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DJM-V10: Pioneer DJ’s new 6-channel mixer seems designed by a techno DJ

A new Pioneer DJ DJM-V10 mixer has 6 channels, master isolators, four-band equalizer, compression knobs per channel and sends for each channel. You may be forgiven for thinking that we are listing the features on an Allen & Heath DJ mixer.

The new unit is expected to be present today at NAMM 2020 in Anaheim, so we’ll take a look soon. Read on for all the details on the new Pioneer DJ mixer and we’ll take a closer look at the feature set and layout.

DJM-V10

  • Gear: DJM-V10
  • Producer: Pioneer DJ
  • Price: $ 3,199
  • Availability: If you are interested, we have pre-orders in the DJTT shop here.
  • Release date: Early February 2020

Let’s start with the obvious: this mixer almost seems like someone from Pioneer DJ has looked at the design of Richie Hawtin’s Model 1 mixer and said “we can do it!” inspired by Xone mixers.

DJM-V10, click to enlarge

Here’s what you need to know about DJM-V10’s features:

Supports 6 audio channels

This is the first Pioneer DJ mixer to have six channels from the rack-mounted 19-inch DJM-1000. Interestingly, that mixer also had a main isolator like this.

Just because you can play six channels doesn’t mean you will start seeing DJ booths with six CDJs or even four CDJs and two DJS-1000 samplers / sequencers. Pioneer DJ Pro Link limits the number of connected devices to 4, which means that the two extra channels are best used for devices that don’t rely on the connection.

Another design note that Pioneer DJ highlights in their release: the channels at the top of the unit align with the input jacks on the back of the unit. This means less tinkering behind the mixer to figure out where to connect each input.

There are 4-band equalizers

Four band equalizers, single pole filters, main insulators – wow.

Four-band equalizers have historically been very Allen and Heath, and as such the DJM-V10 is challenging this idea. “The frequencies, curves and amounts of boost and cut on each band have been specially designed to offer you maximum flexibility. Isolate the top and / or bottom completely and change the middle two, which have their own curves, to fine-tune the mix. “

Each channel has a filter, they are not bipolar

The classic Pioneer DJ series of bipolar filters went on this mixer, replaced by a filter style similar to the DJM-2000NXS. Each channel has a dedicated filter knob and the filters have been reinforced. Here’s how Pioneer DJ explains it:

“Drastically change the sound of a track or make small adjustments using the newly developed filter with resonance control. Activate the up or down passage by pressing one of the two buttons, then turn the knob completely to the left (no filter applied) to the furthest position to the right (maximum filter applied). Since the high and low passages are separate, the entire range of the knob is dedicated to the chosen option, offering twice the resolution of the filter of the DJM-900NXS2. “

The mixer has a main isolator

Large, sturdy knobs for insulators are incredibly fun to control the main output. “[the 3-band isolator] features new boost / cut curves and crossover frequency adjustments and other parameters. “

Compressors per channel!

Compression is a powerful tool when used in the studio, but it is rarely used in the DJ booth. In reality, lot of DJM mixers have compression on them, hidden inside Color FX, but that means sacrificing filter control.

On the DJM-V10, there is a compressor knob on each individual channel. This can be particularly useful if you are playing older / unmastered songs which may turn pale compared to new music.

“Turn the compressor knob to the related channel and the mixer will“ reinforce ”the audio in real time. The quieter the track, the greater the added pressure, which increases the sound of the “weaker” tracks and has a minimal effect on the burned music. “

Send / Return built-in + external FX

A dedicated FX send / return unit that has been added to the DJM-900NXS2 has been welcome, but the send / return section on the DJM-V10 goes further. There are four integrated send / return FX: Short delay, long delay, Dub Echo, is Reverb – and therefore other units can be connected to the TRS sockets for further options.

For those built-in FX, there is a whole series of parameter controls:

  • Dimensions / Feedback: change the size of the room when using a reverb and the amount of feedback when using delays and echoes.
  • Time: adjusts the reverberation decay time and the delay time for delays and echoes.
  • Tone: changes the pitch of the sound made, making it deep and heavy or light and clear.
  • Master Mix Level: acts as the general volume of the sound made when Master Mix is ​​activated

Finally, route the resulting audio from the FX Send / Return unit to the master or one of the channels on the mixer. Sending to a channel means that multiple EQs and filters can then be applied to the wet mix.

Two DJs can play independently

Here is another feature that is immediately outside the model 1 mixer: two sets of headphone outputs. If you are playing B2B, you can listen to a channel and your partner can listen to something else, no longer switch headphones back and forth here.

It is worth noting that the headphone A ports are on higher mixer, while headphone ports B are on the front. A somewhat odd choice as there are usually no ports on the front of Pioneer DJ mixers.

Correct your monitors with Booth EQ

Does your cabin look like shit? Is there no way to adjust monitors to make them sound better? No problem with the DJM-V10, because it has two knobs for HI / LOW equalization of the cabin output.

A New Beat Effect, Shimmer

All Beat FX are familiar with the DJM-V10 except for a new one, Shimmer, which is shown in all promotional photos. It seems to create a nuance: we will update it after having actually listened to it or seen a video in use.

Sound quality

“Studio-quality 64-bit mixing and dithering processing, high-quality 32-bit A / D and D / A converters, a low-jitter clock circuit, and many other components all work to produce full, low-end mids and vibrant and precise maxima. “

The DJM-900NXS2 has made a huge step forward in sound quality compared to the original NXS, but Pioneer DJ seems to have tripled this mixer. They have written a lot about the changes here and although obviously some of them require higher-end components, we hope that they will use some of what they have developed here in other future products as well.

What DJM-V10 works with

At launch, support for some different devices, apps and services is integrated.

  • Rekordbox, Traktor Pro 3, Serato DJ Pro (after launch)
  • IPad RMX-1000 app (can be used with the Multi I / O USB port)
  • DJM-REC app on iOS to upload or stream sets
  • Pro DJ Link ShowKontrol can send information to lighting desks:

“This allows DJs, tech producers, LJs and VJs to use all the important DJM-V10 information, such as the actual positions of the fader and knob, to effectively align sounds and images and create shows that keep the audience away. In addition, some of the DJM-V10 settings can be configured remotely via the ShowKontrol software. “

How about a new CDJ / other Pioneer DJ device?

Interesting that so far we have not seen whatever some articles that we hypothesized could appear at NAMM this year by Pioneer DJ. However, that article deserves to be read to see what the clear choices were for the NAMM versions.

Get more NAMM 2020 DJ news: click here to see all new equipment and updates.

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