Tag: Traktor Scratch
Mackie D4 Pro
Good looking, but good for scratching?
My most recent working DJ product review was on the Mackie D2 Pro. If you’re interested in purchasing one, go and check it out. Clearly, I thought it was a good mixer. Great for those who are into mixing and even working DJs who favor scratching. The one hindrance, in regards to scratching I mean, was the crossfader. After doing some research, I noticed the majority of working DJs didn’t favor the quality. Even with all that crossfader hate for the D2 Pro, it’s a sweet two channel mixer that DJs will be lucky to get their hands on. If you want to step things up a notch, purchase Mackie’s D4 Pro instead.
Mackie D4 Pro
Mackie boasts the fact that, while their D4 Pro may look like any ordinary mixer, it’s not. So what sets it a part from the rest? First is the combination of multi channel/multi track Firewire super connectivity so, like the D2 Pro, working DJs can easily connect the mixer to Macs and PCs. Following that is the "superior studio quality sound", which you can find in just about any Mackie mixer. Then, there’re the Onyx mix preamps and masive routing capabilities, but if that weren’t enough, Mackie’s D4 Pro is also Traktor Scratch certified. Check out its features:
- Premium 4-channel DJ Production Console with analog VCA circuitry
- Built-in 14×8 FireWire connectivity for multitrack recording and playback on Mac or PC
- 45mm Infinium “contact-free” optical crossfader for years of use
- 2 Onyx premium mic preamplifiers
- Mackie-designed turntable preamps for ultra-low noise and maximum punch
- 4 stereo program channels with CD, Phono/Line, and FireWire input select
- 3-band EQ per channel w/ complete kill filters and blue backlit knobs
- 2 “vintage” analog filter FX for on the fly transitions
- 4 position routing switch per channel for maximum flexibility
- Additional zone and booth outputs
- "Planet Earth" Power Supply—no need for power converters anywhere
You can find more features on Mackie’s official site.
Remember, perfection comes in no forms, and a lot of complaints with the original D2 two channel mixer was the fact that the crossfader didn’t match DJs expectations, ultimately making it a pain in the ass when it came time to scratch. That’s not the case with the D4 Pro. For one, the crossfader moves smoothly with the gentlest touch, and it no longer feels flimsy. Mackie designed it beautifully, with LEDs so bright, you’ll go blind, and a simple faceplate with sturdy buttons that are nicely spaced. You already know it’s durable, because it’s a Mackie mixer, you know it sounds good, looks hot and, best of all, built like a tank. With all the features, they placed a fairly high pricetag on it. So if you’re not digging the price and you wouldn’t mind a two channel mixer, you can always settle for the D2 Pro, which isn’t half bad.
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