A DJ mixer is part of a complete DJ set. The DJ mixer is always between 2 or more media players, so you can mix as the name suggests. The goal is therefore that you can mix the media players standing on the left and on the right to make a smooth transition. For this, various functionalities have been developed on the DJ mixer, which makes this process possible. This is considerably different than a normal audio mixer.
You usually listen to the transition of the mix on DJ speakers or your DJ headphones. Below we explain what different mixers there are on the market, what functionalities a mixer has and what you should pay attention to when buying a DJ mixer!
The functions of a dj-mixer
The DJ mixer is where everything comes together for DJs. Next to the mixer are the media players where media is played such as a CD or a DJ USB drive from which you play songs. But only with playback you don't get there as a DJ, you have to be able to mix songs together to create smooth transitions for the audience. After all, you don't want silences.
Number of channels
Your mixer determines how many channels you can mix at the same time, so the number of media players that you can connect. On most models you have 4 channels so you can connect 4 media players. This is perhaps what you should look at first, do you need 2 or 4 channels? This also largely determines the price range.
Also called EQ is the adjustment of certain frequencies. For example, you can filter out the low, medium or high tones so that you do not have a bass line of 2 songs that collide with each other when you play it at the same time, this is essential when mixing songs.
Delay, reverb and other effects
Almost all mixers have a wide range of effects, this is useful during mixing to hide or make a transition. In addition, it can also be used to give a number more energy during the build-up of a number. There are many different ways in which you can set and use effects, this gives you more freedom and creativity as a DJ!
The faders are an essential part of your DJ mixer. Faders are the type of sliders that also show how many channels you can mix, there must be a separate fader for each channel. The fader is made so that you can lower the volume by feeling and up another channel, this for a perfect transition.
You have even more functions to adjust the volume for, for example, the speakers for the audience and your headphones.
What are the differences between the different DJ brands?
There are a number of brands that are leading in the making of DJ gear and also DJ mixers. Brands that make good quality mixers: Behringer, Pioneer, Denon, Numark, Rane and Native Instruments.
Pioneer DJ mixer
Pioneer DJ is the club standard worldwide and the most used DJ equipment in many clubs and festivals. The DJM-900 mixers are the most used in combination with CDJ-2000 media players.
Native Instruments Tractor mixer
Native Instruments has also released high-quality mixers, but these are specially made to mix with the Traktor DJ software.
Allen & Heath DJ mixer
Often used in the techno scene because more effects but mainly EQ options are possible. That way you can make even better details in detail for a smooth transition, which is very minimalistic and essential with techno.
Denon DJ mixer
Denon is competing strongly with Pioneer and is launching very attractive and affordable DJ equipment, which means more DJs are switching from Pioneer to Denon - definitely a brand to keep an eye on!
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