Who uses a 2 channel mixer anymore? In fact a lot of DJs still do and there’s a lot to be said about using one. Sure 4 channel and above mixers look nice but how often do you use all four channels? And what about if you are just starting out? You don’t need all them channels to mix a couple of records so 2 channel mixers are a great starting point and so is the M.207 2 channel mixer from Stanton. This steel constructed 2 channel battle mixer with on board efx sounds like it has it all and also comes in at an excellent price, but does it match up to its paper specs?
The M.207 is a beautiful looking mixer, the steel construction giving it a nice weight whilst also making it feel as tough as nails. Older metal mixers often felt a bit raw with sharp edges and areas but not so with the M.207 where every edge is smooth. This carry’s through to every knob, button and fader which all feature rounded edges. The buttons on the unit are all back lit, perfect for them darker DJing areas, letting you know if the button is in the on or off position. The buttons are made from a plastic we’ve seen many times on Stantons products. Personally we find them a bit spongy in places but they certainly won’t break and they have a nice clicky feel to them.
The fader knobs are once again familiar with the same style as previous Stanton products. The tough plastic has a wonderful feel to it and you won’t worry about your fingers slipping during a more active set. The faders all have a nice smooth action as well, making this an excellent battle mixer. These are some of the better faders out there at the moment with no stickiness or stiffness.
Being 2 a channel mixer there isn’t as many inputs as you would get on a 4 channel mixer but everything is well covered. Each channel has a phono input for analogue turntables and a line input for CD and MP3 devices. There are two separate ground posts for the phono input which is important for vinyl DJs out there. There is also an Aux input for other devices as well along with your Mic and headphone inputs. The headphones are on the front of the unit out of the way but easy to get to.
The Stanton M.207 has master output via RCA and another master output via 2 1/4″ and an RCA rec output so you can capture your output for playback later.
As we mentioned there is an EFX section making this a very unique mixer. This section is located in the middle of the mixer and contains low, mid and hi filter illuminated toggle buttons and these can be altered using the parameter and wet/dry buttons.
Below these is two rows of toggle buttons which are the actual effects that can be selected. These are A.Filter/M.Filter, Phaser/Flange, Echo/Strobe, Pan/Trans, and Key. You can only use one effect at a time sadly but that should be more than enough for you to practise with before you feel the need to move on. All effects on the M.207 are post fader effects which means during scratching the DJ will still hear the tail end of the effects as the sound is cut out. For such a small mixer the effects unit is extremely versatile and extremely fun to use that you could spend days just playing with the effects. Its nice to see such a simple mixer pack such a key feature.
So does this live up to the paper specs? It certainly does! The Stanton M.207 is a great entry into the professional scratch DJ mixer genre and certainly holds its own against other bigger Mixers. The sound quality is great and thanks to the efx section you can pull off a lot of cool sounds and tricks. For beginner DJs this will be a great starting point giving you everything you need plus a bit extra before you out grow it and with a price point that should suit most peoples budgets. So if you’re looking for a cheap but feature packed mixer, check out the M.207.