software Mac and PC class-compliant USB – no software drivers to install USB-powered device does not require additional power supply Includes Native Instruments Traktor LE software, pre-mapped for Traktor Duo/Pro Works with MP3, WAV, AIFF, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, WMA (non-DRM, Windows only), AAC (non-DRM), and audio CDs (requires CD drive on computer) Includes: MIXTRACK controller with attached USB cable Software CD Quick start guide Minimum Computer Requirements: Mac: OS X 10.5, Intel Core Duo 1.66 GHz PC: Windows XP (SP3, 32 bit), Vista (SP1, 32/64 bit), or 7 (32/64 bit); Pentium IV or Athlon 1.4 GHz (SSE1) 1 GB RAM 100 MB free disk space DVD drive USB port Optional: Four-output sound card for cueing and playback
Pros: Good value for the money and very easy to use. The controls on the Mixtrack are smartly laid out and easy to use. The 3 hot cue buttons are great for jumping around tracks, and the jog wheels allow for seeking and scratching. There is little resistance in the cross fader so you can quickly cut between playing tracks for slick mixes. The VirtualDJ software (on the US model) is easy to use and read, it's pretty basic, but enough to get the job done. The "Sync" buttons flash when a drum kick or snare hit plays, so you can watch to see if your tracks are in sync. The buttons are made of a hard plastic and make a nice "click" when you press them.
Cons: All plastic, the unit is very light, so I'm worried about it standing up to some of my more "intense" mixing sessions. No additional sound channels, if you want to cue your mix, you'll need an external sound card or upgrade to the Mixtrack Pro (which has a built in sound card). It could just be my tastes, but the scratching feels too unnatural and choppy. There is a slight delay from adjusting the pitch sliders before I hear the change (could be my outdated lappy though).
Other Thoughts: All in all the Mixtrack is a DJ in a box, plug it into your computer, install the software, and you're ready to start mixing! The only real limitation of the unit is your own imagination. If you're considering getting into DJing as a hobby and just starting out, the Numark Mixtrack will provide you with the best bang for your buck.
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