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DJM900 owners. Are you Happy?

So im ready to buy a new mixer.... but im really torn between the 2 big dog's 900 and 2000. 90% sure im going with the 9000 just because i will be able to rent it out when it show up on rider's, but i want to know from the owners that upgraded from the 800 how happy they are, do you like the mixer anything you feel is missing from the 800 or do you wish you spent the extra on the 2000? thanks for the feedback.

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Yep I love mine, previously had 800. Think when i bought my 900 i was very close to buying 2000 but i was lucky enough that they had just released it so i thought go with the latest and greatest.  seen many clubs switch over to 900 as i hear the feel for the controls is superior over 2000.

seems djsounds has just done so too!  http://www.djsounds.com/09/18/djsounds-show-2011-laidback-luke

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I've upgraded from the 800 to the 900, and I absolutey love it.. If you are in the same market as me, doing festivals and parties where other DJ's use your gear then it's an easy choice to go for the 900 instead of the 2000, I didn't want to be explaining how to use the 2000 every time a new DJ comes on the decks... As for features the x-pad is great, I love using it with slip roll...  The white noise colour effect is my most used effect I especially like how you can use it on any channel.  

The one thing i loved about the 2000 was the 3 band eq on the effects, ie you could have an echo just on the high hats of a tune and the bass would stay the same, but this wasn't enough of a reason to buy the 2000 for me as I truly believe a new efx unit is just around the corner from Pio and this would sit with the 900 extremely well.

My conclusion... 900 all the way

MrChukkel 0 votes
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Got to echo the other guys on this.... upgraded from the 800 to the 900, and what a massive differece!! The X-Pad is worth the money on its own, and gives a unique way of adding and changing effects. Works like a dream, looks great, and does everything it says on the tin!

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Hell yeah. I recommend the DJM900NXS. If you can get a great deal then I would go for it. I got a great deal on my and paid $1600US flat. They gave me a DJ price. So I had to pick it up. Pair in traktor and ableton and this baby is a beast.

Robert Rodriguez 0 votes
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At the moment I have the 900 and the 2000....

The 900 looks alot like 800. What do you have extra ? Effects , and quantize... ( lets just keep it with that.. )

quantize is also available on the 2000. It is handy but you know how it worked on the 800 and that was just fine...

So the difference is the effects and of course the layout

The standard layout was boring for me, so it was time for something new after all those years !

The cool **effects the 900 has and the 2000 **doesn't are (in my eyes) :

Spiral and on the collor effects Space.

Also the on the 900's reverb you can put a low or high pass filter , giving you a nice Ptshhhhhhhhhh tail :)

On the 2000 you can only go to 4/1 with your effects.

The Xpad on the 900 is cool but i didn't use it James Zabiela style :)

And most of the effects aren't useful on all the measures.. If you know what I mean.

On the 2000 you can do the same but maybe not that "fast"  the only difference is that you don't need to lift your finger with the 900.

 

damn i'm need to write alot to make my point clear , but I was going to the way that the 2000 offers more :D

You would already knew alot of the things I was going to tell anyway!

 

Just test them before buying!

Sure the 900 owners will support there mixer as "the best one" that is because if you own either one you will be happy :)

you will never complain , but when you put them next to each other and you are able to test them correct like I did....  2000 :)

 

Hope you make the right choice!

 

 

 

 

 

TheOne 0 votes
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Just got a new residency today, and the new club has a 2000 that i can use... so im gonna see how much i really like it, and then decide. But like MrChukkel  said i HATE teaching DJ how to use a new mixer... its not fuckin hard.... i could show up to any gig and play on any mixer if i had too (i might not be happy about it). I dont know how most other dj's can't either.... anyway will see over the next little while how much the 2000 grows on me. still depating if i should buy a 3rd cdj before a new mixer. 

DJ Code E 0 votes
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Just to pick up TheOne on one point, you can go higher the 4/1 on the 2000

Marsano 0 votes
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can you ? :o How ?!! I didn't know that ! great news to hear that !!

TheOne 0 votes
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Hold the 4/1 button and turn the time/parameter knob. It comes in handy for deep long filter sweep

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Several months ago, I didn't think either was for me—and lo and behold, now I own both as well.  I replaced my DJM-800 (+rotaries) a few months ago with the DJM-2000; I just bought the DJM-900 last week to use while visiting family out of town (so I can travel back and forth with just decks).  Here's my take:

DJM-900:

Aesthetics: very nice, proper and modern refinement of the DJM-800 design

X-Pad: very nice; adds very quick access and enhanced control over effects

Layout: great move aligning the inputs in back with channels on top

Connectivity: USB sound card is obviously a big plus, and great for Traktor

Operation: nice, familiar, straightforward

The DJM-800 is the mixer to which the DJM-900 should be compared, and in that regard, it feels like a solid, optimized evolution. Lots of really good refinements; it's clearly a high-quality mixer, and it deserves to be the new club standard. I do have two gripes, however—and they are significant:

1) The 900 adds two more Color FX, which sounds like a recipe for success—ditch the useless one from the 800 (Harmony), and add three good ones, right? Sadly, that's not what happened, and I think they kind of blew it here.

Filter—fundamental and highly-useful—retained—OK

Crush—a novelty effect for most DJs, but not bad—retained—OK

Noise—a welcome and useful replacement for Harmony—OK

but then… a total strikeout.

Sweep—doubly fundamental (band-pass filter + notch filter)—abandoned??

In its place, are 3 new "novelty" FX. Space has some limited potential… Dub Echo, not much… and Gate/Comp either sounds like an inferior version of Trans (counter-clockwise), or a dirty signal with a touch of reverb (clockwise). I guess I'm scratching my head here as I look down at six Color FX—realizing that I actually have less to work with than I did on the 800, despite the replacement of one worthless effect and three additions on top of that. I'd trade Crush or any of the new ones (or all of them, actually) to get Sweep back.

2) Quantized effects was arguably the main marketing point for this mixer. Unfortunately, there seem to be two major obstacles standing in the way of actually achieving that capability. The first is that there is only one ethernet port on the back of the mixer, so if you want your decks to be part of this quantizing party, you need to add an ethernet switch/hub, its power cord, and an additional ethernet cable (compared to connecting two decks and computer to the 2000). It's not the end of the world, but it's very odd, given the emphasis on this mixer's connectivity features. The second is that I have yet to achieve a solid "GRID" indicator on the DJM-900 with either my decks or via RB link, even though my tracks are quantized, the settings are all proper, etc.

On the whole, I'd say the DJM-900 is a totally supreme version of the DJM-800, but that Pioneer missed an opportunity to make it a truly phenomenal mixer by blowing it on the Color FX and with the inconvenience of requiring a device (an ethernet switch) to use the mixer that was ostensibly designed to replace a device (an external sound card). Nobody would be disappointed with the 900, but when all is said and done, it's not nearly as exciting as the 2000.

and on that note...

DJM-2000:

Aesthetics: a truly beautiful design—Pioneer really nailed it

Layout: spacious and luxurious (dedicated buttons for individual features)

Controls: fantastic feel on all the knobs, faders, buttons, etc.

Features: so many that it feels almost limitless; truly enhances mixing ability and the overall experience

Connectivity: 6 ethernet ports + USB sound card is great

Operation: deceptively easy to operate, but as complex as you want it to be—fantastic

The DJM-2000 is phenomenal. I absolutely love it, and I'd recommend that to anyone over the 900, frankly (with the possible exception of heavy Traktor users).

At first, I looked at it and thought, "there's a lot of stuff that I would never use." After using it, I realized that the prominent array of effects is actually very deceptive—in a good way. The DJM-2000 looks like a mixer for effects-heavy DJs (which I am not), but it turns out that one of its primary strengths is the way it allows you to subtly add effects, and with a sense of confidence that you don't get with the 800 or 900. The primary feature here is the set of isolator knobs that allow you to effect the frequencies of the effects that you introduce (e.g. removing bass from echoes and delays). It adds a lot of creative power to the experience, in my opinion… and it's a lot of fun. I was/am always so hesitant to engage the effects on the 800/900—particularly when recording—because they can be intrusive and disruptive if you're not really careful. The 2000 is much smoother and forgiving in that regard. The "luxury" of the 2000 comes from the fact that each effect has its own button, rather than all of them being accessed through a single knob. This is really convenient, and reduces the time it takes to engage an effect considerably.  To be honest, one of my early observations was that I already had most of this stuff available to me on the DJM-800.  However, it's just so much more user friendly as it's laid out on the 2000, that it makes a huge difference.

There are tons of other great features on the 2000… some of which I don't use (or don't use yet). That doesn't bother me though, because it's truly a mixer that you can grow into with experience and dedication. One feature that I love is the frequency mix mode—but not for the reason you might think. I do like the ability to use a 7-band touch screen crossfader, of course… but I find that screen just as useful as a visual indicator of the tracks' frequencies—seeing where the "body" of the tracks lie in the spectrum, and using that to determine how best to mix them together. Furthermore, that same screen is a perfect way to confirm your beat-matching, since you can look at it and see both tracks pulsing at the same time.  If you need to nudge one track or the other slightly to get them perfect, it's easy to tell with this screen. I don't think either of these uses were promoted as features, but they're really great tools.

On the whole—I'd put a strong vote in favor of the DJM-2000 over the DJM-900 unless you have a specific reason (Traktor, or perhaps a coffin that won't accommodate the width of the 2000) to get the 900.  It's beautiful, vastly more powerful, and a lot more fun to play with.

-Warth

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I upgraded from djm700 to 900 2 months ago and overall, its a nice mixer..

However, i have 2 major gripes:
1. It is marketted as traktor certified which indicates that it integrates flawlessly with traktor. And for the most part it does. However, they are not clear on its capabilities to midi sync with traktor. I have not yet been able to get the 900 to use traktors master midi clock as master and djm900 as slave. Pioneers tech support hasnt acknowledged a problem and when i spoke with them, they didnt even know if this basic function was possible. Ive tried tons of troubleshooting with help from forum members but still have yet to successfully do this. Its mostly the fact that pioneer has been of little to no assistance in trying to resolve my issue that really irks me. If this is important to you, i highly suggest that you test it extensively while you have a return window. Lucky for me, its not at top of my priority list so i can deal with it. Ill just hope that its addressed at some stage but wont hold my breath.
2. On the same lines, the auto bpm is pretty bad at times on effects section. I can successfully use djm900 midi clock with traktor as slave but the auto bpm on djm900 can go haywire at times and that can cause some serious issues.
3. And yet again on same lines, there is a lack of on board indicators to tell you whats happening with the midi clock (like an indicator or utility option to say whether midi clock is sending or receiving, etc. One particularly helpful forum member figured out a crazy workaround to actually get the djm900 midi clock to stop sending but i would have never figured the method out in a million years (involved midiox and hitting the tap button in certain order. However, djm midi clock just starts again when u go back to auto which u need to apparently do before you can get traktor to sync to it.

So my gripes mainly deal with my midi clock issues. Im on win7 and use traktor quite a bit. See another thread about djm900 midi clock controlling lights where i posted a video of what im talking about. Some members seem to have this working o i dunno.. Again, id test this out if its important to u.

Outside of that, the effects are nice and familiar if uv used previous djm mixers (and id venture to say easy to use even if u havent). Midi commands (buttons not clock) work pretty well but it would be great to allow for channe rows of buttons to be set to midi while keeping other buttons in non midi mode. Sound quality is nice. Crossfader pretty good. Channel faders solid. I like the adjustable curves.

Using it with cdj 900 or 2000 and rekordbox is very nice and quantize works well here.

feel free to ask about any other features ur interested in.

Kevin Savage 0 votes
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+1 on the xpad.. It is a really nice feature of the 900 and works great

Kevin Savage 0 votes
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totally on warth on the djm 2000. Cant have said it better my self. But again, the 900 is not "worse" than 2000.

 

Both mixers have very different styles of execution. 

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"Warth" Is so on the point about the DJM2000 With the isolators on the effect add INST effect with filters, then USE X/Y pad  and oc's or sample  with all that connectability and you' ll soon find that it's biggest draw back is that you need another hand, but it's sound quality takes the edge of that, I'm  still using  my 1000's as I've yet to purchase the 2000's but the mixer is still blowing me away .Try not to compare features as much as look at how a Pioneer market  each mixer and find the solution to suit your style and future needs, Pioneer can't please everyone but the 2000 has such wide application it can please most ! Note, look at It's connections ! 

D Mark Mills 0 votes
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I just got the 900, 2 gripes I have (resolved one though on my own)

  1. No rotary kit, but I modded the djm800 kit into the 900 so thats good on mine :)

  2. the new echo in my opinion sucks, I pretty much stopped using it and was a big fan of it on the 800

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