The DJM-909 is the ultimate Battle mixer with a huge load of adjustable parameter for optimum adjustability. Alll of these settings are also possible on the DJM-707 but the DJM-909 has a large Touch Screen display.
The Touch Screen display is also the control panel for the effects section. You can pre-select 3 banks of 3 effects per channel for fast acces to your favourite effects. You can chose out of 50 effects, some of them have parameter control by fader.
Effect Lock / On / Off Switches
The switch at the Momentary position returns to OFF when you takes your finger off the lever, allowing smooth ON-OFF changeover of effects. Also very nice to use to lift out a certain passage in the music. When turned on, only on the 'snare' in the music gives it a great punch. It's also fun to use it while flashing the switch in the rhythm or instrument line in the track. When the switch is at the LOCK ON position, it is continuously switched ON until you return it to the neutral position. Footswitch Control option for Effects
Universal with almost every foot pedal that is available through your nearest musical instruments shop. The DJM-909 makes it possible for you to turn the effects ON and OFF with a footswitch. This gives you a hand free to do other things, lifting you're set up to an extra dimension.
BPM Tap Buttons
Besides the accurate automatic BPM counter you can also tab in a bpm manually by tapping these buttons in the rhythm that you desire. Touch Sensitive Screen for Effects and Fader Curve
The touch sensitive screen has 4 different screens. With these screens you will have full Control over the 50 effect that are build into the effect processors. Each channel has it's own processor so this makes it possible for you to put a different effect on each channel. Each effect can be controlled by footswitch or the switch in the effect panel.
In this screen you'll see the effect preset that are assigned to each channel. When you press the BANK 1-3 button these presets will change according to the presets that you've made and stored in that bank.
To select an effect simply tap your finger on the square with the desired effect. This square will turn light to notice you that that's the active effect. You turn this effect on by the switch or the footswitch.
Above the effect buttons you'll see some basic information : For which frequencies the effects are activated, the BPM and the parameter of the effect in milliseconds.
Effect Adjust Screen
These are the parameters for the effect you have selected for this channel. The information shown on this page is different for some effects because these effects have different parameters that you can change.
The top 3 square (on this picture no activation is possible) give you control for which frequencies range the effect will work: LOW, MID and HIGH. Tap once to activate (square will light up), tap again to deactivate. The BPM information and time settings of the effect (related to BPM) is displayed below the frequency buttons. All the squares display on which measure the setting of the effect is set (i.e. 1/4, 1/8 or 2/1). Press these squares to switch the setting of the effect to the measure that you press.
Try switching between 2-3 different measures in the rhythm of the music, or drawing figures with your finger on the screen. On the bottom row squares normally 1square is reserved for AUTO BPM/TAP BPM selection. For the effect where you Control the parameter with the fader a square is reserved for FADER/CROSSFADER selection for this parameter.
Effect Selection Screen
To assign an effect to one of the banks you have to hold the FADER CURVE / BANK EDIT for 2 seconds to enter the Effect select screen.
This will be the screen you see here where you can use the parameter rotary to scroll through a list of all available effects.
Use any of the 50 build in effects:
multi tap delay
fader multi tap delay
fader transpose pan
fader pitch shifter
fader filter LPF
fader filter HPF
fader filter BPF
fader synth 1
fader synth 2
fader synth 3
Fader Curve Adjust
In the 4th and final screen of the DJM-909 you can set curves for the channel faders and the crossfader. The fader curve that the fader follows to increase and decrease the volume of that channel can be adjusted in 24 steps which gives you almost seamless control over it. The controls are the rotaries on the front side of the mixer.
From 'hamster switch' on the bottom or the top to linear or logarithmical curves can be set in just a turn of a knob and for each channel independent.
The crossfader curve can also be adjust for each side independent also with almost infinite combinations. You can move the x-over point from side to side and place it anywhere on the fader. Variations can be made between a sharp curve on the left side of the fader to a smooth crossing in the middle, you imagine it !
Pioneers DJM-707 and DJM-909 are designed with scratch DJs, the studio / production DJs and the Turntablist in mind, however they are also excellent units for all DJs wanting to improve their performance level. The introduction of these two revolutionary mixers has taken the high-end battle mixer into a whole new dimension with features that were unknown to this industry before and now revealed for the first time.
High Quality Sound Design and Durability
The DJM-707 boast the highest quality in sound and design that exceed today’s battle / performance mixers offering powerful club sound in a battle mixer.
This was accomplished with sensitive yet solid gripping EQ knobs, durable transform switches, and precise and accurate cross fader curve control.
Most importantly, Pioneer has developed an original “non-contact” cross fader technology with unprecedented durability and reliability. Cracks, clicks and drop-outs in the crossfader are hardly possible.
Fader Start Sync
Both mixers can connect with Pioneer’s CDJ series to employ the fader start capability. The user can automatically start or stop playback by the sliding cross-fader or channel-fader.
When you use the FADER REVERSE function the faderstart will automaticly move to the other side of the (cros)fader. It works by the principle of : volume down -> CDJ in cue.
The DJM-707 offers a very clean, open fader area for scratching and beat juggling and has a session line-in with volume control, cueable master output, mic input, and selectable phono / line switches. There is lots of room around the area with the faders / crossfaders so nothing is in the way to bother you while performing.
The Cross Fader and Faders
The most important feature on any battle mixer is its crossfader and fader performance. Pioneer’s DJM-707 and DJM-909 introduce the most precise and customizable cross fader in the industry to date. The cross fader is highly durable and has double fade control allowing each half of the cross fader the ability to be adjusted independently! In the unlikely event that a fader should be repaced, it's always nice to know that it's an easy job to do so. Each channel fader curve can be adjusted from a smooth volume change to a dynamic volume ON/OFF at the TIP of the channel faders (bottom or top). In turntablist slang, you will be able to crab-scratch the channel faders from either the top end or bottom end of the fader.
Adjustable Cross Fader Lag
The 'lag' of the crossfader can also be adjusted from 1mm to 6mm. The lag is the area from the crossfader from the corner to the point where that actual fader starts to open. Some people prefer a bigger area than others, this is also unique for lots of DJ's because your style could be build on the effects you make with a certain lag.
Each of the faders can be reversed instantly. On the front left are the 3 switches that controll both channel-faders and the middle one is for the crossfader. The faderreverse-function includes a red LED above each fader which lights up when this function is activated.
Crossfader Feel Adjust
The cross fader feel can also be adjusted to your preference (a breakthrough functionality, industry-first). By easily tightening a screw you can set the feel (tightness) of the crossfader exactly as tight as you want it to be. A tool to do this is included with the DJM-707 and the DJM-909.
EQ On/Off switch
The equalizers (LOW/MID/HIGH) for each channel can be switched on and off by a lever-switch. This switch has the same grip as the TRANSFORM switch. Great for giving more accents in certain passages of the tracks you play. Use it to lift out a snare or istrument (cut down LOW and boost MID and HIGH), switch only on a certain instrument or melody and use it like a transform switch. The red LED is light up when the EQ is switched on.
Stereo Send / Return
The SEND/RETURN can be used to hook up an extra EFX-500 or any other effects module.
RCA & XLR Outputs
The output from the DJM-707 and DJM-909 is both on RCA and XLR connections to meet the standard from nowadays clublife.
Headphone Monitor auditioning
With an easy fader the monitor source can be selected. It's also possible to PreFadeListen to the master or the effects section.
Mic Input with 2-band EQ
Located on the back of the mixer is the input for a microphone. The connection-type is a Combo Jack/XLR socket so you can insert a microphone with an XLR or Phone (JACK) connector. The microphone volume is controlled on the top-left of the mixer and also had a LOW and HIGH equalizer.
Session inputs / outputs with level control
Another unique and industry-first feature is the Session In/Out connection. This basicly gives you another input with only volume control and is used when you make a battle set-up. Connect Mixer A's session OUT to the session IN from mixer B. The output from mixer A goes to the monitor amplifiers from DJ A. During the soundcheck you can make the final adjustments of the session IN and OUt controlls of moth mixers. Now the DJ's can both use their own monitor and DJ-system and without the need of a third master-mixer the battle can begin.
The transform switches also have a unique feature that I've never seen before with this much flexibility. You can rotate the transformswitches independent from eachother in steps of 45 degrees.
The switch is 180 degrees rotatetable and is connecter to the mixer with a system-connector. Replacing a transform-switch in the unlikely event that it breaks down is as easy as opening the mixer on the top, loosen 4 screws and you have direct acces to this section of the mixer. On the picture on the right you see that the switch is originaly moving up (ON) and down (OFF).
When you want to rotate the Transform Switches you need to unscrew the screws marked with a GREEN arrow.
When a Fader needs to be changed you can do so by unscrewing the RED marked screws.
And in in the case there's something wrong with the Crossfader (I wouldn't know how you could ever do such a thing) you need to use the screws that are marked with a BLUE arrow.
When you want to rotate this switch you have to unscrew the top of your mixer (4 screws) and lift the deckplate. In the picture you see marks at the screws that hold the faders and transform switches. Each fader or switch is hold to it's place by 2 screws. Unscrew only these marked screws because others have different functions!
Each of all replaceble parts are screwed to the mixer by 2 screws. Unscrew them with a small Philips screwdriver. You can now take out the switch and move it to the position that you desire. There are holes in the metal housing of the switch in steps of 1/8 rotation. The wires that connects the switch to mixer has enough length for you to move freely. If you would like to replace the switch you can disconnect the little system-connector on the printboard that is located at the bottom of the switch.
Here the fader is rotated 90 degrees to work horizontaly, but you're free to set it in any position.
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