What ever happened to 3 Channel Mixers?
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    Default What ever happened to 3 Channel Mixers?

    So after returning to DJn after 15 years and post the digital revolution, I currently run a 2 channel DVS set up. Looking at my first controller for playing out more convenient I wondered what happened to 3 channel mixers. This was always my default for mixing and using samples in the past, now the primary options are 2/4 controllers.

    What happened to 3 channel mixers?

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    With the development and popularity of controllers, manufacturers slashed their product ranges. Hell, it's difficult to find a quality 2ch mixer (with phono preamps, faders and features of same quality as bigger 4ch mixers).
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    Most mixers are digital now. The added cost of adding a 4th channel and selling a 12" mixer is easier than taking the chance on selling a 3 channel 10" battle mixer.
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    I always thought three channel mixers looked ugly as furrrrk.

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    3, while being the magic number, is odd.

    No one likes odd numbers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A$H View Post
    I always thought three channel mixers looked ugly as furrrrk.
    I loved em. With two turntables and a sampler/drum machine, they were an amazing tool to have. It freed up the send/return loop for FX processors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_bastet View Post
    I loved em. With two turntables and a sampler/drum machine, they were an amazing tool to have. It freed up the send/return loop for FX processors.
    That's how I worked for the first several years with a 3-ch vestax. I always kinda wanted to go to an Empath Rotary at some point.

    I do still think that going to 4 channels winds up just a little too busy a lot of the time and leads to sets that are only interesting for the DJ. But, apparently the world disagrees with me.

    You can always just ignore the extra channels.

    I mean...I've used a Rane 2016 for a long time now...there are several channels on it I just don't use. Kind of like how people generally ignored two thirds of their urei/bozak mixers in the disco days....only half once they started adding drum machines.

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