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Audiofanzine FR 03/10/2009

Korg Zero4 : Audiofanzine FR's user review

5

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(Originally written by mono-core/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
This mixer can't be mounted in a rack.

It has four channels with phono RCA input, line RCA input and one line input jack (two 1/4" TS jack). On the front panel you've also got an instrument and an XLR input with phantom power.

Fader and crossfader curves are adjustable. The included software allows you to adjust the curve of each fader separately.

The EQ works with preset modes.

Each channel and the master have an effects section and a tempo-synced sampler.

The Firewire port allows you to use the mixer as a sound card (up to 192-kHz sampling rate).

UTILIZATION

Used as a classic mixer:

You'll master it within 30 minutes. Settings are quick and easy, no sweat.

The headphone output level is rather low.

Used as a sound card:

Things get a bit more complicated. You get almost no information about how to set it but you'll find out if you're patient.

The sampler is disabled when you work at high sample rates.

SOUNDS

There are several EQ modes.

Depending on the mode the EQ will be more or less effective.

I can't say anything regarding noise because the speakers I use (EVP-X15P) already generate a bit.

OVERALL OPINION

The mixer still works perfectly after one year of use.

<ul>Pros:

This DJ mixer can also be used as a home studio mixer

Effect module on each channel and the master

Firewire sound card

Midi controller (all buttons and controls are implemented)

Excellent sampler</ul>

<ul>Cons:

Headphone output not loud enough

Gain controls affect the channel level and the level of the signal sent to the computer. This means that when you use timecode vinyl records you'll have to use one channel to set the gain and another one for the return from the computer

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I tested some other products (Pionner DJM800, Ecler NUO5).

Good value for money considering you get a Midi controller, a Firewire sound card and a mixer with effects and sampler.

I would buy it again with my eyes closed.