The newly updated Numark Mixtrack Pro II is a two-deck entry-level DJ controller that comes bundled with Serato DJ Intro. The original Mixtrack Pro was one of the best-selling DJ controllers on the market, and I expect the updated version will inherit that title. The Mixtrack Pro II is laid out similarly to its predecessor, but the new version has a sleeker appearance, thinner jog wheels, and a 16-pad setup to control loops, samples, hotcues, and so on.
The Mixtrack Pro II has a mostly plastic build quality, but it feels very sturdy and would likely hold up well for anyone who takes good care of their gear. The controller is very compact and portable, making it easy to take on the road.
The buttons illuminate brightly to let the user know what is active at a glance. Despite the plastic construction (which is a deal-breaker for some), everything feels very solid and responds quickly. The controls are fully MIDI-mappable and play nicely with most DJ software.
Setup of the controller is extremely easy. You register the product and download the software on Numark’s website, plug it in, and start mixing. There are no advanced options to fiddle with—once you’ve downloaded the software, you’re ready to go.
Unfortunately there is only one RCA output on the back of the unit. On the right side you’ll find two headphone outputs and a microphone input.
The Mixtrack Pro II has all of the main features a DJ needs for mixing a set. The plastic knobs feel cheap at best, but they work very well for easy adjustments that always line up with the software. In the middle of the controller, there is a large Browse knob, back button, Load A and Load B button for file navigation. Loading tracks is a breeze, and you don’t even have to touch your keyboard. There are also Cue Gain and Cue Mix knobs to control what you hear in your headphones.
The crossfader also feels plasticy, but it’s very good for mixing and fading. Although it has a loose feel to it, it’s not ideal for scratching. The Line faders have much more resistance, which is great. Between them is a Master fader—a nice change from the usual Master knob seen on most controllers. There are no level meters except onscreen in Serato.
The eight rubber performance pads above each jog wheel are awesome. They’re very responsive, so performing with them is nice. They do a great job of showing when something is active or inactive with their bright illumination. The top four pads are used for effects and autoloops while the bottom four pads are used for loops, samples, and cues.
To cycle through the different modes of the bottom pads, the user has to hold the shift key while pressing the appropriate pad to activate the particular mode. This is a little inconvenient, but I can appreciate the need to save space on such a compact controller.
The jog wheels on the Mixtrack Pro II are pretty good. The top is a touch-sensitive plastic surface while the silver sides are used for nudging and slowing the music for beatmatching. The jog wheels are adequate for basic scratching techniques, but the software doesn’t always keep up with the more rapid movements. The tempo sliders are great for beatmatching, and they have a decent amount of resistance and an LED indicator to show you when you’re at zero. They’re pretty small, but they work well for what they do.
- Very compact and lightweight
- Dead-simple setup
- Comes bundled with Serato DJ Intro
- Cool rubber performance pads for samples, effects, cues, and loops
- Entry-level price
- No level meters
- No inputs except for a microphone
- Only one output
- Mostly plastic construction
The Numark Mixtrack Pro II is a great product overall. If you’re just getting started with DJing, this is the controller for you. The price is reasonable, it comes bundled with software, and it works very well for most mixing techniques. I’d say this is a perfect controller to learn with and perform with until you have the money to upgrade to more professional gear. It’s definitely not aimed at the seasoned DJ, though—I recommend the pros take a look at the NS7FX.