The 4 Best 2-Channel DJ Mixers (That Won’t Break Your Wallet)

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With so many mixers available, it can take forever to find a mixer that matches your DJ style and comes with all of the features and functionality you need. We’ve helped by putting together a list of the four best 2-channel DJ mixers that won’t break your wallet.

We’ll dive into the specific features of each 2-channel mixer, talk about the things we like and don’t like about each one, and then provide you with videos so that you can see it in action.

Our requirements for any mixer hoping to make our list of the best 2-channel DJ mixers was simple. We only included mixers that checked all of these boxes:

  • Great sound quality
  • Built to last
  • The value provided by the mixer is worth the price
  • All features function as-advertised

If you’re looking for a more comprehensive list of the best DJ mixers that covers more than just 2-channel DJ mixers, check out our list of the top DJ mixers here.

Pioneer DJ DJM-350 2-Channel DJ Performance Mixer

pioneer-dj-djm-350-2-channel-dj-performance-mixerPioneer is known for putting out quality electronics, and they didn’t disappoint with the Pioneer DJ DJM-352. One feature pushes this mixer to the top of our list of the best 2-channel DJ mixers – the ability to record straight to a USB device.

This feature eliminates the need for other software and hardware typically needed for recording and sharing your mixes. All you need to do is pop in a flash drive into the USB connector and you’ll be recording your mixes with crystal-clear quality in no time.

Beginners can use the recording function to critique and improve their mixing techniques, while more seasoned DJs will love how easy it is to go straight from mixing to posting a copy of their mix online.

Specs / Features

  • Ability to recored directly to a USB device and save as a .WAV file
  • Equipped with four effects (Jet, Gate, Crush, Filter) with level depth control – you can see the effects in action in the video below
  • 3 band EQ
  • Mic and Aux channels with 2-band EQ (High and Low)
  • Crossfader with crossfader curve control
  • Smooth and chop fade options
  • Headphones can hear both cue and master outputs
  • Track markers
  • Dimensions: 8.58″ x 11.85″ x 4.19″

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Pros

  • USB recording – we LOVE this feature!
  • Well-built and made to handle tons of usage
  • High quality sound
  • Great mixer for DJs of all skill and experience levels
  • Smooth faders
  • The 4 effects provide more flexibility when mixing music
  • Slides and knobs all have a sturdy, comfortable feel
  • EQ decreases all the way to kill

Cons

  • No booth control
  • While you can scratch with this mixer, you won’t get the same flexibility of sounds that you’ll get with other scratch mixers

See it in action

This guy does a great job of covering all of the aspects of the Pioneer DJM-350 mixer. He’ll show you all of the features in action and give you a good look at all of the inputs/outputs this mixer has.

Want to find out more? Check out the Pioneer DJM-350 on Amazon.

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z2 DJ Mixer

native-instruments-traktor-kontrol-z2-dj-mixer-frontThe Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z2 DJ Mixer has a ton of features jam-packed into a well built mixer. While it works great with Traktor’s software (obviously), you can use it as a stand-alone mixer. It works great with turntables and CDJs alike.

If you’re looking for a futuristic 2-channel mixer with all of the bells and whistles – flashing lights, tons of effects, etc. then this mixer should be at the top of your list. Native Instruments is known for being a leader in digital DJ products.

Specs / Features

  • Mini Innofader crossfader (ability to upgrade to regular Innofader)
  • 2 channels + 2 full remix channels
  • USB ports
  • Compatible with Windows 7 or higher and Mac OS X 10.6 or higher
  • Purchase of the mixer includes license for Traktor Scratch Pro 2 software
  • Traktor Scratch timecode vinyl and CDs
  • 3 band EQ
  • Filter control for each channel
  • 24-bit soundcard
  • Macro FX combine multiple Traktor effects on a single knob
  • Flux mode
  • Dimensions: 18″ x 7″ x 16″

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Pros

  • Innofader – always a plus when a mixer comes equipped with this type of crossfader
  • Not a steep learning curve. You can go from unboxing to getting comfortable with this mixer in a fairly short period of time
  • Traktor digital effects are accessible and assignable to this mixer
  • Bright, colorful buttons make it easy to navigate the mixer
  • Well built and can take a lot of abuse
  • We’ve heard lots of praise around the feel of the faders and knobs
  • Many DJs with experience on much more expensive Rane mixers say that this one does nearly as good of a job, at a fraction of the price
  • Fairly compact for the number of features it comes equipped with

Cons

  • A few buyers mentioned that their serial number was already registered to another user. They were able to work it out with Native Instruments, but I would imagine that that was probably a bit of a headache. We’re hoping that events like that happen few and far between
  • Reports of paint fading on the cross and up faders

See it in action

We’ve included two videos that both have relatively the same information. Both are in-depth and helpful, the major difference is that one video shows a walkthrough and demo using the Traktor software, while the other shows it off as a standalone mixer.

Walkthrough and demo with Traktor software:

Walkthrough and demo without Traktor software:

Want to find out more? Check out the Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z2 on Amazon.

Numark M2BLACK
Professional Two-Channel Scratch Mixer with 3-band EQ per Channel

numark-m2black-two-channel-scratch-mixerThe Numark M2BLACK may not come with all of the bells and whistles of some of the more expensive mixers, but it does everything as-advertised. If you’re looking for a basic wallet-friendly mixer that is built to last, this is the one.

This is one of the best DJ mixers we could recommend for anyone just starting out as a DJ looking to get their feet wet, or for anyone experienced who needs something simple and reliable.

Perfect for all settings, from parties to in-club performances.

Specs / Features

  • Mic input with dedicated EQ and Gain controls, equipped with mic talkover functionality
  • Master, Record, and Headphones output
  • 3 band EQ with Gain control
  • Crossfade and crossfade reverse are offered
  • Headphones equipped with crossfader cue functionality
  • Dimensions: 11.4″ x 9.5″ x 3.6″

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Pros

  • One of the best bang for your buck mixers around in terms of quality vs. price
  • Those who reviewed this unit said that it works exactly as-advertised and was reliable
  • High-quality sound
  • Buyers love how great this unit works with CDJs
  • This mixer is built to last and isn’t as fragile as some of the other mixers
  • The mic channel has a clean, crisp sound
  • The volume meter is accurate
  • Buyers loved the mic talkover feature

Cons

  • Small complaint, but the cue lights aren’t as big and noticeable as they are on some of the other mixers
  • Some buyers mentioned that the crossfader slide was sometimes difficult to move completely to one side
  • There were reports of a slight hum when the mixer was up towards 100% volume

See it in action

If you want to see the Numark M2 in action, we hunted down a video for you:

Want to find out more? Check out the Numark M2BLACK on Amazon.

DJTECH DIF1S DJ Scratch Mixer

djtech-dif1s-dj-scratch-2-channel-mixerDJTECH absolutely knocked it out of the park with the DIF1S Scratch Mixer.

We’re hearing over and over again that this mixer is a dream come true for DJs who love cutting and scratching, so there was no way that we could leave it off of our list of the best 2-channel DJ mixers.

This mixer is perfect for turntablists at any level of experience, that are looking for a basic mixer with studio quality sound. The DJTECH DIF1S works great with both real vinyl and DVS.

Don’t let the price tag fool you. DJs with years of experience have expressed that the DIF1S holds its own when compared to other, more expensive, 2-channel mixers.

Specs / Features

  • 9″ mixer, 12″ deep
  • The crossfade is Mini Infrared and it is compatible with the original full-size Infrared
  • Awesome scratch performance with adjustable crossfade curve and reverse
  • DVS mode
  • Compatible with traditional vinyl
  • 3 band EQ
  • Booth output with its own volume control
  • Dimensions: 12″ x 8.7″ x 4.3″

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Pros

  • DVS mode makes switching between real vinyl and DVS a breeze
  • We love that DJs with 15+ years of scratching experience rave about how clean and accurate this mixer is
  • This mixer is simple and works great out of the box
  • The lower price makes it a viable option for more DJs
  • Studio quality sound
  • Well-built and sturdy with its metal casing – many reviews state that they use and abuse this thing and it continues to hold up over time
  • The InnoFader is smooth and people love it
  • Separate booth and master volumes
  • Quality knobs and sliders
  • It has a cross-fader curve dial instead of a standard on/off option giving you the ability to adjust the fader curve

Cons

  • Our only complaint, and the only negative we can find about this mixer is the fact that you don’t have the option to hear master output through your headphones. You can only use them for cueing up tracks. Bummer right?

See it in action

We could spend hours trying to convince you how awesome the DJTECH DIF1S DJ Scratch Mixer is, but it’d be easier to just show you. This video shows just how well this mixer performs when compared head to head with a much more expensive scratch mixer.

Want to find out more? Check out the DJTECH DIF1S DJ Scratch Mixer on Amazon.

Did we leave your favorite 2-channel mixer off of our list? Disagree with one of our selections? Love one of the mixers we picked out? Leave your comments below and let us know what you think!