The ecosystem of Serato products has expanded massively in recent years, with native control solutions appearing from many manufacturers. The latest company to step into the Serato world is Akai, with their new AMX and AFX units. But do they bring anything new to the table? We tested them to find out.
Before the release of Serato DJ 1.7, DVS (digital vinyl system) options were limited. The only way to use turntables or CDJs with Serato was to have either a Rane soundcard mixer, the Pioneer DJM 900SRT, or the Pioneer DDJ-SZ. These options were all pretty expensive. With the release of 1.7, Serato has expanded their […]
Is there a perfect mixer for under $300? Back in April, we reached out to our readers to help us identify a selection of mixers around that price point which would be most interesting to review as a group. Today, we present the results of that test. We've gathered mixers from Allen & Heath, Pioneer, DJ-Tech, and Behringer—all of which can be found in stores for around $300 or less—to help you make that choice perfect budget-mixer choice.
A few years ago, any aspiring DJ would buy a budget turntable/CD and mixer combo before eventually moving on to some high-end kit. Today, most will either go for a cheap controller setup to use with their existing computer, or jump straight into the top-flight gear that they see used by their heroes. However, there are still a lot of situations in which a budget mixer can be incredibly useful, so we've gone in search of the best mixer for under $300.
Five years down the road from the debut of the Xone:22, Allen & Heath has updated its entry-level mixer to the Xone:23, taking into account some of the most requested user modifications for the 2 + 2-channel DJ mixer. While the overall functionality is largely unchanged, the Xone:23 has some major updates to the internal circuitry, aesthetics and layout. We were on the scene at NAMM 2014 for the full rundown and video.
If you thought that the Traktor DJ iOS app was only good for track preparation and amusing yourself on a boring flight, that was before the Kontrol Z1 made it much easier to perform seamless live mixes with proper headphone cueing from a mobile device. And don’t worry, it’s fully aligned with Traktor Pro and […]
The result of a unique collaboration between Livid Instruments and Richie Hawtin, the brand new Livid CNTRL_R is a fully mappable, open-source boutique MIDI controller. With a slew of programmable knobs, endless rotary encoders, faders, and buttons, there’s certainly a ton of tangibles to keep controllerists busy, whether you’re a DJ playing cuts from Traktor […]
Earlier this year at NAMM, Rane announced they were phasing out their popular TTM 56/57 line and replacing it with the Sixty-One and Sixty-Two mixers. We called up our friend Charles at Thud Rumble (Q-Bert’s crew) to see if the new 62 series is destined to become another club standard like the 57. Check out […]