Now here’s a turn up for the books. For the longest time, the grapevine has twitched about the future of the Mixars Primo controller. It was announced, shown, but eventually began to slip from the lips of interested buyers who started to look at alternatives. But our friends at Dynamic Distribution were suitably excited before BPM 2018, and on the opening day showed the actual physical Primo, ready for people to paw with their own hands.

Sadly nobody could play with it as the version of Serato DJ Pro that was supplied failed to work. So we were left to prod and poke, but not really play.

Little was changed since the first version we saw. There have been minor cosmetic changes though — the shiny metal play and cue buttons have gone, replaced by more aesthetically pleasing ones. The blue LEDs in the original renders are darker now, much more in line with the Mixars brand blue, and the previously clear buttons have different markings. There’s also minor changes to the faceplate print too. But as far as I can tell, it’s the same product seen almost two years ago.

I’m told that it’s expected to leave the factory in December so likely to be in shops in January, still with a retail price under 599 of your local currency. Given the flux happening in the world right now (trust me — tariffs are kicking in), it’s anyone’s guess as to what the final price will be. But with current exchange rates, it’s likely to be in the same realm.

It’s great to see the Primo still alive. Given the launch of the new Traktor Kontrol S2 and S4s, the market place is busier, but at this price point, Serato fans will be very happy indeed.

GALLERY