14 January, 2016
DJ Muzzell Bee Gees Routine + More
We came across these great little DJM-S9 / Serato DJ routines by DJ Muzzell during a recent Youtube party in the office. Watch him put together these two short routines, cutting up both Love You Inside Out by the Bee Gees (Serge Gamesbourg edit), as well as Learn From You by Bobby Tank.
It's a shame it's serato fx *or* onboard fx. It would have been awesome to have both available simultaneously.
I was so excited about the S9 I couldn't sleep and gave in and bought it. I returned it a week later :(
BUGS: Some of the bugs I found were certain buttons would cause the pads to change to user modes (problem cleared up by itself after a few uses).
One time Serato was unhappy with both of my vinyl tracking. After cleaning needles/records and going through my usual fixes it didn't fix the problem. Unplugging the S9 and plugging it back in fixed it?!!!?
Echo hardware effect was inconsistent whether it would change the beat parameter. Sometimes it would effect the tail other times it wouldn't after disengaging the echo.
MINOR ISSUES: If you engaged a [4 Beat Loop] then changed it's size using the [1/2x] or [2x] buttons, hitting the engaged/lighted [4 beat loop] button would *not* disengage the loop. It would change the loop to 4 beats (and jump the loop head with it) before allowing it to be disengaged by hitting the [4 beat loop] button a second time. (You'd have to [shift] + [4 beat loop] to disengage if you changed the loop size.)
Also using the [4 Beat Loop] button would shift your "loop bracket" over to 1/2,1,2,4 so when you went to roll mode the 4 buttons available for rolling on each deck would be 1/2,1,2, and 4. You'd have to parameter shift the roll function to be playing in a useful "loop bracket."
All these issues could be fixed with firmware upgrades I'm sure but I didn't feel comfortable waiting to see if the issues would be fixed. It's too much money to have to cross my fingers.
That being said, The crossfader is dope! (User replaceability I've read may be an issue)
I both liked and disliked the echo and reverb on this mixer. Turning the dry/wet knob to full would created an endless tail on the echo and a long tail on the reverb. That's fun to play with but... being used to my djm 800 it was hard to use those effects in a subtle manner for mixing.
Coming from the DJM 800 I was looking forward to having DUB Echo on the filter knobs but having to have a 3rd party Pioneer app open to switch from Filter to Dub Echo made it too "far away" to make it easily useful.
I also missed the VU meters being located up by your EQ section - that's totally just a personal preference thing :)
Some people will love this mixer. I thought that I would.
I think if you're a straight scratch dj you may not be as fussed by some of my gripes about this mixer but some of the issues/bugs shouldn't be in a unit of this price.
Just my 2 cents. It's a good mixer but I feel, I personally, get more from my djm 800 and some Dicers.
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