No matter if you are a budding DJ looking to buy your first setup, or a seasoned club veteran with years of gigging under your belt – everybody who wants to be a DJ needs a few pieces of equipment.
Arguably the most important piece of equipment, and the centerpiece of every DJ setup, is one of the Best DJ mixers. Responsible for taking the multiple audio inputs and merging them and manipulating the inputs using (either FX or EQ) that are being played. As well as making seamless transitions between the separate tracks. The mixer truly is what divides home audio setups and professional DJ systems.
Given their importance, you should take your time when choosing the right mixer – but with a huge range in price and functionality comes difficult choices!. Carefully consider what your needs are and how much you are willing to spend because we have covered the full range of the best DJ mixers on the market 2021 today!
So let’s go through them and find the perfect mixer for your budget…
Best DJ Mixers Reviews
1 Numark M6 USB | 4-Channel DJ Mixer – Best Quality Budget DJ Mixer
Engineered with club DJ’s in mind, the Numark M6 is a brilliant (and amazingly affordable) 4 channel mixer. But this beast is not just suited to clubs. Oh no, this is a top of the range mixer with the versatility to be used in many settings.
The Numark M6 has been designed to work with any audio source thrown its way. Perfect for use with traditional turntables or CDJ inputs, and with the inclusion of the USB interface, the M6 can be seamlessly connected to either a PC or MAC.
This connection grants the user access to music-player software audio in, which can be used in the live mix. It also grants the ability to record with almost any audio recording software.
Build for the road…
Built with longevity as the overriding factor, the solid steel chassis will have no issues with life on the road. Rugged and reliable, users can count on the M6 to work day-in-day-out. The crossfader (with slope control) is fully replaceable, so no need to worry even for the heaviest use DJs among us.
Finding a mixer with every input and output you could need is always a plus, and Numark have done exactly that with the M6. With numerous switchable RCA inputs and two mic inputs (one dedicated XLR mic channel meaning you can talk directly over the mix). This mixer comes ready for use with turntables, CD players, and any other audio source you can point a stick at!
What are you waiting for?
With everything the Numark M6 offers for such a low price, we seriously recommend that you check it out, you won’t get better at this price point.
- 4 channel.
- Class Compliant – compatible with every version of Mac OS X, iOS, and Windows.
- Replaceable crossfader.
- Steel chassis.
- Multiple inputs.
- Good range of filters.
2 Allen & Heath Xone: 92 Fader Professional 6 Channel Club/ DJ Mixer – Best Pro DJ Mixer
Taking a big jump in price and functionality, the Allen & Heath Xone:92 has been the industry standard for club DJs since the early 2000s. This 6 channel mixer helped define the sound of superclubs throughout Europe by bringing features to suit a wide range of Dj styles.
The Allen & Heath Xone:92 was one of the very first soundboards to incorporate the use of MIDI for control of external devices and DJ applications. It also ushered in the widespread use of the innovative dual VCF filters. And with the expansive set of EQ options, twin mic/returns, the pair of stereo FX sends, the Allen & Heath Xone:92 is a pretty hard deal to pass up.
You can say that again!
We loved the inclusion of the Illuminated light pipes that show the status and output of performance controls. The monitor channel incorporates split cue, mix to cue balance, and post EQ switch plus “Intelligent cue” for EQ monitoring. Allen & Heath have also included two headphone jacks (both 1/4” and 3.5mm) for max convenience.
The soundcard inside the Xone:92 produces some of the cleanest sound available on the market, and overall this is one of the most satisfying mixers to ever have been produced!
- Independent Mic channel.
- Intelligent cue for either pre or post EQ monitoring.
- Dual VCF filters.
- 6 channels.
- More modern alternatives available.
3 Pioneer DJ DJM S9 – Best Two Channel Battle Mixer
The Pioneer DJ DJM S9 is a small, two-channel “battle mixer”. It perfectly blends the traditional elements, used for decades by scratch artists, with modern tools and features seamlessly. Designed to be paired with the fantastic Serato DJ Pro software, this adds a further layer of control to your creative output.
But wait, what is a battle mixer?
Battle mixers are usually small chassis, two-channel mixers with simple layouts. The faders are smooth and durable and made to last through a heap of heavy use. The simple and uncluttered layout helps with lowering the chance of accidentally hitting the wrong button while beat juggling or scratching.
Pioneer have designed the DJM S9 to be super lightweight. That does mean there is a distinct lack of metal in the chassis – this has been replaced with industrial-strength plastic. While it doesn’t feel cheap in the hand, we prefer to see a more rigid and rugged material for the chassis.
All the ins and outs you need…
Connection wise, the DJM-S9 has inputs for up to two turntables and CDJs. Pioneer have also included a 3.5mm AUX port, an XLR microphone input, plus two pairs of Master outs and a Booth out.
Each channel has a three-band hardware EQ section plus a dedicated trim and a filter knob. For FX, there are two options available – the preloaded Pioneer onboard effects and Serato DJ FX. This lets you pick and choose from the huge library of effects in Serato DJ Pro software.
Innovative FX design…
The DJM-S9 also has two all-new FX paddle switches that engage an effect in one of two ways. Push them down, and they switch the effect on then quickly back off again momentarily. But if you push them up, the effect stays locked in until you pull down the paddles back again.
- Simple layout with lots of options.
- Amazing sound.
- Rugged and robust faders.
- Unique FX paddles.
- Plastic chassis.
4 Reloop AMS-RMX-90-DVS DJ Mixer – Best Mid Price DJ Mixer
The AMS-RMX-90-DVS is Reloops solution for DJs looking to get a high-performance club mixer at a mid-range price.
With some of the best build quality in its class, a wide array of effects, a solid filter section, and an inbuilt three port USB hub. As well as every input/output option you could ever need – plus the best (and easiest to use) out-of-the-box system for new Serato users. We reckon this is a solid choice, and one worthy of your attention.
The overall layout is very traditional, with a few fresh twists thrown in. This is a good thing, because in a dark and sweaty club, finding the right knob is not always the simplest of tasks. We found the layout to be instinctive while feeling luxurious.
How about onboard filters and effects?
Each channel has its own dedicated filters that sound absolutely top class. For effects, Reloop have included a range of twelve great choices. The reverb, echo, and delay (in particular, the tap delay) all sound fantastic. Plus, the addition of the reverse loop is something we always love to see. So, nothing particularly groundbreaking or unique, but still a very solid range.
When looked at on its own, the Reloop AMS-RMX-90-DVS DJ mixer is a pro-level soundboard that most experienced DJs will love. But, once you include the added functionality afforded by Serano software, this becomes one of the tastiest looking mixers on the market today!
- Built to last.
- Pro-level sound.
- Huge range of inputs and outputs.
- Best out-of-box option for Serano users.
- Value for money.
- Heavier than most mixers.
5 Denon DJ MC6000MK2 Premium Digital DJ Controller & Mixer – Best Premium DJ Mixer
The first generation of the exceptional Denon DJ MC6000 was a huge hit with home producers and gigging DJs alike, and now with the brand-spanking-new MK2 comes a range of extra features!
The best of those being the compatibility to work with the Serato DJ software. And luckily for us, this is a bundle package that includes a full Serato DJ Pro download voucher with every purchase.
Just like the original version, the Denon DJ MC6000MK2 is incredibly well built. The chassis is fully metal, save for the molded high-grade plastic sides. All the control knobs and faders are of the highest grade and are replaceable, lending more credence to the portability of this workhorse.
Absolutely filled to the brim with pro-level inputs and outputs, with the mic options being some of the best on the market. There is both an XLR combo and a TRS to choose from, with each having independent three-band EQ, plus full level controls.
Unique to this controller is the “mic echo”, which adds a lovely, warm reverb to the mic input – perfect for vocalists looking to plug in easily. There is nothing particularly out of the ordinary when looking at the FX, with the usual onboard suspects, and full Serato options.
Without a shadow of a doubt, the Denon DJ MC6000MK2 is one of the most sought after compact 4 channel mixer combo on the market right now. Sure, it does not include the ever-popular beat pads. However, it does cover all the core functions needed by every DJ – and now with the added bonus of having the full Serato DJ Pro download voucher with every purchase.
There has never been a better time to grab one!
- Two Microphone inputs with inbuilt “mic-echo”.
- Compact, portable, and super sturdy.
- Four-channel, four-deck.
- Full Serato DJ Pro download voucher with every purchase.
- Great value bundle pack.
- Slightly crowded interface.
6 Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z2 DJ Mixer – Most Versatile DJ Mixer
Although we have discussed the Serato DJ Pro software at length already, there are a few other top of the line DJ applications available. With the best of those (in our opinion) being Traktor.
And our friends over at Native have done a great job designing an awesome battle style mixer here.
On top of being a traditional stand-alone mixer, this great little unit also functions as an audio interface, a scratch decoder, and a Traktor control surface. The included Traktor Pro software allows virtual DJing using any mapped control you like, plus the option to control vinyl/CDs through conventional methods.
The crossfader on the Native Kontrol Z2 is very loose with a highly adjustable curve (just as we like it). And when combined with the four “Remix Deck” buttons, looping controls, and the Allen and Heath-style filter dial on each deck. As well as the multiple headphone sockets (1/4” and 1/8”), three USB ports, and every input/output you could ever need. You are left with a truly standout piece of equipment.
Intuitive and simple…
And just like our last contender, the Native Kontrol Z2 is a bundle package with full access to the Traktor 2.6 software. With an extremely quick and easy installation process, this software seamlessly integrates with the controller. Browsing through the application options with the controller is intuitive and simple.
The Kontrol Z2 is both a top-class sounding mixer and a great all-round controller. For sure, it is perfect for those looking to mix traditional DJing elements with newer digital trends.
- Top-class build quality.
- Bundle package with full access to the Traktor 2.6 software.
- Seamless analog/digital integration.
- Independent Mic channel.
- Not much to complain about here!
7 Pioneer DJM-350 2-Channel DJ Performance Mixer – Best Entry Level DJ Mixer
What is the best entry-level mixer on the market?
The DJM-350 is Pioneers’ answer to that ever-present question – and we can not tell you just how great a job they have done!
This small body, 2 channel mixer, is a powerhouse with great features included from Pioneers’ top-of-the-range soundboards. These include extras like USB recording, powerful creative effects, and a dedicated microphone input with EQ – stuff usually reserved for much higher priced offerings.
Setting this mixer apart from previous iterations is the great range of onboard effects, in particular – filter, crush, jet, and gate. These can be combined to add originality to your sound, with endless combinations achievable.
The all-new USB capabilities allow you to record directly to any USB storage device without having to use recording software. This bypass makes recording on-the-go so much easier, and the option to add track marks makes future editing a breeze.
Strong and sturdy…
The DJM-350 crossfader, adjustment knobs, pads, and faders are all top-quality and feel strong and sturdy. There is a curve adjustment switch for the crossfader that can be set to sharp for scratching, soft for crossfader mixing, and thru.
The 3 band EQ gives great control, with top-class sound quality. The AUX input can essentially serve as another channel to use in the mix, but this will stop the use of the microphone.
Just what you need…
This is a feature-packed offering from one of the biggest names in the business. So, if you’re looking for a 2 channel mixer that has all the tools you need, and can be used in conjunction with digital recording software, check this one out!
- Full metal chassis.
- High-quality knobs and faders.
- Excellent sound quality and EQ.
- Record straight to USB, with track markers.
- Not the best in terms of bang-for-your-buck.
8 Pioneer DJ DJM-2000NXS – Best All Round DJ Mixer
When the Pioneer DJ DJM-2000NXS first slid onto our desk (wrapped in multiple layers of cardboard and bubble wrap), we were a little puzzled. Bigger and bulkier than we were expecting – to begin with, we thought it was all a bit of overkill.
But, once we started playing around with it, and then paired it with the CDJ-2000s (that the DJM-2000NXS is designed to sit in the between), we began to understand the reason behind the huge amount of hype surrounding this mixer!
Let’s dig a little deeper…
With advanced connectivity options, Pioneer have given the user the ability to link several turntables, players, or laptops (through a LAN connection), and all still use a single source. Designed to easily integrate with the increasingly popular Rekordbox software. This gives access to a huge range of pro-level live features, and a full digital recording set up.
The patented ‘Magvel’ Faders guarantee silky smooth control for long-term use. And Pioneer claims that “the contact-free magnetic system is designed to endure millions of performances.” A bold claim, but one that the highly regarded company can back up.
The addition of the huge new touchscreen has made the Pioneer DJ DJM-2000NXS much easier to use than previous generations. All the faders, knobs, and sliders have a high quality feel to them. All-in-all, this looks, feels and performs exactly like you would expect from a flagship mixer from Pioneer!
- Huge, easy to use touchscreen.
- Simple integration with Rekordbox.
- Best in class sound.
- Every input and output you could ever need.
- Robust design.
- Flagship models usually come with restrictive prices, and it’s no different here.
9 Mixars DUO MKII 2-Channel Mixer for Serato DJ – Best Battle DJ Mixer
Mirroring the layout and design of the Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z2 almost exactly, the Mixars DUO MKII is a two-channel mixer designed with scratch DJs firmly in the forefront. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to be able to pull a mixer straight out of the box, plug it into their turntables and computer, and start creating music with Serato Pro software.
Everything where it should be…
The Mixars DUO MKII is a fully metal affair, with a slightly simplified layout. Easy access to all controls is key when scratching, and Mixars have done a great job keeping things logically placed and obviously well thought out.
The front panel houses a pair of headphones outputs (¼’ and ⅛’), a dedicated AUX input, plus all the controls for channel and crossfader curves. On the back, we find a rec output, two XLR and RCA master outputs, a pair of 1/4″ booth outputs, plus a couple of switchable phono/line inputs.
Ok, but how does it sound?
While testing, our resident scratch specialist was extremely impressed with both the response of the mixer and the sounds that it produced. The crossfader is damped, giving a super-smooth and crisp feel. And while the overall level of control is less than other styles of mixers at the same price, the Mixars DUO MKII is great at what it is designed to do – make scratching as fun as possible!
- Simple, clean layout.
- Full metal construction.
- Excellent sound quality and EQ.
- Out of the box, Serato Pro software compatibility.
- Nothing glaring.
10 Pyle Professional 4 Channel Audio Mixer – Best Basic DJ Mixer
To call this one of the best DJ mixers might be a bit of a stretch. In fact, some people might think we are crazy for throwing this one in at all.
And, you know what?
We wouldn’t blame them! This super budget mixer is just not in the same league as all the rest of the contenders on this list. But when you take a look at what this mixer has to offer, and the price you can get it for at the moment, we think it deserves an honorable mention at the very least!
This a bare-bones soundboard in terms of DJing functionality, but if you are looking for a cheap soundboard that has USB and MP3 compatibility, inbuilt Bluetooth, and 16 onboard digital effects. Along with four XLR-1/4” combo jack inputs and RCA input/output jacks with up to 64 dB of gain and selectable 48V phantom power, plus direct-to-computer sound recording abilities and a heap more, then stop what you are doing right now and check this out!!!
- An inexpensive basic mixer.
- Gets the job done for those on a budget.
- Build and sound quality is not up to the standard of the other mixers reviewed.
- Lacks a lot of features, but you get what you pay for.
Best DJ Mixers Buying Guide
Although many DJ’s are set in their ways and have rejected the world of digital DJing for a more traditional two deck and mixer setup. There is no denying the fact that having a digital mixer will increase its usability.
Mixers with USB ports now allow access and streaming of audio to/from a computer. As well as a complete union between controllers and dedicated DJ software like Serato, Traktor, and Rekordbox.
Purchasing a mixer that is or is not DVS ready is an important consideration. DVS ready refers to whether a mixer is able to integrate the use of a digital vinyl system with one of the earlier mentioned software tools.
These systems let the DJ control the virtual decks in the software with real-world hardware. This can really help bridge the gap for those who love a traditional feel but want to utilize the features of digital DJing.
Inputs and Outputs
In its most basic form, a DJ mixer will have at least two mixable channels that have separate volume, gain, EQ, and FX faders or rotary knobs. Also, a crossfader is commonly seen, which is used to switch the output between the two channels.
The output can be fed either straight to the speakers or to the headphone output. This allows the DJ to hear the track with it being mixed into the main output, allowing for time matching and seamless transitions.
Number of Inputs
Most mixers in our review have more than two inputs, and even if this is your first mixer as a rule of thumb, it’s better to get at least four. This ensures there is space on your board when you inevitably want to add more decks!
That’s not to say that extra inputs and outputs come cheap, so if you are sure that all you need is a two channel mixer, then go for that. Most scratch DJs prefer a “battle mixer” that sticks to two channels, but heaps on the extras in terms of FX and uses high-quality faders.
Almost every mixer comes with built-in and programmable FX buttons, plus a controllable 3 band EQ and some form of low/high filter. The general rule is, the more you spend on a mixer, the more effects are thrown in.
Top of the range soundboards include phasers, reverbs, delays, the list goes on. And although you can still create amazing music without any of these extras, they add an additional layer to what is possible.
More Superb Mixers
If you’re also looking for a mixer for live or recorded audio, then check out our reviews of the Best Audio Mixers currently available. You may also be interested in our reviews of the Behringer X32 Compact and the Behringer XR18.
So, what are the Best DJ Mixers?
So, you’ve made it all the way to end! Well then, you’re probably waiting for our top pick for the best DJ mixers on the market today, right?
Ok, we hear you. But, with such a wide range of styles, options, and prices, we had to choose two winners.
For the best overall DJ mixer, we went with the…
Amazing functionality and the best sound in the game.
And for the best battle mixer on the market 2021, we think that…
…edges out the rest of the competition!
So, there you have it. Thanks for joining us, and hopefully, we’ve made your choice a little easier than it was a few minutes ago!