Last updated on Apr 17, 2018 @ 3:50 pm – Buying a new battle mixer that can handle Serato DJ/Traktor/Rekordbox DJ DVS systems can be a costly decision as they aren’t really cheap. Still, if you are serious about your craft, there is really no alternative to a good battle mixer when it comes to serious Djing. Of course, you can go with a classic two-channel mixer that doesn’t support any software, but then you are missing out on all the advantages of DVS.

The mixers we discuss below all have, at a minimum:

  • Good quality faders (Innofader or better)
  • Battle friendly design (enough space between the faders and the other controls)
  • Software support for one of the established DVS software packages
WINNER

Pioneer DJM-S9

  • Price range*: $$$$
  • Until we can give the Rane Seventy Two a spin, the S9 remains the best option for battle DJ’s that use Serato DJ. The older Rane’s are legendary but lack modern features that the S9 has. Read more

 

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Traktor Kontrol Z2

  • Price range*: $$$
  • The Traktor Kontrol Z2 is an affordable but very well equipped battle mixer for Traktor. The build quality is excellent and the price is more than reasonable. Read more

 

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WINNER

Pioneer DJ DJM-S9

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Pioneer DJ DJM-S9

The DJM-S9 is expensive, but a fantastic Serato DJ DVS enabled mixer, with support for Rekordbox DJ DVS as well.

Price: $$$$ check the price on Amazon Between USD 1000 and USD 2000

Level: professional
Power: power supply
Inputs: 2 CD/LINE (RCA) 2 PHONO (RCA) 1 MIC (XLR/Jack Combo) 1 AUX (RCA)
Outputs: 2 MASTER (XLR, RCA) 1 BOOTH (1/4 inch Jack) 2 HEADPHONE MONITOR (1/4 inch Jack, mini-jack)
Supported DJ software: Serato DJ Pro + DVS (included), Rekordbox DJ and Rekordbox DVS
DjTechZone Rating:  (4.5 / 5)

The Pioneer DJ DJM-S9 is extremely well featured and has everything on board to control Serato DJ. It is also quite pricey, but more on that later.

The mixer looks a bit complex at first sight. It looks like a good part of a Serato DJ controller was squeezed on the mixer’s faceplate. There are the classic controls you can expect on any battle mixer: the 3 band EQ, filter, and smooth, high-quality faders and crossfaders. The crossfader is Magvel Pro fader with feeling and curve adjust, so if you cannot get your cuts right on this one, you probably won’t be able to get them right on any mixer.

The S9 is equipped with 8 performance pads per channel, controlling all performance features of Serato DJ: hot cues, slicer, and samples, plus additional features hidden under the shift button. The big attraction of this mixer is the effects. The S9 has 6 built-in effects: echo, backspin, reverb, flanger, phaser, and vinyl break. Besides that, the S9 can control up to 6 Serato DJ effects at the time. The effects are activated with a super handy paddle. If you ever used this, you know how efficient it is to activate effects.

Lastly, the S9 has a complete looping section onboard. On the back, all the expected connections are available, such as master out in RCA and XLR, and booth out in TRS. Of course, there are double inputs for both channels.

PROS CONS
  • Complete Serato DJ mixer
  • Solid build quality
  • Full control over Serato DJ performance & effects features
  • Excellent crossfader.
  • Expensive, especially if you don’t need all the features

 

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Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z2

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Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z2

The Traktor Kontrol Z2 is an affordable but very well equipped battle mixer for Traktor.

Price: $$$ check the price on Amazon Between USD 500 and USD 1000

Level: mid-level to professional
Power: power supply
Inputs: 2 CD/LINE (RCA) 2 PHONO (RCA) 1 MIC (XLR/Jack Combo) 1 AUX (RCA)
Outputs: 2 MASTER (XLR, RCA) 1 BOOTH (1/4 inch Jack) 2 HEADPHONE MONITOR (1/4 inch Jack, mini-jack)
Supported DJ software: Traktor Pro 2 + DVS
DjTechZone Rating:  (4 / 5)

The Z2 is, of course, a two-channel mixer that works natively with Traktor, and only with Traktor, at least out of the box. It’s designed to work as a standalone mixer with turntables or media players as well, but then you are missing out on all the extras such as effects, as these only work with Traktor Pro connected.

The mixer has a series onboard controls for the Traktor Pro software, most notably 2X 4 high-quality performance pads that can be used for Remix decks, or to access Traktor Pro’s hot cues. Additionally, they control the flux mode which is comparable to Serato’s loop roll.

I like the loop encoder and loop size LCD screen, it’s very handy to identify the selected loop size and avoid surprises when engaging a loop in a rush.

The Z2 gives access to Traktor Pro’s effects, including Traktor’s Macro FX.

PROS CONS
  • Very competitively priced (around 700 USD)
  • Good control of all Traktor Pro features
  • Solid build
  • High-quality sound
  • All faders are Innofaders
  • Traktor only mixer, no support for other software

Rane Seventy Two

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Rane Seventy Two

A direct competitor to the Pioneer DJ DJM-S9, the Seventy Two has everything to control Serato DJ, including a high-resolution color screen.

Price: $$$$ check the price on Amazon Between USD 1000 and USD 2000

Level: professional
Power: power supply
Inputs: 4x RCA stereo pairs (Deck 1–2) 2x XLR / 1/4” (6.35 mm) TRS (Mic 1–2) 1x RCA stereo pair (Session) 1x 1/4” (6.35 mm) TRS (Footswitch)
Outputs: 2x XLR (Main) 2x 1/4” (6.35 mm) TRS (Booth) 1x RCA stereo pair (Session) 1x 1/4” (6.35 mm) TRS (Headphones) 1x 1/8” (3.5 mm) TRS (Headphones)
Supported DJ software: Serato DJ Pro + DVS
DjTechZone Rating:  (4.5 / 5)

The Rane Seventy two is a brand new, two-channel battle mixer with full support for Serato DJ and a high-resolution screen that can display Serato DJ waveforms and other mixer data.

The Seventy Two has a new type of fader, the MAG THREE fader, fitter for both channel faders and the crossfader. Rane promises smooth, precise operation like never before, which I’m sure experienced DJ’s will put to the test once they get the chance.

There is, of course, the beautiful touch screen, but there is more. Each channel has a FlexFX module to fire off integrated effects, plus chain-integrated Serato DJ effects control. There are pads to launch effects much like the DJM-S9.

Finally, the Seventy Two has 8 performance pads per channel, unlocking all the performance functions of Serato DJ.

On the back, the Seventy Two is almost identical to the TTM57mkII.

PROS CONS
  • Absolutely filled with functionality
  • Rane build quality
  • High-resolution touchscreen
  • Considering the features, reasonably priced
  • None, really

Mixars Duo MKII

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Mixars Duo MKIIA direct competitor to the Pioneer DJ DJM-S9, the Seventy Two has everything to control Serato DJ, including a high-resolution color screen.

Price: $$$ check the price on Amazon Between USD 500 and USD 1000

Level: mid-level to professional
Power: power supply
Inputs: 2 PHONO/LINE (RCA) 2 PHONO (RCA) 1 MIC (XLR/Jack Combo) 1 AUX (RCA)
Outputs: 3 MASTER (XLR, RCA, RCA REC) 1 BOOTH (1/4 inch Jack) 2 HEADPHONE MONITOR (1/4 inch Jack, mini-jack)
Supported DJ software: Serato DJ Pro + DVS
DjTechZone Rating:  (4 / 5)

After a widely discussed feud with Innofader a few months ago, Mixars switch to Pro X Fade for their faders and the Mixars DUO MKII is fitted with the Galileo essential fader.

Apart from the Duo has 4 performance pads per deck that can switch between sample & hot cues, the ability to control 1 Serato DJ effect per channel at the time, a looping encoder and, of course, a 3 band EQ with a filter per channel.

On the back the Duo has all the expected outputs: XLR and RCA master out, TRS booth out, and double line inputs. On the front, there are the MIC and AUX inputs, and the crossfader curve controls, with a noteworthy Cut-in curve adjustment, to determine how far from the borders the crossfader needs to let sound through.

PROS CONS
  • Very affordable
  • Solid build
  • Good sound quality
  • Decent amount of control over Serato DJ
  • No onboard effects
  • Many essential performance features in Serato DJ not controllable from the mixer

 


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