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Mixars Launches Quattro Four-Channel Mixer and Primo Two-Channel Controller

Following their announcement of a non-DVS mixer and professional-grade fader range, Italian company Mixars is again on the radar with the launch of two new products designed specifically for Serato DJ: a four-channel mixer and a two-channel controller.

MIXARS QUATTRO

  • Product: Mixars Quattro four channel mixer
  • Price: $1,499
  • Availability: “later this year”

The mixer, called the Quattro, takes much of the features found on their popular Duo mixer released a year ago and adds two additional channels. The DVS capable mixer has four full-EQ channels with a fifth vertical fader for the Serato SP-6 sampler and four channel instant effects (Noise, Filter, Gate, and Crush).

At the edge of the mixer are 8 RGB performance pads with four assigned per deck and rotary knobs that either control track loading or trigger auto loops. DJ switchovers seem straightforward with the Quattro’s twin USB ports located at the top of the unit. Interestingly, the mixer appears to have built-in effects in addition to the Serato software effects, suggesting this mixer could be easily used by non-software DJs.

According to Mixars, the Quattro will be available later this year for $1499.

MIXARS PRIMO

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  • Product: Mixars Primo two-channel Serato DJ controller
  • Price: $599
  • Availability: Q2 2017

Called the Primo, it follows similar design cues as the Quattro but offers even more performance features for Serato DJ. Instead of the four performance pads per channel seen on the Quattro, each of the Primo’s channels feature eight RGB pads. Costing just $599, Primo represents serious value for DJs wanting to use the full version of Serato DJ.

We see this as a pretty direct angle for Mixars – trying to offer a comparable feature set to the DDJ-SR, which Pioneer DJ has yet failed to upgrade for the year (stay tuned – see our predictions for Pioneer DJ’s NAMM here)

Utilizing Mixars DVS experience, the Primo also offers Serato DVS upgrade ready capabilities, making it one of the most affordable DVS-capable controllers. Another interesting thing about the Primo is its asymmetrical layout mirroring modular gear with two identical “player” sections flanking the central mixer.

The Primo will be available later this year (Q2) costing $599.

CONCLUSION

These product launches represent Mixars morphing into a serious competitor for DJs. Their Duo mixer has found a significant among turntablists and DVS users and offering a four-channel places Mixars within competition of Pioneer DJ’s DJM-900NXS2 and Rane’s four-channel Serato mixers, all while offering a lower-priced alternative with potentially more features. Their Primo controller seems to challenge two channel controllers, like Pioneer DJ’s DDJ-SR but offers the advantage of DVS capability like the DDJ-RR does in RekordboxDJ.

[h/t to DJ Worx for first reporting on Mixar’s new NAMM gear]


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  • Luang Prabang

    Seams that the perfect Controler for my need.
    The one which is totally complete (needle search, pads, 100mm pitch fader, DVS …)

    I got answer from Mixars company to the release date question :

    My question to them :”wonder when the Primo will be available ? Also did you plan to make a Traktor Mapping for this ?”
    Answer :

    “Hi Luang.
    Thanks for your interest in Primo!
    We don’t have a release date yet. It will be fully midi capable so third party software mappings won’t be a problem.
    We might have some news during or after summer. Stay tuned!
    Best Regards
    Your Mixars Team”

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  • Anthony Alonso

    The mixer looks like its supposed to be used as a controller on its own. Having that layout for the cue buttons seems like it would get confusing across fur channels. I was hoping for an S9 style layout over 4 channels.

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  • Be

    $600 for a 2 deck controller? I don’t think many DJs will think that’s worth the cost. The Kontrol S4 Mk2 is now selling for the same price as the Primo. From the information provided, the Primo doesn’t seem to offer much more than the Denon MC4000 or Kontrol S2 which cost $400.

    • Tricksta

      The Primo has a standalone mixer mode and a full Serato license, so it’s a decent deal assuming that the product quality is good. A Traktor Kontrol S4mk2 gives you four decks and channels with a mixer mode which is arguably a better value. However, most Serato DJs prefer two channels and this is strictly better than the Pioneer SR because of the LED buttons and mixer functions so it looks pretty good if you would really like two turntables and a Pioneer S9 but only have $600.

    • Samtab Galaxy

      “$600 for a 2 deck controller? I don’t think many DJs will think that’s worth the cost.”

      It seems like a pretty hood deal to me. These products are not generic in nature. You can have 2 different controllers with the exact same features, but if one costs more than doesn’t necessarily make it a bad value. The parts quality should increase in relation to cost, so a more expensive unit should sound better and last longer. Also, you may be surprised at how many dj’s spend over $600 for a controller.Using myself as an example, I bought a Pioneer DDJ SX2 a few months ago. I thought the $1000 I paid for it to be a better value than most, if not all, of cheaper ones I looked at.

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