The Pioneer DJM-900 SRT
The DJM-900 SRT is Pioneer’s first mixer compatible with Serato DJ. With features similar to their already outstanding DJM-900 Nexus, this makes for a great option for those of us using serato. Maybe.
Update: Check out our full comparison and review of the DJM-900SRT and Rane Sixty-Two
Why this mixer matters:
If you haven’t heard the news, Scratch Live will soon be discontinued and Serato DJ will be brought into the spotlight. Along with this software upgrade comes some new hardware requirements. Requirements that, unfortunately, the SL1 and TTM-57 do not meet. If either of those are in your setup, you now have to choose between upgrading to one of the newer rane mixers OR upgrading to Pioneer DJM-900 SRT.
It’s exciting that Pioneer line is finally going to have Serato integrated into their products. Let’s face it, the FX and EQ on Pioneer mixers are levels above anything Rane now has to offer. So it looks like this mixer is the clear winner of your upgrade choices, but in my opinion it still falls short in one area.
Why it may fall short:
One USB. One. Not two. Just one lonely port.
To me this is a missed opportunity. Including the extra USB port so two DJs could simultaneously use the mixer would make the DJM-900 SRT the clear winner of upgrade choices. This single feature is what makes the Rane 62 a better option for myself, and other working DJs alike. The convenience two USB ports gives you when switching back and forth throughout the night has already quieted many headaches on the nights I’ve used it.
Will it happen in the future:
Probably. I’m sure it was left out of this round so that it could be included in a future mixer, leading to future sales. Tis the nature of business I guess. Maybe my opinion will change after I finally get to use one of these, but until then I’ll just be over wishing for another USB.
What do you think? Should the Pioneer DJM-900 SRT have the extra USB port?
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