DJ mixers

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KORG Zero4
MIDI, Firewire audio, 4 channels, BPM-based sampling, effects, phono/line/midi/audio control, i.e. almost everything in one place (except deck control). Unfortunately, KORG discontinued the Zero4 (and Zero8) not long after they were introduced in 2007. The retail price was $1299. Glowing review: This item is rare even on eBay. As of 2010-11-15, there are four for sale there, two from Japan and two from UK, all new in box. Example:

Here's a page listing interesting fixes for problems with the Korg series:

Allen Heath

Allen Heath XONE 3D
MIDI, built in USB sound card. Good for effects. Over $2500.


A four-channel digital mixer for USB, phono, and other audio sources. $1000.
DENON DN-X1700 4 Channel Club Mixer with Effects. $1800. Sound and MIDI through USB. Also a MIDI out DIN-5 port.
DENON DN-X600 Professional 2-Ch Digital Mixer. $700. BPM, effects, MIDI through USB, external effects loop. Channel 1 and 2 can be assigned to midi, phono, or cd, or even mic. Compact, not many knobs.

Native Instruments

(See #software.)

Native Intruments Traktor Kontrol S4 System
$899.99. 4-channel mixer with all the Traktor software buttons laid out in real hardware. Only 2 channels of analog in, each can be line RCA or phono RCA. Mic input also. Obviously, best for integration with Traktor software, but little power of its own.


$1000. MIDI, USB, BPM, effects, 4 channels, each can be assigned to the left/right/neutral of the crossfader.


Rane sixty eight
$2600. Everything, overkill. Made for Serato Scratch. MIDI, 4 channel, lots of buttons. Can control two computers.


Vestax PMC-05ProIV
This unit mixes computer, CDs, and phonographs. Some of its controls are MIDI-assignable. It has 2 channels. Comes in red or black. Since it is not a sound card, just a MIDI controller, to get two channels of stereo from computer to this mixer, one also needs a multi-channel audio box compatible with the computer.


Native Instruments Traktor Pro
$99, Mac and PC. Traktor Pro accepts instructions from the mouse, keyboard, and/or MIDI, to mix four decks of music, with effects, a filters, eq, and a crossfader. It can browse through my iTunes library, although it frequently causes a disk I/O error with my external iTunes disk; I think I would prefer to move music files to the internal drive, or perhaps use the iPod playback feature (although it doesn't work with iTouch or iPhone).