Not everyone can afford to buy an S4 or a Xone:DX; many bedroom or beginner DJs want to play with all the functionality of a four-deck controller with lots of modern features without frankly spending a fortune on it – especially as it’s hard to justify big DJ spending if you’re not actually making any back from playing out.
Enter DJ-Tech 4Mix, a new DJ unashamedly budget controller being previewed here at Musikmesse as a prototype. With the same kind of build quality of most consumer gear nowadays – that is to say, perfectly fine for DJing on at home and the odd party – this unit packs in a lot of the functions of more expensive controllers at an expected street price of around €300.
Of course, we haven’t had the chance to use it – as we say, it’s only a prototype – but the jogs and buttons felt good (the buttons were nicely rubberised, and the jogs feel like those on the Xone:DX). The knobs were the usual plastic you get on this type of kit, but the feature set is what really stands out.
It has microphone input with tone; booth and master outputs; four filters like the S4; big cue, looping and transport buttons in a 12-button layout under each jogwheel (similar to the just-announced Novation Twitch); full four-deck mixing; library browse; obviously a built-in soundcard – in short, it’s modern controllerism, on a budget.
Street date is apparently early summer and as we say, the price is projected to be around €300.
Do you think there’s a need for smaller, cheaper controllers that have the feature sets of the big boys? would you buy a four-deck controller with individual filters and 12 pads under each jog for this price? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.