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Best DJ Mixers - The Pioneer DJM-2000

Updated on August 25, 2013

If you're asking the question, what is the best DJ Equipment? Then please read on...

The DJM-2000 Nexus is Pioneer's new top of the range DJ Mixer and is definitely in the professional DJ equipment bracket, this is no cheap DJ mixer! Taking over from the DJM-2000, the Nexus takes DJ mixers to the next level. When it is time to buy DJ mixers then Pioneer should be on the list.

From this mixer the DJ can control up to four DJ Decks as well as access their entire music library via up to two laptop connections all using Pioneer's Pro DJ Link interface. Music can be synced and sliced all from the front panel and touch screen. Effects can be added easily, tracks sampled and external performance instruments and software running on a laptop controlled via MIDI. This mixer has it all.

DJM-2000 Nexus Image Courtesy of Amazon.com

You can't help but be blown away by the power of the Pioneer DJ Setup...

DJM-2000 Nexus
DJM-2000 Nexus

What does the Nexus have over the original DJM-2000?

It's true that the layout and the functionality of the two mixers is quite similar - it's designed to be so that DJs who are used to turning up to clubs running the earlier model won't be thrown by an unfamiliar layout.

However, DJs who have had time to familiarize themselves with this mixer will be able to take full advantage of the two new key functions which are built upon an improve implementation of the Pro DJ Link interface.

What Pro DJ link does is allow up to four Pioneer CDJ Decks, as well as two laptops running Pioneer's Rekordbox application, to be connected, allowing tracks to be recalled and assigned at will.

The DJM Nexus adds two pieces of exciting and controversial technology:

The BEAT SLICE function allows the DJ to create their own track slices - essentially long beat mapped samples, via the touch panel. The sampler can then be used to create new arrangements quickly and intuitively that are automatically cut to match the beat, Being able to do this from multiple CDJ decks that are all connected means that they can be instantly arranged all in sync and giving the DJ the ability to add and rearrange the beat infinitely, creatively and instantaneously.

The most controversial feature though is the SYNC MASTER function.

With this function the mixer acts as a master clock, all connected compatible players can be syncronised to the master clock beat at the push of a button, which means the mixer can, at least up to a point, mix for you.

Tempo can be increased or decreased across all decks at will, all from the multi-touch screen.

What Pioneer are saying is that this will free up DJs to worry about track selection, effects, looping, slicing, sampling and interacting with software and hardware instruments, leading to much more in the way of performance, others of course disagree, but it's up to the individual DJ to decide whether to press the button!

Pioneer DJM 2000 Nexus Image Courtesy of Amazon.com

Where to buy the Pioneer DJM-2000 Nexus Mixer

Pioneer DJM-2000nexus Professional Performance DJ Mixer
Pioneer DJM-2000nexus Professional Performance DJ Mixer

The power and control of the effects, the quality of the sampler and the ability to interface and sync with your laptop and other Pioneer DJ Desks makes this a must have mixer for the serious DJ or producer.

 

Other Top DJ Mixers for sale from Pioneer - The DJM Series

The original 2000 is still a great choice and top DJ mixer, especially if you don't need the sync function that the new Nexus offers, and with the issue of the Nexus the price has become a lot more palatable.

Pioneer DJM-900NXS Professional DJ Mixer
Pioneer DJM-900NXS Professional DJ Mixer

Multiple effects, integrated 24bit/96khz soundcard, USB and MIDI interfaces

 
Pioneer DJM850K DJ Mixer
Pioneer DJM850K DJ Mixer

USB connectivity, new FX - sound color, beat color and Beat Effects.

 
Pioneer DJ DJM-350 2-Channel DJ Performance Mixer
Pioneer DJ DJM-350 2-Channel DJ Performance Mixer

Easy to use yet powerful, four effects and record direct to USB.

 

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      yeah would like to see the sync