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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…

Pioneer DJM-2000 Review

The Pioneer King With its 11 rhythm effects, multi-band frequency mix crossfader, RJ45 port to connect CD players, four-channel stereo sound card, and 5.8" color touchscreen, the new Pioneer DJM2000 mixer is very appealing. And we obviously wanted to find out what it hidden under the hood. Let's go! read more…

User reviews on DJ Console products

Versatile and easy to pickup 4 channel mixer (Korg - KM-402)

By moksel, 03/12/2014
3x stereo RCA phono and line, 1x microphone on first channel, shared with line.

There is RCA output to main, and RCA to booth. This unfortunately doenst have an special volume knob.



UTILIZATION

Yes, it takes a couple of tries to get the idea of all the effects (100 FXs). I did not use a manual, as I wanted to try it by myself.

SOUNDS

A very low, almost undetectable hum. The sound quality is superiour and more natural than the club standards (pioneer), wich have a sertain 'sound'.

The EQ is super flexible, as there are a couple of presets on how the EQ responds (full kill, or boost etc)

OVERALL OPINION

Very versatile, easy to pick up. Its a bit heavy, but when it stands on the table you wont be able to bump it. The mixer has a full metal faceplate wich is detachable with a torx screwdriver for cleaing and fixing pods/changing the x-fader.

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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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overall opinion of the technics sh mz1200 (Technics - SH-MZ1200)

By yorkshiresfinest13, 30/05/2018
having not been impressed with cheap mixers in the past choosing and using a quality mixer is paramount. after using a technics sh-ex 1200 mixer for years being greedy i decided to buy a pioneer djm600 as this was club standard a the time and i was drawn in by the efx gimmic. due to not being impressed with the overall build or sound quality of the djm600 which is basicly a djm500 with a sampler i got rid and bought a second hand technics sh-mz1200 expecting the build and sound quality to be similar to that of the sh-ex 1200 and i wasnt wrong. this mixer is bomb proof!! the crossfader and masters can take a good smashing and eq`s are exellent providing gain as far round as the eq knobs will go. from reading the reviews of others on here regarding this mixer i question weather they have used one at all. the adjustable curve of the crossfader has 3 settings which are all precise "note other reviewers have missed this" and all the masters and crossfader can be reversed. the send/return for using an external efx unit are perfect. i used this mixer with a pioneer efx 1000, 2x pioneer cdj 1000 mk3`s and 2x technics 1210 mk2`s. basicly this mixer is idiot proof!!! the vu meter tells you the exact left and right output of the unit and the cue level is just as exact determined by your master/cue and how you use the trims. if you have any idea how to use a mixer then you shouldnt be having to look at fairy lights anyway. you can also use front and rear amplifiers and split the 2 so you have the front area playing 1 tune and the rear playing another not really needed but nice. if you want a mixer which has sound and build quality that you can literally kick the shit out of then no messing this is the one to have..
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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.

[Musikmesse] Allen & Heath Xone:43C

Published on 04/18/15

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