Pioneer DJM-750 DJ mixer 4 channel effects musikmesse 2013 (2)

As ever, Pioneer send out press releases as I’m on a train which is only to be expected as it’s Musikmesse eve. But modern technology comes to the rescue via the joys of tethered iPhones to allow me to present their all new Pioneer DJM-750 4 channel mixer.

First the words via the delights of 3G:

Maximum manipulation: Pioneer launches the DJM-750 four-channel mixer with on-board USB sound card and mind-blowing FX

9th April 2013: Pioneer’s new DJM-750 four-channel digital mixer takes FX manipulation and software synergy to new levels, thanks to the new Boost Colour FX and a built-in 24-bit/96 kHz USB sound card.

“The DJM-750 combines our latest audio and FX technology in an attractively priced four-channel mixer to take over from the DJM-700. The new addition meets the demands of today’s DJs, with PC/Mac compatibility right out of the box,” explains Rik Parkinson, Product Planning Specialist, Pioneer Europe.

Available in classic black and sleek silver, the DJM-750 is loaded with features to inspire creativity. The new Boost Colour FX adds a second effect to the Sound Colour FX in play, and lets DJs control the parameters of both FX with just one knob. The mixer boasts 13 Beat FX – including the new VINYL BRAKE – with a dedicated Level/Depth knob for tactile control of the wet/dry mix.

Like the DJM-850, the DJM-750 has a built-in high-quality USB sound card to enable simultaneous input and output with no deterioration of sound quality. Connection to laptops needs just one USB cable, for instant mixing with DJ software.

The similarities with Pioneer’s top-flight mixers doesn’t stop there. The DJM-750 boasts high-quality sound design, familiar layout, high-performance faders, three-band EQ with complete kill, and full MIDI control.

The DJM-750 is available in classic black and sleek silver from June at a SRP of EUR 999/GBP 839, including VAT.

MAIN FEATURES OF THE DJM-750 

NEW Boost Colour FX combines multiple FX control in a single knob

Boost Colour FX lets DJs engage and control Sound Colour FX and Beat FX all in one movement. Hitting the Boost FX button adds another layer of FX to the Sound Colour FX, and DJs can manipulate the parameters of both FX together depending on how fast they twist the large chrome knob.

Improved Beat FX with Level/Depth control

DJs can access 13 Beat FX, including the new VINYL BRAKE and the improved ROLL. The Level/Depth dial adjusts the wet/dry mix, while DJs can control the tempo with the BEAT LEFT/RIGHT buttons and manual Time control.

Integrated USB four-channel sound card for easy connection to DJ software

  • The DJM-750 has a high-performance 24-bit/96 kHz sound card on-board, which enables simultaneous input and output of four channels with no deterioration of sound quality as it passes through the mixer.
  • Connection to PCs or laptops therefore requires just one USB cable, so DJs can start mixing with DJ software immediately.
  • Support for three sampling rates (96 kHz/48 kHz/44.1 kHz) and ASIO/Core Audio standards means the DJM-750 can also be used for music production and recording.
  • Pioneer’s user-friendly interface launches soon as the mixer is connected to a computer, so DJs can tweak the mixer settings to their preference.

High-quality audio circuits for pristine sound

The DJM-750 inherits the same 32-bit digital signal processor as Pioneer’s club-standard DJM-900nexus to suppress digital noise. A 24-bit A/D converter digitises and enhances sound quality for all outputs, while a low-jitter crystal oscillator and high-quality Send/Return circuitry ensures pristine external effects.

Other features

  • Fully MIDI assignable
  • 3-band EQ (+6dB to -26dB) and 3-band isolator (+6dB to -∞dB) on each channel
  • USB port located on top of mixer for easy switching between devices
  • Auto standby
  • P-LOCK Fader Cap on channel faders and cross faders prevents accidental knocking during performance

MAIN SPECIFICATIONS OF THE DJM-750

ChannelsAudio: 4, MIC: 1
InputsCD/LINE×4(RCA)LINE×2 (RCA)PHONO×2(RCA)MIC×1(XLR & ¼ inch PHONE combined use x1)
OutputsMASTER OUT×2(RCA×1, XLR×1)BOOTH OUT×1(RCA)HEADPHONE MONITOR OUT×1(top side ¼ inch PHONE)REC OUT×1(RCA)DIGITAL OUT×1(COAXIAL)
Other portsSEND×1(¼ inch PHONE)RETURN×1(¼ inch PHONE)USB x 1 (top side B port)CONTROL×2 (Φ3.5 mm MINI JACK)
Sampling rate96 kHz
D/A converter24 bit
A/D converter24 bit
Frequency response20 Hz ~ 20 kHz
Total harmonic distortion0.004% or less
LINE INPUT S/N ratio106 dB or more
Headroom19 dB
USB sound cardINPUT: Stereo 4-channelOUTPUT: Stereo 4-channel24-bit, Sampling rate: 96 kHz/48 kHz/44.1 kHz
Electricity consumption30 W
Max. external dimensions320 mm (W) × 376 mm (D) × 108 mm (H)
Weight7.6 kg

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There is also a video to get a better idea of what’s going on in this new 4 channel box of effects trickery:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sa-FjJenoyA

So the DJM-700 gets an incremental upgrade, with a kind of 1 + 1 boosting/layering of effects and better sound. I do like how Pioneer seem to be going off in a souped up effects direction. It’s worked for Native Instruments in the software wars, and does set Pioneer apart a little from the rest of the 4 channel market. A question about the USB interface — does anyone here use a DJM with anything but Traktor or SSL?

Is it worth an upgrade for existing DJM-700 owners? Probably, especially if you want a little more from the effects department. Pioneer seem to be trying to add things that software doesn’t currently do, so while Traktor has many options, it does so by having to add a laptop into the audio chain. With each DJM iteration, the need to rely on software effects diminishes, especially with rekordbox getting stronger with each release as well.

It’s worth noting that the DJM-750 is more expensive that the current 700. This could be through discounting as the product gets older of course, but it’s worth bearing in mind if you do fancy a new mixer but don’t necessarily need the new stuff the DJM-750 brings. There will be bargain priced 700s in the market in the coming months.

Sidenotes

This beggars the issue of naming. The DJM slots are filling up. I have no doubt that there will be a DJM-950 at some point, but what happens after that? I’d love for more manufacturers to start giving products names rather than strings of letters and numbers.

Anyway… pulling into Manchester Airport. Next stop Musikmesse.