you just have to look at this thing and you can see it has every feature you could ever put into a mixer
this is a bad thing, as it's hard to find your way around this product, although you do figure it out after a while and it is laid out quite logically, although I never liked the position of the headphone jack and it was always in the way.
one big problem is that there is only 2 segments to the levels bar, orange and red- so no warning prior to clipping, this is a pretty major problem of the product.
the crossfader is ok but this is no scratch mixer, I think you can replace the xfader with something better although I never tried. The rest of the buttons and knobs are ok, but not as high quality as a pioneer, but then you'd expect that given their price differences
the sound quality is ok, but compared to the mixer I upgraded to (ecler nuo 4) the sound is really cold, the ecler has a warm analogue sound, the behringer is definitely worse and less pleasing (the ecler has a lot less features though so you can paying just for better sound quality)
I guess that sums up the whole mixer, jack of all trades master of none, it's a good starter mixer and to play with some effects but you'll probably want to get rid of it eventually, or it might just stop working some day.
There are a lot of things you can do with this mixer, there is the sampler which I don't really use as I have traktor pro, and the effects (again I use the effects in traktor pro as they sound better), but they're quite hard to use so to be honest I
that's why I sold the mixer, because I use the mixer to mix with and then use midi controllers to adjust things in traktor pro. The behringer is really good for just vinyl mixing, and you get a lot of effects and stuff for your money which can help you decide what you want to buy in the future, but if you want to spend more you can get better and easier to use products.
update: by 'midi controllers' I mean the ones dedicated for traktor use, this mixer can control midi so you can control traktor with this mixer but when nothing is labelled and there's so many buttons and knobs it gets too confusing
First up I'll explain that there is an awful lot of technical detail with an item such as this, some of it I understand and can identify, some I can't, but I'm learning. Some of the more unique aspects that you won't find on your bog standard mixers include;
* Sampler with beat-controlled loop function, real-time pitch control, sampler FX and crossfader start option
* 2 freely assignable and BPM-synchronized, high-quality FX engines (Bitcrusher, Resonator, Reverb, Flanger, etc.)
* Ultra-fast, accurate, BPM counters for automatic BPM synchronization of sampler, FX, crossfader and external drum machines, etc.
(For more in depth analysis, follow the amazon product link, or go to the Behringer website which is very, very detailed).
This may perfect sense to you, or it may be double dutch, for me it's bit of both. As mixers go this is the first one we've owned ourselves. We (my husband and I) perhaps don't use it to it's full potential just yet, in the sense that it's only been used for DJing gigs and not for any digital recording. All I can really say if you're looking to buy starting equipment to do your own home recording, my mate had an extended loan of it and thought it was a pretty nifty piece of equipment in this sense, though you may want to do some further research.
As a DJ's mixer this is great, and while the price may seem pretty high (though it has reduced significantly from when we bought it 9 months ago), if you're using it to bring in a supplementary income it is worth it, you'll make your money back in no time. It is easy to navigate, labeled well and has a four channel capacity, which may seem unnecessary if you've only two turn tables - lets face it, at most low key venues you won't have room for any more, though having said that you may be running on MP3s or laptops in addition to decks so they might come in handy. Even if you stick to two though it allows a bit of space between the upward swipes; if you work off channels 1 & 3 or 2 & 4, with those gaps giving you a bit of leg room in poor light and reducing the chances of you accidentally knocking them as you move about.
It takes a standard jack for headphones and has it's own headphone section. The quality of the internal track is excellent. Providing you're in a good position with regards to your PA system, you'll be able to distinguish perfectly between that playing out on the speakers and that being prepped. You can pretty much be the master of your own sound in many respects once you've been hooked up the sound system. I've used them on a range of speakers and the results have always been good. Volume can be adjusted to the slightest of touches, but isn't so delicate that you'll find yourself dipping drastically up and down. Some tracks that will naturally produce a heavy base or muffley sound and you've all manner of options to adjust this (more often than not the upper volume dials for specific changes, the channel up-swipes for simple louder/quieter), though you'll not get that information from the headphone.
Another quality it has though for the gigging DJ is that it's easily transportable. It's pretty light and 320 x 392 mm, won't dwarf your table. Also if you have a regular spot, where you know the sound set up, you can save and recall your previous settings, meaning you're ready to go with only a basic sound check. It's also pretty simple plug in, plug out set up, with only a few wires to it's name, so you'll not be wondering what all the useless leads to nowhere are (past experience there). You could easily set this up at a house party too, though you want to look after it as it is an investment. At the moment our hasn't met with any unpleasantness, we keep it in it's original box and dust it with a jay cloth.
Get to know your mixer plenty if you have the facilities to do so at home as there is so much going on here. In fact my one criticism may be that there is perhaps a little too much on offer for the part time/casual user. On a day to day basis you won't use half the stuff, unless you have something specific in mind. So if you're just starting out, take this into account, a cheaper, simpler option might be better unless you plan to extend your repertoire.
I'll be interested to know the views of anyone who is using it on a more advanced scale to see how it compared to the basic use review I have hear.