There has been a running in-joke within the DJWORX team about manufacturers putting screens in any gear they can find. We pondered about screens in headshells, earphones, and pretty much anything that sounded preposterous. But Numark isn’t letting up on the putting a screen in it shtick and thus the ridiculously popular Mixtrack gets a big brother in the shape of the Mixtrack Platinum.
Some words from Numark HQ:
NUMARK ESTABLISHES NEW STANDARD OF DJ PERFORMANCE WITH INTRODUCTION OF MIXTRACK PLATINUM PREMIUM CONTROLLER
World’s leading innovator of DJ solutions introduces full-featured controller with hi-definition LCD displays, Serato DJ software and exclusive Numark touch-capacitive jog wheels
Cumberland, RI USA (August 1, 2016)— Numark (numark.com), the world’s leading innovator of DJ solutions, today announced the introduction of their standard-setting DJ controller, the Mixtrack Platinum. Numark’s Mixtrack family (Mixtrack 3 and Mixtrack Pro 3) is the world’s number one selling series of DJ controllers, because their simple, highly-functional design attracts DJs on all levels, from skilled amateurs to the most demanding professionals. They’re fun, easy-to-use, full-featured and offer professional build quality at an affordable price. The Mixtrack Platinum extends those attributes by adding hi-definition LCD displays at the center of each platter, 4-deck capability and gain controls for each channel.
The Mixtrack Platinum’s full-function display screens (showing BPM, track time, pitch position and deck number) makes it possible for the DJ to keep their view on the controller, not buried in the computer screen, so the DJ stays connected to their audience and the action. With independent transport controls, 24-bit audio output, wide-ranging 100mm pitch controls, Serato DJ Intro, multi-function touch strip and 16 back-lit performance pads, Mixtrack Platinum is definitely ready for action.
In addition, its Numark-exclusive touch-capacitive platters really make this something special. Utilizing revolutionary Numark technology, the platters give DJs the ability to scratch or stop a track simply by touching the top of the platter, while at the same time allowing them to adjust the pitch by manipulating the platter from the side. The touch control is also intelligent and self-correcting, sensing every motion and touch to ensure solid, reliable operation no matter what’s going on around you. No other brand of controller has platters like these. In addition, they’re made from heavy-duty metal, so they stand up to heavy-duty use, night after night.
Hi-res LCD multi-function displays on each jog wheel
Dual 5-inch metal platters w/Numark-exclusive touch-capacitance response
Dedicated gain and filter knobs for each channel
Independent transport controls
24-bit audio output—ready to go out of the box
Includes Serato DJ Intro—upgrade-ready for full Serato DJ
Includes Prime Loops remix tool kit
Multi-function touch strip for dynamic FX control and Strip Search
100mm pitch controls
16 multi-function performance pads
Multiple FX manipulation
Dedicated track browsing controls from your library
Integrated class compliant audio interface with ¼” and 1/8” headphone connections
“The Mixtrack Platinum is the perfect controller for DJs anywhere from the skilled amateur all the way up to the demanding professional, said Chris Roman, Senior Product Manager for Numark. He added, “It has every feature DJs need for outstanding performance and instant response. Plus, the LCD readouts and those one-of-a-kind touch-capacitive platters give the DJ instant feedback and ultimate control. This is a fun-to-use, pro-level controller at an incredible value that will be a hit with all DJs.”
US retail for the Mixtrack Platinum is $299.00 and it is available now.
See and hear the entire line of exciting Numark products at DJ Expo, booth #416, in Atlantic City NJ, August 15-18, 2016.
SUBTLE BUT IMPORTANT CHANGES
Essentially this is a decent update to the Mixtrack Pro 3. As you can see from the above image, Key features such as a gain control and 4 channel capability have been added. This simply adds to reinforce the Pro moniker of the original, but does bring some features that some users will definitely like. I’ve never really cared for four channels awkwardly crammed into two channel units without the requisite matching controls, but it’s nice to have anyway.
But this is all about the screens. Sitting below a clear plastic cover, the jog wheel display shows important information. Deck, BPM, and time are shown, with an outer ring for progress and LED marker too. No track names, but this will offer a decent amount of info without having to look at the screen. And I imagine that if you update to Serato DJ, you’ll be able to add the Numark Dashboard too if you want more at-a-glance detail.
Summing up, the Mixtrack Platinum is available now for $299/£239.