U-MIX CONTROL PRO
Regular Crossfadrs will already be familiar with young French team Mixvibes and some of their previous offerings: Cross DJ is mixing software, and it’s not without its flaws but its core is strong and flexible. U-Mix Remote is an iPad controller for Cross. It’s a very good controller in its own right, planned and programmed with skill and care; and today we finally have our hands on the box it’s modelled on: the Mixvibes U-Mix Control Pro.
Weighing in at 375 x 43 x 193mm and a little under 2kg, the Control Pro looks like an industrial little unit with a couple of sporty flashes of yellow and red. Up close it looks like a tool, a tiny workbench with controls sensibly placed for a craftsman to chop and forge his beats. You have bus and DC-In, then two main outs in RCA, and controls to set the touch sensitivity of each platter top. Each deck has a stereo input with line/phono switch, the 1/2 pair with ground. On the front, 3.5mm and 6mm headphone jacks, cue level and mix knobs, and then mic jack, level and talkover switch.
Plug it in and the neat symmetry is gone: it’s a Mixvibes trademark that the left deck is yellow and the right deck is red, and all the buttons here are coloured so. The little platters have really grown on me, with lightly textured tops and a reasonable weight. The rest of the controls are about the same – they’re not exactly top of the line, but they’re mostly pretty good and they’re all completely usable. The impression is of a sturdy, well-made unit that really gives you the best it can for the price it asks.