Review & Video: Numark Mixtrack Pro 2

Review Summary:

The Mixtrack Pro 2 is a good successor to the Mixtrack Pro. It's well built for the price, it looks nice, the jogs remain excellent, it's easy to use, and it's now more tightly integrated with the supplied software. The addition of a simple sampler and drum pads are a welcome nod to current trends.

Mixtrack Pro 2
  • Mixtrack Pro 2
  • Rating: 3.5
  • From: Numark
  • Price: $250
  • Reviewed by:
  • On January 31, 2013
  • Last modified:September 11, 2014
Numark Mixtrack Pro 2 Review

The Numark Mixtrack Pro 2 takes over from where the best-selling original Numark Mixtrack Pro left off, and is aimed at giving beginners the perfect start in digital DJing.

Review: Numark Mixtrack Pro 2

The original Mixtrack models, on which the Numark Mixtrack Pro 2 is based, changed the face of digital DJing, providing a cheap, dependable "in" for many thousands of new digital DJs. They sold by the bucketload. In our Numark Mixtrack Pro 2 review, we'll look at whether Numark has come up with a worthy successor to the original Mixtrack Pro, from the point of view of the beginner DJ, at whom the Mixtrack Pro 2 is squarely targeted.

Background

The original Mixtrack, which we reviewed nearly three years ago (and then the Mixtrack Pro - the difference being solely that the "Pro" version had a built-in audio interface, meaning it had audio outputs for headphones and amp/speakers, plus a microphone input), succeeded because it was sensibly priced for beginners, and had great jogwheels, meaning it immediately "felt" like DJing.

Over time, the controller was bundled with Serato DJ Intro, a devilishly easy DJ program to use and an excellent introduction to digital DJing for beginners. Also over time, its price fell, cementing its position as the no-brainer controller to start digital DJing on. We've recommended it wholeheartedly for a long time.

However, it wasn't perfect, and it became less so. Looks-wise, it was a big, old plastic box. And the best software to use it on (Serato DJ Intro) was to an extent shoehorned into the unit as a retro-fit, meaning imperfect hardware/software control matching and inconsistent labelling. And of course, DJing moved on, too: big rubber control pads are now all the rage, for instance, and sample decks have become a "must-have".

With the Mixtrack Pro 2, Numark has had the chance to take all of these things into account. Let's see how well the company has managed it...

First impressions and setting up

Numark Mixtrack Pro 2 Top

The backlit rubber performance pads feel excellent, and appearance-wise the unit’s budget status is only really given away by the cheap plastic fader caps and knobs.

The box contains the Mixtrack Pro 2 itself, a few small paper user guides, and a USB cable for connection to your computer. You'll need to provide an audio cable to connect an amp and speakers to its RCA outputs, a pair of headphones, and a Windows or Mac laptop.

There's not even any software in the box - you're expected to get online to download it. This is actually fast and easy, and there's no need to register a licence or anything like that. Once the software is downloaded and installed, you plug in the unit and open the software (Serato DJ Intro) and you're ready to go. It is truly the simplest setting up procedure out there, and credit is due to Serato and Numark for making it so.

The unit itself is attractive. Still a practical size and grounded on four sturdy rubber feet, it's appreciably slimmer than its predecessor. And while it is still made of plastic and clearly built to a budget, its appearance is a lot nicer. The brushed black surface and metallic-painted casing make it feel more expensive than it is. The new, lower-profile bevelled top and curved bottom appear almost Apple-like, and the jogwheels are sturdy and attractive, albeit slightly smaller than those on the original Mixtracks.

The backlit rubber performance pads feel excellent, and appearance-wise the unit's budget status is only really given away by the cheap plastic fader caps and knobs. As far as inputs and outputs go, it has two headphones sockets (1/8" and 1/4"), an 1/8" microphone jack socket with independent volume control, a USB, and twin RCA outs for amp and speakers.

Numark Mixtrack Pro 2 Headphones

The headphones and microphone sockets are on the right-hand side of the unit, which is unusual.

The headphones and microphone sockets are on the right-hand side of the unit, which is unusual (they'd normally be on the front). It's not a big deal, but I'm curious as to why they chose to put the headphones socket on the right-hand side rather than the left, as most headphones are wired from the left-hand ear cup, meaning your lead is more likely to dangle diagonally across the controller in use.

The top of the unit maintains the original Mixtrack Pro's curious use of three upfaders, one for each deck, and a master volume up the middle. There are no individual channel gain controls or VU meters (the software has autogain anyway, but still...), which again is as the original Mixtrack. Each channel has just a three-band EQ, cue buttons for headphones and a load button.

Up the middle of the mixer are headphones volume / headphones mix knobs, and a stepped rotary encoder with a control button for library browsing. Small LEDs indicate whether you're browsing a file or a folder. The jogwheels are capacitive. This means they're touch-sensitive on the top for scratching, a behaviour that can be switched on and off using the "scratch" button. Meanwhile, the edges work for nudging, or fine-adjusting. playback.

Under each jogwheel are four main buttons for transport. There's the ubiquitous "sync" button, a cue button, a play/pause, and a "stutter" button, which is a variant of cue (sometimes called "CUP" on other controllers). Each deck has a rather short pitch fader, topped with CDJ-style + and - pitch bend buttons. There are four knobs at the top of each deck, which control the effects, and eight dual-colour backlit performance pads, which are used for cues, samples, loops and effects.

Finally, each deck has a "shift" button, and these are used simply to offer another "layer" of control, doubling up what some of the buttons and knobs do.

Basic use

It is always worth remembering that DJ controllers such as this, apart from offering two audio outputs so DJs can separate headphones and speaker outputs (essential for pre-cueing tunes), are basically interfaces for DJ software. So really, how well a controller performs is to a large extent a factor of the software provided with it. In this case, the software provided - Serato DJ Intro - is perfectly OK for basic DJing, and will serve any new DJ well for the time it takes them to get to their their first few performances.

Serato DJ Intro Samples

Serato DJ Intro, the supplied software, is perfectly good for learning to DJ on and performing all the basic DJ moves. Here, the sampler is on show.

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There's an upgrade path on offer for US$129 to the full-blown Serato DJ program, but for the purposes of this review, we'll use Serato DJ Intro as provided.

Firstly, this thing just "works", right out of the box. Lord knows learning to DJ can be complicated enough without worrying about technical set-ups and endless configuration pages. (Serato DJ Intro has one, very simple config page, that you probably won't even have to look at). You browse using the big central knob (it integrates fine with iTunes, so all your playlists and songs are "just there"), hit "Load A" or "Load B" to put a track on a deck, and hit "Play" to start it playing. The jogs are responsive and tight, the transport controls simple and reliable, and the volume, EQ and faders all do exactly what they should with no surprises.

It's definitely worth working through the manual to get the low-down on each control, because even this basic stuff is not all obvious to beginners, and some of the stuff that follows won't be obvious to anyone. But take it from me - Mixtrack Pro 2 with Serato DJ Intro makes it as easy as anything else out there.

Before moving on, one thing I noticed about the jogwheels is that one rotation of a jogwheel is not quite the same as one rotation of the deck representation on the screen, which actually surprised me as I don't see why it should be that way. It's not a big thing, but it may upset beatjuggling DJs using the onscreen decks to get back to a point of a track rather than using their headphones or the waveforms, as they'd have to learn to compensate for this.

The performance pads

Of course, performance pads are all the rage right now, with controllers from the new Numark NS7 II to the Vestax VCI-380 to the Novation Twitch all packing big, jumbo rubberised pads as part of their specs. The first thing to point out about the Numark pads is that they're basic. They're not velocity sensitive, they're not multi-colour (they actually just have two colour states - on and off - which are pretty dim in daylight, too), and they don't give you eight identical controls over any individual element of your performance as you might expect.

Numark Mixtrack Pro 2 Pads

The Numark Mixtrack Pro 2 performance pads: Think of them more as buttons to control many of the normal functions of a DJ controller.

The fact that they're lumped together in banks of eight is actually more a product of aesthetics and of copying the look of performance pads on more expensive controllers, than of function.

On other controllers, the pads usually control complex-sounding performance features named things like "slicer", "loop roll", and so on. But with the Mixtrack Pro 2, their use is more pedestrian. They are basically controls for cues, samples, loops and effects - all things that any decent controller nowadays has anyway. That's not to say that they're not an acceptable way of controlling these things - just that they're not fully blown performance pads in the sense that those on an Akai MPC controller or a more expensive DJ controller are.

Let's look a little more closely at what can be achieved with the pads.

Effects
In the software, the effects panel is opened by clicking a small button. There's no way to do this from the Mixtrack Pro 2, which is a shame but is also something I've not seen on any Serato DJ Intro controller, so I think it's a software limitation. The effects are "pre-fader", meaning that when you cut the fader to the other channel, an effect stops, even if it's an echo (which you may want to fade out naturally).

The effects are controlled by the top four performance pads and the four silver knobs immediately above them. The first three knobs/pads turn an effect on or off for that deck, the knob controlling its single parameter (shift plus the knob lets you choose an effect for that slot - nice). The basics, like echo, filters and phaser effects, are all covered. They sound good, and can be "daisychained" (ie you can run the signal through multiple effects in a row). The fourth knob controls how often an effect modulates, as a factor of the current BPM (good for echoes in time with the music). If the BPM is not accurate, the fourth top pad lets you "tap" out the correct BPM.

I think the effects strike the right balance between simple, good sounding and fun, and would say that Numark and Serato have got it right here for the kind of user this controller is pitched at.

Loops
Looping is where you set a piece of a track to repeat over and over again. There are two types of loops on offer: manual and automatic. Manual is where you state a start and end point. The Mixtrack Pro 2's bottom four pad buttons handle this, allowing you to choose these points in real time, fine tune them using the jogwheel to move the start and end points on a (temporarily-static) waveform display, jump back to a pre-set loop ("reloop"), and finally halve or double the current loop length (bottom-right button).

Numark Mixtrack Pro 2

The performance pads are as much about ergonomics and styling as they are about function on the Mixtrack Pro 2. Pic: Serato

Automatic loops are those that loop on the beat, or a fraction thereof, and are handled by the top four pads for each deck. The pads loop 1 beat, 4 beats, 8 beats and 16 beats respectively, from left to right. It would have been nice to be able to loop lower and higher than that - 32 beats is a common loop length, and "loop roll" effects beloved of trance and pop-house DJs require loops down to 1/32nd of a beat - but again, this is a limitation of Serato DJ Intro, and the Mixtrack Pro 2 is just towing the line here.

What is weird is that the loop double/halve button will only double a loop up to eight beats, even though the software can handle up to 16. I think this is a bug.

There is no way of shifting a playing loop, and no way of saving favourite loops, but the basics are here, and more or less they're done OK - with the exception, as I say, of the rather stingy omission of that DJ's favourite, the 32-beat loop (and anything below 1 beat).

Cues
Cues are points, pre-set in your tracks, that you mark so you can jump back to them easily. The Mixtrack Pro 2 offers three per deck - or rather, per track, as they save and recall with your tracks. The cues share the bottom four pads with loops (and with samples - see below). To switch to cue mode, you hold down shift and press the third-in lower pad, marked "Cue". A little light below the pad illuminates to show you that the bottom four pads are now in "cue" mode. (You actually need to do this for loops, as spoken about above, too, using the same action with the first button, but this is the default behaviour.)

Once in cue mode, the bottom first three button set three cue points, and touching the fourth button then one of the other three deletes that cue point. Note that actually, you have four cue points per track, because you can set a temporary cue using the "cue" button underneath the jogwheel.

The sampler
Pressing the shift button and the second of the bottom pads enters sampler mode (again, a little LED below the pad confirms this). Now, the four bottom pads trigger a sample each. Samples can be loaded onto one of four corresponding "sample decks" in the software. You can view the sample decks by clicking the little sampler button on screen; again, as with effects, there's no way of doing this from the Mixtrack Pro 2 itself.

The sampler in Serato DJ Intro is limited, basically just letting you play samples, although it is at least possible to play samples from pre-set cue points, so you can load a track with three cue points set and trigger samples from any of these. Thus, by this method, some basic cue-point / sample juggling would be possible. An upgrade to Serato DJ would be needed for more complex sample control, though.

I could see no way of stopping samples playing from the Mixtrack Pro 2's controls; you'll need to revert to the mouse/screen for that (for instance, if you've got a whole song on a sample deck).

Conclusion

This is a basic controller. It's only two decks; the software doesn't let you record what you're doing; there are no external inputs except a rudimentary Mic thru; there's just a single set of RCA outs; and despite having been designed to look like some of the more expensive DJ controllers with their velocity sensitive, multi-faceted control pads, this controller uses its pads as just another way to cover basic functions.

But overall, it does what it does well. The audio quality is fine for the market sector. It's well built for the price, it looks nice, the jogs remain excellent, it's easy to use, and it's now more tightly integrated with the supplied software, the addition of a simple sampler being a welcome nod to current trends.

Numark Mixtrack Pro 2 jogwheels

Numark Mixtrack Pro 2 jogwheels, while smaller and lower profile than those from the original models, remain a joy to use and are tightly mapped to the software, albeit with one quirk.

The implementation of the functions on the performance pads makes sense (as long as you take the time to learn the key combos to unlock their various uses) and the pads are nicer to use than hard, small buttons would be. It's a shame the backlighting isn't brighter on them, though, as it's hard to see whether they're on or off in daylight. Also, having cues, samples and loops sharing the same four buttons will mean some deft fingerwork at times.

Other niggles? The headphones socket would have been better on the left. There's that bug in the halve/double loop length function. And the pitch range adjuster doesn't seem to work, so you're stuck at +/- 8% on the pitch controls, despite the manual saying something different (another bug, I think). But really, these aren't deal-breakers. Having cues, samples and loops sharing the same four buttons will mean some deft fingerwork at times.

Overall, the Mixtrack Pro 2 is a good successor to the Mixtrack Pro. You could easily upgrade the software to correct some of the limitations I've outlined, and Serato DJ software also lets you map external Midi controllers, so by making the upgrade and adding an extra small controller somewhere along the line, you could take better control of, say, the sample decks, while keeping the Mixtrack Pro 2 for everything else. (Indeed, you could use the Mixtrack Pro 2 with other software too; I'd expect Traktor and Virtual DJ mappings soon enough).

As mentioned in the intro, the plus points of the original Mixtrack Pro were good jogs and a good price. Assuming the street price of the Mixtrack Pro 2 drops below the suggested recommended price of US$299 (which if it were the actual price would be too high, in my opinion), the Mixtrack Pro 2 will retain these advnatages, while being simpler to use and packing more features than its predecessor. Oh, and it's much better looking too. I expect it to do well.

Product Summary

Review Summary:

The Mixtrack Pro 2 is a good successor to the Mixtrack Pro. It's well built for the price, it looks nice, the jogs remain excellent, it's easy to use, and it's now more tightly integrated with the supplied software. The addition of a simple sampler and drum pads are a welcome nod to current trends.

Mixtrack Pro 2
  • Mixtrack Pro 2
  • Rating: 3.5
  • From: Numark
  • Price: $250
  • Reviewed by:
  • On January 31, 2013
  • Last modified:September 11, 2014

Video Review

Is this a worthy successor to the Mixtrack Pro? Have you bought one, and if so, how are you finding it? What would you buy at this price point? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

Comments

  1. There’s a love/hate feeling between myself and the Mixtrack; a lot of DJs in my area bought one and simply never upgraded beyond them (though some have the pricier variants). The Mixtrack’s cheap price point and ease of use are great for entry level, especially if you’re not sure if DJing is something you want to sink a lot of funds and time into yet.

    I just wish people wouldn’t settle for consumer level gear when they’re past the initial “am I going to like this?” stage.

    Great review Phil, was really curious about the pads and you answered most of my questions in that regard!

    • Hi Jon,
      I think I have reached this stage you speak of where I feel like I have come as far as I can with my mixtrack pro and need to look at something more advanced.
      When you say you wish people would look further than consumer level gear what do you mean ? What sort of gear are we talking here, cdj’s ?
      Just a bit confused so would appreciate any advice :-) cheers

      • I think he just means stuff that will stand sustained pro use… DJing is done in front of people, and relies on feedback and interaction… trust me, you can achieve that on a MTP or a €10k Pioneer set-up. Same result. You don’t outgrow gear, as the MTP is better than the gear whole scenes and generations grew, peaked and fade out using.

  2. looks nicer, won’t be as successful as the original.

  3. DJ Forced Hand says:

    I’m concerned that the pitch fader is located so close to the trigger pads, which could lead to unwanted user experience.

  4. I think if you remap it for Traktor, it can be so much better.

  5. Cool review. Thanks for doing what you guys do. Now, the question is, for ?original Mixtrack Pro owners like myself, is it worth me shelling out some cash and upgrading to the Mark II? I’m content with it as is, I want the Mark II mostly for its’ performance pads, but now that you mention that it only does basic functions and it’s not like you can put in drums and do eloquent techniques like you wold on other controllers with that, I’m not sure exactly if I would get it anymore, I’ve been looking to add some type of rig with pads to do drumming and samples and such.

    • I’d say not. If you’re upgrading a controller, I’¡d always advice go “up” a level. The Mixtrack Pro 2 is the same “level” as the original, just newer. It’s still a perfectly good controller.

      • Awesome, thanks!

      • Hi Phil,

        What would be your suggestion if we will upgrade? Let’s say we sell our Mixtrack Pro, and We have the same $299. to buy new Gear. Considering I already have Serato DJ with Serato Video.

        Thanks!

      • @Harvey

        If you already have a Serato DJ license, and you want something that is already compatible, you don’t have a bunch of great options at that price point. The Terminal Mix 2 by Reloop would be an upgrade but at this time it is still MIA in the US. The Terminal Mix 4 is nice, but at $600 or so, it is past your price point.

        If you aren’t beholden to platters, the Novation Itch(a controller I use) is very nice. It doesn’t have DJ support yet but it is coming soon. You will be able to use Itch in the meantime though. It can be had for cheap, I think I paid $250 for mine as a refurb model.

        Other than that, I would wait for more controller support, or save up some more money to get something higher-end. There is a pretty big gulf in price between the intro-level stuff and the pro-grade gear.

        Personally, like I said earlier, I have a Twitch but I have gone modular and use it in Traktor with a Midi Fighter 3D for my FX duties. I like Itch but it’s a bit behind in the FX department, so I am looking forward to Serato DJ support to try out the new FX. I really miss loop roll. It can be accomplished in Traktor, sort of, but it’s nowhere near as clean as Itch.

  6. Phil, after playing with both this and the DDJ-WeGo, which do you prefer?

    • I am curious about this too. Also what’s up with the Serato news release stating a Q1 2013 support date for the DDJ-WEGO and Serato DJ/DJ Intro, but on their Serato DJ product controller page, it states Winter 2013 support??

      And when is the Numark Mixtrack Pro II set to release?

  7. It’s a wonderful piece of equipment from the reviews and videos. Does it also support virtual dj, since you can’t record your mix on dj intro yet recording is supported even in the free virtual dj home

  8. Phil, I am an owner of the mixtrack pro. In the beginning it performed great. However, over time my crossfader stopped working. I’m well overdue for upgrade but this time in looking at Gemini’s. G4V controller. Please give more advice to me. Virtual DJ is my software of choice and this appears to be exactly what I’m waiting for!
    Thanks!!

  9. I don’t like the look of this one. I started with the original Mixtrack Pro, and it was a solid controller, but this looks too toyish. The Jogwheels are barely an inch high, judging from the picture, and the performance pads are really out of place.

  10. Hi guys,
    I’ve just read your article and have to say that it’s written very elaborately, so very good :)
    But I’ve only a simple question for you guys I’m currently pondering about: I’m very interested in DJing and want to start without spending to much money but however buying something that’s not too sleazy :D
    So in short, would you rather buy the Traktor Kontrol S2 or the Mixtrack Pro 2 for me as a beginner?

    Thanks a lot in advance!

    Best regards,

    Tobi

  11. Taylor Dexter says:

    I think putting the headphone jack on the side is completely messed up considering us DJ’s with travel cases. If the jack is on the side…I cannot plug in my headphones due to the side of my case. Poorly done.

  12. Mekanikz M.E.F says:

    Hey guys thanks so much for keeping us all informed on everything in the Digital DJing world. This site is set to my opening page.
    I recently turned a friend on to Trakor he’s a beginner so I suggested the mixtrack pro 2 we just got it in an cannot fin a mapping online anywhere .
    He’s willing to learn but he also has that ” beginners eagerness ” and I don’t want him to lose interest because he has potential .

    Can anyone please help me in finding a halfway decent mapping for the MIXTRACK PRO II?
    It would be greatly appreciate

  13. Sorry to piggyback on this thread but I’m looking for some assistance phil.
    I just purchased a mixtrack pro today and having spend several hours at it, had no luck whatsoever getting serato or traktor to work and it would appear that it’s a windows 8 issue. After a very long meandering look through all manner of forums and discussions it seems that serato intro will not work with windows 8.
    Having tried to install traktor I was shown the same type of error messages to do with QuickTime and qcif problems. I installed QuickTime, then tried both packages, with limited success. In the case of both they both allow limited use only of iTunes and a great many songs cannot be played. The problem remains even after I uninstalled and reinstalled both.
    This left me in a quandary. I desperately want to be able to use my numark but if it isn’t compatible with windows 8 I’m left wondering if I now need to somehow reinstall windows 7 on the laptop.
    I tried the alternative of using virtual dj Instead – installation was quick and easy however this software simply informed me that I had 10 mins use with the numark only. I would need to upgrade to virtual dj pro (very expensive!!).
    I really have no idea what to do now and need the advice of an expert!!

    • Unfortunately it is true that Serato is now yet Windows 8 compatible. I have to be honest, we use OS X day-to-day here and only have Windows 7 available to us for PC testing, so I have absolutely no experience with Windows 8 and PC software. I wonder if anyone else can help?

    • Wow, yeah looks like it’s not supported : http://serato.com/dj-intro/support/14585/is-serato-software-compatible-with-windows-8 Considering Win8 has been the default OS for new windows PCs for about half a year now, that’s really unprofessional on the part of serato. Software publishers have plenty of time to work with upcoming OSs before they are released. I imagine there must be many people in the same situation as you (and IMO this warrants a mention in the review).

      I think your only options are 1) reinstall OS, 2) buy another (second hand?) laptop with win7 as a temporary measure, 3) Get hold of different software. None sound appealing.

    • Dj Glyde says:

      i had the same issue and i got windows my issue was getting sold faulty decks if you can take them bavk to get new ones i got new ones as soon as i hooked in my serato dj program instantly worked anf worked with tracktor prodram

  14. Just got mines today and first thing I noticed is the volume output is extremely low. Platter feel wired and nowhere as nice a ns6 or previous mixtrack units. I just sold my NS6 because it was to big for just playing Round the house and to expensive for pool parties. All in all its effects are what you could find on higher end controllers but are limited to the intro software. I cannot see myself paying to unlock advanced features that are not mapped for thus unit. All in all if you don’t have one get it. If you have the pro 1 keep it or step up to the NS6 or better.

  15. I need some help. I am a beginner and I am going to buy a controller. I have decided on the Numark brand. Should I get the mixtrack, mixtrack pro, or mixtrack pro 2? What are the differences? Please help me Phil and others!

  16. Hi guys,

    having read most of the comments and questions…
    Does this mean that Traktor users won’t be able to use the mixtrack pro II because there is no mapping yet?

    Any information when one will be able to download it?
    cheers!

  17. Stuart Crees says:

    hi,

    when i press scratch it will not let me scratch on serato.

    is there something wrong with my MP2 or am i doing something wrong?

    it doesn’t scratch it just changes the tempo regardless whether its on or off. however sometimes it does scratch.. for about 2 seconds, then it goes back to tempo changing

    thanks

  18. Dan Waring says:

    I love the decks to use for mixing, but am having a lot of trouble figuring out how to record or stream using this device, any ideas??

  19. Great review! I wish all reviews were like this. Have good mappings come out for Traktor Pro 2 yet? I am considering this unit, primarily for recording mixes at home and carrying out to small gigs for convenience. But a good Traktor mapping is the priority.

  20. Great Review..!

    For a beginner who seeks quality and do not want to change controller in the coming years. In your opinion what should I buy: MixtrackPro II or Hercules 4-MX ?

  21. can i hook up my active speakers with xlr?

  22. Robert Wulfman says:

    Those pads just feel like a gimmick

  23. Alistair says:

    Since most reviews over the internet including this one says that NUMARK Mixtrack PRO and Numark Mixtrack PRO II are the same, should I get the mixtrack PRO since I prefer the looks of it as it seems more professional with those big decks, while in my opinion the pro 2 looks more “toyish”.

    Thanks Phil!

  24. hello Phil,
    I am going to buy the mixtrack pro 2, is it possible to connect 3 or more speakers to use in a club? if it is possible how do i plug it to mix2? and what is the maximum of speakers that I can connect to the mixtrack2? Thks

  25. Am looking for an intro dj board for a 15 year old. I can get a mixtrack II or a pro (not II) for about the same price. Seems like if I get the pro , I can add external pads later (and better ones?) and that not getting the pro locks me out of serato. Thoughts or recommendations? The pro II is too much of a price jump for an intro…

  26. hi, which console has the best build quality, cmd studio 4a or numark mixtrack pro 2?

  27. Alessandro Rossi says:

    hi, this or the VESTAX TR1 usb? i can buy them for the same price. thank you so much, your reviews are the best

  28. Hi,

    In the next few days I would be purchasing my first ever piece of DJ equipment :) This piece will be entry level midi controller and I have to chose between the 2:

    Numark Mixtrack Pro 2
    Reloop Beatmix (or Beatmix LTD)

    Numark is 25 euros more then the Reloop and I would be getting some headphones with the Beatmix as well.

    Numark is somehow better in every way from my perspective but I got some comments that sound card is quite better on the Reloop.

    As a complete newbie Im not sure how these parameters will be important so I asking for a help.

    Your thoughts?

    Thanks
    Dean

  29. Hey…why is the volume on the headphones so low

  30. Can I say something about this little unit….If you have read all the reviews on the web and are left with slightly varied opinion on the Mixtrack Pro 2 and its capability then you were like me. I have one and to be honest you really do not need anymore than this for any party on the planet. It is a nice unit and just the right size for any travel. It is all plastic, but again this is not a worry! if you are a conscientious DJ who keeps a sober mind especially behind the dex and do not need to provide an over excitable brutish force to each twist of a knob then these knobs will last for years. The Jogs are good enough for all round DJing, a PROFFESIONAL Turntabilist may buy one for personal reasons but these are not designed for battle scratching which is an area dominated by equipment 10 times the price just for the mixer section alone! But the Jogs are still good enough for use at any gig if you wish to do a little scratching without wishing to stamp your mark on any DJ championship. There a pleasure to use.Some reviews have said that this unit is not worth the upgrade to Serato DJ or Traktor….I utterly refute that view and sincerely agree that it most certainly is worth paying the money and getting PRO software such as Sersto DJ or Traktor for this unit. You can have almost full control over the PRO Software and all for around a 1/4 of the price of the Pioneer DDJ SX. You would still have to go to your laptop for to utilize censor and slip mode but that is about it. With Serato DJ you get all the effects, 4 cues, record and 24 sample banks and yes it is worth it. You will have a Mixtrack Pro 2 and FULL PRO Serato DJ for £260, BARGAIN! The sound is decent enough for any party and depending on your rig you could even improve the sound by running it through an EQ or Parameter but even as the MTP2 stands it will do any public venue, even with Serato Intro. The Traktor software mapping is on you tube, though it is in spanish you will see how well suited Traktor Pro 2 software is to The MTP2 one of the best mappings for a third party unit out there. This unit with Serato DJ or Traktor will do any Club, Wedding, Barbeque, Birthday bash out there…..with ease. Cheers and Jesus bless you folks!

  31. Hello,

    I’m looking for a cheap controller mainly for scratching (and possibly apply some effects on it).
    Which one do you recommend to me between this one and the Hercules control air + (the new one)?
    Which one have the best jogwheels?

    Thank you.

    • Hello,
      Cheap controllers and good scratching are not really a well oiled marriage in my small amount of experience. If you want to mainly scratch then I would consider keeping your eyes open for a 2nd hand Vestax VCI 300 mk2 of which you may pick up for around the same price as an intro controller. Keep an eye on Ebay! There is a significant difference in the response of the software to the crossfader and if you are really keen and are showing a improvement in technique then with the Vestax VCI 300 mk2 you can go a step further for a sum of around £80.00 and upgrade your crossfader to a Vestax CF-X2 this will again significantly improve response through decreased cutting distance and superior build quality. You will also have to visit the Japanese Vestax website and get your VCI firmware update of which once you do there is no return to the former state of the machine! But the build quality on the VCI 300 mk2 is Proffesional and will last a good few years as will the new fader. I don’t have anyway of physically testing the Herc but I do own a Mixtrack Pro 2 and enjoy using it and to be honest like my hands on the jogs. I would consider the ‘new’ Reloop Beatmix 2 or the 4 track aswell. The Pro 2 is as I said OK for scratching but it is not built with scratch DJs as its primary user so you have an sort of ‘allround’ scratch standard, it can be a little slow for crabs .I have a feeling that the ‘new’ Reloop Beatmix 2 may be slightly better for scratching than both the controllers you have in mind at present. Might be worth a look.
      Cheers, Steve.

      • Hello,

        thank you for your interesting reply.
        The Reloop Beatmix looks really great but unfortunately It comes out in July.

        Other opinions on the Hercule Air Plus compare to the MT Pro are welcome.
        Thanks.

        • No worries Ben. I have had a look at some reviews on the Herc air plus sine my last reply and it reads as a little ‘fady’ with some big software limitations. The Mixtrack Pro 2 probably will be the better option out of these two controllers as you will have the more flexible machine out of the two as far as software applies. The jogs are very nice to use on the Mixtrack and to be honest I use it more than anything else as it is so easy and light too and it handles Full Serato really well.
          Cheers Steve.

  32. Rose hancock says:

    I have just the numark mixtrack pro 2.
    I can’t remember if the serato software comes as anything additionally physically or is it all internal

    Also, if I plug the numark into a second computer will it install serato automatically? As I have lost the original computer it was installed on

    Thanks

  33. I have just purchased the mixtrack pro 2.
    I can get it connected to a live speaker but the noise coming out is all distorted.
    Does anyone know if i need a converter to convert it from unbalanced to balanced or vise versa?
    Thanks

    • Stephen says:

      Hi
      Possibly…if your cable is over lets say 15 feet to be on the safe side then very much definitely
      Cheers.

  34. Dj McDaddy says:

    @ seamus says:

    I hope you mean Active speakers when you say ‘live speakers’!!! It’s 2 months since your post but just incase you still have the problem, try controlling the volume from the speakers first. If the volume from your active speakers is a FULL/PEAK, then theres a likely posibility of get a distorted sound! try adjust your volume on your active speakers to just about half way! i hope this will help.

  35. Yep…certainly a process
    of elimination and as DJ McDiddy says could just be overkranked!

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