(Please note this is a 16 channel mixer. In the video when I say “12 channels” I am referring to the 12 input channels. Nathan found a great deal on this Behringer mixer on Amazon $199 from $349).
Have you ever wondered what’s the difference between a mixer and a DJ controller? After all, they look kind of similar. They both have channels, volume controls, mic inputs, XLR inputs – so what is the difference?
The mixer allows you to plug in numerous musical instruments and mix them all together (for example DJ, Drums, Guitar, Keyboard, Mics, Violin, etc). A DJ controller, controls how music is being mixed from DJ software (Serato, Traktor, etc.). Some controllers also have the option to mix music using CDs and Thumb drives. When using a mixer and DJ controller together, you can use the controller as the master volume control for all.
For example, when Nathan and Joe play DJ & Drums they both plug into the mixer. Then they set the volumes on each channel on the mixer. It won’t sound pleasing to the ear if the volume of his drum set is overpowering the music being played from the mixer. They leave the mixer at those settings the entire time they play. Using the master volume on the DJ controller, Joe can control the volume of the sound throughout an event. This way, Joe uses one volume control for both the music and the drums. As apposed to Nathan and Joe trying to adjust their volumes individually.
If you’re in the market to purchase a mixer, Nathan found this great deal on Amazon $199 from $345. It’s a Behringer XENYX X1222 USB. The 12 channel input allows us to play with numerous instruments if needed. The USB allows us to connect to our computer so we can easily record our mixes.
I hope you enjoyed today’s video. Thanks for watching! Michelle Lee (aka DeeJay Shelly)