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Pioneer DJM-T1 Review

Pioneer Wins Traction Pioneer continues the development of its product range certified for Traktor, Native Instruments' famous software, and presents now a new two-channel mixer with controller facilities specially developed for the new Traktor Scratch 2.0. read more…

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Cross fader still feels like new (Vestax - PMC-05ProIV)

By JimboSpins, 25/03/2013
The Vestax PMC-05 Pro IV is a 2 channel mixer that supports MIDI. This was my “road warrior” mixer for a while because it was built very tough. I didn’t have any case for it when I was using it a lot and it got banged around many times but it always kept working. Nothing ever happen to it aside from a few scratched on the exterior of it that didn’t affect the performance of it at all.

UTILIZATION

Setting up this mixer is very simple, you can use it on a Mac as long as you are running a newer version of OS X and on a PC I know you need to have at least VISTA to get best performance out of it, but it will work with Windows XP but it seemed a little glitchy to me in XP.

SOUNDS

This mixer does have on board EQ (3band) but no effects. There really weren’t many features that made me love this mixer but it worked great and never failed to deliver. You pay for quality with a mixer like this. All of the knobs, buttons, and sliders are very well made and after heavy use they will not wear out at all!

OVERALL OPINION

I have battled with this mixer about 5 times and never have I been disappointed with using it. I have really put a lot of use to the cross fader and normally on mixer my cross fader will really wear out after a lot of battles. But this cross fader is still holding up strong. The mixer is now my main battle mixer, I do not battle all of time but when I do I take my PM5 – 05 and let it handle my aggressive mixing. The audio output is also very good with this mixer. I would not buy this again if I wasn’t a battling DJ mainly because of the price and lack of features.
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Wow (Rane - TTM 56)

By johnrae, 16/04/2013
The Rane TTM 56 is a performance mixer for Djs. And boy is it awesome. This is hands down the best mixer I have owned, and my absolute favorite. It features No Contact faders and level controls. The faders use magnets, making them impervious to any kind of smoke or moisture damage the way optical faders are. There used to be a video floating around of one of these faders in a cup of soda, and still functional. Seriously great equipment. Solidly built in every single way. The eq cuts PERFECTLY. If you want the bass cut, there is NO bass.

UTILIZATION

Using this mixer is like heaven. The faders feel so good, perfect resistance, yet buttery smooth. Beautifully done knobs, really tactile and strong. This thing is built like a tank. Things are spaced well so your fingers have plenty of room to work. Whether you are a turntablist, or a DJ, this thing is the freaking BOMB. So much fun to use. I was creating new sounds in just minutes. All the functions are easily accessed, and it's simple as any mixer to set up. Power, cables, mix. If you can set up a desktop computer you can set up this.

SOUNDS

The mixer is stealthy quiet, and the no touch faders ensure it will stay that way. No bleed or swipe sounds. Silent as space until you drop the mix. The EQ is out of this world, perfectly tuned and so responsive. I haven't heard a better eq on a mixer yet.

OVERALL OPINION

Overall, this is hands down my favorite mixer. Worth every single penny. I would buy this a million times. Every single aspect of this is perfect, though my favorite thing hands down is the magnetic faders. I have actually had issues with optical faders getting ruined by smoke during a performance, and these are a godsend. Everything about this unit feels, and sounds amazing.
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An awesome sound and manufacturing quality for a new approach to mixing (Rane - MP2014)

By jayneural, 30/03/2018
I chose the MP2014 as I was after a high quality mixer able to become my setup’s primary mixer, the one I use to mix most often and on which I can plug my computer music system as well as other, more classic mixers.

I wanted a main mixer which would illustrate my favourite styles, that is house and electronic music.

This mixer is indeed not a standard mixer; it takes you back to the 80s with its 100% knob-based layout. The knobs btw are exceptionally precise and allow for a smooth mixing process.

The filters with a resonance setting are a real pleasure. I had never imagined how important the filter’s resonance is before trying this mixer. It incites you to have a sound come in through the filter starting with a low resonance setting, then setting it slowly upper and upper while lowering the filtering. A real professional, cooled-down way to mix which is most often used in electronic music/house/disco, but can also be applied to other styles such as hip-hop.

The Isolator is also important, and its quality is excellent. Using its two secondary knobs, you can set the frequency range which will be impacted by the three main knobs. I personally use the Isolator to change the warmth of my sound during the same evening, but others use it like an effect, doing gating with the on/off switch – I personally don’t like it too much, or maybe I’m doing it wrong?

It’s a 2-track mixer but it features a third session/aux track which EQ is limited to a single bass/treble knob, though it also features a filter. Quite practical as an input for another mixer of backup deck.

It also features two USB ports for switchovers from one DJ to another, and its sound interface also works with iOS on an iPhone/iPod/iPad with no hub necessary - it is indeed a class compliant device, allowing it to work on a Mac without installing a driver.

A loop allows to insert effects on the voice is also there, and the mixer features master, booth and record outputs as well as a mic in with ducking.

The finish is awesome, even better than any high-end mixer by Pioneer or A&H and the wood sides highlight the paradox of “modernity VS back to the 80s” (you can also take them off if you prefer).

I long hesitated with the 2015, but in the end the 2014 perfectly suits me. I usually use the two main tracks to mix and the section track for a drum machine or sampler. Plus, this model is way easier to transport and is only 11 inches wide – wooden sides included.

The US production of the MP2014 and 2015 stopped in mid-2016 and only took back in Asia in mid-2017 – whether the quality is the same remains to be seen. Hence, US models are now somehow collector items.

As for the digital part, the “session” track offers an SPDIF in/out, though unlike the MP2015 the main tracks’ in/outs remain analog, even when you switch to USB mode – in that case a (high-quality, by the way) AD/DA conversion is operated.

The resulting sound is just unique, this mixer is the most neutral-sounding that I’ve ever heard, so much that when I used my other mixer afterward I first thought it had a sound problem – actually no, it was all about the difference between a real, professional mixer and a semi-pro model. The default sound is flat, somehow like studio monitors/headphones, and you can customize it using the integrated Isolator.

It also works in DVS mode, with Traktor and Rekordbox for instance, but not (or not yet?) with Serato, though considering my music style (house and so on), Traktor is way more useful – unless of course Serato would change and broaden its functionalities as Serato leans toward scratch and traditional mixing. On a side note, the MP2015 is Serato-certified through the Club Kit, so it’s likely the MP2014 will end up being too.

In the end, if you’re into house, electronic music, disco, nu-disco and you can afford it, go for the MP2014, it’s well enough to have fun. If you’re not into these styles, then it’s likely you’ll miss the crossfader but maybe it would help redefine your mixing style? Whatever scenario you adopt, it’s a purchase you won’t regret and the resale value is very good – especially for the US-made units, you might sell it for more than its purchase value.
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[NAMM] Rane MP2014 DJ mixer

Published on 01/24/16
After launching the MP2015 4-channel DJ mixer last year, Rane introduces a 2-channel version, the MP2014.

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