Just to clarify, we say ‘early’ because there’s no telling what surprises might be sprung on us throughout the course of the year. Chances are that at some point in 2021, major names like Pioneer DJ and Numark will unleash all kinds of new goodies on the world…if we’re lucky.
In the meantime, there are still several mixers that stand head and shoulders above the rest. Both in terms of quality and value for money, we stand behind the following as the five best mixers you can buy right now, going into the first half of 2021 at least:
Numark M6 USB Four-Channel USB DJ Mixer
This thing really does top the table in terms of value for money. Numark is renowned for manufacturing robust and feature-packed hardware at affordable prices, but the M6 USB Four-Channel USB DJ Mixer takes things to an entirely new level. It is a full-function four-channel mixer, complete with a fantastic fader and seamless Serato software integration. Try as you might, we honestly don’t see you doing better for this kind of cash – £170 all-in.
Right at the opposite end of the scale, you have the ultra-premium Pioneer DJM-900NXS2. Unashamedly exclusive, this thing was designed for professional DJs who refuse to compromise on quality. It’s also Pioneer’s first ever 64-bit mixer, boasting a huge library of on-board effects and limitless scope for creative experimentation. All of which can be yours for around £2,000.
Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z2
Fantastic looks, exceptional performance and a whole bunch of features and functionalities you will not find with any other mixer. Quite simply, anyone who’s into Traktor software (or intends to use it when setting up their rig) should consider the Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z2 an essential hardware extension. It’s an absolute joy to use, it is more than rugged enough to survive life on the road and it’s priced at an almost impossibly low £489 – superb overall value for money.
Pioneer DJ DJM-S9
You will rarely find a negative word being said about this awesome scratch mixer, which is currently up for grabs at its lowest price to date. The Pioneer DJ DJM-S9 is a pro-grade two-channel mixer that’s compatible with Serato software or can be used via USB if preferred. As an added bonus, it also features pads that allow it to be used as an independent Midi controller in its own right. Something that could save you the time, money and effort of buying two devices – all for just £1,549.
Allen & Heath Xone:23
Last in our listings comes this no-frills outing from Allen & Heath, which enables you to make an investment in a premium-quality piece of hardware without spending over the odds. It boasts a fantastic layout, durable build quality, tons of FX and a loop function – all of which can be yours for as little as £270. Again, almost too cheap when you consider what you’re getting for your cash.