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Need some advise on which Mixer I should get.

post #1 of 15
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I was playing music at a party my buddy threw at his camp last new year. I used my ipod connected to my ep4000 behringer amp and rented a couple large tower speakers. We had a blast but I think its time to invest in a DJ pro mixer so that I can play music seamlessly and also have some control over the low/mid/high range. I was looking at the Behringer VMX200USB Pro mixer.

I really only need 2 channels as I don't really require more than that. I am pretty new with mixing music and need help in deciding if this is what i need? Are they certains things other than what this unit has that I should consider? Other models/manufacturers?

Criteria:
1- iPod friendly
2- line in
3- 2 channels
4- would like computer interface but not absolutely need it.

Sorry if this isn't the right section I tried to put it in the best section.
post #2 of 15
Sweetwater.com and zzounds.com are great sites for pro audio. Have done business with both. One or both has reviews. I would read the reviews of the budget mixers.

Make sure pay attention to things like the fact a stereo device probably needs two mixer channels, and mixers with RCA inputs seem like they would be quite handy (as you have an iPod, and 1/4" and XLR are standard mixer input jacks. RCA not a show stopper because you can get mini jack to dual 1/4" cables. RCA seems most convenient though.

sweetwater has good sales engineers, you could call them with questions.
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the response, I did some more research and found that the behringer usb function can only be used on channel 1 and I found the features of the Numark MIXTRACK PRO DJ Mixer more of what I want except it has one shortfall, it has no "line in" so I can use an iPod or other source. Any ideas of a unit that is less than $200 that would have the functions of the Mixtrack Pro and have line in capabilities.
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hummm the Numark iDJ2 seems to do everything I need i.e. iPod and line in but it doesn't have computer capabilities. I don't think I'll really that function as long as it works with my iPod.
post #5 of 15
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post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
Salty I researched all 3 websites from the manufacturers' you listed and I didn't find anything in my price range with the functions that the Numark iDJ2 has.

I'm still wanting suggestions for other models that I should look at or comment on the iDJ2 before I go through and buy it.
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
I would really appreciate some input on the iDJ2 or/and any other specific models. There is a iDJ2 on ebay that is ending tonight and I really need info to make the best decision.
post #8 of 15
IMHO you are in the wrong place, realy. I'd wager that only a small percentage of the posters here have owned standalone mixers, and very few are keeping track of specific features of mixers available in the market. You're asking folks who may not know, and asking them to go out and do research for you.

Maybe mixonline has a board where you could post this question. It would be a far superior venue for your question.

Or call the folks at Sweetwater and ask questions. Nobody will come to whack you if you don't buy from them. On the other hand they may have exactly what you need in an affordable package.
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by D0T-C0M View Post

I would really appreciate some input on the iDJ2 or/and any other specific models. There is a iDJ2 on ebay that is ending tonight and I really need info to make the best decision.

Yes, I agree, this is the wrong forum to be asking. I was a dj and can say that most of the stuff for you is useless. If you're just mixing with iphones, or mp3 you can just get a laptop program for that. If you want the mixer in hand pick out one with cool features and check some reviews.
Most of the other mixers are for sound quality and cutting / fading. You can pay hundreds just for a good fader or $50 for a whole mixer. If you're not scratching then the mixer won't matter at all. If you want effects built in, that's what you will pay for. Feel free to pm me if you need basic help otherwise find a nice priced, good reviewed and good effects mixer and try it out.
The really cool stuff is serato and tracker if you are a mixing dj. Youtube it.
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your feedback guys, I'm sorry if this isn't the proper forum but its the only one that I know of that has such knowledgeable people like yourselves. I do not want to be a professional DJ but only strive to do a good job at playing non stop music for maybe 3 or 4 private parties a year.

For example I played music for a New Years party at my friends' camp and just played the songs from an iPod but there is a 2 or 3 second gap between songs and sometimes songs have a long intro that I would like to mix out. I also had EQ issues where the highs were too overpowering at lower audio levels and would have liked to have the capability of adjusting that efficiently because the iPod does not have a very good EQ. I do not need any special FX or any really high quality equipment but just want to kinda sync up the songs so that there aren't any obvious gaps. I was thinking of using music sources from my iPod, usb stick/ external harddrive or laptop which is very portable.

I'm from Canada so I didn't want to call the places you suggested as I do not want to waste somebodies time in the US and then turn around and not buy from him. I have read 100's of reviews and checked out not only the sites you mentioned but also youtubed 100's of video of so many different mixers/faders reviews and initally thought a Behringer mixer board would be what I wanted but the more I thought about it, its not strictly a mixer board that I wanted but also a board that could fade/sync music.

Again Thanks for all your feedback and I am sorry if I am not presenting myself correctly as we are throwing another party in a couple weeks I am just looking for advise as to what would fit my needs for a budget roughly under $250.
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by D0T-C0M View Post

Thanks for your feedback guys, I'm sorry if this isn't the proper forum but its the only one that I know of that has such knowledgeable people like yourselves. I do not want to be a professional DJ but only strive to do a good job at playing non stop music for maybe 3 or 4 private parties a year.

For example I played music for a New Years party at my friends' camp and just played the songs from an iPod but there is a 2 or 3 second gap between songs and sometimes songs have a long intro that I would like to mix out. I also had EQ issues where the highs were too overpowering at lower audio levels and would have liked to have the capability of adjusting that efficiently because the iPod does not have a very good EQ. I do not need any special FX or any really high quality equipment but just want to kinda sync up the songs so that there aren't any obvious gaps. I was thinking of using music sources from my iPod, usb stick/ external harddrive or laptop which is very portable.

I'm from Canada so I didn't want to call the places you suggested as I do not want to waste somebodies time in the US and then turn around and not buy from him. I have read 100's of reviews and checked out not only the sites you mentioned but also youtubed 100's of video of so many different mixers/faders reviews and initally thought a Behringer mixer board would be what I wanted but the more I thought about it, its not strictly a mixer board that I wanted but also a board that could fade/sync music.

Again Thanks for all your feedback and I am sorry if I am not presenting myself correctly as we are throwing another party in a couple weeks I am just looking for advise as to what would fit my needs for a budget roughly under $250.

Okay so sounds like you enjoy mixing and as soon as you dj a party, you will become a dj.
Your needs are very, very simple.
Look at Gemini mixers or numark, basically anything. I would go used until you know what you want or need.
You can get a basic mixer with eq for under $100 new.
You have way to many choices for me to help you. What are the larger music/audio stores in Canada?
I'll take a look at the site and help you out from there.
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
thanks for helping as I truely appreciate it. I live in a rural area so there aren't any major electronics stores within 2 or 3 hours of me so I am looking at probably ebay for my purchases or kijiji which is like craiglist if I go used.

FYI here is the ebay link to the "used" numark iDJ2 equipment I was looking at. It seems to have pretty much everything I need. Two pairs (RCA) phono/line switchable, Dock for iPod, Two USB ports that I can plug ext. harddrives or usb sticks or even a keyboard, and a Mic input. What I like about this one I can load up songs into the unit on deck1 and deck2 from the same music source. So the music isn't being played from the source but its uploaded to the particular deck and than played internally freeing up the source so you can search for other songs and get it ready for the next song. I am still very open to other equipment just this one has caught my eye so far.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by D0T-C0M View Post

thanks for helping as I truely appreciate it. I live in a rural area so there aren't any major electronics stores within 2 or 3 hours of me so I am looking at probably ebay for my purchases or kijiji which is like craiglist if I go used.

FYI here is the ebay link to the "used" numark iDJ2 equipment I was looking at. It seems to have pretty much everything I need. Two pairs (RCA) phono/line switchable, Dock for iPod, Two USB ports that I can plug ext. harddrives or usb sticks or even a keyboard, and a Mic input. What I like about this one I can load up songs into the unit on deck1 and deck2 from the same music source. So the music isn't being played from the source but its uploaded to the particular deck and than played internally freeing up the source so you can search for other songs and get it ready for the next song. I am still very open to other equipment just this one has caught my eye so far.

Sounds like you found what you're looking for. Sounds awesome to me. Just check reviews and price and buy. That's the only way you will learn what you like and need!
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by D0T-C0M View Post

thanks for helping as I truely appreciate it. I live in a rural area so there aren't any major electronics stores within 2 or 3 hours of me so I am looking at probably ebay for my purchases or kijiji which is like craiglist if I go used.

FYI here is the ebay link to the "used" numark iDJ2 equipment I was looking at. It seems to have pretty much everything I need. Two pairs (RCA) phono/line switchable, Dock for iPod, Two USB ports that I can plug ext. harddrives or usb sticks or even a keyboard, and a Mic input. What I like about this one I can load up songs into the unit on deck1 and deck2 from the same music source. So the music isn't being played from the source but its uploaded to the particular deck and than played internally freeing up the source so you can search for other songs and get it ready for the next song. I am still very open to other equipment just this one has caught my eye so far.

Any reviews on your new mixer?
post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 
I actually bought an iDJ2 for $200 shipped so its on the way. I'll let you know how I make out with my decision after I've played with it for a bit.

Here are some reviews,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3sYh...eature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA2jx2MjPT0

First is an explanation of the options and the second is a review.
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