The DJM-350 is an impressive 2 channel mixer with some super cool features. Separated into 3 neat sections via two tidy vertical lines, on the left side we find input and controls for mic/aux connectivity to include 2-band EQ, on/off switch and volume control. Underneath is the neatly labeled Headphones section with CH-1/2 cue buttons, a Cue/Master mix rotary (for controlling bleed between your track playing out and the one you are cueing in your ‘phones) and a headphone volume control The headphone jack is smartly placed on the front of the console below the volume knob. The mid-section houses the two channel strips complete with a 3-band isolator type equalizer that cuts to 0 dB and boosts to +9 db.
There are separate peak level meters for the 2 channels and for master out and the cross fader can be set to different curves. The right hand section though is the most interesting and it’s here that the DJM-350 shines with some cool tools. Other than the Master volume knob which sits in the middle of this section, above it we have recording features and at the bottom, built in effects. Recording is done directly to a USB Flash disc which one plugs in on the top right section. Once plugged in a simple press of the <REC> button and a wav file is generated on the disc.
Other handy features include being able to separate tracks by hitting the Track Mark button which will create a new Wav each time you do this, and an option to preview what has been recorded on the flash drive to your headphones by simply pressing the <PLAY> button. You can also track search. There is no simpler way of getting your mix down than this great innovation. Then at the bottom of the right hand section we find a group of 4 effects; Gate, Jet, Crush and Filter. Only one effect can be used at a time and it comes with just one control knob to vary the Level/Depth. The effects are pretty cool and user friendly if not a little limiting in use.
Two things that would take this effect section from cool to awesome would have been to be able to combine 2 or more effects and an extra rotary to manipulate a second parameter relevant to that effect e.g. set the Gate timing between 1, 2, 4 , 8, 16 and 32 bars or the Q on the filter. Nonetheless, what one has to work with is still remarkably effective.
The only thing on an otherwise excellently thought out console that is missing is no dedicated monitor out section. This means that if you use this in a club environment you’d have to use monitors with volume controls on them to avoid being blasted out at the same level as the club rig.
Whilst each piece of gear stands up pretty well on its own, as a combined package you will really get all the benefits of the added features. From the power of mixing between CD, USB Flash Disc or controlling DJ software to the slick effects and record out features on the mixer, this package really does offer an extremely comprehensive DJ’ing experience.
Whilst this may be billed as entry level by Pioneer and certainly, it is cheaper than their other new gear, the full setup will still set you back anything from R 25 to 27 K so it’s unlikely to find its way into beginner bedroom DJ’s living rooms. It is a future-proof solution though and is ideal for the pro DJ looking for his own setup or for bars and small clubs that want to offer 21st century connectivity without breaking the bank.
CDJ-350: R 8,999.00 incl. VAT
DJM-350: R 7,199.00 incl. VAT
Supplier: Tedelex Proaudio
Tel: 011-873 9666
Written By : Dave Mac