So, I played out with the MCX-8000 for the first time this Friday for 4.5 hours at my usual spot. I’ve got to say that overall, I was really happy with the performance and features of the unit. I’ve put a few thoughts below:
Good: Sound quality - Just WOW. It really is fantastic sounding bit of kit. Big, fat basslines sounded amazing over the venue’s system. I used to own several high end mixers including a Urei rotary, so I’ve heard good sound before, and I was really impressed with the Denon for the money. Mixing The layout and feel of the mixer controls are really great to mix on.
Could be better: Layout - I knew the layout was mirrored before I bought it, but… the mirrored buttons caused me to make a few mistakes in the dark. I think it’s muscle memory from using other gear (e.g. using shift with the left hand and hitting a cue button with the right). I guess I’ll get used to the layout after a while, but if I was Denon, I’d dump this layout for core buttons: (play, cue, shift, loops etc) for next time. Pitch resolution - Moving the pitch fader gives me really inconsistent BPMs in Serato. I never had a problem matching BPM to the nearest .03/.02 with my NS6, but I couldn’t get the pitch as close as I’d like on some tracks. This meant I had to make a lot more manual adjustments with the jog wheels when doing long mixes. Not sure if this can be fixed in firmware or If I’ll need to start using synch more?