With the pace of technology today it is amazing to see that DJs still rock vinyl and turntables while most DJs just carry around a flash drive for their gigs. Pioneer announced on Thursday morning the release of a brand new 2-channel mixer built for Serato DJ and a new cartridge, the PC-X10, that ensures skip resistance and high output when accompanied by the PLX-1000. With all that, the company will also be releasing limited edition gold plated gear. Read more below about the DJM-S9, PC-X10, and gold Pioneer models.
Pioneer DJM-S9: Personalized Mixing
The DJM-S9 2-channel mixer is tailored for Serato DJ and turntablists who are looking for a performance mixer that can handle a DJ’s high-intensity level of input. Inside are two USB soundcards with top-deck input switchers for easy transitions between mediums. The mixer also delivers plug-and-play intergration with Serato DJ’s four deck layout while also natively supporting DVS.
One of the biggest features of the unit is the Magvel Fader Pro that is installed. This cross fader is said to offer low-latency and a fast, accurate response. All the while DJs can change the operational load using the Feeling Adjust dial located at the front of the mixer. With that, DJs will also find three different shock-absorbing Fader Bumpers included to choose the level of resistance and controls to configure Curve and Reverse parameters.
The integration with Serato DJ is where this mixer really hits home as it is fully MIDI compatible and completely functional out of the box. Upon first glance DJs will notice 16 multi-colored performance pads that can trigger and manipulate the Hot Cue, Roll, Slicer, and Loop features of Serato DJ.
An organic EL display shows what mode is in use thus allowing the DJ to keep her eyes on the mixer and off the computer screen. Also, DJs will imediately have 15 on-board Beat FX to control the popular Echo, Delay, Reverb, Flanger, Phaser and Trans effects in time with the BPM. On the right DJs can add six more effects to their favorite Serato DJ FX out of the 55 FXs powered by iZotope. Nothing is official, but one can assume that the DJM-S9 is aiming to compete among other major 2-channel mixers on the market that cater to turntablists.
The DJM-S9 will be available in Fall 2015, with a retail price of $1699.00
PC-X10: The Latest in Cartitridge Technology
For turntablists, cartridges are sacred and when one goes bad it isn’t always easy (and affordable) to find new ones. Pioneer unveiled their updated turntable, the PLX-1000, last year and now there is a cartridge that will be readily available for the unit. The PC-X10 is made to deliver a high output and skip resistance functionality to ensure that the needle sticks to the record during the most energetic performances.
The PC-X10 cartridge comes with the replaceable PN-X10 stylus and will be available online in the USA from the Pioneer DJ Store in November 2015 with a retail price of $149.00. The PN-X10 stylus can also be bought separately with a retail price of $55.00.
The Gold at the End of the Rainbow
Pioneer enthusiasts and fashionable DJs will be excited to hear that the company will be releasing limited edition gold models of the PLX-1000 turntable and the DJM-S9 late Fall 2015. Both models will feature a gold finish (caret unknown) and elements of gold throughout their design which includes the turntable’s tone arm and the mixer’s Magvel Fader and channel faders. There will only be 1,000 PLX-1000-Ns and 500 DJM-S9-Ns worldwide, meaning that potentially only 500 DJs will own the gold Pioneer set-up. (That’s assuming they are sold one mixer and two turntables per customer.)
The limited edition gold DJM-S9-N will also be available in late Fall 2015 with a retail price of $1799.00– the perfect companion to the limited edition gold PLX-1000-N turntable that launches at the same time with a retail price of $799.00. The whole package will cost $3397.00 before tax.
This is a lot of news coming out of Pioneer HQ and it will be interesting to see how DJs react to the DJM-S9 and it’s functionality with Serato DJ. The mixer can potentially become a standard for turntablists and with the release of their PC-X10 stylists the world may see a new Pioneer set-up in DJ booths worldwide.
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