Akai Professional AMX Mixing Surface for Serato DJ

Compact Digital DJ Controller with Touch-sensitive Knobs, Replaceable Mini innoFADER Crossfader, Onboard 4-in/4-out USB Audio Interface, and Serato DJ
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The Heart of Your New Serato DJ Rig

If you're putting together a modular Serato DJ rig, then the Akai AMX mix controller is an excellent choice for you. Whether you're a modern controllerist, an old-school turntablist, a working event DJ, or a DJ who like to travel light, the AMX is an ideal centerpiece for your rig, or possibly the only piece of hardware you need. There are controls onboard for all the essential mixing and EQing functions you need to access directly, plus a solid transport and browser section. What's more, Akai includes a full copy of Serato DJ, so you're ready to get rolling, right out of the box.

Akai AMX DJ Controller and Audio Interface at a Glance:
  • Epic control packed into an extremely compact package
  • High-tech hardware enhances your hands-on experience
  • DVS-ready audio interface supports Serato NoiseMap
Epic control packed into an extremely compact package

You may be considering the AMX as the centerpiece for your new modular DJ rig (which is an excellent use for this gizmo, to be sure), but Akai packed so much functionality onto this beast that it's actually powerful enough to be your only hardware, so long as you don't don't need to pull off anything fancy. There are basic transport controls available for two decks onboard the AMX, plus browse and load controls. And thanks to the shift control, many of the AMX's controls serve multiple functions, allowing you to get even more options out of a small footprint.

High-tech hardware enhances your hands-on experience

Akai outfitted the AMX Serato DJ controller with two very cool pieces of technology we're sure you'll appreciate when you perform. First, there's its full set of capacitive EQ knobs, which provide you with Touch and Twist Modes. In addition to the standard Twist Mode, Touch Mode lets you kill each frequency band when your finger makes contact with its control knob, which makes isolating sounds for transitions and buildups easy. The other cool bit of technology onboard is the replaceable mini innoFADER crossfader, which glides like butter under your fingertips and offers you a continuously variable curve control, making it easy to dial in the feel you need. There's even a fader reverse switch onboard.

DVS-ready audio interface supports Serato NoiseMap

Say you just need a simple mixer interface for your timecode vinyl rig so you can take advantage of Serato DJ without giving up the analog control you know and love. In that case, the DJs here at Sweetwater would happily recommend the Akai AMX. In addition to its awesome control set, the AMX comes equipped with a simple USB audio interface that's compatible with Serato's DVS (Digital Vinyl System) add on (not included), so you can hook up your turntables, toss on a pair of Serato Control Vinyl records, and go to town. Beyond that, the AMX includes both main and headphone outputs, so if you're traveling light, there's no need to pack an additional interface.

Akai AMX DJ Controller and Audio Interface Features:
  • A compact and all-inclusive DJ controller/interface module designed for Serato DJ
  • Plug and play with Serato DJ (included) - no upgrade purchase required
  • Provides total Serato NoiseMap capbility for Serato DVS (not included)
  • 2 line faders provide gain control and tri-color LED metering for two deck setups
  • Pro-grade, adjustable mini innoFADER crossfader with reverse switch onboard
  • 2 sets of line/phono inputs accommodate Serato DJ NoiseMap (timecode) signals
  • RCA audio outputs let you send your mix to a PA or monitoring system
  • 3-band EQ per channel with dedicated filter knob
  • Touch-activated knobs let you perform EQ kills and filter sweeps
  • Dedicated cue mix and cue gain knobs feed the headphone output
  • Rotary-push knob for seamless library navigation and track search
  • Load, search, transport, cue and sync buttons for each deck
  • USB-powered and low profile for simple setup and total portability
Build your Serato DJ around the highly portable Akai AMX!

Tech Specs

Controller Style Mixer
Mixer Section 2-channel
Faders 2 x line faders
Crossfader Adjustable Mini innoFADER with Reverse Switch
Audio Interface 24-bit
Inputs 2 x stereo RCA
Outputs 1 x stereo RCA, 1 x 1/8"
USB 1 x Type B
MIDI I/O via USB
Included Software Serato DJ
Width 5.3"
Depth 10.7"
Height 1.7"
Weight 1.76 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number AMX

Customer Reviews

4/5
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4/5

Not without its issues, but serves a great purpose.

As a producer and DJ who plays out 3-4x per month, I have a fond appreciation for what this little box is capable of. But it's important to note the DJ-ing for me is a distant second fiddle, I do it to promote my releases and label, not my actual DJ skills. Serato integration is clockwork and takes just a few sessions to get used to a few button/knob combinations. Take heed that, without the sister AFX box, you're still going to need to do some work from your laptop if you want to hit cue and loop points. As long as you are beatmatching between similar tempos, you'll get by - but huge jogs and shuttles are not available. It's strengths lie in the ability to go to any club dj booth or stage, pull out your laptop, AMX and a pair of cables and be up and running with minimal space. If you're the type to hit autopilot/sync, you're home free. The mixer works well, the mini innofader is curve-adjustable and plenty slick (the channel faders not so much, but a little R5 loosens them up), the filters and touch-kills and rolls work well. The main issues I've experienced in the past year are occasional glitches and dropouts right when you don't need them. It's funny how you could be playing a 3 hour set at home after waking your lappie from sleep for the 100th time and it'll run fine, but live it'll drop dead right at the worst possible moment. Observe the big rules of Serato (restart first, don't sleep, hot-plug your controller before pressing play) and you'll *probably* be fine. The other issue is that, due to its USB powered setup, the output levels are anemic and require a second preamp (usually the club mixer) to bring them up to the -10dbvu of a CDj. In the wrong set of circumstances, this could leave you slamming your levels far beyond clipping just to try to get them up to snuff. If you're looking for a versatile mini-controller and can work without platters, this is one of the best boxes out there - even with its issues. If you need tactile control of your track positions and quick access to pitch control, you're expecting miracles out of a $ mixer. Just know what you're buying and what it was meant to do - it's not advertised as a full-featured controller, but a slick little package that lets you take YOUR show on the road without worrying about what the club's setup is.
Music background: DJ/Producer
4/5

A good Bang for the Bucks

I have owned dozens upon of dozens of Dj setups over the last 20 years. So researching a new setup or something to use consists of finding portability/simplicity: Needs to be small and simple and do the basic things i need to do when im djing or browsing music. My target protocol is two turntables and a mixer that is similar to the vestax 05pro. SImple eqs, play buttons, headphone cueing and durable faders. The AMX caught my eye because it allows you to use Serato DJ DVS. I owned the pioneer DDJ SZ and THE DDJ SX both did not allow me the portability + simplicity I desired while staying true to my two decks and mixer format. Technical difficulties with teh software and sound + technical issues with the controllers has brought my search to this device. Its simple. It doesnt have alot of options to get screwed up. strength/durability: PLASTIC and seemingly durable. The crossfader is replaceable. HOWEVER the crossfader handle/ does slip off the mount easily and you will lose it on the floor. get some superglue or a small piece of paper to shove in the hole. value added options: DVS for 100$ is a great option they have given me here. Much better $$$ than the SLboxes RAne mixers, or current controllers that offer DVS. company with good reputation -- I feel that Akai has returned to a much deserved prominence in build quality. The apc 40 was somewhat janky . This new line of controllers is a better build. Multi use capacity : It will work with any audio program. It opens serato and SErato Video. Basically this gives me headphones and main outs for any program. and it is a midi source so any program can be mapped for use with it. Cons: I wish they had included the case/stand with these controllers. Should be standard. This is a very simple controller. It is supposed to be paired with the similarly priced AFX unit also from akai. I went another direction and am using my Ipad w serato remote app to do the same actions that I would have used the AFX for. SErato REmote software is going to be a great tool when it reaches the pinnacle of its and the base program's development.
Music background: Djing and Performing for a while.
See also: Akai Professional, Akai Professional DJ Controllers