It looks like Behringer are at it again with time and learned from experience granting them the means to improve their game even further with their NOX range of pro to amateur targeted DJ mixers. As far as their audio gear production goes they've been doing it for a while, at least longer then many  of the other more commonly recognized "couldn't quite afford Technics, but still wanna spin and maybe move to Technics later" DJ equipment brand names had chance to try and re-align perceptions in an attempt to retain their current loyal user base and entice a new crowd that that maybe weren't so aware of their original standings and perceptions amidst the DJ pro-sumer world. 

 


 Before we get to Behringer's newest flagship mixers (Kicking off with the DDM-4000) 

 
 
When Behringer's DDM-4000 first landed there wasn't much I could say about it since I hadn't had chance to test its sound quality as a digital mixer using analog sources. All I know was that as far as the preview snaps were telling me at the time was that it was visual DJ hardware porn and that it was fully MIDI assignable too.



There was even serious talk kicking around that they intended to bring it to market at 150 to 200 GBP RRP which made myself question how good the actual final product would be (despite wanting it to be that low for the sake of easy acquirement), but it was one of those product concepts that still seemed to get off the ground even without heavy upfront beta cash as they needed to update their range anyway, all be it at a slightly higher price which was most likely for reasons of product perception more than anything else. Even post release details and reviews were pretty scant for almost a year and a half. But since then a fair number of years have passed with many reviews having now been written, and the overall consensus seems to be the that sound quality is good to excellent with none of the issues from their first few flagship DJ mixers that rubbed many pro-suming DJ's up the wrong way. Build quality is also claimed to be excellent too. Although the DDM-4000 has now been superseded by Behringer's NOX 606 its safe to say that the DDM-4000 is still a solid and worthy purchase as a modern day digital DJ mixer that has a control surface that has been tested as being fully MIDI assignable.

  

This also meant that eventual audio bleed wouldn't have been too much of a problem as it could quite easily just be assigned to midi control duties when it sets in. Beyond the fact that its an excellent digital DJ mixer for use with analogue sources too. The only thing the DDM-4000 lacks as a modern digital DJ mixer is a built in audio device. But at under 300 GBP RRP it was hardly anything to scoff at given the amount of "bang for your buck" that you were getting out of it. Even the final RRP pricing might have also given room for many "pro" DJ's to turn their noses up at it, but when alls said and done time and actual tried, tested and reviewed in the field usage has proven its worthiness. From a purely functional perspective (and not "pro" credibility in the purest sense) the solid mechanical build and full midi assign ability of the DDM-4000 would hardly make it out place within a professional studio setup or a club installation to the bedroom DJ or bedroom studio setup. 



Its taken well over 3 to 4 year to get near full feedback on this thing as well as having been superseded by a newer version, but the reviews are all finally in and despite the few gripes its up there with all the pricier options for what it is within the scope of its features. You can also maybe expect a slight price drop on the brand new off the shelf price on the DDM 4000's with Berhinger's NOX 606 now out in the wild making it even more affordable! So maybe if you're lucky you could now very realistically pick it up brand new for 200 quid (or even possibly under) off somewhere like eBay.