Audio jacks? We don't need no stinkin' audio jacks: two Numark
2-channel DJ mixers now connect via USB, instead. Hook up two
Windows/Mac laptops to the mixer and mix directly without an audio
interface, complete with cross-fader, gain control on inputs, the
works. You don't even need USB drivers on either platform, thanks to
class-compliance. More interestingly, you can use the same USB
connection to record your final mix, so this is ideal for DJs who need
to keep track of their sets.
is the more compact and affordable of the two, though it has all the
basic 2-chanel mixer features you'd expect. Street price around US$60
is 24-bit, has "intelligent bass enhancement, far superior to EQ",
all-digital faders, and various other goodies — and looks prettier.
Street price around US$250.
In fact, this is just as ideal for any laptop musicians — including
non-DJs — who want to work with two laptops. And if you're concerned
you're required to use the two USB ports, you're not: 2 line, 2 phono,
1 mic, too. So that could be one laptop, one turntable, a feed from a
digital audio interface if you need to plug a mic into the computer,
I'm not a DJ, and I'm ready to go grab one. Stanton hasn't added USB to
their mixers yet, as near as I can tell. Betcha they will.