The effects controls on the Mixtrack Pro: What you actually get depends on the software you use it with, and with Virtual DJ LE, your options are quite limited.
Following our recent tutorial video on when to use DJ effects, Digital DJ Tips reader John Spiegel writes: “I use a Numark Mixtrack with Virtual DJ LE. In the effects section there is no filter, either hi or low pass. I was wondering if there’s a way to either get around that or fix that.
“Also, on the echo section, I can’t quite figure out how to control the timing of the echo. When I turn it on it just goes crazy. I realize this is sort of vague, but any chance you could help me out?”
Mixtrack Pro: How does it handle four decks in Traktor?
Reader DJ MW writes: “I have decided to sell my CDJs and go digital. However I regularly use a third deck in my sets. I am considering the Mixtrack Pro and I understand that I will need to upgrade to a pro version of whichever program I end up going for to support four channels (probably Traktor) and mapping buttons so that I can switch between decks A and C.
“My question is: How would it work in relation to volume/pitch controls when switching? Does it lock them in or does it just follow the physical faders when you switch back and change the values, messing up the mix?”
The front of the Mixtrack: As you can see, it has no headphones socket.
Beginner DJ Bill Dunn writes: “I’m looking at buying the Numark Mixtrack, but I do not wish to buy the Pro version as it comes with a built-in sound card, and I already have a good sound card.
“Please can you tell me whether the non-pro Numark Mixtrack controller has a headphone output for track monitoring purposes? This might be a stupid question but I want to be sure… thanks for your help!”
Judging by the global lack of availability right now and the number of people who contact Digital DJ Tips with questions about it, the Numark Mixtrack Pro is the budget controller that’s grabbed everyone’s attention over the past few months.
And not surprisingly, too – it’s well built, well laid out, just the right size, has excellent jogwheels, comes with a built-in sound card, and retails at a very keen price: US$249 / £169 / €194.
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Most people get started in digital DJing out of curiosity. They tend to download a trial or limited version of one of the big software packages such as Traktor or Virtual DJ, loading some MP3s onto the screen, and having a go. Indeed, some never progress past this stage, happy to DJ with a keyboard and mouse or trackpad.
Numark’s new Mixtrack (US$129
/ £128) / €152) budget DJ controller is gaining considerable interest, what with it being a keenly priced unit with some really good features for the money. Let’s take a closer look at it in our full Numark Mixtrack review…
First things first – this is not pro DJ kit, but it’s not too bad, either; while it has a plastic chassis, it’s still sturdy and heavier than expected. Even though the faders aren’t “long throw” (ie they’re short, so it’s harder to make fine adjustments), they’re still smooth and the crossfader is nice and loose, just how it should be. And while the feature-set is limited (not a lot of bells and whistles here), it still has kills (my Vestax VCI-300 can’t manage that) and effects (ditto).