DJs who like the look of the Pioneer DJ DJM-V10 high-end DJ mixer, but who don’t scratch, may be interested in the DJM-V10-LF, announced today by the company.
What’s new in the DJM-V10-HF?
So compared to the existing Pioneer DJ DJM-V10 (here’s our DJM-V10 review), Pioneer DJ’s DJM-V10-LF drops the crossfader, and extends the channel line faders to 60mm (from 45mm) to make use of the extra space.
It is not a replacement mixer for the DJM-V10, but rather should be seen as offering an alternative format. It should especially appeal to electronic DJ/producers who liked the previous mixer, but for whom the Magvel crossfader and crossfade-assign switches were unnecessary additions.
Pioneer DJ says that the channel line faders now have improved weighting to help DJs make best use of the extra reach they offer, and there is also a new fader curve setting preset.
Apart from that, the mixer is exactly the same as the DJM-V10.
The DJM-V10-LF is a “hardware unlock” device for Rekordbox, enabling free use of DJ performance functions when the software is updated to the latest version.
What are these mixers about?
This brace of mixers are best understood as direct competitors to the Allen & Heath Xone:96 and the PLAYdifferently Model 1 models – gear intended for high-end electronic DJ/producers.
The mixers differentiate themselves from, say, the more mainstream Pioneer DJ DJM-900NXS2 not only by their six channels, but by four-band EQ, a three-band isolator EQ over the master output, switchable high-pass/low-pass filters across all channels at once (rather than independent channel filters with both effects on the same knob), and highly routable “Send FX”, designed to relieve DJs of having to bring guitar pedals into the DJ booth to get deep control over reverb and echo effects.
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They also offer a leap in audio quality, to the very best Pioneer DJ has – and of course it all comes at a price, with the DJM-V10-LF (yes, we think it stands for “Long Faders”, too) coming in at a pretty substantial €3399/$3299/£3089. It works with Rekordbox, Traktor and Serato (the latter with the Club Kit Expansion Pack).
Video Review of the DJM-V10
We’re not going to publish a DJM-V10-LF review, as we already have my review of the original DJM-V10 – as I say, apart from what was covered in the short video at the top of this piece, everything is exactly the same as the DJM-V10. Here is the original DJM-V10 review: