We've had one in at GetintheMix for un-boxing and given it a spin!
The Numark Mixtrack Pro III is Numark's answer to all the aspiring and casual DJs out there that want a capable machine, but don't want to dedicate too much space (or money).
The box contains all you'll need to get started, from a hardware point of view at least.
in the box is:
1x Mixtrack Pro 3 All in one controller
1x USB Cable
1x User Guide
1x Safety & Warranty Manual
You also get Serato DJ Intro & Prime Loops Remix Tool Kit; But these are provided via download rather than physical media, so make sure you have a good internet connection handy during first setup, or download the software beforehand!
Downloading the software requires registration with Serato so the process will be quicker for those of you that are already registered users.
The new Mixtrack Pro 3 shares a similar footprint to the Mixtrack Pro 2. But it is a bit longer and thinner. It's quite light at 1.9kg but feels sturdy enough.
The Dimensions are:
depth x width x height:
23.2 cm x 55 cm x 3 cm (9.1" x 21.7" x 1.2")
weight: 1.9 kg (4.1 lbs.)
Users of the original Mixtrack Pro & Mixtrack Pro 2 will notice a few changes, one welcome change is the repositioning of the Pad set from the top of the unit to the bottom, this helps avoid the accidental movement of the jog wheel while in the mix.
The layout is now closer to industry standard units than before. With the cue pads at the bottom and effects section at the top.
Speaking of effects, Numark has provided a new interface to apply them with its new multifunction touch-strip, the touch-strip allows you to enjoy the same benefits enjoyed by Numark NS7 II & Kontrol X1 users for a while.
The new touch-strip is matt silver and has a textured finish,
some users may like it while some may prefer the gloss smooth finish on the Kontrol X1,
however the strips are very responsive and the slightly grainy finish aids control especially when the strip is used in its other mode; the touch strip is not only for dynamic effects but can be also (when the shift key is depressed) used for track search.
The buttons, that have been moved to the bottom of the unit, are RGB pads and whilst they are smaller than the pads on the previous iteration, they're very responsive. The pads may be a bit small to use in a drumpad type of way, but to be fair that's not their intended purpose. They are multifunction pads and can set to trigger samples, autoloops and set manual loops.
The buttons / pads are structured in a certain way. You cannot for example store 8 cue points just because there are 8 pads.' the upper row of pads has different functions depending on their mode: Manual Loop Mode, Auto Loop Mode and Sample Mode. To select a mode, hold down the Pad Mode button and press one of the upper pads. A LED under the pad section indicates the currently selected mode'. The bottom four pads are the cue pads, you can store 4 different cue points per song with these.
Connections on the device are minimal but enough for casual user or party DJ. The rear of unit has a pair of RCA Line out connections' (L R) and a USB 2.0 connection.
At the front of the unit on the left is a pair of Headphone outputs, there are two of these, one is a 1/4" connection and the other is a 1/8",
the volume for of these are controlled using the cue gain knob on the front panel.
On the right there is a 1/4" microphone jack with a mic-gain knob.
The unit features upgraded metal platters; capacitive, touch-sensitive jog wheels which in conjunction with the 'wheel' button can control the audio in two modes; When the Wheel button is active, you can use the jog wheel to grab and move the audio, "scratching" the track as you would with a vinyl record. You can also grab the non-touch-sensitive (plastic) outer wheel to bend the pitch of the track. When the Wheel button is not active, you can use the jog wheel to bend the pitch of the track.
The Pitch faders are long (the longest fade range on the unit) they are quite stiff and this helps when making subtle adjustments to the pitch, the individual faders for channels 1 and 2 are loose enough for quick movement but stiff enough for precise settings. The crossfader is quite loose and isn't user replaceable.
Overall this is a great intro unit for beginners or casual users and a worthwhile upgrade from the original Mixtrack Pro. It's also a very good practice unit for professional DJs who would like to experiment with mixing ideas without having to turn to their professional rig, this can be used with a small laptop and speakers in very small spaces!
Look out for our hands on and comparison tests coming soon on Get in the Mix.
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