The 15 best DJ Mixers for any budget in 2024

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📅 Last updated: 4th Jan 2024 | 🕒 Est. reading time: 27 mins

Overview

Covering a broad range of budgets, this post lays out 15 of the best DJ mixers on the market right now, in 2024, along with everything you need to make a buying decision.

To keep things simple, we’ve broken them down into 4 different categories. If you don’t want to scroll through the whole list, you can click the links below to jump straight to the most applicable category:

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Important things to consider

Which DJ mixer you choose will mostly depend on, 1} what type of DJ you are, 2} what setup you plan on using it with (usually either analogue turntables, and/or digital media players, perhaps using a Digital Vinyl System), and 3} just good old personal preference.

For most people reading this, you’re either going to choose a club mixer or a scratch mixer – which is why we’ve structured this post in the way we have.

To dive a little deeper, you’ll also want to consider if you plan on using a specific DJ software program with it and whether you plan on connecting external hardware, etc. For any mobile DJs using it for gigs, you’ll want to pay closer attention to the inputs & output and other relevant features!

Note: If there’s something specific you don’t understand as we go through the list (for example, questions like ‘’what is record out’’, or ‘’what is DVS’’), we explain these in our FAQ section at the end.

So then, here are the 15 best DJ mixers for ALL budgets in 2024!


Best DJ mixers for beginners (top 3)

1. Allen & Heath Xone:23

Allen & Heath Xone:23

Overview:

Despite being in our beginner range, don’t be fooled, the Xone:23 from Allen & Heath is a professional piece of kit. It’s got 2+2 stereo channels allowing for 4 different music sources to be connected simultaneously, either for turntables, media players and/or external DVS soundcards.

With Low & high pass filter controls on-board it’s feature-rich for its size, and both the sound and build quality are excellent. Additionally, the mixer can be upgraded with the latest Innofader for scratch/battle DJs.

Approximate price: $450 (US).

Key features & specs:

2 + 2 stereo channelsSmooth VCA channel faders
3-band total kill EQIlluminated switches
VCF Filter system: Low & high pass filters + frequency and resonance controlsBalanced main mix out on XLR
Independent booth outRecord out
3.5mm and 1/4″ headphone outputsMore resources: visit the manufacturer’s product page or watch the feature overview video

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2. Pioneer DJ DJM-250MK2

Overhead photo of the Pioneer DJ DJM-250MK2

Overview:

This DJM-250MK2 is Pioneer’s 2-channel entry-level offering, inheriting the Magvel Crossfader and Sound Color FX filter from their industry-standard DJM-A9 mixer (covered in the next section). With a premium build quality, it has a nice simple layout that’s great for beginners and those on a budget, also suitable for scratch DJs.

The unit comes with Pioneer’s Rekordbox DJ and Rekordbox DVS software in the box (just plug in your laptop), and it also works with Native Instruments DVS ‘Traktor Scratch’.

Approximate price: $390 (US).

Key features & specs:

2 channel mixer + Mic3-band total kill EQs
Low & high pass filter with parameter controlSound Color FX (built-in)
Magvel CrossfaderCompatible with rekordbox DJ and rekordbox DVS ready
Built-in USB soundcard, just plug in your laptop (24-bit/48kHz)Analogue Inputs: 2 x stereo RCA (phono), 3 x stereo RCA (line), 1 x 1/4″ (mic)
Analogue Outputs: 2 x XLR (master), 1 x stereo RCA (master 2)2 x headphone output (1/4 inch Jack, mini-jack)
More resources: visit the product page or watch the feature overview video

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3. Numark M6 USB

Overhead photo of the Numark M6 USB

Overview:

Price at around $219 US, this 4-channel beginner offering from Numark is easily the cheapest on this list. As well as having a ton of inputs & outputs (to connect turntables and/or media players simultaneously), the USB connection allows you to mix in audio from music-player software and record DJ sets to your computer; plus the dedicated XLR Mic channel is great for talkover in your mix shows.

Despite being over 10 years old, the Numark M6 USB is still a great beginner option if you want 4-channel capability, although just bear in mind there are no filter controls or other FX on the unit.

Approximate price: $219 (US).

Key features & specs:

4 channel mixerUSB/laptop connection (PC or MAC, type B), record your mix to your computer
3-band EQLED Metering
Multiple phono, line, and mic inputsDedicated XLR Mic channel (plus second Mic input on channel 4)
Replaceable crossfader with slope control1 x 1/4″ headphone jack
More resources: visit the product page or watch this feature overview video

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Best Club Mixers (top 4)

4. Pioneer DJ DJM-A9

Photo of the Pioneer DJ DJM-A9

Overview:

Most recent to market, in March 2023, and soon to be found in bars & clubs around the world, our top club mixer pick is Pioneer’s flagship (and industry-standard) 4-channel DJM-A9!

With the same familiar layout as the (now old) DJM-900NXS2, the new 4-channel unit boasts a ton of upgrades compared to its predecessor – offering notably better sound quality (thanks to the 32-bit converters!), modernized connectivity options, new FX, and much more.

More specifically, some standout features include the ‘centre lock’ on the Sound Color FX knobs (when switched on, this prevents the knobs from going past 12 ‘O’clock in the opposite direction), a better display screen with more customization options, 2 x headphone outputs with dedicated cueing (great for back-to-backs and DJ changeovers), much-improved microphone settings, and also Bluetooth pairing.

The layout has also been tweaked for a better user experience, with the DJM-A9 providing more space around the EQ knobs; plus the channel faders and Magvel crossfader have been redesigned using better-quality materials.

As for software, it fully supports Pioneer’s Rekordbox and Serato DJ Pro (separate license needed for Serato), and is also compatible with their ‘Stagehand’ App – which allows venues to wirelessly connect an iPad via WiFi and monitor the activity on the mixer.

Approximate price: $2,700 (US).

Key features & specs:

32-bit A/D converter is built into the channel input section and D/A converters for a marketing-leading soundThe comprehensive I/O suite includes MIDI compatibility, digital inputs, dedicated send/return channels, booth output, and dual USB hubs
Center Lock feature is designed to keep knob values maxed out at the center position of each channel’s Sound Color FX control3-band per-channel EQ, trim, deck assignment, and channel selection
Dedicated microphone FX with echo, pitch, and megaphone options, plus separate reverb with attenuation2 headphone outputs feature mix and level adjustments
Fully adjustable Magvel FadersSound Color FX — Space, Crush, Sweep, Noise, Filter, and Dub Echo — supplement your sound with broad texturizing tools
14 x Beat FXSupport rekordbox and Serato DJ Pro, as well as Pioneer DJ’s Stagehand App
Dual pairs of USB-B and USB-C ports allow for simultaneous connection of two laptops for back-to-back setsX-Pad utilizes a touch-sensitive interface to affect audio spatialization FX with tapping or sliding
The Center Lock feature is designed to keep knob values maxed out at the center position of each channel’s Sound Color FX controlMaster-level adjustment includes a dedicated meter for quick changes
Wireless connectivity supports both Bluetooth and Wi-FiDJM-REC app supports streaming on platforms like Mixcloud and Twitch, etc
The lockable power cord ensures constant, reliable supportSupport with TC Supply’s ShowKontrol means lighting and video can be controlled from the DJM-A9
Analogue Inputs: 4 x Dual RCA Stereo (phono), 4 x Dual RCA Stereo (line), 1 x XLR-1/4″ combo (mic), 1 x 1/4″ (mic 2)Analogue Outputs: 2 x XLR (master), 1 x Dual RCA Stereo (master 2), 1 x Dual RCA Stereo (rec out), 2 x 1/4″ (booth)
More resources: visit the product page or watch this intro video from Pioneer

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5. Allen & Heath Xone:PX5

Photo of the Allen & Heath Xone PX5

Overview:

As well as bringing that warm, high-quality sound the brand is known for, the Xone:PX5 from Allen & Heath offers a plethora of analogue and digital connectivity (probably the best in this section), with each channel having its own dedicated send control for external FX processing.

The 4+1 channel ‘performance’ mixer (which means it’s super versatile and can incorporate the most elaborate of set-ups) has plenty of customizable built-in FX including reverbs, modulators, flangers and distorters. These are all high-quality and intuitive to use, as is the mixer itself!

Despite the broad connectivity options on the PX5, just be aware there’s only one USB input which isn’t ideal for DJ changeovers. Overall, this is an excellent option if you’re not after a brand-specific setup and/or you want to save a nice chunk of change on the DJM-A9. As well as being a standalone mixer for whatever you wish to hook up, it also supports DVS control of NI’s Traktor Scratch.

Approximate price: $1,800 (US).

Key features & specs:

Flexible 4-channel mixer plus an additional mic/aux input3-band total kill EQ
Integrated 20-channel 24-bit/96kHz USB 2.0 audio interface onboard1 x VCF Filter with adjustable frequency & resonance – assignable on all channels + send/return
Extensive built-in FX: Spectral Delays, Resonator, Reverbs5-pin MIDI clock/out and MIDI over USB offer control over synths and other gear
All faders include 3-mode adjustable curvesSend & Return: 2 x 1/4″ (FX send), 2 x 1/4″ (FX return), 2 x 1/4″ (master insert), RJ45 X-Link (Xone K controllers)
Fully compatible with Native Instruments Traktor Scratch Pro (not included)Replaceable crossfader (Innofader compatible in case you want to upgrade)
Analogue Inputs: 8 x stereo RCA (line, phono), 1 x XLR (mic), 2 x 1/4″ (line)Analogue Outputs: 2 x XLR (master out), 1 x stereo RCA (master), 2 x 1/4″ (booth), 1 x stereo RCA (record out)
More resources: visit the product page or watch this feature overview video

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6. Denon DJ X1850 Prime

Photo of the Denon DJ X1850 Prime

Overview:

Next up is Denon DJ’s latest professional 4-channel club offering, the X1850 Prime (the predecessor of the X1800 Prime). Like the last two on this list, it offers a ton of connectivity options and fantastic sound regardless of the setup.

With comprehensive EQ and filter controls, it notably also has 16 built-in effects, 2 x dedicated Mic channels, MIDI sync for external instruments, and much more. Most importantly, to take advantage of all the customization options, the unit will be put to best use with the Denon DJ SC6000 or SC6000M media players – assisted by the built-in 5-port LAN hub at the back. It’s also compatible with Serato DJ Pro.

Approximate price: $1,200 (US).

Key features & specs:

Professional 4-channel club mixer3-band EQ, Isolation EQ, High-pass/Low-pass filters on each channel
Rugged build-quality designed for club environments24-bit/96kHz digital processing and I/O delivers studio-grade audio
16 x BPM FX with FX Quantize controlDedicated Sweep FX and BPM FX knobs on each channel
Microphone inputs include 2-band EQs and Talk Over ducking effectDual-assignable USB ports for easy changeovers
Smooth Flex-fader with adjustable fader curves and start functions (replaceable)5-port LAN hub lets you network four compatible devices together (with Denon’s Media players)
Analogue Inputs: 4 x Dual RCA Stereo (line), 4 x Dual RCA Stereo (phono), 1 x 1/4″ (mic)Analogue Outputs: 2 x XLR (master L/R), 2 x Dual RCA Stereo (record), 2 x 1/4″ (booth L/R)
Other I/O: 5 x RJ-45 (LAN link), 1 x Coax (digital link in), 2 x 1/4″ (send L/R), 2 x 1/4″ (receive L/R)Compatible with Serato DJ Pro
More resources: visit the product page or watch Denon’s feature overview video

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7. Pioneer DJ DJM-750Mk2

Photo of the Pioneer DJ DJM-750Mk2

Overview:

The DJM-750MK2 from Pioneer DJ sits in between the DJM-250MK2 that we covered in our beginner section and below the flagship DJM-A9 that’s No.1 in this section. As well as inheriting the build-quality and intuitive club layout from the DJM-A9, it includes many of the same features such as the Sound Color FX (4 instead of 6), Beat FX (11 instead of 14), Magvel Crossfader, and dedicated Mic section.

Whilst it’s literally half the price of the DJM-A9, you can still easily connect external hardware, etc (connections-wise, it’s going to have most DJs covered). As well as having fewer FX, it also doesn’t inherit the X-Pad touch strip in the FX section, and it only has a single USB connection around the back – so no convenient laptop changeovers. As with all three Pioneer mixers in this post, it once again comes with Rekordbox DJ and Rekordbox DVS licenses as standard.

Approximate price: $1,300 (US).

Key features & specs:

4-channel professional DJ mixerExtensive analog and digital I/O to facilitate any setup
64-bit/96kHz mixing processor delivers high-quality dynamic sound3-band EQ; switchable between +6/-26dB and Isolator modes
Extensive analogue and digital I/O to facilitate any setup2 x headphone outputs for back-to-back DJ sets
4 x Sound Color FX (Sweep, Filter, Dub Echo, Noise)11 x Beat FX with FX Frequency assignments (Delay, Echo, Ping Pong, Spiral, Reverb, Transform, Flanger, Pitch, Roll, Vinyl Brake and Helex)
Independent send/return loop lets you add external effectsIncorporate iOS effects via USB
Flagship Magvel crossfaderIncludes licenses for rekordbox DJ and rekordbox DVS software
Gold plated RCAsAnalogue Inputs: 4 x Dual RCA Stereo (line), 4 x Dual RCA Stereo (phono), 1 x XLR-1/4″ combo (mic), 2 x 1/4″ (return)
Analogue Outputs: 2 x XLR (master out), 1 x Dual RCA Stereo (master 2), 2 x 1/4″ (booth), 2 x 1/4″ (send)More resources: visit the product page or watch Pioneer’s feature overview video

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Best Scratch Mixers (top 5)

8. Pioneer DJ DJM-S11

Photo of the Pioneer DJ DJM-S11

Overview:

The DJM-S11 is Pioneer’s flagship 2-channel scratch mixer… the upgrade from the previous flagship S9. It has the classic battle-style layout with paddle FX controls in the middle of the unit and works out-of-the-box with Serato DJ Pro and Rekordbox.

Several things have been improved or added to this latest model, now with a customizable 4.3-inch colour touchscreen at the top (which can control just about everything, both on-board and in-software) and 64-bit mixing & processing for improved sound, which we can confirm is excellent!

It has 3-band EQs + filter controls on each channel, 22 x built-in Beat FX, 16 x RGB back-lit performance pads (to trigger hot cues, loops, rolls, etc.), and also an improved Magvel Pro crossfader. Additionally, you can control 2 more decks in the software.

For scratch DJs who are happy paying top-dollar, the S-11 is fully-featured, to say the least, with far too many features to break down here (see features list and video below), which could be a little overwhelming for some. It’s also worth noting that it doesn’t have Split Cue in case you like to mix completely in the headphones.

Approximate price: $2,100 (US).

Key features & specs:

High-end scratch DJ mixer for use with vinyl and Serato DJ DVS systems3-band EQs + filter controls on each channel
 22 x Beat FX built-in (use Beat FX and software FX simultaneously)Adjustable Magvel Pro crossfader with customizable curve and resistance
16 x RGB back-lit performance pads trigger hot cues, loops, rolls, and moreHigh-quality sound: 64-bit mixing & processing
Customizable 4.3-inch touchscreen controls most functions, including decks 3 & 42 x USB inputs for laptop/DJ changeovers
Analogue Inputs: 2 x Dual RCA Stereo (line), 2 x Dual RCA Stereo (phono), 1 x Dual RCA Stereo (aux), 1 x XLR-1/4″ combo (mic)Analogue Outputs: 2 x XLR (master), 2 x 1/4″ TRS (booth), 1 x Dual RCA Stereo (master2)
Compatible with Serato DJ Pro, Serato DVS and rekordboxComputer requirement: macOS 10.14 or later / Windows 10 or later
More resources: visit the product page or watch Pioneer’s feature overview video

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9. Rane Seventy-Two MkII

Photo of the Rane seventy-two MKii

Overview:

Following on nicely is Rane’s flagship 2-channel scratch mixer – the Seventy-Two MkII. As with all Rane’s gear, this thing is built like a tank, and it’s designed to integrate tightly with Serato DJ Pro.

Similar to Pioneer’s S-11 we’ve just covered, it has a Customizable 4.3-inch full-colour touchscreen that shows waveforms, enables navigation and track selection, controls FX, and unlocks countless other performance tools.

The unit has a ton of FX, with the ability to stack up to 6 Serato FX with the on-board FLEX FX (on-board are things like echo, reverb and flanger). It also has 16 Akai performance pads with independent mode controls (8 on each deck) for scratch bank access and more.

Whilst the unit is designed to work best with Rane’s Digital Turntables, it’s still a standalone mixer, so you can still connect whatever setup you wish – whether analogue or digital. And as you’d expect in this price bracket, the sound is excellent. Just be aware that there’s no send & return, so you can’t connect third-party FX units. It comes with a fully adjustable Mag Four crossfader.

Approximate price: $1,900 (US).

Key features & specs:

Professional 2-channel scratch mixer, ‘plug and play’ with Serato DJ ProSolid steel construction and aluminium paddles (built like a tank)
3-band EQs, filter controls, 2 x Mic/AuxProfessional 2-channel scratch mixer, plug and play with Serato DJ Pro
Dual DVS inputs; easily control external devices and Serato softwareMag Four faders and adjustable parameters
External and internal crossfader tension adjustment16 Akai MPC-style performance pads to trigger samples and FX
4.3″ Full-color Multi-touch Display2 x USB inputs for laptop/DJ changeovers and dual Mic inputs
Analogue Inputs: 2 x Dual RCA Stereo (phono/CD), 2 x Dual RCA Stereo (aux), 1 x Dual RCA Stereo (session), 2 x XLR-1/4″ TRS combo (mic)Analogue Outputs: 2 x XLR (main L/R), 1 x Dual RCA Stereo (session), 2 x 1/4″ (booth L/R)
Software: Serato DJ Pro DVS License, Pitch n Time, Serato DVS Vinyl (included)More resources: visit the product page or watch Rane’s full feature overview video

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10. Reloop Elite

Photo of the Reloop Elite

Overview:

The Reloop Elite is a fully-featured, 2-channel performance mixer optimized for Serato DJ Pro and DVS control (software + DVS expansion pack included).

Whilst there’s a ton of things going on, key features include the 16 large RGB performance pads (which control up to 12 modes per deck), the Dual OLED displays (for visual feedback on effects, bpm and beat divisions), fully customizable Innofader Pro faders, Tweak FX, a dedicated Loop section on-board, and much more. Additionally, the 2 x USB audio interfaces provide 24-bit audio quality, and you can have two different laptops hooked up at the same time.

At around $1,300 US, it has a solid all-metal construction with a stylish metallic finish, and it’s about $700 cheaper than the market leaders we’ve just covered. It would be best utilized with Reloop’s 8000MKII hybrid turntables (as covered in our best turntables post).

 Whilst there are no ‘paddle’ FX controls on the Reloop Elite, the entire design was developed in collaboration with famous scratch DJs and turntablists – meaning the layout and workflow of the unit, whilst it’s subjective, is arguably the best on the market.

Approximate price: $1,300 (US).

Key features & specs:

Performance scratch mixer optimized for DVS and Serato DJ Pro (software included + DVS expansion pack)2 x USB audio interfaces with 24-bit audio quality
Tweak FX can toggle between filter, bit crusher, flanger, white noise, and a user-selectable mode16 x large RGB performance pads, controlling up to 12 modes per deck – Hot Cue, Loop Roll, Slicer, Sampler, Pitch Play, Saved Loop, Slicer Loop, Saved Flips, Platter Play and Transport
Innofader Pro faders for smooth / Customizable fader curves and reverse functionDual OLED displays for visual feedback on effects, bpm and beat divisions
2 x independent effects units for controlling Serato DJ Pro FX3 x assignable effects slots with dedicated activation buttons
Mini-fader control for FX Level/DepthTwo laptops can be hooked up at the same time
Serves as an active USB hub for other devicesMic/line input features a 2-band EQ, independent echo effect, and on/off talkover switch
Analogue Inputs: 2 x Dual RCA Stereo (line), 2 x Dual RCA Stereo (phono), 1 x 1/4″ TRS (mic/line), 1 x Dual RCA Stereo (aux in)Analogue Outputs: 2 x XLR (master 1), 1 x Dual RCA Stereo (master 2), 2 x 1/4″ TRS (booth), 1 x Dual RCA Stereo (record out)
More resources: visit the product page or watch this review video on YouTube

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11. Pioneer DJ DJM-S5

Photo of the Pioneer DJ DJM-S5

Overview:

Targeted at beginners and hobbyists, the DJM-S5 is a 2-channel scratch mixer from Pioneer DJ. It’s designed to integrate with Serato DJ Pro and has many of the basic professional functions of more expensive mixers.

As well as looking the part with its distinctive red face plate, some key features include 4 x performance pads on each channel (with 13 different modes), the two large paddle FX controls that allow you to layer up to 3 Serato FX per deck, and the Magvel Fader Pro with a ‘Feeling Adjust’ knob to adjust the tension (the same fader found on the DJM-S11).

With a lot less going on than more expensive units, there’s plenty of room to manoeuvre with a lot less overwhelm, perfect for hobbyists and beginners. Other more gimmicky features include Scratch Cutter and Crossfader Hot Cue.

Unique to any pioneer mixer on the market, the 2 x USB Type-C connections mean you can power the S-5 through a connected laptop in addition to the mains. Additionally, it has an external battery bank, so you have a ton of power options. In case there was any doubt, the unit operates as a standalone mixer – so you can connect whatever setup you want. Also note it doesn’t have Split Cue.

Approximate price: $850 (US).

Key features & specs:

2-channel DJ mixer designed to work with Serato DJ Pro (+ Mic/Aux)Over 57 different effects in Serato DJ Pro (paid expansion packs included)
2 x large effect paddle controls3-band EQs + filter controls on each channel
4 x performance pads on each channel (4 more in the software) with 13 pad modes to trigger samples/scratch bank etcMagvel Fader Pro with Feeling Adjust
Mic sent through USB output (useful for live streaming)Scratch Cutter effect provides 6 x scratch patterns
Crossfader Hot Cue creates scratch-like sounds with a sample or trackCome with Serato DJ Pro and Serato DVS
Bus powered with a Type-C USB connectionAnalogue Inputs: 2 x Dual RCA Stereo (phono/line), 1 x Dual RCA Stereo (aux), 1 x XLR (mic)
Analogue Outputs: 2 x XLR (master out), 1 x Dual RCA Stereo (booth/master 2)More resources: visit the product page or watch Pioneer’s feature overview video

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12. Traktor Kontrol Z2

Photo of the native instruments traktor kontrol Z2

Overview:

The Z2 is Native Instrument’s 2+2 channel scratch/battle mixer that integrates tightly with their Traktor Pro software. Whilst you can still purchase the Z2 from certain online retailers, it’s officially been discontinued by NI.

Since its release over 10 years ago, the Z2 has been much-loved by Traktor users and battle DJs around the world. It has 2 additional ‘remix channels’ accessible in the software and a 24-bit sound card that provides high-quality audio. Whilst there’s no doubt it’s a cracking mixer, based on its lack of availability, consider this more of a shout-out rather than a recommendation to buy it.


Best 6-channel Mixers (top 3)

13. Allen & Heath Xone:96

Photo of the Allen & Heath Xone:96 (pro DJ mixer)

Overview:

The Xone:96 from Allen & Heath is a high-end 6+2 channel hybrid DJ mixer – the predecessor of the popular Xone:92. With a built-in 32-bit 24-channel soundcard, it’s a complete solution for DJs, musicians, and club installers alike, with the ability to connect laptops, turntables, synthesizers, drum machines, effects pedals – you name it.

It’s got 4-band EQs on channels 1 – 4, (includes low-mid and high-mid), 3-band EQ for each stereo return, and Dual Xone VCF filters with ‘Crunch’ harmonic distortion. Additionally, it has 2 x FX send channels/4 x FX return, dual USB ports for back-to-backs, an InnoFader crossfader, and supports DVS control over NI’s Traktor Scratch out-of-the-box.

In short, it’s fit for ANY performance and can easily power the most elaborate of sound systems. For those looking to use it strictly for vinyl, the internal signal is 100% analogue and will sound fantastic in the right room. For more resources, also check out the feature overview video from Sweetwater or visit the manufacturer’s product page.

Approximate price: $2,500 (US).

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14. Pioneer DJ DJM-V10

Photo of the Pioneer DJ djm-v10

Overview:

Next, we have the Pioneer DJ DJM-V10 – a 6+2 channel digital DJ mixer for club and studio use. In addition to a marketing-leading sound, with its 32-bit/96kHz analogue/digital converters and 64-bit internal processing, it works with Pioneer’s Rekordbox and also supports Traktor Pro 3 and Serato DJ Pro.

Some key features include 4-band EQ and dedicated filters on each channel with resonance controls, Pioneer’s built-in Beat FX (Short Delay, Long Delay, Dub Echo, Helix, and Reverb, etc.), compressor controls on each channel, dual headphone outputs (allowing two DJs to monitor simultaneously), a 4-inch touch screen, dedicated booth output with 2-band EQ, a Magvel Crossfader, and too much to talk about here. You also have 4 x FX sends and 2 x external sends per channel for use with your own effects processors.

As with Xone:96 we’ve just covered, you’ll find this in certain clubs with more complex connection requirements – with the ability to connect anything and everything: drum machines, synthesizers, you name it. For more resources, check out Pioneer’s intro video or visit the product page.

Approximate price: $3,500 (US).

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15. PLAYdifferently: MODEL 1

Photo of the PLAYdifferently model 1

Overview:

Last, but certainly not least, is the PLAYdifferently: MODEL 1 – a high-end 6-channel analogue mixer designed for DJs and electronic music musicians. The manufacturer calls it a ‘performance instrument’, and it was co-designed by the legendary Richie Hawtin.

With its superb build quality and analogue circuitry, the MODEL 1 really stands out from a sound-quality perspective, particularly with a vinyl setup.

Just scratching the surface, some key features include EQ and Contouring Filters for fine-tuning individual channels, a sophisticated dual cue system so two DJs can cue at the same time, rugged ‘studio-like’ 60mm faders, and so much more.

Based on the layout and unique feature set of the unit, it’s perhaps not the best choice for your average out-and-out DJ (noting there’s no crossfader), although it could be perfect for the right enthusiast. Visit the product page here.

Approximate price: $3,000 (US).

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Summary: The 15 best DJ mixers in 2024

Just to recap, here are the 15 best mixers for DJs on the market right now (all budgets):

  1. Allen & Heath Xone:23
  2. Pioneer DJ DJM-250MK2
  3. Numark M6 USB
  4. Pioneer DJ DJM-A9
  5. Allen & Heath Xone:PX5
  6. Denon DJ X1850 Prime
  7. Pioneer DJ DJM-750Mk2
  8. Pioneer DJ DJM-S11
  9. Rane Seventy-Two MkII
  10. Reloop Elite
  11. Pioneer DJ DJM-S5
  12. Traktor Kontrol Z2
  13. Allen & Heath Xone:96
  14. Pioneer DJ DJM-V10
  15. PLAYdifferently: MODEL 1

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FAQs

What’s the difference between a DJ mixer and a DJ controller?

A DJ controller is an all-in-one unit where the mixer is built-in, although, for any other setup, the mixer is a separate unit that’s positioned in the middle of two music sources (your decks) – usually either two turntables or two media players/CDJs. Either way, they both serve the same function.

What are the best DJ mixers for beginners?

Whilst this question is very much subjective, two of our favourite DJ mixers for beginners include the Xone:23 from Allen & Heath and Pioneer DJ’s DJM-250MK2. If you want 4 channels, the Numark M6 USB is another good one. For aspiring scratch DJs, we also like the Pioneer DJ DJM-S5.

Which are the best brands for DJ mixers?

As we detail in this post, some of the best brands for DJ mixers include Pioneer DJ, Allen & Heath, Rane, Denon DJ, Reloop and Numark. In saying that, it’s a large market, with other decent brands including Behringer, Gemini, and Mixars to name a few.

How much does a good DJ mixer cost?

A DJ mixer can cost anywhere from 200 through to 3,000 US dollars at the top end. How much you spend will mostly depend on what you plan on connecting to it and what type/size of room it’s going in. Even for the more elaborate home setups, it’s unlikely you’d need to spend more than a grand or so.

What’s the difference between digital and analogue DJ mixers?

In layman’s terms, analogue DJ mixers consist of all electrical circuitry, which ultimately provides a more ‘natural’ sound. Digital mixers however need to process the electrical signal into binary format which arguably doesn’t sound as good. Aside from the sound-quality discussion, analogue DJ mixers require an external audio interface if you plan on hooking up your computer to use DJ software.

What’s the difference between a club mixer and a scratch mixer?

Club mixers have a classic ‘uniform’ 4-channel layout with plenty of inputs & outputs, offering sufficient flexibility for nightclubs. Scratch mixers however are usually 2-channel designs with a layout and feature-set preferable to battle DJs and turntablists.

Can I use a DJ mixer with software like Serato or Rekordbox?

Yes. Ensure the mixer is compatible with your chosen software and connect it to your computer via USB or other designated interfaces. Configure the software settings to enable seamless integration for DJing with digital music files.

What is DVS?

In plain English, DVS (digital vinyl system) is a technology that allows you to mix digital music files on your turntables. It’s made possible with a unique ‘’timecode disc’’ (a uniquely coded vinyl record), which communicates through a DVS interface (typically a small box with audio inputs and outputs) to your DJ software on your laptop.

What is Split Cue on a DJ mixer?

Split Cue allows you to mix entirely in your headphones. In a professional environment, this is extremely usual if the venue has poor quality or non-existent monitors. In a home environment (or shared living space), Split Cue is great if you can’t make any noise as it allows you to practice and even record a professional mix without anyone hearing a thing.

What is ‘record out’ on a DJ mixer?

Record Out is a dedicated output connection that allows you to record your DJ sets. This is useful in a live environment when both the master and booth outputs are in use. This recording won’t be affected by any volume changes associated with the main or booth speakers.

What does Silent Cue do on a scratch mixer?

Pioneer DJ says: ‘’This feature mutes the deck until you press a Hot Cue. When Silent Cue is turned on, you can silently cue a track with the channel fader raised and the crossfader open on your mixer. Then, press a Hot Cue to drop the track into your mix without needing to touch the faders.

Also, if you’re using turntables with Rekordbox DVS or Serato DVS, and Silent Cue is turned on, the music will start at the correct BPM when you press play on a stopped deck – you won’t hear the music gradually speeding up as the deck works up to full speed.’’

How do I connect a DJ mixer to speakers?

Connect your DJ mixer to speakers using RCA or XLR cables. Plug one end into the mixer’s output, matching left and right channels, and the other end into the corresponding inputs on the speakers. Ensure proper power and volume settings on both devices for optimal sound quality.

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