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For Dj's these days there are many quality mixers available on the market. These can range from 2 channel mixers to 6 channel, and even extra mic channels to bridge the gap between a DJ mixer and a small live mixer.
The Pioneer DJM series has been a very popular Dj mixer series for many years and the DJM 600 is a 4 channel version with built in effects unit.
The DJM 600 has been one of the industry standard mixers in previous years although it has now been replaced by newer models such as the DJM 800. Since this mixer has been used in so many top clubs in the world, you know that it's a quality product that can be trusted.
The four channels are great as it means you can have 2 turntables and 2 Cdj's attached at the same time. Adding in extra inputs is easy and switching between a phono or line input on each channel is as easy as flicking a switch.
Each channel gives you great control of low mid and high eq as well as individual gain knobs. Each channel has a Cue button so that you can listen, and see the levels on the led indicators, to just that channel with headphones.
The effects on this mixer are great and range from reverb and filters to delays and flangers. Effects can be routed to a single channel or over the master output but a simple rotary knob. To put an effect on there is a large LED lit button that flashes when pressed to let you see that the effect is on. The level of the effect is adjusted by another rotary knob.
The crossfader on this mixer is good as you can assign which channels can be each side of the fader and you can also adjust the fader curve. This fader feels good and can be used well for scratching and precise fading.
This mixer sounds great and is built really well so will last the test of time. I would recommend this mixer to anyone who wants a good Dj mixer.
Although there are more updated versions of this mixer, this mixer is great and since newer models are out there you can probably get a good bargain on a second hand DJM 600.
5 stars from me!
Well this is one of them products that truely performs beyond expectation and looks and feels amazing to use.. Its the Pioneer DJM600!
It comes in either a Granite Charcoal or a Sleek Silver colour both of which draw in your attention without delay and then the overall biggy is that its designed and manufactured by no other than Pioneer which alone gives the user satisfaction knowing that you will expect to hear nothing but crystal clear output with an easy to use platform without worrying about performance and long term use.
The mixer features 4 channels all of which have a CD/Line input for use of either turntables or digital devices. There is also two outputs one for your master, generally straight to your Amp or Active Speakers and a booth line for a recording or monitoring device.
There are two microphone inputs offering XLR and JACK connections, there are also additional outputs and an extra recording line with send and return functions so the mixer is ideal for studio and production purposes.
The mixer is very simple to use, channels can be selected by switching the knobs located just above the crossfader, each line has its own equalizer to control "gain", "bass", "mid" and "hi" levels.
Theres also the huge advantage of the built in BPM counter which automatically shows you the BPM per channel as soon as it detects the sound coming through! Again you can adjust the counter to a specific channel.
The DJM also comes with a number of effects which can easily be activated and tweaked live all of which can add an amazing response to any gig!
You can easily monitor channels by simply pressing the button of the selected channel you can then add and remove channels in your headphones as you require before you play the content to your audience.
The DJM 600 is a must have requirement to any professional DJ or anyone who can see themself in a DJ career, but again with Pioneer it comes with a price tag of around £550 which however is a considerably reasonable price for the level of lifetime quality that you will receive with this product.
Before buying this mixer I had read lots of rave reviews on it then finally had a go on one at a friends house party. That was it I had to have one.
It's been 4 years now since it I bought the DJM600 and I still think it's immense. Pioneer have released a few mixers since this was launched which do have a few extra bells and whistles but everything a DJ could ever need is on this mixer.
I've had a few mixers before this including Numark, Stanton and Gemini and this was the ultimate upgrade.
It has 4 channels, lots of effects, effect volume control, 3 cross fader settings, built in sampler (records up to 8 seconds), beat counter, microphone port and loads more. There is a handy feature, which lets you hear how an effect will sound on your tunes before you let it go live.
Some effects include pan, filter, flanger (my 2 favourites), echo etc. You can have great fun with the sampler and effects and do some very creative mixing, all the tools are there and the possibilities are endless.
I've used this in clubs and house parties and it's a joy to use. The sound quality is excellent and sounds crystal clear over a loud system. I'm still on my original cross fader and that after 4 years of constant use, very impressive.
The price tag is a bit on the high side but after a few goes you will have a smile on your face safe in the knowledge your hard earned cash has been wisely spent.
I'd heard alot of good things about this mixer before I'd actually had a chance to use one. My expectations were very high and I was sure that there was no way that they could be fulfilled. I was wrong. This mixer has pretty much everything a working DJ could need. Its easy to use, well laid out, reliable and has some brilliant features. The crossfader has three setting which can be changed by the flick of a switch. The assignable channels are just as easy to change. The gains are perfect too. The thing I love the most about this mixer is the sound effects. Very few mixers can boast any form of build in sound effects unit, let alone one which has so many settings and is as easy to use as this one. You can select so many type of effects here, and, once you have, you can even change the settings on the effects. This is a beautifully crafted mixer that will probably be with me for a very very long time to come.
It's funny, through my Dj 'career' I've used a lot of mixers, from the one I started on which was the basic Soundlab, to things like the Numark 1820X, Gemini PS-700, and the Pioneer DJM500. Even though I'd used so many mixers, I still hadn't found one that I'd have been happy to use for the rest of my life. Until now. The DJM500, the model below the 600 IS a fanstastic mixer, but my issue with it was simply that it didn't have a headphone mix on it. Pioneer sorted that one out. From the ability to either split the two channels coming in to your phones, or mix them together, to the way it's all layed out, the cueing section on the 600 has to be one of the best I've ever used. The effects have been slightly improved in my opinion on the 500, but I can't think why. Just hit the big yellow button with the flanger set to 4/1 and you'll think you're Oakenfold for those four bars. The Eq's are as tight as ever, really nicely laid out on the mixer so there's no chance of hitting the line/phono switch like on the Gemini series of mixers, the amount that they take out in each frequency is perfect - and the sound you're left with when killing the bass is not tinny and shrill like with the Gemini series. The sampler's a nice idea too. Being able to record up to 8 seconds of the tune (all done through the beat counter, so you don't have to worry about edits like on the Numark mixers) then loop it seamlessly - get the crowd a bit antsy - then fire off to another tune - beautiful. The only thing I'd like is for the sampler to remember the last sampler even when the mixer's been turned on and off. The amount of outputs, inputs, control and creativity made available through this mixer makes it more than worth the £750 current price tag - even when you think you could buy two SL's for that cost!! If you have the money, are into long, drawn
out, seamless, creative trance/progressive mixes, and you have the money, I can honestly say (IMHO) that there is no better mixer out there. Seriously, I love it!! C.ya Recess www.recess.co.uk