New Numark Mixtrack Platinum: The best DJ controller for beginners?
Numark is releasing the Mixtrack Platinum DJ controller later this month. With its expanded feature set it and affordable price ($299), it could be one of the best DJ controllers for beginners. It’s been a big month for Numark as they just released the upgraded NVII DJ controller, which is at the higher end of the market at $699. The Platinum may not have the dual 4.3-inch screens of the NVII, but it’s certainly an attractive prospect for the price. See the official listing for the Platinum here.
The Mixtrack Pro 3 is a very popular controller which offers good value for money (it’s available for $249). However the Mixtrack Platinum brings some expanded functionality over its older brother. The Platinum adds LCD displays in the centre of each of the two platters. These allow you to monitor playback information via the controller, so you can focus on your performance rather than staying glued to your laptop. The 1.75” displays indicate BPM, platter position, time remaining, key lock and pitch adjustment. The Platinum offers both filters and gain on each channel, while the Pro 3 only featured filters. It all runs in 24-bit, 44.1k quality.
Mixtrack Platinum users can switch between four decks, expanding on the two-deck capability of the Mixtrack Pro 3. The Mixtrack Platinum has 5-inch capacitive metal jog wheels for greater durability and better feel. The platters are dual-zone, allowing users to scratch or stop a track by touching the top, or manipulate pitch by touching the side.
The 16 multi-function backlit pads allow you to add loops and samples. The multi-function touch strip returns for FX control and track search operation. Merging these functions into one strip wasn’t the best design choice but it seems Numark are persisting with it. There are three FX available on the left deck and three on the right.
Serato DJ Intro included, but Serato DJ upgrade will cost you
The controller comes bundled with the free Serato DJ Intro software. If you want the real deal with Serato DJ, it’ll set you back another $129. The MIDI-based controller can be mapped to any DJ software which supports custom mapping. The unit is class compliant with Mac and PC, so there’s no stuffing around with drivers. DJs also get the advantage of the bundled six sample packs from Prime Loops, which are valued at $200. They include over 380 instrumental loops, drum kits, one-shots and more.
The connectivity options remain the same, and it’s pretty standard for this price-point. We get RCA outputs, 1/4″ microphone input as well as 1/8″ and 1/4″ headphone jacks.