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    Default What Would Be Your Ideal Mixer ? (College Design Project)

    As the title says im currently doing a college product where i have to design and justify a product. As I would like to think iknow a fair amount about DJ'ing i chose to do a dj Mixer and need ideas on what the general populus would like to see in a mixer. For examples

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    price ?

    Any ideas would be great as im not trying to design "my" perfect mixer but a good mixer all round.

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    A DJM 900 for £500
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    4 channel mixer with a massive effects unit on it and 4-band eq's. Traktor scratch certified and a build in usb hub and a part midi assignable. Some send/return channels are welcome
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    a djm900 - vci100 hybrid for me please
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    My ideal mixer:

    - Per channel (like Pio mixers) analogue multimode filter with adjustable resonance (like on the Xone mixers)
    - Send/return for external effects units with routing like the DJM 2000 and the 900 (buttons to skip over channels if need be and a switch to quickly toggle, to have options)
    - Ability to accept midi clock input from software to sync effects. 4 channel (maybe an aux channel or two as well like the Xone 92), 4-band eq (maybe an option to switch between 3 and 4 band)
    - Post-fader effects including tape delay
    - Multiple parameters to adjust on effects instead of just one (for more dynamic effects usage)
    - Envelope-reactive effects (kind of like the beat effects on the djm 850)
    - Maybe a waveform display to show what your signal looks like post-effects and EQ? Not sure about this one though.
    - A built-in soundcard for DVS use would be nice, but not necessary (and if you include one, make sure there are two usb ports for it like the Rane 68)
    - Excellent sound quality on the EQs and the overall audio summing
    - 2 switchable line/phono inputs for each channel and one digital
    - Ability to customize or add effects (sort of like with the RMX-1000) by USB or similar
    - Ability to use audio plugins for effects would be really cool, though I don't know if that's feasible (and isn't 100% necessary as long as the send/return is decent)
    - Flexible headphone cueing - stereo and split-cue along with ability to monitor each channel individually, plus the master
    - Ability to monitor what an effect will sound like in headphones before applying it to the running track (like the DJM 900 has but actually fully intuitively functional)
    - Great quality faders and knobs (at least DJM 900 quality) including a solid scratch-worthy crossfader; with adjustable curves to suit individual preference like the DJM 900
    - Durable construction (DJM 900 quality minimum) but not overly heavy
    - Midi output for syncing external effects units from software

    That's all I can think of at the moment.

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    Z2, but moar. I would love to have 4 upfaders, a full X1, another USB in and 4+ more USB outs.

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    • heavy duty construction
    • analog audio
    • quality components
    • strong smooth pots
    • eq kills
    • larger than standard eq knobs with extra room in the design
    • magnetic contactless faders
    • midi section either side containing
      • 2 encoders with buttons for effect select and looping.
      • 3 pots with buttons for effects


    Pretty sure I just described a Rane 68
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    All these ideas have been extremely helpful, (and the screenshots can be used as market research ) keep em coming,

    So far my general design is a 4 channel mixer with

    dedicated filter section for each channel
    4 velocity sensitive pads either side of the upfaders (twitch size)
    Traktor Certification
    DJTT chroma caps
    Innofaders
    USB hub
    phono/line selector for each channel

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    I think send/return is a must, especially with all really good effectors on the market these days. Good build quality is also important.

    I like that you have decided to go for tractor certification as well :-D

    EQ kills is a good idea as well. I have them on my Behringer DDM4000 and they work to an extent, but stuff seems to still get through :-S

    I love the X/Y touchscreen on the DJM2000 as well, allows tons of space of creativity. Don't know how feasible this is for you,nut I think is an uber-cool idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JayRuss View Post
    All these ideas have been extremely helpful, (and the screenshots can be used as market research ) keep em coming,

    So far my general design is a 4 channel mixer with

    dedicated filter section for each channel
    4 velocity sensitive pads either side of the upfaders (twitch size)
    Traktor Certification
    DJTT chroma caps
    Innofaders
    USB hub
    phono/line selector for each channel
    How do you expect to get the traktor certification? Getting a traktor soundcard inside?
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