The folks over Medium.com have put together an interesting history of the DJ mixer. As they say, “two turntables and a microphone” is one of the most common phrases in DJ culture (and also made famous to the general public via Beck’s awesome song “Where It’s At“), but it’s the DJ mixer that brings it all together. Check out the article entitled “A Brief History of the DJ Mizer” by Joshua Glazer.
“Two turntables and a microphone,” might be the most famous saying in DJ culture, but what about the mixer? The mixer is the literal and metaphorical nexus, where sounds from a trio of devices come together to create a sonic alchemy that has moved dancefloors for more than three decades. And as those decades have passed, so too have multiple waves of technological innovation that saw the DJ mixer evolve from the bastard Frankenstein of live band mixers — MacGyvered together by early electronic enthusiasts — to a multi-billion dollar consumer electronics colossus of computer controllers competing for mass-market dominance and audiophile approval.