Watch our Hands-On review of this mixer below…
Pioneer DJ just announced the DJM-V10, its latest DJ mixer meant for club installations, tours and festivals. The mixer boasts a whopping six channels, with each channel having four-band EQs (high, high-mid, low-mid, low), Trim pots, FX Sends, Compressor knobs, and Filter knobs to take control of the new Filter section.
There is a three-band Isolator EQ in the master section for sculpting your mix further, which is a feature found on high-end rotary mixers. There’s also a revamped Beat FX section with a large 4″ touchscreen display to view your FX and parameters, along with a new Shimmer effect.
The Booth section includes a two-band EQ (high, low) to give you the ability to sculpt the sound you’re hearing from the DJ booth speakers. It’s also got two sets of headphone outputs with two headphone cue buttons per channel to simplify cueing during back-to-back DJ sets, plus it’s got two USB jacks on the face of the unit for quick DJ switchovers.
The DJM-V10 also has a Send / Return feature that lets you send a channel to one of four built-in FX which you can select on the face of the unit, or to one of two External Effects that you plug into the mixer such as hardware effects, guitar pedals, and so on.
It’s compatible with Pioneer DJ’s Rekordbox DJ software, Rekordbox DVS, Traktor DVS, with Serato DJ Pro compatibility forthcoming. You’ll need to purchase the software / licenses separately. It’s got a 96kHz/64-bit sound card with 32-bit A/D and D/A converters, making it the highest quality card Pioneer DJ has come out with, at least on paper.
Who’s it for?
It’s a beast of a mixer: six channels is more than enough for any club DJ (even using all four all the time is unusual for touring headliners), and the new four-band EQ, Isolator EQ, FX Sends and Beat FX give you more chances than ever before to sculpt your sound and route audio – at least on a Pioneer DJ mixer.
A few years back, PlayDifferently released the Model 1 analogue mixer, which also had six channels with extensive routing options and a unique EQ section. Though it stopped short of having onboard digital FX and connectivity, it’s revered by more performance-oriented DJ/producers such as Richie Hawtin and Carl Cox who create remixes and productions on the fly at a show.
The DJM-V10 aims to offer the same amount of channels with the addition of digital technology onboard, meaning if you find one of these at your next gig, you can plug your laptop in without issue, and also take advantage of the Beat FX that DJs have grown accustomed to. And in case you’re wondering, the Sound Color FX have essentially been split into two sections: The Filter section, and the Send section (which has the Short Delay, Long Delay, Dub echo and Reverb effects, all post-fader by the way).
It’s decidedly a niche product, something that’s more geared towards the audiophile and live-remixing DJ/producer who demands a powerful mixer that can alter his or her sound in ways the current DJM-900NXS2 flagship can’t. Coming in at €3299 / £2799 it’s not cheap, but for those who demand nothing but the best Pioneer DJ has to offer, this is it.
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• The Pioneer DJ DJM-V10 will be available in Q1 2020 for €3299 / £2799. Check the Pioneer DJ site for more details.