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Mix Masters

DJ controllers today come with combined functions, delivering DJs convenience and flexibility to create and mix their music. In this product focus segment, PT includes a lineup of some high-profile debuts from 2017-2018. Controllers across range, size, price, functions and flexibility - all make it to this list.

Hercules Inpulse 300

Hercules DJ Inpulse 300 combines DJ mixing software (DJUCED) and an innovative DJ controller with built-in light guides to help aspiring DJs learn how to perfect the art of manual beat-matching and choose the right songs for a music mix.

Main Features include:

• Light Guides: Activate the Beatmatch Guide to learn how to mix. Follow the TEMPO arrows to adjust the BPM of each track and synchronize tracks using the BEAT ALIGN arrows.
• Intelligent Music Assistant: Activate the Intelligent Music Assistant to get the best music suggestions.
• Take Control of The Party Ambience: Pace the atmosphere of parties with the ENERGY function.

Technical Specification:

• Audio:
 Integrated built-in audio interface
 Master out for speakers: 2 RCA
 Headphones out: 1/8” stereo (3.5 mm)
 Resolution: 24-bit/44.1 kHz

• Controls Per Deck:
 2 decks
 Jog wheel diameter: 5.9” / 150 mm
 8 pads x 8 modes
 Effects rack with 2 rotary fx knobs and dry-wetSlip, quantize, loop in/loop out keys
 Browser controls: Rotary encoder + 2 load keys + Assistant key

• Controls on Mixer:
 1 filter, 3 EQ, 1 gain knob, 1 volume fader/deck
 Crossfader, master volume, head phones
 VU meters per deck + master VU meter

• Beatmatch Guide:
 Tempo guide: light guide along the tempo fader
 Beat Align guide: light guide below the wheel

• IMA:
 Trending songs: display a list of the best upcoming songs to play, sug- gested by DJUCED Artificial Intelligence

Mixars Primo

The Mixars PRIMO is the ultimate plug-and-play 2 Channel controller and Mixer for SERATO DJ with exclusive standalone effect section on each channel. Its new, exclusive and dedicated Effect control on each channel features Filter, Noise, Crush, Gate, delivers amazing sound in SERATO DJ both in standalone mode and when using PRIMO as a mixer.

Main Features include:

• Paid upgrade to Serato DVS
• Built-in sound card for simple USB connectivity
• 8 Performance pads on each deck to control Hot Cues, Roll, Slicer, and Sampler
• Large aluminum jog wheels with LED Ring
• Full control and assignment of Serato FX
• Adjustable crossfader curve
• Mic with dedicated echo effect
• Auxiliary RCA input with dedicated volume
• 100mm Pitch Control

Technical Specification:

 Power Source - DC adaptor AC 100V – 240V 50/60Hz - USB powered
 Power Supply - DC adaptor: DC IN 5V2A - USB power; USB Port with Cur- rent Supply >1A
 Dimensions: 508.4mm (W) X 330.7mm (D) X 65.6 mm (H)
 Weight: 4.2kg
• Input/Output Impedance & Sensitivity: 1KHz input, Mic/Aux, Trim, Master at Max.
• USB Interface:
 Channels: 6 in/ 12 out
 Sampling Rate: 48kHz

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 MK3

Native Instruments affordable Traktor Kontrol S2 MK3 is a premium digital DJ system with a 2-deck controller and 4-channel audio interface.

Main Features include:

• A 2-deck digital DJ system that let users DJ anywhere with laptop or iOS device
• Plug-and-play integration with Native Instruments Traktor Pro 3 and Traktor DJ iOS app
• 2 channels, each with a level fader, a 3-band EQ, a filter knob, a gain control, and 4 FX sends allow precise mixing
• Scratch with ease using high-resolution, silicone-damped, touch-sensitive jog wheels with rubber-coated outer rim and glossy top plate
• Dedicated Flux Mode controls
• Color-coded, backlit, RGB buttons
• Patent-pending magnetic brake technology
• Hardware and software work together at 30 times the resolution of standard MIDI for maximum precision
• 2-channel mixer with ergonomic layout
• Fully customizable control surface works with any MIDI-controllable software
• 4-channel integrated audio interface with Cirrus-Logic AD/DA converters deliver up to 24-bit/96kHz resolution for pristine audio quality

Technical Specification:

• Dimensions:
 Width: 19.13” / 486mm
 Height: 2.32” / 59mm
 Depth: 10.43” / 265mm

• Audio Inputs:
 Channels: 2
 Bit Resolution: 24-bit
 Sample Rate: 44.1/48 kHz

• Microphone Input: (1/4” / 6.3 mm TRS)
 Full Scale Level: -30... -10dBU @ 1 kHz
 DNR (a-weighted) @ 1 kHz: 89dB
 Frequency response: 80Hz-20kHz is +0.0 / -1.3 dB low frequency cutoff

Numark DJ2GO2

Numark DJ2GO2 is a portable, pocket-sized DJ controller equipped with a built-in sound card and Serato DJ intro. It fits on top of any laptop and allows the user to get ready for action in no time, without taking up any unnecessary space.

Main Features include:
• Portable two-channel DJ controller for Serato DJ Intro (included)
• Control the music with play, jog wheels and fader
• Built-in audio card with headphone cueing to create the perfect mix
• Song navigation and channel and master gain control
• Perfect for performing or prepping your DJ set playlist and cue points
• Standard midi mapping for use with other popular DJ software
• Fits perfectly on top of your laptop
• 1/8 inch Headphone output
• 1/8 inch main output

Technical Specification:
• Supported Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz, 16 bit
• Power: mini-USB port
• Dimensions (width x depth x height): 3.4” x 12.4” x 0.63” 8.6 x 31.4 x 1.6 cm
• Weight: 0.75 lbs. 0.34 kg

Pioneer DDJ-400

Pioneer DDJ-400 is a 2-channel DJ controller is packed with features to help the users in developing their skills comfortably. This controller’s layout mirrors that of flagship NXS2 set-up, with shared elements like dedicated cue buttons, Beat FX, CDJ-style looping controls and more. As a result, this advanced DJ gear will feel natural to use.

Bundled with pioneer’s professional performance software, rekordbox dj, its compatible Tutorial feature will help users to master this controller’s creative capabilities.

Main Features include:

• Player sections: Get familiar with jog wheels, play/pause and cue buttons, tempo sliders, a loop section and cue/loop call buttons just like the ones on the CDJ-2000NXS2
• Mixer section: Use the trim and EQ knobs, and the headphone cue buttons, in exactly the same way as those on the DJM-900NXS2
• Built-in sound card (audio interface): Plug and play by simply connecting the controller to your PC/Mac using a single USB cable
• Mic input circuit: clear audio without distortion, even with high input level
• USB bus powered: No need to plug into the mains
• Class compliant: No need to install a driver
Technical Specification:
• Software: rekordbox dj
• Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
• S/N Ratio:103 dB (USB)
• Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.005 %
• Inputs: MIC x 1 (1/4-inch TS jack)
• Outputs: MASTER x 1 (RCA x 1); PHONES x 1 (3.5-mm stereo mini jack x 1)
• USB: USB (Type B) x 1
• Maximum Dimensions (WxDxH): 482.0 × 272.4 × 58.5 mm
• Weight: 2.1 kg
• Accessories: USB cable, Quick Start Guide, rekordbox dj licence key card D

Roland DJ-505

Roland DJ-505 is a powerful instrument that allows unparalleled flexibility to DJ, remix, and produce, empowering exciting new approaches to music performance.

Main Features include:

• Two channels and Deck Select for up to four decks
• Eight dedicated pad controls for Serato DJ Pro with Hot Cue, Roll, Slicer, TR, Pattern, and Sampler modes
• Built-in, fully editable drum kits from Roland’s legendary TR-909, TR-808, TR-707, and TR-606, realized with advanced ACB technology
• TR kits contain eight sounds–Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Closed Hat, Open Hat, Tom, Rim, Clap, and Ride
• Classic 16-step sequencer
• Mixer can be used standalone via connection of multi-players or turntables to the line and phono inputs; Serato DVS Upgrade Ready
• Balanced XLR outputs
• Mic input with gate, hi-pass, reverb, and echo FX
• MIDI output to sync external devices with Serato DJ Pro and the TR-S sequencer

Tech Specifications:
• Sampling Frequency: 48 kHz
• Nominal input level:
 Input (1–4) (RCA phono type, LINE): -12 dBu
 Input (1, 2) (RCA phono type, PHONO): -39 dBu
 MIC IN (1/4-inch phone type): -60 dBu
• Input impedance:
 Input (1–4) (RCA phono type): 47 k ohms or greater
 MIC IN (Combo type): 7 k ohms or greater
• Frequency response: 48.0 kHz: 20 Hz–22 kHz (+0/-2 dB)
• Connector:  Input (1–2) jacks: RCA phono type
 MIC IN jack: 1/4-inch phone type
 MASTER OUT 1 connectors: XLR type (balanced)
 MASTER OUT 2 jacks: RCA phono type
 BOOTH OUT jacks: TRS phone type (balanced)
• Width: 530 mm; 20-7/8 inches
• Depth: 402 mm; 15-7/8 inches
• Height: 73 mm; 2-7/8 inches
• Weight: 3.5 kg; 7 lbs 12 oz

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