A DJs Guide to Buying a Used Mixer

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A DJ's Guide to Buying a Used Mixer

DJs have the ability to light up any event or party. However, to do that they need the right equipment. One important piece of equipment that every DJ needs is a mixer as it is at the heart of any performance. The main types of mixers are club mixers, scratching mixers, and all-in-one mixers, each with specific features and suitable for a certain type of DJ performance. Although a mixer is a very important equipment to have, some DJs might find that this piece of equipment is too expensive and decide to get a used one instead.

A used mixer can prove to be a great tool for a DJ as long as one knows how to choose the right device, and makes sure that it is in good condition. Used mixers are widely available, and anyone looking to buy a used DJ mixer can easily search online stores such as eBay to find the perfect one for their needs and budget.

What is a Mixer?

A mixer is a console that can blend two or more audio sources to make them sound like a single piece of music. Some mixers can even blend more than two music sources, although this is more difficult. Depending on the DJ’s creativity and skill, a mixer can be used to create music for all kinds of events or parties. The most common use of a DJ mixer is to play music at an event such as a wedding reception. Besides mixing music to create a new unique track, mixers are more commonly used to play songs at functions, and cause one song to fade in as the previous song fades out so there is no pause in the music.

A basic mixer can have two channels to connect to different audio sources, including a CD/DVD player and even a turntable. Mixers also have an equaliser (EQ) to adjust audio tones, and a cue button to send audio signals to the DJ’s headphones before playing them for an audience. Other common controls on a mixer are volume controls, crossfaders, and gain controls. Modern mixers for professional DJs can have multiple channels and various controls. When buying a used mixer one must always check all the inputs, outputs, and controls to make sure that they are not damaged.

Choosing a Mixer

There are a few kinds of mixers that a DJ can choose from, which are the club mixer, the scratch mixer, and the all-in-one mixer, also known as the general mixer. It is important for buyers to first determine what type of mixer they want when shopping for such device. This can be done by deciding what the mixer is used for as each type of mixer has its specific use and features.

Club Mixer

A club mixer is probably the most common mixer type. DJs mainly use it to play music for an audience, as this piece of equipment can mix and combine various songs. A used club mixer is perfect especially for those who plan to perform at various parties and functions as it can be used for practice before buying a better and more expensive mixer. A basic club mixer can have two channels, connections for headphones, microphones, and speakers, as well as all the controls that a beginner DJ may need. This mixer is perfect for playing songs and overlapping them. Some club mixers even have some sound effects on the console that can be added into a song.

Scratch Mixer

Also known as a battle mixer or scratchboard, a scratch mixer is often used by hip-hop DJs. This mixer has a turntable for scratching vinyl records, and DJs use this feature to produce various kinds of unique and exciting sounds. Scratch mixers are best for hip-hop DJs and for those who like to create new sounds rather than simply combining music pieces. When buying a used scratch mixer, one must always check the crossfaders as they tend to wear out faster due to the scratching. Scratch mixers often come with replaceable crossfaders, although this may not be an option for used mixers, so buyers should check if extra crossfaders are available or if they can be purchased separately.

All-In-One Mixer

An all-in-one mixer, also called a general mixer or house mixer, is a combination of a scratch and club mixer. It has a turntable board and also the full capabilities of a club mixer. All-in-one mixers are usually favoured by experienced and professional DJs as these devices tend to have more channels and controls than club or scratch mixers, making them able to produce more musical effects. This type of mixer is the best that any DJ can own as it is much more versatile than the other two types. When buying a second-hand all-in-one mixer, buyers should check all the parts to make sure that they are working. Since this type of mixer also has a turntable, it is also important to check whether the crossfaders are worn out or not.

Checking the Components on a Used Mixer

When shopping for a used DJ mixer, it is important for buyers to know what features they want their mixer to have. Buyers should also be able to check all the connections, controls, and moving parts on the mixer to make sure that everything is in good condition. The important parts to look at are the channels and other connections, faders and crossfaders, equaliser, and turntable.

Component

Function

Channel Connection

Connects to audio source and other devices

Fader

Fades the volume of music in and out

Controls volume from one source

Crossfader

Fades music from multiple sources in and out

Equaliser

Adjusts bass, midrange, and treble levels

Gain Control

Adjusts channel input level (sound volume)

Turntable

Used for scratching vinyl records

Can produce unique sound effects

Kill Switch

Turns off any bass, midrange, or treble tones

Cue Button

Sends audio to headphones instead of speakers

It is important to check all the components of a used mixer as each part is essential in a DJ’s performance and they all contribute to creating a quality sound that the audience can enjoy. Even if there is one part that is damaged or not functioning, it can cause a major setback in a performance.

Channel Connections and Crossfaders

When looking at the channel connections and other inputs/outputs, buyers should make sure that they are not rusted or blocked, as these can render the connections useless. Buyers should also inspect the faders and crossfaders of a used mixer especially on mixers with a turntable. Scratching on a turntable causes a mixer’s crossfaders to wear out quickly, and more often than not, a used mixer has worn out crossfaders. However, buyers can still decide to purchase a mixer with worn out crossfaders as long as the price is right because crossfaders can be replaced.

Equaliser, Turntable, and Cables

The equaliser and gain control usually control sound for a specific channel. If possible, buyers should ensure that these components are functioning or ask the seller. Buyers should also examine the needle (cartridge) of the turntable and make sure that it is replaceable. Another thing to verify is the condition of the cables and motor of the turntable, which should not be damaged. The best way to check the condition of a used mixer is to try it out, but since this is not possible when shopping online, buyers should make sure that there is a return policy for the item.

Buying a Used DJ Mixer on eBay

eBay has a large selection of not only new mixers, but also used ones. To look for a used DJ mixer, you can start on the eBay home page. Just type in your keywords into the search bar on the page, and hit ‘Enter’. You can search for ‘used DJ mixers’ or even employ more specific keywords such as ‘used 4-channel mixer’. You are then be presented with a list of all related products, which you can browse through. After finding one that you like, you can click on it to view more information about the used mixer. Things you should look at are the full item description, price, shipping period, and shipping fee. Since you are buying a used piece of equipment, it is a good idea to make sure that the mixer has a return policy. You can also contact the seller and ask them about the condition of the mixer, return policy, and so on. If you are satisfied with your choice, you can then proceed to buy it.

Conclusion

A DJ mixer is a very important tool for any DJ as it is the heart of the DJ’s performance. Without it, one cannot mix music, scratch, or produce music for any audience. However, brand new mixers can cost quite a bit especially for those who are just starting out as a DJ. Used mixers are perfect for new DJs, and for those on a budget, as they often cost a lot less than new ones.

DJs buying used mixers should first decide the type of mixer and features that they are looking for. After selecting a mixer, buyers should test it if possible to make sure that all parts are in good shape and are working properly. Important components to check are the channel connections, crossfaders, and other controls. By making sure that all the parts of the mixer are working well, buyers should be able to make a wise investment. A store that has a variety of new and used mixers is eBay, and anyone looking to find the perfect used mixer can choose the right one for their needs and budget while enjoying their shopping experience.

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