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Pioneer's DJM-900 Nexus DJ mixer (With Fight Case the) familiar club standard - was due for an update, and the result is stunning. Part of a new generation, the Pioneer DJM-900NXS2 certainly deserves its spot in Pioneer's top segment. Among other things, this new Nexus media player boasts a double sound card that facilitates DJ sets with two laptops. The familiar layout has hardly changed, but thanks to a number of clever extra features, such as a 64-bit mixing processor, the DJM-900NXS2 is bound to be a flagship model for some time to come.
The DJM-900NXS2: new features
Thanks to its double audio interface, the DJM 900 Nexus 2 allows you to connect two laptops simultaneously. That's not just great for Back 2 Back DJ sets, it also enables one DJ to set up his or her gear while another is still finishing a set, allowing for quick switches without uncomfortable silences. For the DJM-900NXS2, Pioneer has made a number of changes to the effects section. The familiar X-Pad on the righthand side now features a touchscreen/display, and the Beat FX display has been replaced by a compact OLED display, freeing up space for a special USB send/return on the top right that allows you to add effects via an iPad (InterApp support). Most remarkable, however, is the FX Frequency, a feature that allows you to apply effects not just per channel, but per frequency band too. This means you can apply a flanger to the vocals (trebles) in a track, for instance, or a roll effect to the bass line. Imagine the creative possibilities and the innovative transitions you'll be able to produce! Finally, Pioneer's flagship mixer now features a 64-bit mixing processor, ensuring a warmer, more natural and detailed sound.
The Pioneer DJM900NXS2 boasts a number of modest new features that make life much easier for DJs. For starters, there are now two headphone connectors—one jack, one mini jack—and LED indicators per channel inform you at a glance which channels have effects applied to them. Furthermore, the DJM900NXS's mono/stereo switch has made way to leave more space around the crossfader, so you can freely use it without accidentally hitting other controls. Fader start assignment has also been omitted, seeing as most DJs will use Pro DJ Link to connect their players to the mixer.