Pioneer DJM-750 Professional DJ Mixer Review
The new four-channel professional grade Pioneer DJ mixer that is meant to be the successor to the extremely popular DJM-700 is finally here. The new Pioneer DJM-750 brings many new upgrades to the table over the original including a few additions from mixers in the top of the Pioneer DJM range. The DJM-750 takes some of the new features found on the Pioneer DJM-850 such as the Sound Color FX and Boost Color FX at an even more affordable price. Check out my HD-Video and written review to see if the DJM-750 makes the grade.
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Setup & First Impressions
The new four-channel professional grade Pioneer DJ mixer that is meant to be the successor to the extremely popular DJM-700 is finally here. The new Pioneer DJM-750 brings many new upgrades to the table over the original including a few additions from mixers in the top of the Pioneer DJM range. The DJM-750 takes some of the new features found on the Pioneer DJM-850 such as the Sound Color FX and also adds the Boost Color FX at an even more affordable price. The DJM-750 is aimed at bringing the professional-grade studio and club installation mixers right at home (or on the road) for DJ’s everywhere. Considering all that you are getting with the Pioneer DJM-750, the price is right on par with the other similar mixers on the market. Make sure you take a look at our Pioneer DJM-850 Review so you can see exactly where the DJM-750 DNA originates from…
Just as with the DJM-850, the Pioneer DJM-750 is built like a TANK in every sense of the word. The completely steel chassis is made of thick metal and it is very heavy. Everything feels very solid and this mixer will definitely last through the ages. All of the knobs have a metal stem underneath for added rigidity. The EQ knobs are all rubberized while the rest of the knobs for Trim, Mic control, Cue control, and Volume controls are all harder plastic. All of the buttons for CUE, Fader Start, and Effects have a backlit to them and are made up of hard plastic. There are sturdy in-set switches that control the fader functions towards the bottom of the mixer and the input switches at the top to switch between the different input options for each channel. The front of the mixer is completely blank so that the DJ can leave the mixer “installed” without making adjustments (or plugging in headphones) on the front. The single quarter-inch headphone output is on the bottom-left of the top panel with the Cue volume and Cue/Master Mix knobs right above. The MIC input and USB connection are all on the top panel of the mixer as well.
Internal USB DJ Soundcard
The Pioneer DJM-750 mixer has a built in USB DJ soundcard that can be connected to the computer for Digital Software playback. This means that DJ’s can plug in up to four different timecode style decks (CD decks/Vinyl decks) for full Digital Vinyl System playback using a DJ software of their choice without the need for an additional USB style DJ soundcard. This feature will work with almost every DJ software (Mixvibes, Virtual DJ, Decadance, etc.) except for Traktor and Serato which require their own proprietary soundcards in order to work. All the DJ must do is purchase the DJ software of choice and the necessary Timecode CD’s and Vinyl to start mixing digital music from your computer directly onto your CD style decks or vinyl turntables. DJ’s can also use the mixer to spin using all four virtual decks with no external decks at all. All of the mixing functions, effects, and sound will still be active and it gives DJ’s a more hands-on approach to mixing than with simply using a computer.
The 24-bit internal soundcard on the DJM-750 produces professional studio-grade sound and the DVS playback using turntables and CD decks was flawless when tested with Mixvibes. There was virtually no delay or latency using the timecode playback and the software functions worked nicely in conjunction with the cool effects found on-board the DJM-750. The Pioneer DJM-750 also sends MIDI information to the computer so that knobs and faders can be mapped to other DJ software functions. This is obviously a huge selling point of the mixer and especially useful to mobile DJ’s who use software that don’t want to lug around an additional piece of hardware when traveling from gig to gig.
Everyone knows that Pioneer is Legendary for their club installation sound quality and the DJM-750 is no different. Just as with the Pioneer DJM-850, the 750 is still one of the best sounding DJ mixers I’ve used and it will definitely live up to the club-standard reputation in every way. The sound was full and vibrant and it just felt like everything was being played back as the studio production teams intended.
One of the other major reasons for a DJ to add a DJM-750 to their setup would be the extensive effects section. There are actually two different effect types that can be applied simultaneously in different ways. There is the larger BEAT EFFECTS section and Sound Color FX section that makes up the total right portion of the mixer. There is a big LED screen that allows DJ’s to see the effect selected and the effect properties at a glance. This LED screen also shows the channels that are selected for the effects, the BPM of the music playing, and the frequency of the effect (in MS or Percentage). Under the LED screen is a BPM TAP button that works very nicely when tapping in a new BPM for the music. The DJM-750 does a pretty good job at finding the correct BPM of the music automatically, but the Tap button works quickly and very nicely. Right next to the Tap button is an auto button that returns the BPM back to the automatic configuration, and above the Tap button are the right and left arrow buttons that allow for micro BPM adjustments to get everything perfectly in sync.
The BEAT effects that are offered in this section of the DJM-750 include: DELAY, ECHO, SPIRAL, REVERB, TRANS, FILTER, FLANGER, PHASER, ROBOT, VINYL BREAK, SLIP ROLL, ROLL, REVERSE ROLL, and SND/RTN (for the external effect modules that may be plugged into the back of the mixer). These can be selected individually by using the effect selector knob. Under that knob is the effect application knob which allows the DJ to select which channels the effect is acted upon. The user can select individual channels or select the Master Output, Crossfader Side A, Crossfader Side B, or the Microphone to apply the effects. There is a TIME knob and LEVEL/DEPTH knob that allows the DJ to change the properties of the effect on the fly. There is also tiny left and right Beat buttons near the LED display that can be used to change the beat frequency of the effect. On the bottom right lies the big oversized round ON/OFF illuminated button that toggles the entire effect section on and off.
The next effects section is the Sound Color Effects that lies in between the BPM TAP section and the Beat Effects. These effects are NOISE, JET, CRUSH, and FILTER. They each have their own blue backlit button when activated. These effects are controlled by the big silver Sound Color (High Pass/Low Pass) FX knob located directly above the Beat Effect selector. Turn the knob to the right or to the left of the center in order to activate the Sound Color Effect on the same selected channels as shown on the effect selector switch. There is a BOOST COLOR FX button located in the middle of the Sound Color FX section that gives the selected Sound Color FX an extra Boost to combine and saturate the effect to a whole new level. The DJM-750 is loaded with 13 BEAT EFFECTS that can be combined with BOOST COLOR FX and SOUND COLOR FX to produce approximately 100 types of different effects.
The Pioneer DJM-750’s mixer section is also very good. The crossfader is loose enough for pulling off those complex scratches but still smooth enough for mixing. The crossfader has a three-way curve adjustment switch. When set to the sharpest setting, the cut-in distance was very low and the setting was great for scratching. When set to the lowest setting, the fade was consistent for mixing. Above the fader, each channel has a crossfader selector switch that allows each channel to be represented either on the A side (left) of the crossfader or the B side (right) of the crossfader. There is also an option to have the channel work in THRU mode which means independent of the crossfader. The channel faders have more tension to them and are very sturdy and smooth for accurate mixing levels. All of the faders have P-Lock caps that lock to the fader stems so they are hard to remove and misplace. There is also a channel fader curve adjustment switch but none of them are really suited for scratching. The channel fader adjustment is more to change the way the fade works in relation to actual fader position.
There is a Low, Mid, High, and Trim knob for each channel along with an LED line level meter for each individual channel so the DJ knows the level of each source when mixing. There is a switch so the DJ can change the EQ style to either full kill Isolator, or traditional style EQ. All the way at the top of each channel is a Line input selector. For channels one and four the user can select CD-Line, PHONO, or USB while on channels two and three the user can select CD-LINE, LINE, or USB (Note: USB is selected when using timecode decks or internal software playback). There is also a balance (L&R) knob, Master volume knob, and a Booth volume knob along with a pair of Master (L&R) Line level LED meters to show where you are in terms of volume in the overall mix. The upper left section is the Microphone section which has the MIC volume level knob and a HI and LOW EQ knobs for adjustment controls. There is also a MIC ON/OFF/TALKOVER three-way toggle switch that controls the overall MIC output. Under the MIC section, there is the MIDI section where the DJ can turn the MIDI control ON/OFF and START/STOP. Under the MIDI section, there is two backlit fader START buttons that can be used for channel two and channel three that have CD style decks attached via the Fader Start MINI connections on the rear of the mixer.
Inputs & Outputs
The Pioneer DJM-750 has lots of inputs and outputs to satisfy almost any DJ’s needs. There is a Left/Right Return and Send quarter inch jacks for external effects modules and a true MIDI OUT connection. There’s two fader start MINI inputs and a MIC ¼-inch and XLR combination input on the top faceplate. All of the outputs include: Balanced XLR Master, RCA master 2, Record RCA, BOOTH RCA, and Digital Master RCA outputs. There are six RCA CD/Line level inputs and two RCA PHONO level inputs in total.
Conclusion / Recommended For
In conclusion, the Pioneer DJM-750 is an excellent four channel DJ mixer that’s perfect for the club or mobile DJ’s who want that Pioneer familiarity and a solid build quality that will last them for years and years to come. The DJM-750 has an internal 4-in/4-out DJ soundcard that can work with up to four external DVS-timecode decks right out of the box. There is a very extensive effects section with the addition of the cool Sound Color & Beat Color FX with solid EQ controls. The crossfader is scratch-worthy and the linefaders are perfect for mixing. To top it all off, there are a bunch of input and output options to suit almost every DJ’s needs.
The only real gripe that I could find with this mixer is that the soundcard is not compatible with Serato, Traktor, or the Rekordbox software. The DJM-750’s internal soundcard will only work with other software besides Traktor and Serato which require their own proprietary soundcards to work. The DJM-750 is also not compatible with the Pioneer Rekordbox meaning that it cannot sync the BPM and other information with the digital decks. Other than these minor issues, the DJM-750 is one of the best four-channel DJ mixers and is perfect for any DJ who wants the Professional-Club-Standard gear at an acceptable price point.
Pros & Cons
- Durable & Strong Club Standard Build Quality Throughout
- Internal 4-in/4-out USB DJ Soundcard & MIDI Compatible
- Excellent Studio-Grade Sound Quality & Soundcard
- Extensive Effects Section with LED Readout (BEAT, Sound Color, Boost)
- Lots of Input/Output Options
- Not compatible with Pioneer Rekordbox Software
- Soundcard not compatible with Traktor or Serato
Written by djblaze on 10/2/13
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