Behringer NOX404 DJ Mixer Review
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Behringer NOX404 Mixer Review Summary:
The Behringer NOX404 mixer is one of the best, if not the best, Behringer 2-channel mixer that I have used in the last 15 years. I am definitely still surprised at the level of quality and overall functionality that Behringer was able to provide with the entire NOX series of mixers. The NOX404 Mixer has a completely solid Metal chassis and can withstand the beating of a mobile DJ. The NOX404 mixer can work as a traditional 2-channel mixer or can be used with the USB connection to playback and record tracks through any DJ software. The Infinium No-contact crossfader on the Behringer NOX mixer series is very nice and fully adjustable including the tension (with a screw below the faceplate) and the curve control. The crossfader also has a low cut-in distance of about 1.5mm, making it easy for scratch DJ’s to pull off their tricks right out of the box. The Linefaders are VCA-style faders that also feel good and have full reverse and curve adjustment faders for each one. The overall sound quality of the NOX404 was also great with balanced outputs and full-kill 3-Band EQ for each channel. To top it all off, there is a very intricate Effects section with lots of effects and parameters to choose from to alter the music to your liking.
On the downside, even though the crossfader is considered Contact-Free and feels like it will last a long time, it still felt somewhat cheap and plastic-like during use. The cuts were crisp and there was no issues to point out with the fader, but it’s worth a mention. The other small gripe that I have with the unit is that the internal soundcard cannot be used for Digital Vinyl Timecode systems for DJ software playback. Other than that, this was a great all-around mixer that will suit many DJ’s needs.
In conclusion, the Behringer NOX404 2-channel USB DJ Mixer is a premium mixer with lots of features and effects that won’t break the bank or break during a performance! The quality of the NOX series mixers is definitely a step-up for Behringer and I would love to see them stay at this level of quality going forward. There is a great deal of fader adjustments, inputs/outputs, and effects options that give the NOX404 lots of versatility, making it suitable for many different types of DJ’s. The Behringer NOX404 is recommended for DJ’s who need a mixer that is going to last and has lots of features without spend over $300 on a mixer. It’s also recommended for Beginner DJ’s or for those who need an additional or backup mixer to travel with or keep with them during gigs for any unforeseen circumstances.
-Completely Solid Metal Chassis
-Can work as a standalone (2-channel) mixer or as a USB soundcard
-Nice Infinium No-Contact Crossfader with curve & Tension adjustment (low 1mm cut-in distance)
-Good sound quality with 3-BAND EQ (full kill)
-Robust Effects Section with Send/Return
-Faders have a plastic feel to them
-Cannot use internal soundcard for Digital vinyl systems (must have separate soundcard device)
Behringer NOX404 DJ Mixer Features
Behringer NOX404 Premium 2 Channel DJ Mixer
Behringer NOX404 Premium 2 Channel DJ Mixer is built to connect directly to your computer without any setup or drivers, and takes your music straight into the digital realm! In an instant, these mixers allow you to record and play any digital music file with your PC or Mac computer without the need for any special drivers. Plus Behringer included the infinium contact-free VCA Crossfader, our legendary XENYX mic and premium-grade phono preamps, and beat-syncable FX for years of flawless performance.
Behringer NOX404 Premium 2 Channel DJ Mixer Features:
Premium 2-channel battle DJ mixer for the most demanding turntablist, remixer and digital DJ
45-mm infinium contact-free optical crossfader with adjustable tension and fader curve for years of use
Built-in USB interface for recording and playback of any digital music file. Works with your PC or Mac computer-no setup or drivers required
Beat-syncable FX section with 2 parameter controls assignable to Mic, 1, 2 or Master
Awesome 3-band EQs with full-kill filters plus 10-segment level meters with peak hold function
Premium phono and XENYX mic preamps for superior detail and ultimate punch
2 Line inputs with USB connectivity, 2 Phono/Line and 1 Mic input
VCA-controlled faders with adjustable fader curve for utmost reliability and noise-free performance
Adjustable curve for crossfader and channel faders
FX Send & Return loop to connect external FX devices
Extensive XLR Master and Record outputs
Planet Earth power supply for maximum flexibility (100 - 240 V~), noise-free audio, superior transient response plus low power consumption for energy saving
High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life
Conceived and designed by BEHRINGER Germany
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Like the DJ mixers that started it all, the NOX Series offer RCA inputs for your turntables, tape decks and CD players. They also feature mic inputs with our exceptional XENYX mic preamps for announcements, an impromptu rap, or any other vocal nuance. But unlike the DJ mixers of yesteryear, NOX Series mixers include USB connectivity so you can access your MP3 library or digitize your own creative mix, directly via your computer. If it can be clicked, spun or spoken, the NOX404 can mix it!
Calling All DJs
Whether you're throwing multiple elements into the mix, or just keeping it simple, there's a USB-ready NOX Series mixer that's ideal for you. The NOX404 has two channels. All NOX Series models feature super-smooth channel faders and the infinium contact-free VCA-controlled crossfader for the utmost in reliability and smooth audio performance. The user-adjustable crossfader curves let you quickly adapt to various mixing styles.
A useful and powerful addition to NOX Series mixers is the internal effects engine. This processor offers 12 high-quality digital effects that can be assigned to the microphone, channel 1 or 2, crossfader A or B, or the main mix. Each effect has several parameters that can be adjusted to suit your purpose. In general, the TAP button is used to beat-sync the effect to the tempo of the music by pressing it in rhythm. The INTENSITY fader usually controls the wet/dry mix of the effect (how much is blended with the unaffected signal). The FREQUENCY knob can have various assignments. In beat-sync mode (engaged by tapping the rhythm with the TAP button), it will determine the tempo multiple. It can also adjust the rate on its own, if beat-sync is not engaged or not available.
Here’s a brief description of the FX available in the NOX404 Premium 2 Channel DJ Mixer:
2XCOPY: Makes a copy of the signal, which is delayed by a defined time.
TAPE ECHO: A simulation of the echo effect that occurs between two tape reels, which has a warm, slightly decayed sound.
ECHO: A more modern delay effect, which is very useful for juggling beats and emphasizing musical phrases.
FLANGER: A flanger is a wave-like effect that modulates the signal.
PHASER: A sweeping phase shifter effect. It is similar to a flanger, except that it is enharmonic, producing a more swooshing sound.
LP and HP FILTER: A Low Pass filter cuts out any frequency above its parameter settings. A High Pass filter cuts out frequencies below its parameter settings.
UTO PAN: Automatically moves the signal from one side of the stereo image to the other.
VOCODER: Creates a robot voice sound straight from the early days of electronic music.
REVERB: This is a classic effect that adds space and air to the sound.
REV REVERB: Reverse reverb. LMT+DIST: Band-limited distortion creates a tight, compressed and distorted sound to any signal.
The NOX303 model provides superb tone control, thanks to a 3-band EQ and full-kill filters, Gain control and precise level meter per channel. All NOX Series mixers feature extensive headphone monitoring and cueing options.
When you hook up a NOX Series DJ mixer with USB connectivity, you're adding the ultimate modern touches to your rig at a price that will leave you with money left over for lots more tunes. The superior build quality and rugged components used in these mixers mean they will serve you well for years to come. Drop in at your nearest Behringer dealer and find out why so many DJs are making musical magic with Behringer.
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Behringer NOX404 Premium 2 Channel DJ Mixer Specifications:
• Audio Inputs:
• Mic in: 40 dB gain, TRS, electronically balanced
• Phono in: 40 dB gain, RCA, unbalanced
• Line in: 0 dB gain, RCA, unbalanced
• Return: 6 dB gain, 1/4 in. TRS, balanced
• Aux/CD in: 0 dB gain, RCA, unbalanced
• Audio Outputs:
• Main out (A): 21 dBu max, XLR, balanced
• Main out B: 21 dBu max, RCA, unbalanced
• FX/Aux send: 0 dBu (dry), 1/4 in. TRS, balanced
• Phones out: max. 400 mW @ 1 kHz into 75 Ohms
• Crossfader: infinium optical crossfader
• Stereo low: +6 / -31 dB @ 50 Hz
• Stereo mid (1): +6 / -20 dB @ 1.2 kHz
• Stereo high: +6 / -20 dB @ 10 kHz
• Mic low: +/-12 dB @ 50 Hz
• Mic high: +/-12 dB @ 12 kHz
• Audio: Stereo In/Out
• Connector: Type B
• Converter: 16-bit
• Sample rate: 44.1 / 48 kHz
• Digital Effects Processor:
• DSP: 24-bit Freescale
• A/D - D/A converter: 24-bit Delta-Sigma
• System Specifications:
• Signal-to-noise ratio: >84 dB
• Crosstalk: >70 dB
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I was looking for a new affordable mixer and then I came across the NOX 404. Compared to all the high end mixers, this is impossibly good value for the range of features you get. The sound quality and the x-fader are all perfect IMO
I agree with the review where it says the faders feel a little cheap, but not cheap in the fact that they will break easily, just not "rugged" enough. All the knobs are well positioned and have a good feel, and the mixer looks nice when lit up.
A few days of ownership, I'm very impressed!
|Posted on Jan 14, 2012|
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