Mixars, the Italian DJ gear manufacturer and the┬ánew kid on the block have launched their first DJ controller, the Mixars Primo. First of all, I love the name, because it fits the occasion (it’s their first DJ controller) and secondly it gives the whole thing that touch of Italian chique.

Key features

  • 2-channel Controller for Serato DJ
  • Serato DJ enabled
  • Serato DVS Upgrade Ready
  • 16 RGB Performance Pads for control over Hot Cues, Roll, Slicer, Sampler
  • Sturdy build quality with Brushed aluminum face plate
  • Built-in sound card for simple USB connectivity
  • 100mm Pitch Control
  • USB powered
  • Pro Combo Mic input with independent Volume and Tone control
  • Large aluminum Jog wheels with On-Jog Display and LED Ring
  • 3 VU level meter
  • Cross fader curve adjustment & reverse
  • Auxiliary RCA Input with dedicated volume
  • Touch Needle search pad
  • Multiple inputs and outputs
  • High-quality audio Soundcard
  • Two headphone outputs

First Impressions

There is quite a lot to like here. First of all, the Primo has a hardware mixer build in and is DVS upgrade ready, meaning you can plug-in your turntables and use it with Serato DVS. This for sure is an enormous advantage with a mixer in this price range.

Secondly, those jog wheels look very good, and there is an integrated LCD screen in the middle. No word on what it’s able to display yet, but if it can show track information like the Numark Mixtrack Platinum, that would make me very happy. Because it works.

Finally, it contains all the key ingredients to properly control Serato DJ, such as performance pads, effects controls, and even, hardware effects built into the mixer (noise, filter, crush and gate).

All in all, the Mixars Primo feels a bit like a Serato DJ version of the Pioneer DJ DDJ-RR, and that is a compliment, as the DDJ-RR is one of the best and most fully featured Pioneer DJ controllers out there. But, it’s not compatible with Serato DJ, as it as exclusively build for Rekordbox DJ. Check out the comparison:

Pioneer DDJ-RR
Pioneer DDJ-RR
Mixars Primo top
Mixars Primo top

Looking at both next to each other it’s easy to say what I mean. And it is certainly a gap in the market that needs to be filled, as the DDJ-SR (The Serato DJ version of the DDJ-RR) doesn’t have a hardware mixer, and has monochrome performance pads, amongst other differences.

Prise wise the Mixars Primo will sell for around USD 599, which is right up the alley of the DDJ-SR.

Keep checking this space as I will come back with a video review from the Namm trade floor.