In an ideal world, we’d be all over every single new product release with a team of eager review geeks hankering to lay paws upon the stream of shiny glittery boxes that are released with an unending frequency. Sadly that time is not upon us just yet, so I’m still posting things that should have raised their head a long time ago. One such piece of work is a review for Behringer‘s DDM4000 mixer – a pretty unique product with a feature set that doesn’t match up with the previous offerings of the brand.
Yes I’m more than aware that this review is laughably late, but it’s been written with care and has been very well received by Behringer themselves. And seeing as it’s still in their product range, it seems only fair to give it some love. And that love has been dished out by DJ Pegasus, who has clearly gone some way beyond the usual level of reviewing and got into a lot of the finer detail of the mixer.
For the record, I fitted the Infinium upgrade to the DDM4000 and was delighted with the improvement in feel and scratchability. For the sake of £40, it’s an upgrade worth doing.
Behringer’s flagship DJ mixer is a bit intimidating when you first lay eyes on it because of its large number of buttons and multi-function display. But when you look closer, you see that it’s actually quite intuitively laid out for anyone that’s used a DJ mixer before. Behringer just added a bunch of additional controls and features wherever there was space, and when they ran out of that, they put more in the menus! It’s almost as if they combed DJ forums for every comment starting with “It would be cool if my mixer had…” and just added all of those little — but very handy — features. Little things add up to a lot, and a lot is what you get with the DDM4000. It comes with a standard cross-fader but an Infinium optical one is available. (My test unit had the Infinium.)
I was at first a bit put off by the lighter weight of the unit and the thinner sheet metal on the bottom (both compared to my Pioneer DJM-500,) wondering if that portended quality issues. I soon found out I had nothing to worry about, and had I thought for a second, it would have all made sense. You see, this is a fully digital mixer, so what the DJM-500 — over 15 years old now — required many bulky and power-hungry discrete analog components to accomplish, the DDM4000 can do in just a few chips (and only 20 Watts,) with many more features to boot. Welcome to 21st century electronics, Pegasus.