A DJ mixer forms the basis for the work as a disc jockey. It is primarily used to combine and process different signals from microphones and other feeds (for example, turntables or CD players). Thus DJ mixers are something like the control center at the DJ set.
How does a DJ mixer work?
In a DJ mixer combines signals from different sources. These include those from:
- • Turntables
- • CD players
- • Media players
- • Laptops
- • Microphones
With the DJ mixer, you can control not only the general tone control and the volume of the individual channels via line faders or rotary potentiometers. In addition, it is often also possible to play in effects and crossfade the individual channels.
Colloquially, the DJ mixer is also called a mixer or club mixer.
With almost all DJ mixers, the bass, midrange and treble can be controlled separately via an equalizer.. With some models it is also possible to almost completely fade out individual frequency bands for seamless transitions (Kill-EQ or Kill-Switch function). Some DJ mixers are additionally equipped with their own MP3 player.
What are the types of DJ mixers?
Although the functions vary greatly in detail, the main distinction is between two types of DJ mixers:
- • Battlemixer (respectively two-channel mixer or mini mixer DJ) usually have only two channels for two feed players and few functions. They are ideal in conjunction with two turntables for fans of scratching.
- • The club mixers, on the other hand, usually have four or more channels (3 channel mixers are rather rare) and are intended more for fixed installation.
What to look for when buying a DJ mixer?
There is no such thing as the ideal DJ mixer. Each model has different advantages and disadvantages. If you want to buy a DJ mixer, you should ask yourself the following questions:
- • Do I need a 2 channel DJ mixer (battle mixer) or a club mixer?
- • How many players are to be connected to the club mixer?
- • Which inputs do I need for it (RCA, XLR, USB ...)?
- • Do I need a second microphone connector?
- • Which outputs do I need?
- • Should the DJ mixer also be able to be controlled via Bluetooth?
DJ mixer analog or digital: Which is better?
The question of whether analog or digital DJ mixers are better cannot be answered definitively - as we all know, tastes differ. Do you prefer buttons or touchscreen? Do you need a wide range of functions or do you swear by the ease of use of the "one-button-per-function" principle?
Although digital mixers score with sophisticated technology, analog DJ mixers still have many fans around the globe. Especially in the field of electronic music, many DJs and producers still prefer analog equipment.