This is a professional 2 channel mixer.It is the younger brother of the mighty djm600.But a lot cheaper and if you are only mixing on 2 decks then this is what you want.As far as pioneer go with dj equipment you cant go wrong and they are leading the way with there cdjs and mixers.
So what do you get for parting with your cash,Avery nice solid reliable mixer that will provide everything you need in an un-complicated manner .
So lets have a look at some of the functions,It has the basic pitch shift volume control and hi,mid and low knobs used for cutting out the desired frequencies on the assigned channel.
The Auto Bpm counters
These measure the beats per minute of the tune that is running on that channel,this gives you an indication as whether you will need to speed up or slow down the incoming channel so the bpms are matched and the tune comes in nicely with no clanging.To be honest i don't really use these i go by ear as i have found with mixers in the past they are not very reliable.The few times i have used them with this mixer they seem to be okay and pretty accurate.With this mixer i have found that the bpm counter is more accurate when mixing cds as opposed to vinyl.
3 Band separate channel controllers
These are the 3 knobs you can see on each channel,they allow you to control the low,mid and high range frequencies for that channel this helps you avoid having clashing bass-lines etc that drown each other out.The channels on this mixer are probably the best you will get in this price range.The response time is immediate and the clarity is perfect.They have a very nice feel to them, with some mixers in this price range the knobs are not so hot,they move at the slightest touch or if you accidentally brush them with your hand,the pioneer djm300 ones do not do this which is a massive plus if you are clumsy.
Fader start play
To use this function to its full potential you will need cdjs from the pioneer range.It basically allows you to override the pause button on the cdj and it will automatically bring the tune in for you by increasing the volume at a steady pace.This is a great tool as it allows you to bring all your mixes in smooth as opposed to being brought in all of a sudden and scaring the shit out of everyone as they were not expecting the tune to just come in out of nowhere.
Headphone monitor switching function
These gives you the ability to switch the headphones over from one channel to the next instantly.A huge plus if you need to flip between the two channels.It is not essential but is a very nice little feature that makse life easier .
Overall the unit is built like a tank and i don not have any worries when taking it out and about.It is finished in a very sleek matt black finish and if you have a set of pioneer cdj1000s it all looks very stylish and professional together.It is a tad more expensive then similar 2channel mixers which may put people off.But you are defiantly worth paying out the extra money for this.
Probably the second best mixer i have ever used after the djm600,which is pretty pricey.This is defiantly a great option if you are starting out as it combines the simplicity of a beginners mixer with all the functions you would need as you get better and more experimental with your mixing.
You should not really look to pay any more than £169.99 for this piece of equipment,and you can get a second hand one for about £100 if you really look.