Mackie D.2 Pro DJ Product Review
The Mackie D.2 Pro is calling for you!
Generally, when working DJs are on the market for a new mixer, the first DJ gear supplier that comes to mind will not be Mackie. Understandable. They aren’t big on mixers anyway, as much as they are into audio gear, like the C-300z. But when they do come out with their "collection" of mixers, such as the D.2 Pro, they leave many working DJs amazed, to say the least. Not only are you buying something original, but it’s strong (according to Mackie, the D.2 Pro is "built like a tank"), bulky, modern and selling at a good price. Mackie’s D.2 came out a few years ago, and superseding the popularity of this mixer is the D.4. Granted, there’s not much of a difference, but the minor differences are enough to impress.
There’s nothing special about the layout of the D.2 Pro. When you look at it, you’ll know what is what and what goes where. Essentially, it’s good, it’s definitely not bad, but at the same time, I won’t call it "great". You don’t see the depth of the mixer based on the straight forward picture shown below, but this bad boy is a serious fatso. Some working DJs may think that detracts from the aesthetic build of the D.2 Pro, while others will be amazed at how strong it is on the road. Personally, I think the thickness adds to the beauty and the durability. I love it. And I know working DJs will also love how impenetrable the D.2 Pro can be, whether you like the looks of it or not.
Mackie D2 Pro two channel mixer
The D.2 Pro is a battle mixer, so if it isn’t good in the scratching department, don’t bother getting it if you’re a scratching DJ. For those who are into scratching, good news: this mixer does what it was designed to do, with one exception: most working DJs think the crossfader sucks, which will undoubtedly bring down the quality in your scratching. If you’re more into mixing, I guess this aspect of the D.2 Pro won’t really bother you. Howbeit, here’s what I’ve learned about the crossfader: Djs don’t mind the tension adjust, but when it comes to describing the feel, the best word to use is "flimsy." It’s not strong in the least. Then again, not every DJ has a problem with the crossfader…then again, maybe those who don’t have a problem with the crossfader aren’t heavy into scratching…
Bottom line is this: on top of looking good, feeling good and sounding good, the D.2 Pro is a solid mixer with the basic features you need, and also comes with a few bonus features, such as their powerful headphone amp, and, what cannot be ignored, the mixers’ Firewire abilities, which were included to connect the mixer directly to Macs and PCs. With a fairly decent price, the D.2 Pro is a two channel mixer you’ll want in your DJ arsenal.
Check out its features:
- An Infinium® optical, no-contact crossfader with adjustable tension
- Mackie-designed turntable and premium Mackie mic preamps for superior detail and maximum "punch"
- Smooth 3-band analog EQ with full kill capabilities
- 3-position, spring-loaded Transform switches
- A solid 14-gauge all-steel chassis (substantially thicker than our competitors)
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