Mixers for DJs
The job of a DJ isn’t just to play a bunch of songs in succession. At the very least, it involves the ability to string songs together from one to the next while keeping the right beat going and the energy flowing at a party or event.
While there are a variety of types of audio mixing consoles, a DJ mixer is unique in that it can cue music from a non-playing source to headphones. In addition, a crossfader is a unique feature on a DJ mixer, which allows for a smooth transition between two tracks.
The mix of songs that you hear at clubs or weddings are created using a DJ mixer. A mix set developed through the use of a mixer is a continuous track that is made up of a number of songs that are skillfully mixed together. The mixer helps the DJ put the songs teeter so that they seem to be one long continuous track without the audience noticing any obvious disruptions.
It’s important for DJs to understand the functioning of a mixer, as well as all the features of this piece of equipment in order to decide what type of mixer to purchase.
Features of DJ Mixers
DJ mixers are typically available with a variety of features, depending on what exactly you require. Basic models have the fundamental features, including a microphone input, and some channels for fading and crossfading. More expensive DJ mixers have more advanced features, such as equalizers, digital effects, and sampling capabilities. Other high-end models have features such as precision equalizers and sound filtering for each channel.
Types of DJ Mixers
Club DJ Mixer – Also referred to as a “bedroom” or “dance” mixer, this type of DJ mixer keeps the audience energized thanks to its ability to play dance beats while one song transitions into another. Common features of a club DJ mixer include automatic beat detection, sound filtering, equalizer for every channel, and more.
Scratch DJ Mixer – Often known as a “battle” mixer, a scratch mixer is the choice for hip hop DJs, and involves the use of vinyl records. Scratching involves the control of a turntable, and requires the DJ to move the record on the phono cartridge while it’s on the play position. A number of sound patterns can be generated with this method. Since a lot of wear and tear can result on the crossfader from such scratching, high-end mixers will come with a durable crossfader and two channel inputs at the very least.
General DJ Mixer – These provide the best of both worlds, and combine the features of both club and scratch DJ mixers. Professional DJs often choose to work with general mixers for this reason.