The explosion of interest in DJing over the last decade has seen a surge in entry-level options. Numark offers a range of beginner controllers. The Numark Mixtrack Platinum is one of the more premium options yet it’s still very affordable.
Numark Mixtrack Platinum
The Numark Mixtrack Platinum offers beginner DJs all the basic tools needed to learn DJing. With a solid set of features, it’s a contender for one of the best entry-level controllers currently available.
With an impressive set of features at an attractive price, there is a lot to cover. Let’s dive into the details.
The central mixer section of the Numark Mixtrack Platinum is simple but effective.
This 2 channel controller offers a 3 band EQ for each channel. A dedicated Gain knob is also available for altering the volume of each channel. A cue to headphones button sits below each Low EQ for accurate preparation. The crossfader feels okay but certainly not as premium as more expensive controllers.
The Mixtrack Platinum has a basic mixer section but has enough features for new DJs.
The center section includes Master Gain controls for adjusting output volume. Below this, you’ll find Cue Mix and Cue Gain knobs for preparing your mixes. Master VU meters are also present to keep an eye on your volume levels so you don’t redline your mix.
Finally, a browse knob allows you to select tracks from your music library and then load them onto either deck.
This is an entry-level controller so I wasn’t expecting much more. All the needed functions are here and well laid out.
One of the common problems with intro controllers is software. To keep costs down the Numark Mixtrack Platinum offers Serato DJ Lite. Don’t get me wrong the software is capable and reliable. Serato has an extensive reputation as one of the premier DJ software platforms. There is also a large selection of compatible controllers so if you do upgrade in the future you won’t need to learn the ins and outs of the software again.
The issue is the limitations that the intro edition has. You’ll be unable to record and listen back to your mixes. This is the biggest missing feature and one many new DJs may not be aware of. When you are learning DJing one of the best ways to improve is to listen back to your mixes. You’re able to see where things went right and where they didn’t. The other main feature that you’ll miss out on is 4 channel mixing.
To unlock these features you’ll need to upgrade the software which is an added expense. Not a dealbreaker by any means but something to keep in mind.
Also included is a Prime Loops pack. 6 packs in total open up over 380 samples for you to play with. With a dedicated Sampler pad mode, this is great for injecting some variety into your sets. An excellent bonus but I’d have preferred a full version of Serato instead.
One of the most appealing aspects of the Numark Mixtrack Platinum is the inclusion of LCD screens on the jogwheels. These 1.75-inch displays sit in the middle of the 5-inch jogwheels. The displays are high resolution and bright.
Jogwheel screens at this price point give the Platinum an edge over the competition.
The display will show you both track time remaining or elapsed depending on your preference. Other vital information is also available like BPM, pitch adjustment, and keylock. While not as fully featured as screens on more expensive controllers they are still great. Easy to read and providing exactly the type of information you need at a glance.
I’m a big fan of keeping your attention on your controller as much as possible and these screens go a long way in achieving that.
The jogwheels themselves are also decent and you’ll be able to scratch using them. To the side of each jogwheel, you’ll also find dedicated buttons to switch to decks 3 and 4. Great if you want to explore 4 channel mixing.
The Numark Mixtrack Platinum offers long pitch faders. This instantly places it above some other beginner options. Due to the compact size of entry-level controllers they often have short pitch faders. This can make beatmatching by ear more challenging.
Lots of respect for Numark making the concerted effort to give new DJs long pitch faders. Above the pitch faders, you’ll also have access to Pitch Bend buttons for momentary adjustments. There is also auto-sync functionality available with a dedicated button above the Cue and Play buttons. This will match your beats automatically.
The performance pads on the Numark Mixtrack Platinum are okay. Each deck offers 8 pads but functionality is oddly split. You’ll be able to set 4 Hot Cues with the bottom row of buttons. Other controllers allow you to set up to 8. If you do plan on heavy cue juggling 4 is a bit restrictive.
The top 4 buttons give you access to more functions. To activate a function you need to press both the Pad Mode button and the relevant pad. A slightly cumbersome and clunky way of switching between modes.
The available modes include Manual Loop. This allows you to set a start and endpoint for your loops along with halving or doubling loop length. Auto Loop mode is also available along with a Sampler.
A decent set of features but also nothing amazing. If you only need the core functions the Mixtrack Platinum is great. But if you want a larger selection of performance pad features I’d suggest looking at other controllers.
The Numark Mixtrack Platinum offers a small footprint. This makes it easy to set up at home without demanding too much space.
The Numark Mixtrack Platinum is a compact and lightweight controller.
The unit is also lightweight making it easy to take to a friend’s place or parties.
The Numark Mixtrack Platinum gives you good flexibility to play with FX. You can activate 3 FX and then adjust the properties of the FX by using the touch strip. This touch strip is also used for quick track skimming. The range of FX available in Serato is solid. A dedicated High/Low pass Filter knob for each channel adds further creative control.
If you want to add FX to your sets the Mixtrack Platinum gives you tactile control. Fun to use and well-positioned.
All the looping controls live in the performance pads. Other controllers opt to offer dedicated loop controls elsewhere on the controller. Some even offer both options with Pad Loop controls and a dedicated Loop section.
Looping can be a critical part of your DJ workflow. The implementation of the loop functions is fine but not as refined as other entry-level controllers.
As with most beginner controllers, there is a small number of connection options.
Limited connection options are common among entry-level controllers.
For master output, you’ll have to settle for an unbalanced RCA connection. This may restrict the types of speakers you can connect to. Or it could involve having to buy adapters for your speakers. Luckily the in-built soundcard is great and the output is clear.
Numark has given DJs the choice of headphone connection. Both ¼ and ⅛ inch options are available. With so much variety in headphones, I’m always happy to see both available.
Beyond that, you’ll also have access to a ¼ inch microphone input with dedicated volume control.
Build Quality & Design
Entry-level controllers need to cut costs somewhere and usually, it’s in components. While the Numark Mixtrack Platinum is plastic it doesn’t feel flimsy. The added weight from the jogwheel screens does give the unit a bit more heft and stability. Knobs and faders are good but as expected not to the level of more premium controllers.
The Numark Mixtrack Platinum does an excellent job of balancing quality with price.
When it comes to design this is where the Mixtrack Platinum falls a little short. I love the spacious layout and have grown accustomed to the Numark color palette but it still looks a bit like a toy. The screen displays do add a more professional feel. It’s not as garish as some other controller but also not super slick. Keep in mind everyone is different and this is just a personal opinion. At the end of the day, looks are not important.
What Others Have To Say
Where the Mixtrack Platinum shines and beats the competition is the length of the pitch faders. But it does lack some of the features that other controllers offer.
Substance Over Style
DJing hasn’t always been about crazy antics in front of thousands of people at massive festivals. For the longest time, the DJ would play at the back of the club. It was more about the music. With the rise in popularity of the EDM scene, we have now seen an explosion of celebrity DJs.
DJs are now front and center at both clubs and festivals.
This has spilled over into the casual crowd. Thankfully most DJs hold to the mantra that it’s all about the music. But you may come across a few “DJ snobs”. These DJs may look down on the gear you use or even the genre you play.
Don’t let these people get to you. Focus on the music and your skills. It doesn’t matter if you have a budget entry-level controller or the flashiest set of gear. What truly matters is the music and your ability to craft amazing sets that get a dancefloor moving. Or at the very least put a smile on your face.
There is a vast array of controllers available. With a variety of features and price points. Here are some alternatives to the Numark Mixtrack Platinum for you to consider.
Numark NV II Review
If you love the idea of screens you should consider the Numark NV II. This controller opens up 4 channel mixing and offers large detailed screens.
- Two Hi-Res screens featuring waveforms and more.
- 4 channel mixer and an expanded feature set.
- More expensive than the Mixtrack Platinum.
Read our full Numark NV II review for more detailed information.
Numark NV II
Pioneer DDJ SB3 Review
Another excellent beginner controller is the Pioneer DDJ SB3. This Serato controller offers a more club gear based layout.
- Extensive performance pad options for more creativity.
- A professional layout that prepares you for pro gear.
- It has short pitch faders making beatmatching more challenging.
Read our full Pioneer DDJ SB3 review for more detailed information.
Pioneer DDJ SB3
Numark Mixtrack 3 Review
If you want to stretch your budget the Numark Mixtrack 3 should be on your list. It still offers all the core features you need but at a much cheaper price.
- Long pitch faders and spacious layout.
- Budget-priced alternative leaving you more money for speakers or headphones.
- No jogwheel screens like the Mixtrack Platinum.
Read our full Numark Mixtrack 3 review for more detailed information.
Numark Mixtrack 3
Should You Buy?
The Mixtrack Platinum is an excellent offering from Numark. It manages to combine all the basic elements new DJs need while also offering screens. The very affordable price is great for DJs on a budget.
Plus it gives new DJs a controller that can help them spend more time engaged with their gear and less time looking at a laptop. If you are looking to buy an entry-level controller the Numark Mixtrack Platinum is worth adding to your shortlist.
Numark Mixtrack Platinum