STP Vestax Phoenix Mixer Details Unveiled

We’ve waited patiently for more information about the STP Vestax Phoenix mixer to be revealed after the first rough details that came out in mid-January. Now the first full images of the STP Vestax Phoenix has been revealed – keep reading to learn what to expect in this mixer born from the ashes of Vestax.

The STP Vestax Phoenix

This is the first time we’ve seen the entire top of the mixer in full – and while this image is just a mockup, there’s more photos that show it to be accurate to the final design.

The first thing to note is the analog VU meters for every channel, and then two for the master channel. There’s also a traditional VU meter for the master out, likely so that unaccustomed users can quickly tell when they’re peaking. Check out the below photo of a prototype unit how much those VU meters sit up above the mixing section – it’s a cool touch, if a bit retro in style:

A prototype Phoneix mixer

Each channel has three input options – three of which are phono and the other nine are all line level. Worth noting if you look at the top of the mixer (carefully tucked behind the VU meters but still more accessible than the rear) are three RCA ports – one REC OUT and two line inputs (7 and 9) which have switches that can change them to something labeled “IDJ” – we suspect there’s a to-be-announced computer connection here?

There’s also a pan control on every channel – something that most DJs won’t find especially useful but is a nice bit of extra control – could be particularly useful if mixing on all four decks with Stems.

The EQ knobs are staggered similar to Allen and Heath mixers – with mids to the left and highs and lows to the right. Oddly, no channel filters on this unit – just low/mid/high isolator control on the master output. There is an assignable AUX send/return, which can be set to pre- or post-fader on each individual channel.

Staggered EQ, Master Isolator, and Assignable AUX Send/Return

Each channel can also be assigned to the crossfader, which is interestingly positioned to the right of the channel faders and not below. It’s this layout decision that starts to make me wonder if STP Vestax founder Hidesato Shiino was using the Vestax PMC-CX as a design reference:

Who Is The Phoenix Mixer For?

A photo of the rear of the prototype unit

We’re still left wondering who the ideal user of this new stpVx Phoenix mixer really is – what DJ market is the company targeting? Hidesato Shiino has made it clear that this is a small-batch and not immediately going to mass market. He’s written a bit more on the Paco1977 blog:

“With the final testing completed, we are now in production phase. The appearance of the final model is as we have announced. Latest images on our site are without the final “cosmetics”. We have thought carefully about the DJ’s needs – both for the amateur and professional – in the production of this model.

There are very few mixers that have been released in the market recently that are designed from-the-ground-up. […] The highest level specifications have been applied in the design of the Phoenix, which will be evident to the user from the punching sound and dynamic range this mixer will deliver. In addition, the Phoenix will be the world’s first 4-channel cross fader.”

We’re not sure what that means – right now it just looks like an assignable crossfader, just like most other 4-channel mixers. He goes on:

I have deviated from the usual way of thinking in the industry with its cost-cutting and resulting performance-degradation, and have built a product that aims to deliver for the DJ both high-quality sound and professional operation without compromising on product-performance. Even the power-supply exceeds the usual professional specifications.

We have carefully considered the requests and input from many professionals regarding the diversity of sound sources, and have integrated their thinking int our design specifications. The final sales price is being calculated, and we expect it to be within the usual range of high-quality professional equipment. Pre-orders will be accepted from mid-April, with product sales commencing in May 2016.

In the comments, let’s take bets on which premium DJ mixer will be the most expensive: Richie Hawtin’s new “Think Differently” mixer, the stpVx Phoenix, or the just-announced $3,800 Funktion-One FF6.2

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  • STP/Vestax - Phoenix Mixer - DJ LAB

    […] Kollegen von Djtechtools meinen Ähnlichkeiten mit dem PMC-CX zu erkennen. Das ist nicht von der Hand zu weisen und es […]

  • Javier Padilla

    Well if they make a DJ mixer please bring back cf-x2 fader. Got screwed with the last Vestax making my gear a expensive paper wait

  • tigreagle

    So, did I miss something here? Is this an analog or digital mixer?

  • John Viera


  • KidCorporate

    Meh as fuck. Gimme an updated PMC-CX.

  • Mario

    I thought Vestax was donezo?

      • Mario

        OH, it all makes sense now!

  • Ein neuer Mixer von Vestax?

    […] Kollegen von Djtechtools meinen Ähnlichkeiten mit dem PMC-CX zu erkennen. Das ist nicht von der Hand zu weisen und es […]

  • João Perdigão

    I’ll buy one for sure. Proud owner of a pmc 55 and 500. Anyway, my feel in therms of reliability and Sonic perfection goes to the new formula sound.

  • Ray Djcrunchtime

    dog seriously? 3,800? who is going to buy this?

  • Carl-Johan

    What I really want to know is, what does the “enhances” knob next to the master out knobs do?
    Some sort of bass or treble enhancer? Compressor?

    • dirty steve

      Perhaps an aural exciter?

  • DJ Bluetooth MIDI

    Nice, but where’s the Dave Smith filters?!

    • 2cent Jason

      LoL, youse a fool.

  • JuanSOLO

    Great looking mixer. Would love to use this with the Elektron Dark Trinity.
    It’s outta my price range though, especially with no filters per channel.
    However I did discover the PMC-CX though this, and that might be the mixer I’ve been looking for.

    • Ben McCarthy

      donno the new richie hawtin mixer makes more sense with digital stuff plus fx?

    • Travis Green

      The CX Might be what you’re looking for… But will also be what you will be very, very lucky to ever find! they seem to be almost non-existent

  • couic

    great mixer to do ironical hipster DJ mixes

  • Mike Kowalczyk

    Dope another $4000 mixer that nobody can afford

  • Vestax returns with the Phoenix mixer - Danceamp

    […] DJs, Shiino states it won’t be going on sale to the mass market to begin with according to DJ Tech Tools, but pre-orders can be taken now, before becoming available for a yet-to-be-decided price in […]

  • Revived Vestax turntable brand unveils Phoenix DJ mixer

    […] channel filters, opting instead for isolator controls on each channel and the master output. As DJ Tech Tools notes, it looks as if STP Vestax founder Hidesato Shiino has used the Vestax PMC-CX as a […]

  • proben

    Gorgeous but for the features I think I’d rather have that PMC-CX with fat knobs and filters. I do love real VU meters but 6 of them seems like a luxury.