Pioneer DJ DJM-V10 Review

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Pioneer DJ have long been the industry standard when it comes to DJ mixers. Their flagship nexus range of mixers can be found in clubs all around the world, being a firm favourite with most commercial DJ’s. However, for those who wish to shape their sound further, Pioneer haven’t produced a mixer with such capabilities since the DJM 2000. With Allen and Heath and Play Differently offering high quality mixers built around the use of external effect units, Pioneer DJ have lost out even though the majority of these mixers are used with Pioneer CDJs. So enter the Pioneer DJM V-10, a six channel monster of a mixer, built without compromise.

The Build

Departing from the look of previous Pioneer mixers, the brand new V-10 brings with it a new design philosophy. The filter knobs, cue buttons and displays are all new in the V-10 and make it feel a special mixer indeed. The six channels now feature a four band EQ, whilst retaining the familiar Pioneer DJ feel with the same knobs and faders found on the regular nexus series of mixers. Unlike the traditional mixers however, the filters don’t zero and turn off in the 12 o clock position, instead they zero fully to the left at 8 o clock. Anyone who played with the old DJM 2000 will be familiar with this change, it’s a small one but it’s worth remembering before being caught out.

The Inputs

Being a six channel mixer built for the DJ’s who want to craft their sound, the Pioneer DJM V-10 has a vast array of input connections. With the connections directly behind the channels, it’s easy to wire into the V-10 even in dark environments, which is a huge bonus. The V-10 features 2 phono pre amps, 6 line level inputs and 2 send and return loops, complete with a built in effects unit. Laptop DJ’s can connect via the two USB B ports on the top of the mixer with Serato, Traktor and Rekordbox.

Channel One – USB-A, USB-B, Digital, Line, Phono, Built In, Ext 1, Built In +Ext1 & Ext 2
Channel Two – USB-A, USB-B, Digital, Line, Multi I/O, Built In, Ext 1, Ext 2
Channel Three – USB-A, USB-B, Digital, Line, Phono, Built In, Ext 1, Ext 2
Channel Four – USB-A, USB-B, Digital, Line, Multi I/O, Built In, Ext 1, Ext 2
Channel Five – USB-A, USB-B, Digital, Line, Multi I/O, Built In, Ext 1, Ext 2
Channel Six – USB-A, USB-B, Digital, Line, Phono, Built In, Ext 1, Built In +Ext1 & Ext 2

Two microphones can be plugged into the V-10, mic one is a combo XLR/TRS jack and mic two is a TRS jack. They share a two band EQ and can be used with the beat effect unit.

The All New Compressor

All of the six channels feature a compression knob next to the trim, this compressor helps boost the levels of older tracks or accapellas, to match the levels of modern music played on the other channels. This method of beefing up the quieter tracks helps avoid unwanted distortion and is a great feature to have included on the mixer!

The Outputs

The DJM-V10’s wealth of connectivity doesn’t stop when it comes to the ouputs. As expected, the mixer outputs the master via balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA connections, whilst the booth is on balanced TRS jacks. It’s worth pointing out that the booth monitor features it’s own two band EQ, a great feature for DJ’s who need to focus on mixing one set of frequencies. A digital out is handled by a single XLR, an odd choice but clever due to the XLR’s locking ability.

A record out is handled by unbalanced RCA’s, alternatively you can use the DJM REC app on any compatible device with the USB port found on top of the mixer.

There are two headphone outputs, each featuring both a 1/4 and 1/8 inch jack connection. All of the channels feature independent cueing for both headphones, great for DJ duos or going back to back. Headphones A can be used to listen to the LINK channel should you have a laptop plugged in using Rekordbox export mode. You can also select to listen to the mix pre-EQ to hear the original sound of the channels cued.

The Effects

The Pioneer DJM V-10 features two separate effect banks that can be applied to any of the six channels. The in built send and return features four effects that can be sculpted with the dedicated size, time, tone and mix level controls. These effects are Short Delay, Long Delay, Dub Echo and Reverb. You can send any of the six channels to this unit by turning up the send dial, or select either of the two send and return loops for external sounds. The effect can then be sent to the master mix or to an empty channel where you can further change the EQ or combine it with the beat effects unit.

The beat effects unit is similar to that found on most professional Pioneer mixers, with 14 effects that can be applied to any of the six channels via the beat effect button. If you want to affect more than one channel you can apply the effects to the master instead. The effects are shown on a large black and white touch screen which can also be used to changed advanced settings on the mixer. The effects are all post fader and you can toggle which frequencies are affected by the dedicated Low, Mid and High buttons. The touchscreen also allows further control over the effect sounds, via a large X pad you can shape each effects parameters to customise the sound.

Sound Quality

When building a mixer this focused on sound design, it’s almost a given that it’s going to sound amazing. Pioneer DJ have taken extra measures to ensure world class sound performance. From the addition of a compressor on the input channels, to the huge three band isolater on the master out. This level of control allows DJ’s to really tweak the sound of the V-10, something we imagine producers will use to huge advantage. The V-10 uses 96-kHz/64-bit mixing and dithering processing within the DSP as well as 32-bit high-quality A/D and D/A converters.

Add all this to the low-jitter clock circuit and we’re left with a mixer that sounds glorious, both in the smaller DJ boxes and on the festival scene.

In Conclusion

The Pioneer DJM V-10 is a masterpiece mixer that will quickly be adopted by the producer DJ community. The vast array of inputs and effects, combined with the familiar Pioneer DJ layout, means that whether you’re a resident club DJ or an FX pedal wizard you will feel at home with the V-10. The new knobs and aesthetic help set this mixer apart from the standard nexus line up, whilst the improved sound quality will certainly appeal to the sound engineers working on bigger events.

With an RRP of €3,299 it’s certainly not a cheap product, but given it’s niche target market we doubt they will be concerned about the price. Not a mixer for your local club DJ booths, expect to see the V-10 at the centre of big festivals and touring DJ riders very soon!

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Published: 16th January 2020

RRP €3,299

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