Musikmesse 2013: Numark Mixtrack Edge

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Last updated 13 November, 2017

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Numark Mixtrack Edge
The Numark Mixtrack Edge breaks new ground at the portable consumer end of the DJ market, and is surprisingly fun to use.

I got my hands on the Numark Mixtrack Edge today, a DJ controller in a form factor nobody else has attempted yet – that, basically, of the iPad. (Indeed, with its built in case, this looks a lot like the iPad with Smartcase attached.) I confirmed that the unit uses 1/8″ jacks for its headphones and master outs, and has a micro USB to connect to a laptop (wouldn’t it be great for it to connect to an iPad? Surely that’s coming…), and was working with Virtual DJ on the Numark booth.

Likes? The jogwheels are surprisingly good, and responsive (but no scratch control here, as that function only works when paused. When the track’s playing, they’re strictly for nudging). The way the jogwheel trebles up to control different functions is cool, too. As stated in our preview, the biggest omission is a lack of EQs. But also as I suspected when I wrote that preview, this is still a lot of fun to DJ on. It’s only a prototype and a bit rough around the edges (especially the faders), but Numark will no doubt iron that stuff out before production. Take a look…

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Having seen a video demo, what do you think? Could you see yourself with one of these in your bag for those impromptu DJ sets? Please share your thoughts in the comments.