The new Pioneer DJ mixer is not for the average DJ

Pioneer DJ has announced a new professional concert mixer for gear heads that want more control over how they mix and follow the sound while performing. Called DVM-V10, it has six channels (compared to the usual four), dual headphone inputs for seamless playback with other DJs and the ability to equalize the master output.

The release confirms the circulating rumors about the mixer, which have been appearing repeatedly on Facebook and Reddit in the last 24 hours. While some excitement is expected from the rumors of Pioneer DJ, it is rare to have is a lot of talk publicized before a new product of the company. But, the DVM-V10 is not a simple update; It is a drastic form and functional output of the established line of Pioneer DJ club mixers.

Here’s the thing: Pioneer DJ owns most of the professional club DJ market. In this way, he has defined, to some extent, how DJ people. Most likely, when an artist sends his pilot to a club, there will be a Pioneer DJ team on the list. It’s what most people are used to playing, so most clubs wear it.

But in recent years, competing mixers have connected to a specific submarket. Pioneer DJ didn’t have a product for: techno and tech house DJs. These artists have an inclination to incorporate more live equipment; bringing your own effects boxes and drum machines to concerts to adjust, transform and stack audio in countless ways.

This is where the Allen & Heath Xone: 96 and Model 1 have made a dent. These mixers have features to specifically attract DJs in these genres and their more complex configurations. The mixers have additional channels, MIDI I / O to talk to the connected equipment and additional ways to affect the tracks directly on the mixer itself (in the case of Model 1, there is an “overdrive” option on each channel).

Rear of the Pioneer DJ DVM-V10 mixer.
Image: Pioneer DJ

The Pioneer DJ DVM-V10 is the company’s response to the desires of these genres of a more practical mixer that can superimpose and sculpt the sound. There is a list of new features with some highlights. In particular, each channel now has a four-band equalizer instead of the usual three, along with a compressor to reinforce old or unfinished tracks. (Pioneer DJ says that the compressor will have “a minimal effect on mastered music”).

Equally exciting is the extended send / return section on the DVM-V10, so you can route the audio to one of the four built-in FX and up to two external devices, such as synthesizers, guitar pedals or sequencers. This not only applies to traditional hardware parts, but to selected smartphone applications when connecting your device with MULTI I / O. And, the 5-pin MIDI port has returned.

The filter function also got an important update. It now allows you to switch between a high or low pass filter, and then apply the resonance control to add additional nuances or intensity.

In addition, there is a new effect of brightness (brightness is a type of reverberation made by placing a reverberation tail on an original dry signal), a three-band equalizer for the master output, and for the particularly demanding, an additional EQ for adjust the audio that comes through the cabin monitors (also seen in Xone: 96 and Model 1).

There is much more to choose from, but on paper, this is an extremely robust 6-channel club mixer that is not for the average jockey mix between two songs. It is a specific Pioneer DJ product that caters to a specific audience interested in building complex sets in layers using multiple audio sources. It is also a bold move by the segment market leader to go after a more demanding DJ race. It remains to be seen if artists who have already been fooled by Xone: 96 and Model 1 will give it a try, but it certainly seems that Pioneer DJ has been studying and taking notes.

The Pioneer DJ DJM-V10 will be available from the beginning of February 2020, at a price of $ 3,199. Get more information on the Pioneer DJ website.

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