Something interesting from Pioneer DJ in my mailbox today: an updated version of the Pioneer DJM-250 2 channel mixer. On the surface, the changes are minimal, it remains an entry level 2 channel mixer for DJ’s that don’t require more than 2 channels, a filter, a 3 band EQ and a crossfader. But under the hood, there is something going on.
The DJM-250MK2 is equipped with a soundcard and supports Rekordbox DVS. It’s also bundled with Rekordbox DJ and Rekordbox DVS licenses, meaning you get a whopping USD 230 of free software in the box, and that makes the retail price USD 349 even more interesting than it already is.
- Magvel crossfader, smooth channel faders and 3-band isolators
Mixing and scratching on the DJM-250MK2 feels instinctive and effortless. The Magvel crossfader – taken from the flagship DJM-900NXS2 mixer – is accurate, smooth, and durable for more than 10 million movements. Precise, fluid mixes are a breeze using the mixer’s channel faders, and the 3-band isolators give precision across the highs, mids and lows. You can use them to totally eliminate each frequency range when you turn the knob all the way to the left.
- Flagship filter with nuanced control
Get creative in the mix using the filter inherited from the Sound Color FX on the flagship DJM-900NXS2 mixer. Simply turn the knob on each channel to apply the filter, then create unique textures by twisting the parameter knob to adjust resonance and add tension to your performance.
- Built-in sound card and easy recording
Connect the DJM-250MK2 to your PC/Mac using a single USB cable. The USB connection supports sound input and output, so you can record your mixes to your computer’s hard drive.
- Bundled licences for rekordbox dj and rekordbox dvs
The DJM-250MK2 comes with free licence keys for our professional dj performance applications, rekordbox dj (requires rekordbox version 4.3.0 or higher, available from 1st of March 2017) and rekordbox dvs, worth €248 combined. Use them together to play digital tracks from your PC/Mac using either multi players or turntables and control vinyl (available separately).
- High-quality sound
Hear the true, high-quality sound of your tracks whether you’re playing from digital or analogue sound sources thanks to the mixer’s dithering technology.
- Other features
- XLR terminal – high-quality audio output
- Two headphone outputs – ¼-inch stereo jack and 3.5-mm mini jack
- Signal GND terminal – easily attach and securely hold ground wires from analogue turntables
- Independent Mic section – use a microphone and the Aux input at the same time
This is a rather nice piece of new equipment by Pioneer DJ! The basic features are all there, and the addition of DVS support makes it a steal for the retail price. The DJM-250MK2 should be the weapon of choice if starting DJ’s or DJ’s that want a simple but functional home setup. If I have one negative point to mention, it would be the lack of effects. Having a minimal amount of effects (echo, delay, noise) is essential (at least for me) and this would have made the DJM-250MK2 absolutely complete.
The Pioneer DJ DJM-250MK2 will be available beginning of March 2017 for USD 349.