We round up some of the best DJ mixers available on the market today, ranging from professional options to those that could take the title for best DJ mixer for beginners
We’ve compiled a list of what we think are some of the best DJ mixers available today. These options include DJ mixers for professional level performance and recording with plenty of functionality and connectivity.
We’ve also rounded up a selection of the best DJ mixers for beginners, which prove you don’t have to spend a fortune to get started in the world of DJing. But first, read on if you’re new to the world of DJing or you’re a little confused as to what a DJ mixer actually does or you want to know the difference between a DJ mixer and a DJ controller.
A QUICK DJ MIXER FAQ
WHAT DOES A MIXER DO FOR DJS?
In short, a DJ mixer allows DJs to mix multiple sound sources via a myriad of different DJ software programs. They also allow DJs to connect turntables, AUX signals like CD players, CDJ’s and gives DJs the ability to add effects, processors and manipulate the sound source.
A DJ mixer will have multiple channels with volume controls, kill switches, gain or trim controls, rotary knobs for EQs and connections for microphones and headphones. This is just a basic idea of what’s included in a DJ mixer, but basically, if you want to start DJing, you NEED one, whether a separate console or one that’s integrated into a DJ controller.
Which brings me to my next point…
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DJ MIXER AND DJ CONTROLLER?
In summary a DJ mixer is a console that allows you to connect decks, CDJ’s or your computer/laptop that runs an external soundcard. A DJ Controller is an all-in-one unit that will feature a mixer and turntables or CDJs built-in.
A DJ Mixer is a separate console that you can use to manipulate sounds and “mix” separate sound sources. You can use this if you want to use a CDJ on one side and a vinyl turntable on the other, for example. A DJ controller is an all-in-one unit that will also have controls like volume, speed, EQ’s, effects and even trigger pads built-in.
This will also allow you to hook up to your computer/laptop and control different sound sources. All good? Good. If you were interested in the best DJ controllers for beginners, though we've covered that too. Now with that FAQ out of the way, lets get on to the best DJ mixers available today in price descending order.
BEST DJ MIXERS AVAILABLE TODAY – PROFESSIONALS TO BEGINNERS
1. PIONEER DJM-TOUR1 4-CHANNEL DJ MIXER
Let’s start with the ultimate DJ mixer for the consummate professional out there. The Pioneer DJM-TOUR1 4-Channel DJ Mixer has been designed for the world’s biggest stages and arenas, adding a range of pro-grade audio components and an extremely useful foldable touch screen.
So why is this one of the best DJ controllers? Part of the reason we love the Pioneer DJM-TOUR1 comes down to the 5-port LAN hub which allows you to connect up to 5 players or laptops – this means you can utilise a huge amount of sound sources. You can even hook up external sound devices such as drum machines, FX units, synths and samplers using XLR/TRS combination Aux-in. The possibilities are endless.
There are 2 independent headphone sections, with independent volume controls, which means you can cue tracks with another DJ at the same time without hearing the other input. There’s 6 studio quality effects and 14 different types of Beat FX built-in.
The touring musicians will also appreciate the NEUTRIK etherCON® connectors with a latch lock design which makes sure your compatible cables stay in place even if the mixer moves around on stage, or someone throws stuff at you mid-gig! We hope the latter doesn’t happen!
2. RANE MP2015 ROTARY DJ MIXER
Next up we have the Rane MP2015 Rotary DJ Mixer, which again is made for professional DJs who need something they can use to fuse the worlds of digital and analogue. This makes our best DJ mixers list with ease as it offers superb control, high sound quality, tour grade durability and reliability for the techno house club DJ.
The Rane MP2015 is a direct descendant of the rotary club mixers beginning in 1971 with Rudy Bozak’s CMA-10-2DL, on to 1982 and UREI’s 1620, then in 1999 Rane’s MP2016/XP2016 combo. So that will give you an idea of what type of sound and functionality you’re getting.
You have four analog deck inputs, analog stereo RCA jacks as well as a host of USB connections. There’s also a combi mic/XLR line in with phantom power so you can hook up line level instruments and microphones for MC’s. Controls are MIDI mappable and in a throwback to older style mixers, you can take control over sound coloration via the isolator section.
3. PIONEER DJM-S9 SERATO DJ MIXER
The Pioneer DJM-S9 Serato DJ Mixer is a pro-level 2 channel mixer that has been designed to work perfectly with your Serato DJ software and allow you to take instant control over your sound without too much fuss.
One of the key features within the Pioneer DJM-S9 is its two USB soundcards and the dedicated input switcher on top to switch between all four Serato DJ decks. This is a fantastic tool for DJ mixing as the Magvel Fader Pro offers incredible response and durability, as well as bumpers to prevent excessive rebound at the end of fader travel that can be changed to suit your style.
Performance pads allow customisable control over Hot Cue, Roll, Slice, Loop whilst the mixer displays which mode you’re in. Filter FX and customisable FX buttons allow you to add a variety of different sonic dynamics to your sound.
4. PIONEER DJM-750 MK2 DJ MIXER
If you need a 4-channel mixer with plenty of FX and smooth features that make your sets a breeze, then the Pioneer DJM-750 MK2 DJ Mixer is a great option.
This is a perfect setup for CDJ or XDJ multi players and allows you to perform seamless mixers thanks to Smooth EQs, channel faders and Magvel crossfader functionality. The Pioneer DJM-750 MK2 DJ Mixer also features 4 kinds of Sound Color FX so you can add new creative flair to your sound.
With 4 x audio channels and 1 x MIC channel, you’re all set for a range of connections. One of the coolest features is the independent Send/Return functionality. You can actually choose from Aux or Insert send/return to connect different types of FX units on iOS devices such as FX apps, synthesizers and samplers, and combine them with the mixer’s internal FX to make something completely unique.
This is easily one of the best DJ mixers for professionals that wont break the bank.
5. NUMARK SCRATCH DJ MIXER
Scratch DJ? Turntable user? Then you need the Numark Scratch DJ Mixer in your set up. At just over £400 you’re getting a professional level DJ mixer that offers 24-bit sound, is built like a tank and offers the functionality you need for seamless mixing and awesome technique.
We think this is one of the best DJ mixers as you have a built-In InnoFADER Crossfader with Reverse and Slope Control 8 performance pads and connections that can be instantly hooked up to Serato NoiseMap Control Vinyl or CDs (available separately).
You also get full Serato DJ Pro and full DVS licenses included – which is ideal if you’re just starting out in the world of DJ.
6. ROLAND AIRA MX-1 MIXER
No one said DJs could only create music using turntables and CDJs! The Roland Aira MX-1 Mixer allows the electronic music maker to take total control over their sound thanks to a huge amount of functionality and connectivity. This 18-channel performance mixer allows you to bring together your synths, drum machines, loops, DAW tracks, and more.
You have three kinds of step sequencer at your disposal, six kinds of master FX and DJ-style cue monitoring, quick mutes, and six fader curves per channel. If you use a variety of different sound sources and want to be able to mix everything, then this is the option for you.
A clear layout gves you everything you need to mix your two sound sources and perform scratches, the Magvel fader is extremely durable and has been designed to withstand approximately 10 million movements – so you’re good for a few gigs at least!
Sound Color FX, filters and hard wearing rotary knobs all for around £300, makes this an incredibly hard working and heard wearing option for the DJs out there.
8. ROLAND DJ-99 DJ SCRATCH MIXER
If you’re a turntablist with a penchant for the legendary TR-909, the Roland DJ-99 2 channel DJ mixer is just for you. We think this is one of the best DJ mixers, especially for beginners as it features an easy-to-use layout and includes a built-in mini innoFader.
No matter what style of scratch DJ you are, you’ll find something useful here. You have a dedicated set of Send and Return connectors for use with Serato or Traktor DVS Systems as well as independent connections for CD Decks or Phono turntables.
The limited-edition anniversary TR-909 colour scheme just looks cool too! A no fuss, hard wearing and hardworking DJ mixer.
9. NATIVE INSTRUMENTS TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1
The Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z1 is actually the world’s smallest mobile DJ mixer and offers incredible control over iOS devices, tablet, mobile and laptop devices and Traktor DJ software.
This is an incredibly powerful, yet entirely portable mixing interface with 3-band EQ, built-in 24-bit soundcard and pro-grade faders that makes mixing a breeze. This is perfect for DJs on the go, whether you have a larger, traditional set up that utilises TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 or F1 controllers or you mix via your iPhone or iPad.
In fact, the Z1 actually turns your iPad or iPhone into a handy, two-channel TRAKTOR DJ rig that allows you to cue up your track in headphones, mix, adjust EQ and apply a world of effects and filters.
This is also one of the best DJ mixers for beginners as you get the introductory TRAKTOR LE software to get you started. All this for around £150 – a great budget friendly option. Shop a full range of DJ Mixers over at PMT Online today or call in to your local PMT store to speak to our DJ experts about your bespoke needs.