Pioneer DJM-900SRT Serato DJ Mixer Review

Pioneer DJM-900SRT Serato DJ Mixer

Overview:  

Pioneer DJ has finally teamed up with Serato to bring us a new four-channel professional grade DJ mixer that sports an internal Serato DJ Soundcard that is capable of Digital Vinyl Playback of up to four CD or vinyl timecode decks within the full new Serato DJ software now with DVS control.  The new Pioneer DJM-900SRT Serato DJ Mixer has all of the cool features of the DJM-900nexus but with an internal Serato DJ soundcard instead of the internal Traktor soundcard.  Check out our review to see if its just as good as the original.


Pioneer DJM-900SRT Serato DJ Mixer
Pioneer DJM-900SRT Serato DJ Mixer

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Staff Review


Review Video & Demo


Setup & First Impressions

The Pioneer DJM-900SRT still has all of the cool Sound Color effects, 13 beat effects, and the same X-Pad for easy effect manipulation, but the “game-changer” is the inclusion of the new Serato DJ soundcard. The DJM-900SRT is a very significant mixer in Digital DJ history as it’s the first mixer to come “Serato-Ready” that isn’t produced by Rane. The DJM-900SRT is a truly professional-grade studio and club installation mixer just as with the other high quality Pioneer DJ Mixers that are installed in clubs around the world.

The Pioneer DJM-900 is built like a TANK in almost every sense of the word. The completely steel chassis is made of thick metal and it is one of the heaviest DJ mixers that I have ever used. Everything feels extremely solid and the DJM mixer lineup has a great track record so you know that it will hold up to lots of abuse. This is one of the main reasons why these mixers are often the club-standard and you’ll find DJM mixers in DJ booths all over the world. All of the knobs have a metal stem underneath for added rigidity. All of the faders are also solid and they all have the new P-Lock fader caps so that the caps won’t ever accidentally go flying off in the heat of a mix. The EQ knobs are all rubberized while the rest of the knobs for Trim, Filters, 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 assign/curve functions and there’s an input selector knob at the top of each channel 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 1 input and USB connection are all on the top panel of the mixer as well.

The Pioneer DJM-900SRT mixer is also Serato DJ Certified. 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 the new Serato DJ software without the need for an additional Serato DJ soundcard. It’s almost like having a full featured SL interface built right into the mixer. All the DJ must do to start mixing is install the supplied Serato DJ software via CD or internet download, connect CD or Vinyl style decks, and use the supplied Timecode CD’s /Vinyl to start mixing digital music from your computer directly onto your CD style decks or turntables. DJ’s can use the mixer to connect up to four Digital Vinyl decks or there can be a combination of Live inputs and Virtual channels for added versatility.


Unboxing Video


Features

The Pioneer DJM-900SRT mixer is also Serato DJ Certified. 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 the new Serato DJ software without the need for an additional Serato DJ soundcard. It’s almost like having a full featured SL interface built right into the mixer. All the DJ must do to start mixing is install the supplied Serato DJ software via CD or internet download, connect CD or Vinyl style decks, and use the supplied Timecode CD’s /Vinyl to start mixing digital music from your computer directly onto your CD style decks or turntables. DJ’s can use the mixer to connect up to four Digital Vinyl decks or there can be a combination of Live inputs and Virtual channels for added versatility.

The internal soundcard on the DJM-900SRT produces professional studio-grade sound and the DVS playback using turntables and CD decks was flawless. There was virtually no delay or latency using the timecode playback and the Serato DJ functions work very well in conjunction with the incredible effects found on-board the DJM-900SRT. The effects on-board the DJM-900SRT also sync with the effects in the Serato DJ software for some really crazy combinations that will remain in tempo with the track.
Just as with the other DJM mixers that I’ve reviewed, the Pioneer DJM-900SRT is 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 quality was full and vibrant and it just felt like everything was being played back as the studio production teams intended.

One of the major selling points of the DJM-900SRT is the extensive effects section. There are actually two different effect types that can be applied simultaneously and in different ways. There is the larger BEAT EFFECTS section that makes up the total right portion of the mixer. All the way at the top is the MIDI section where the DJ can turn the MIDI control ON/OFF and START/STOP. 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). Directly under the LED screen is an X-Pad touchpad that allows users to easily activate an effect by touching the pad with a finger. When the touchpad is released, the effect stops. Touching the X-pad towards the left or right will change the parameter of the effect. The huge blue backlit On/Off button at the bottom of this section can be used to “hold” the effect at the last location of the X-Pad manipulation. Under the X-Pad is a left and right arrow button that changes the Beat timing parameters of the effect.

Below the “BEAT” buttons, there is a BPM TAP button that works very nicely when tapping in a new BPM for the music. There is an Auto/Tap button that allows the DJM-900SRT to take the BPM directly from the Serato Software or it will automatically read the BPM through the input. There’s also a blue backlit Quantize button to the right that will make sure all of the effects are in sync. The DJM-900 does a great job at finding the correct BPM of the music automatically, but the BPM button works quickly and very nicely for making adjustments. One can even hold the Tap button and use the TIME knob to manually input the BPM reading as well. There is a blue backlit Cue button that allows users to listen to the effects in the headphones before playing them live.

The effects that are offered in this section of the DJM-900 include: DELAY, ECHO, SPIRAL, REVERB, TRANS, FILTER, FLANGER, PHASER, ROBOT, MELODIC, SLIP ROLL, ROLL, REVERSE ROLL, and MIDI/LFO-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. On the bottom right corner is the blue backlit round ON/OFF button that toggles the entire effect section on and off.

The next effects section is the Sound Color Effects. These effects are SPACE, DUB ECHO, GATE/COMP, NOISE, CRUSH, and FILTER. They each have their own blue backlit button when activated. These effects are controlled by the big silver knobs located directly above each channel’s line fader. Turn the knobs to the right or to the left of the center in order to activate the effect on that particular channel. The Sound Color Effects can be applied in conjunction with the BEAT EFFECTS for some really unique combinations.

The Pioneer DJM-900SRT mixer section is also great. 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. 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. Above each channel fader is a blue backlit Cue button that will allow the DJ to preview each channel in the headphones and there’s also one for the Master output as well.

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 knob. All four channels have the option to use its DIGITAL input, CD-Line input, PHONO input, or USB/Serato input. (Note: USB is selected when using timecode decks in Serato DJ 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 1 and MIC 2 volume level knobs and a HI and LOW EQ knob for adjustment controls. There is also a MIC ON/OFF/TALKOVER three-way toggle switch that controls the overall MIC style. Also on the front of the mixer is the four backlit fader START buttons that can be used for all four channels. Above the fader start buttons is a blue backlit Cue Link button that allows users to preview Rekordbox tracks in the headphones before they are loaded to a channel/deck.

The Pioneer DJM-900 has lots of inputs and outputs to satisfy all 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 are four digital RCA inputs for CD decks on the back. There is a RJ-45 PRO-DJ LINK Ethernet port that allows DJ’s to connect laptops or Pioneer CDJ’s for full Rekordbox software integration. There is a MIC 2 quarter-inch input on the rear as well (MIC 1 is a dual style input on the top faceplate). All of the outputs include: Balanced XLR Master, RCA Master2, Record RCA, quarter inch BOOTH, and Digital Master RCA outputs. There are four CD/Line level RCA inputs and four PHONO level RCA inputs in total.


Conclusion / Recommended For

In conclusion, the Pioneer DJM-900SRT is one of the best four channel DJ mixers on the market today with top build quality and sound quality are basically second to none. The DJM-900SRT has an internal Certified Serato DJ Soundcard that can work with up to four external CD/Vinyl DVS-timecode decks and the Full Serato DJ software is included in the box. There is a very extensive effects section with the addition of the cool Sound Color Effects and solid EQ controls. The crossfader is scratch-worthy and the linefaders are perfect for mixing. There is also a P-Link Ethernet port so that the DJM-900SRT can sync with CDJ’s or laptops using the Rekordbox software. To top it all off, there are a bunch of input and output options to suit almost every DJ’s needs including four Phono level RCA inputs to support four vinyl turntables.

The only real negative I could find with this mixer is the rather high price. The DJM-900SRT costs about $2400 at the time of writing this review. Even though the closest RANE Sixty-Four competitor mixer is in the same price range, they are both a bit too expensive for average, everyday users. Other than the pricepoint, the DJM-900SRT is an excellent way to combine the legendary Pioneer four-channel mixing console with the new Serato DJ software setup. The Pioneer DJM-900SRT Mixer is perfect for any DJ who wants Professional-Club-Standard Serato Certified DJ gear at their fingertips.


Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Excellent Build & Sound Quality (Club Standard)
  • Internal Serato DJ Soundcard (4-channels of DVS Timecode Playback)
  • Comes Bundled with Full Serato DJ Software, Control Vinyl & CD’s
  • Extensive Effects Section with LED Readout PLUS (6) Sound Color Effects
  • Lots of Input/Output Options
  • Compatible with Pioneer Rekordbox Software

Cons

  • Expensive

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Written by on 05/1/14




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Pioneer DJM-900SRT Serato DJ Mixer
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