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Portable DJ Mixer for Tablets and Smartphones
Spin your tunes on the go with this Portable DJ Mixer for Tablets and Smartphones from Monoprice!
This 2-channel mixer packs all the essential DJ mixer functions into a compact package. It features a two-band EQ and gain control for each channel, a crossfader, and cueing capability. A 1/4" TS jack on the front is used for microphone input, while the 1/4" TRS headphone jack allows cueing of both channels without the need for switches (channel 1 audio plays in the left earpiece and channel 2 audio plays in the right).
The mixer uses RCA jacks for input and output. It has two line inputs, one for each channel, and two line outputs, the master output and a second output for recording. You can connect standard consumer audio devices or mobile devices to the inputs. The package includes two 3.5mm TRS to RCA cables, so you can hook up a pair of phones or mp3 players and start mixing right out of the box!
The mixer measures about 6.2" x 3.9" x 1.6" (158 x 100 x 40 mm) and weighs about 2.4 lbs (1.1 Kg).
- User's Manual (Apr 9, 2014)
I recently started using Cross DJ on my Android Nexus 7 tablet to practice and plan trickier mixes for my sets, though I still perform on vinyl or DVS. Last weekend I played at an outdoor festival that didn't provide DJ equipment, and I didn't want to drag along turntables for the weekend. Instead, I ordered one of these and played my sets right off my Android tablet. While there were certainly some compromises, this worked and sounded fantastic.
The mixer itself is small, about the size of my Nexus 7 tablet only much thicker. It comes with 1/8" to RCA cables to connect to your tablet/phone, an RCA output cable, and a very short power cable. If you are DJing from a single device, you will still need a headphone splitter adapter or other connection method. You will probably also want to carry a small extension cable to make sure you can reach whatever power is available.
The controls on the mixer are solid and feel of high quality. The mixer faceplate is metal and should stand up to a lot of abuse. The knobs are thick and hard plastic with a solid feel and no static or crackling when turning (yet). The fader is solid and smooth with little resistance, though its knob would be more at home on a studio mixing console than a DJ mixer. Not a big deal since you won't be scratching on this, anyway. The sound quality is great, even on a huge sound system.
Overall, it has the minimal required features you need to DJ, either as a backup or as a very compact primary rig. When paired with the right tablet software (Traktor, Cross DJ, etc.), this is a very competent way to play with just a few compromises for the size. It's an extremely good value for the money and looks/feels/acts like it should cost at least three times as much.
Speaking of compromises, there are a few. I'll preface by saying that none are deal-breakers. Especially at the price, it's possible to work around or overlook each problem.
My first/biggest complaint is with the crossfader curve. The fader itself is solid, smooth, and moves easily. However, the curve reminds me of DJ mixers I used from the early 90's: when fading in the new track, it noticeably starts to fade out the old track before the new one is completely faded in. Put another way, when the crossfader is in the middle both channels are playing at about 80% volume, rather than at 100% volume like on all modern mixers. This takes some getting used to. I opened up the mixer and the fader could be replaced if you possess beginner-level soldering skills. Any replacement fader, however, would cost more than the entire mixer, so it's not worth it.
My second complaint is with headphone cueing. Rather than giving a switch or toggle to allow you to select which channel to play in the headphones, it just constantly plays the left channel in your left ear and the right channel in your right ear. Not a big deal, but it takes some getting used to.
Lastly, the knobs only have a small divot in the top to indicate their rotation orientation. It's almost impossible to see unless the lighting is just right, making it tricky to glance and see if, for example, the bass is turned up or down. I fixed this by taking White Out corrective fluid and painting a line in the divot.
Once again, my complaints are relatively small compared to the overall value and quality of the unit. They are just things to be aware of. The mixer is still an excellent value and works extremely well for most DJs.
PROS: Solid, smooth, good quality, very compact, sounds great, and includes (nearly) all needed cables
CONS: Crossfader curve is strange. Also, headphone cueing just constantly plays one channel in each ear. Also also, the knobs don't have a line painted on them so it's hard to see orientation.
PROS: Low price, small size
CONS: Unbalanced main outputs only
I then hooked up my computer to the second input and could mix between the IPad and computer. The headphone jack allows me to hear one input (Ipad) in one ear and the second input (computer) in the other.
I’ll provide more information after some real usage.
PROS: Small, sturdy, lots of cables.
CONS: None yet.
PROS: -The build quality is very nice.
-All the knobs and ports seem very sturdy.
-It is a nice small size.
CONS: -The line on the knobs is hard to see.
-The cord on the power supply is a little too short.
PROS: Great little mixer for small events when all you want to do is run a playlist off a laptop or cell phone.
No hums or crackle noise out of it. Will boost your signal up enough to get loud without clipping. Bass and treble adjustment actually work well
CONS: Crossfader is weird like other reviewers said
cant see knob level marks in low light
Internals and (approximate) frequency response graphs at: http://imgur.com/a/z45GK0
PROS: Works, Solid chassis
CONS: Contrary to the manual, the master volume knob controls both the master output and the record output.
low max input level, sufficient for a phone or most consumer devices. Lacks a power switch. Cheap capacitors inside. 'low' frequency adjustment affects 'high' frequency adjustment. one minijack to rca cable shipped DOA. bumping the 'mic vol' knob causes pops.
PROS: Impressive device. DJ'ed for a get together wanted to hold off on a review until it was done. Nice size works well, tested with two ipads and the monoprice DJ headphones. Good build quality.
CONS: One of the cables likely has a bad lead cause I get static if you move it a certain way, not a dealbreaker. Also, I wish there was a power switch rather than just the plug.
6 months ago
PROS: Mixed the CD player and the laptop just how I needed it
CONS: None that I found for my purpose
3 months ago