In the somewhat disappointingly poor value for money show that was Musikmesse 2013, there were a few things that we glossed over or rushed past while hunting for nextlevelness. Aside from Numark’s Mixtrack Edge and iDJ Flex, there was another unit that gives users a cost-effective route into current trends, and that’s the Mixtrack Quad, which essentially is a regular Mixtrack with 2 more channels.
There is a little more to it than that, as outlined in the press release:
MIXING IN LIVING COLOR:
NUMARK INTRODUCES MIXTRACK QUAD
Featuring 4 channels of software control, 16 multicolor drum pads, and multicolor dual-zone platters, Mixtrack Quad empowers DJs with a fully interactive mixing experience.
Cumberland, R.I. (April 10, 2013) – Mixtrack Quad is Numark’s latest offering in an evolving family of professional four-channel DJ systems that began with NS6 and N4 and expanded at this year’s NAMM show to include the groundbreaking NS7 II. In addition to its four-channel capability, Mixtrack Quad incorporates a stunning array of colors on its platters and pads, giving DJs a fully interactive control surface. Numark will display Mixtrack Quad for the first time at Musikmesse 2013 in Hall 5.1 at Booth B45 on April 10th in Frankfurt, Germany.
“DJing is all about interaction—interaction with the music and interaction with the crowd,” said Chris Roman, Numark Product Manager. “With Mixtrack Quad’s unique fusion of dynamic colors and professional capabilities, we’re giving DJs a powerful and immersive experience.”
Utilizing a palette of 16 vibrant colors, Mixtrack Quad gives DJs immediate visual feedback, allowing them to easily differentiate between the four decks and between Loop, Hot Cue, and Sample Modes. Lighted pad and platter animations signal transitions when loading tracks or moving between modes and configurations. Mixtrack Quad is the only four-channel controller in its class to have dedicated mixing controls for all four decks. The low-profile platters are dual-zone and touch-activated, allowing DJs to effortlessly stop, scratch, and pitch-bend tracks. Virtual DJ® LE software is included and 16 dedicated effects controls are built in to the control surface to add and manipulate flanger, phaser, echo, and more. Mixtrack Quad is class-compliant, USB-powered, and also has built-in audio, making setup and configuration as simple as possible.
Mixtrack Quad will be exhibited along with Numark’s other addition to the Mixtrack Series, Mixtrack Edge, the world’s thinnest DJ controller with integrated audio. Upon release, Mixtrack Quad will have an estimated street price of $349. Product images and information can be found at inmusicbrands.com/musikmesse-2013
So what’s different? Obviously 2 more channels, which now gives DJs an established but cheap route into the bigger and wider world of 4 channels. But for those looking for more than just 2 more idle channels, the pads and jogs have gone RGB, which should help with the single issue I have with the new Mixtracks which is differentiating between pad modes. And the deck colours give a visual reference as to which deck is playing.
The big shift here is with the software. The Mixtrack Quad, by definition is a 4 channel unit, thus making Numark’s goto software house Serato an ill-fitting choice. Serato DJ Intro is a 2 channel package, and putting this with a 4 channel unit at a particular price wouldn’t make sense. So Virtual DJ LE gets rolled out with this, in a 4 channel version. Will the Mixtrack Quad get Serato love down the line via the full fat Serato DJ? That’s anyone’s guess but it would make sense, but should it happen, you’ll have to pay. I expect that a Traktor mapping will appear in due course too.
The important stats — coming late summer and with an estimated price of $349/€269/£219. <<<UPDATED INFO.