Numark Introduce MIXDECK
At the recent Winter NAMM exhibition that took place in Anaheim, California, early this year popular DJ gear brand Numark unveiled a clutch of new products including the MIXDECK. This innovative new product is Numark’s hi-tech reinvention of the classic DJ twin deck. This single piece of kit allows DJs to select, manipulate and mix together music from CDs, USB storage devices, an iPod and a laptop.
MIXDECK has two large, touch-sensitive illuminated platters and controls for cueing, pitching and scratching tracks. Each of the two slot-loading CD drives is compatible with both regular CDs and MP3 CDs. There is also a USB socket to allow a flash drive to be connected to each deck for direct access and playback of stored MP3s. However these advanced decks aren’t just MP3/CD players – they also work as software controllers. Just connect MIXDECK to a Mac or PC with a single USB cable and you’re seamlessly controlling the music on your computer. MIXDECK’s MIDI communication enables DJs to easily map virtually any DJ software for direct connection from fingers to software. The USB connection can also receive two stereo audio channels directly from a connected computer, effectively operating as an external soundcard.
MIXDECK also has an integrated Universal Dock for iPod so users can play tracks direct from their iPod or even record their set into the popular portable music device. MIXDECK has a dedicated iPod fader, physical transport and menu controls, and click knob so the iPod doesn’t have to be touched once it’s docked.
MIXDECK has a full-featured mixer built in. Each input channel has its own gain and three-band EQ (+12dB/ -INFINITY). The mixer channels control the audio from MIXDECK’s onboard players, incoming audio from a computer, or external sources such as turntables, MP3s players, etc. MIXDECK has two sets of stereo, switchable phono/line inputs for external sources. What’s more, MIXDECK’s replaceable cross-fader has switchable slope and reverse allowing DJs to customise its performance based on their individual preferences.
A separate microphone input is also provided via a 1/4-inch jack socket and the mic channel has its own gain and ±15dB high and low EQ. There’s also a complete cueing section with dual 1/8 and 1/4 inch headphone outputs, dedicated cue gain, and mini-cross-fader control. DJs can also keep an eye on their master output levels with MIXDECK’s dual-colour stereo LED meters.
The device also has a flexible output section, with balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA stereo Main outputs, as well as Booth and Record outs. There’s also a direct stereo output from each deck for use with time-code control interfaces including Serato Scratch LIVE software or external effects processors.
There’s no word just yet on a UK SSP and it will probably be a while until the MIXDECK makes it to your local DJ store. Keep an eye out for more information here on the Pro Mobile website and we’ll do our best to get hold of one of the first units to cross the Atlantic for a review in a future issue of the magazine.