Sweetwater DJs represent a wide range of styles and backgrounds, from providing music at wedding receptions and parties to high-profile live performances involving epic feats of beat juggling and traditional turntablism. Whether you need a simple 2-channel mixer that lets you smoothly fade between tracks or a 4-channel hybrid powerhouse loaded with onboard effects that's built for high-performance scratching, rest assured we'll set you up with the DJ mixer you need.
How many inputs do you need? In most cases, you're looking at RCA phono or line inputs for your turntables, S/PDIF digital for CDJs, and a 1/4" or XLR mic input. If you're sticking to the basics, a standard 2-channel mixer should do the trick, but DJ mixers with four or more channels allow for extra decks and sound sources. DJing your first wedding next weekend? Thanks to Sweetwater's free and fast shipping, you'll have your new mixer in plenty of time. There are no good, better, and best configurations - just the right one for the job, and between Sweetwater's broad DJ mixer selection and our experienced DJs, we'll point you in the right direction.
One thing every Sweetwater DJ looks for in a DJ mixer is the crossfader. At the least, most DJ mixers let you switch between a linear crossfader curve for smoothly transitioning between decks and a steep curve for cutting and scratching, but you may want a mixer that lets you dial in a more specific fader curve. If you're serious about scratching, then you'll need a mixer with a replaceable crossfader. The best thing is to start with a high-end crossfader. Look for models equipped with Magvel, Innofader, and similar options. No matter what, faders do wear out over time, but if yours goes too soon (or if any other part of your DJ mixer fails), you can count on Sweetwater's free 2-year Total Confidence Coverage warranty.
Equalizers and filters play a major role in how you shape your music with a DJ mixer, and onboard sound-shaping tools vary significantly from brand to brand. EQs such as Pioneer DJ's Isolator mode or Allen & Heath's Total Kill EQs let you completely carve out frequency bands to blend tracks together. Onboard effects, such as beat-syncing delays and crazy modulation styles, let you totally transform your music, letting you pump up the crowd with high-energy transitions and stunning off-the-cuff remixes.
Hybrid analog/digital DJ setups are extremely popular among both high-performance club DJs and mobile DJs working private parties. These rigs rely on DJ mixers with integrated USB audio interfaces (sound cards) to play music from your computer, usually via digital DJ software such as Serato DJ, Traktor, or rekordbox dj.
Playing back music from your computer along with your turntables or deck is great, but DVS (digital vinyl system) integration gives you the best of both worlds. These systems let you control music playback on your computer from special timecode records, so you get the control and feel of real vinyl, with all the conveniences of a digital rig. Sweetwater DJs have put these systems to the test in countless professional environments, and take it from us - there's nothing like spinning timecode vinyl through a DVS-compatible DJ mixer.
From your first 2-channel DJ mixer to your touring-level multi-deck hybrid masterpiece, Sweetwater has the gear and expertise you need to put it all together. Take a look around our DJ mixer selection, and if you have any questions, give us a call and talk to a real DJ at Sweetwater.