Behringer CMD MM-1 Mixer 4 Channel DJ Midi Controller, 60mm line faders and 45mm cross-fader, cue buttons, four encoders per channel, browser navigation, volume control, LED level meter, built-in 4 port USB hub, Deckadance DJ LE software included, power supply included, dimensions 305 x 152 x 57mm, weight 0,9 Kg
Excellent Midi (Mixer) Controller but at this price - it's AMAZING!
Chrissy Jay, 01.07.2013
I've been looking for a DJ Midi Mixer of this type for a long time and since Behringer 1st announced this model over a year ago, I've been waiting patiently as NO other midi controller had these features that would integrate so well with Traktor Pro.
I needed 4 channels, enough rotary controls for Bass, Mid, High and either Gain or Filter, along with headphone cue, crossfader at least. The MM-1 has more!
Bear in mind this unit costs little over £100 - it's NOT to be compared to anything that costs £500 - £1000! I read reveiws where people compare something like this to a Pioneer DJM2000 Nexus - pointless comparisons!
So, what is it like:
Build Quality: The unit is ruggedly constructed and feels weighty enough for quality, but light enough to transport in a bag to a gig. The controls all feel premium quality, not loose or wobbly. The rotary controls are solid and the faders feel nice. The crossfader has a nice easy glide. The push controls all click firmly. I've only give one star as the decals (the printed markings on the fader controls) rub off easily!!
Layout: Well, it couldn't really be any better, it's laid out exactly as a DJ Mixer should be, everything is in the right place making it easy to use. Some controls ARE labelled (such as Cue, Out1 Out2, Cue Vol, Cue Mix and Browse) which make sense as these are the most likely uses. However, as it's a class compliant midi controller, you can programme any control for any use. If you're using this for Traktor as I am, then it's perfectly laid out. Yes, there could be additional controls but DONT forget about the price and where this unit is placed in the market.
Functionality: It's a midi controller so if you wish to programme it for your software / DAW, then it'll do what you want! I have tried the TSI for Traktor and it works very well. My only gripe is that the lights on the Cue buttons are lit orange very brightly ALL the time as are the 1 & 2 buttons (used for effect channels in this case). When you select a button it turns Blue - which is nice, but it would be nicer if the orange was a little less bright so as you could see it in a dark club but not think it was activated. However, this isn't too bad and maybe there is some way of programming brightness - I've not tried yet.
The one thing that some people may not like is that the unit needs it's own power supply, it's not USB powered. Whilst it is a USB unit, the power comes from a 12v power supply. (NOTE that it's a european adapter, I live in the UK and had to buy a UK 12v adapter from Amazon for £7)
Overall, the unit feels very nice indeed and I'm sure once assign the buttons and faders to what you want them to do in your software/DAW you'll be happy!
Overall: I love the CMD MM1, it does what it needs to do, controlling 4 channels of Traktor and with Behringers TSI you can browse your catalogue and even select and load a track with the controls on the mixer. You can headphone cue and adjust volumes - so you never really need to look at your softwares mixer.
You can then expand this unit with other units in the CMD range to your own specifications and could end up with a whole modular system that would cost you way more elsewhere.
Behringer have come a long way in many respects, I've had some Behringer equipment before which I have loved and has lasted. These types of units are what Behringer do well and the CMD range could be a turning point for them at this price range. Well done Behringer!
Multi TT Usb hub + Midi mixer: Essential for any controllerist!
I was initially looking for a reliable "multi TT" Usb hub to feed my power-hungry controllers (Apogee sound card + a couple of controllers) and for the same price I found myself with a convenient 4 trax midi mixer and a usb hub packaged altogether in the same box. Finish is pretty good. knobs don't feel cheap despite the low price tag. Already had a gig with and it worked flawlessly! Only drawback, I wish a midi editor would exist (does it?) so I could have better control over LED feedback configuration.
So far I'd say I'm pretty happy!
Personal Tech note:
I find it rather surprising that "Multi TT" is not so often mentioned when recommending a usb hub to controller-ist / Digital DJs too easily assuming that USB 2.0 is a widely shared standard: This is an ESSENTIAL precaution for any live "usb"artist!! especially if you may use a USB1 mouse or if one of your devices dedices to behave in an erratic way (without multi TT protocol, your computer will drop all the ports to USB 1.1's energy levels and your USB devices won't likely get enough power to work properly)
Special note about Thomann:
Another double thumbs up! I've been using their services for over 7 years. Ordering either from UK or Germany and they've been consistently professional - amongst the cheapest in Europe, fast delivery / great communication. Please keep it this way!
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