Setting yourself up for DJing isn't always cheap. You've got to buy CDJs or turntables, a mixer, speakers, decent headphones and all the other accessories needed to make sure everything runs smoothly. Most people start out young and their part-time job income probably doesn't allow a quick-time purchase of DJ gear. Don't worry, though, not all equipment is a bank breaker. We've sorted out a list of the best affordable mixers, all under £300. Mixmag's got your back.
Allen & Heath Xone:23
Allen & Heath is a dead cert for top quality mixers. Visit clubs around the world and it's highly likely you'll spot one of its Xone products sitting in between the decks in the DJ booth. The Xone:23 is a 2+2 channel mixer featuring an analogue Voltage Control Filter (VCF), a three-band total kill EQ, an external FX loop and "super smooth" VCA faders. Taking style inspiration from the flagship Xone:DB4, it's got a sophisticated black finish and illuminated switches. Trust, this is the one for the ultimate crispy setup. £249 is a sweet price, too.
Pioneer DJ's looked upon by many as the daddy of DJ gear. The Japanese company did invent the CDJ, after all. It's got plenty of mixers in its vault, too, with 13 currently listed on its website. One of those is the two-channel DJM-250, retailing at £229. It was a landmark product when first released due to it being the first mixer with two sound colour filters and pro features for under £500. Coated with a striped monochrome finish, other specs include a three-band isolator and a cross fader curve adjust function. If you can stretch your spending a tad further, the DJM-250MK2 is going for £299.
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