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Pioneer Pro DJ DJS SVJ-DL01

£129 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Pioneer

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Why carry a back-breaking case of vinyl when an MP3 player slips nicely into your pocket?

It's not so long ago that turntables, or decks, became essential furniture in any hip teenager's bedroom – despite the apparent need for musical talent. But in the same way you might use a DVD to store the data of several floppies, why carry a back-breaking case of vinyl when an MP3 player slips nicely into your pocket?

Pioneer Pro DJ is a pair of virtual decks. And with the quality and accuracy of the features, we're talking Technics or Numark quality (ask your kids). With its maze of buttons, dials, sliders and faders, the user interface is no different to a standard mixer – except the decks are smaller and, thanks to the beauty of MP3, there's a convenient and easy-to-sort playlist to the side.

Bundling four sheets of keyboard sticker reminders, Pro DJ can assign frequently used features to individual keys. Should you be using a laptop, dragging-and-dropping MP3s, hitting buttons, or sliding faders and dials on cue can prove a bit hit-and-miss.

The hot-keys work a treat, although you might prefer to remove the stickers before your set, or risk losing your air of DJ cool.

ProDJ's extensive feature range includes auto mixing, a waveform display, BPM synchronisation, delay, echo, auto pan, trans, filter, flanger, reverb and pitch-shifter effects, fader start function, the ability to set four points for cues or loops and a function for ripping CD tracks to MP3.

Unfortunately for the pros, there are only two decks. More of a problem is the need for two audio outputs: one to play the music and one to hear the tune you're bringing in.

Pioneer Pro DJ DJS SVJ-DL01 Expert Verdict »

1.5GHz Pentium M or AMD Athlon processor
Windows XP/2000 Professional
250MB free hard disk space (excluding the capacity needed for storing MP3 and other files)
1,024x768 screen resolution
built-in or external audio output
DVD or CD-ROM drive
  • Ease of Use: We give this item 8 of 10 for ease of use
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

While you could buy a copy for everyone in the family at the price some decks go for, £129 is a lot of pocket money for amateurs – and two channels mightn't be enough for pros. Just remember: mixing is much harder than it looks, so you shouldn't expect to be playing Ibiza next week.

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