Similar to many recent DJ controllers the Numark 4Trak has a two-platter design with a mixer between them. However unlike the majority of the others it features separate channel faders and EQ for all four channels. The 4Track is more than simply a Traktor controller; it functions as a true mixer for external audio devices. Each of its 4 channels has an RCA input, meaning up to four line level sources, such as CD players, can be connected. Two can potentially be switched to phono inputs, while the other two can be switched to microphone inputs. This means the 4Trak can be the main ingredient to a DJ setup including a computer with Traktor, CDJ mixer and turntables all being able to mix seamlessly.
Now back to the FX and the Numark 4Trak allows an incredible amount of manipulation over effects and filters via the FX Kommand Console. This gives you two decks of control over the effects, which you can assign via Traktor, each with three parameter controls and a time division and filter control for all four channels.
For fast cueing the 4Trak uses the same ribbon strips found on Numark’s NS7 unit. This rapidly scans a track, and the ‘needle dropped’ via a touch strip above each respective platter. Stylish LED indicators on the actual strip allow you to accurately indicate track position. The actual platters are extremely precise, with 3600 ticks of resolution giving natural and accurate control. Like the other ‘NS’ controllers in the range the 4Trak doesn’t need a mouse when using the Traktor software, and can be done solely through the controls on the unit. The 4Trak remains intuitive and synchronised to that on the screen making mixing in general that much easier.
Overall then the Numark can safely be regarded as a professional computer DJ package that is easily nightclub quality. It also comes with Traktor 2 4Track edition so you can get started straight away. Take a look for yourself and see what you think of Numark’s 4Track, a very affordable, versatile, and quality controller.