It’s been a while since I’ve seen a new DJ console from Numark, and when this one landed on my desk I thought I had been sent an empty box until I opened it up. It was so light, I was sure they had forgotten to put the unit inside, but to my surprise, there it was, the new Mixtrack Pro 3, ready to take control of my mix.
GOING FOR A JOG
Sticking with the traditional jog wheel concept, the Mixtrack Pro 3 has a fairly familiar layout to anyone used to using a digital DJ console. The pitch adjustment faders are fairly stiff to prevent unwanted movement; while the channel faders have a little more freedom and the cross fader simply flies under the fingertips. Looping, sampling and FX application can all be taken care of on each channel direct from the console without referring to your software and the cue pads can be assigned to trigger sounds with the gentlest of touches. These respond really well unlike many similar ones that don’t have the same give as these do.
A quick inspection of the entire unit shows how Numark have been able to keep the weight right down on this console. A very slim build, it only hosts a minimum of connections with a pair of RCA outputs, a USB connection and a microphone input on a 6.5mm jack, with a pair of headphone outputs with both 6.5mm and 3.5mm connections. The lack of hardware on the unit means no massive board inside for additional connections and it’s kept pretty simple internally as it remains mostly a controller for the software. This means it’s very portable for those of you who are going to take it to and from venues with you. Your laptop will add more weight to your bag than this unit will.
Hits and Misses
Smooth jog wheels
Fast touch response on cue pads
Lightweight design for ease of transport
Not a lot of going on under the hood with limited connectivity
• Outputs: RCA Unbalanced Outputs, 1/4” Headphone, 1/8” Headphone
• Inputs: 1/4” Microphone Input
• Frequency Response: ±3dB(20Hz~20KHz)
• Signal-to-Noise Ratio: More than 80dB (A-weighted)
• Channel Separation: More than 80dB
• THD: <0.03%