AlphaTheta Corporation announces the release of the Pioneer DJ DJM-A9 mixer. The DJM-A9 raises the bar for club standard, professional mixers with stunningly clear sound quality, enhanced playability and connectivity, and a host of new features to take performances to the next level.
Offering multiple advancements over its predecessor, the Pioneer DJ DJM-900NXS2, the new DJM-A9 mixer produces a higher level of natural-sounding audio. By including an ESS Technology 32-bit high-quality analog-to-digital (A/D) and digital-to-analog (D/A) converters into the channel input section and the master and booth output sections, the DJM-A9 disperses clear sound to the booth and dance floor.
The DJM-A9’s new layout design makes it more instinctive and comfortable to play. Spacing was added around the EQ knobs. The channel faders and the MAGVEL FADER crossfader are slicker than those on the DJM-900NXS2, to enable performers to mix and scratch more efficiently. And the Sound Color FX include the world’s first Center Lock feature, to ensure artists don’t accidentally cross over between the hi/low parameters.
Beat FX are more instinctive to use on the DJM-A9 thanks to the new color display and revamped X-Pad, which is now arranged horizontally for simple, sideways finger sliding. The Beat FX channel selector is now a dedicated button, enabling quicker effect routing, and the Multi I/O section has been upgraded to offer true send capabilities. In total, there are 14 Beat FX to play with, including 3 new ones.
Through fine-tuning and improved construction with carefully selected components, the microphone section of the DJM-A9 brings new possibilities when streaming or MCing. Artists can connect a condenser mic directly to the DJM-A9 for the best possible vocal sound quality thanks to the phantom power supply to the mic input, which is an industry-first feature on a DJ mixer. To dynamically change the sound of the artists voice, there are 3 different mic effects plus a dedicated reverb to play with.
Changing DJs or playing back-to-back is a breeze on the DJM-A9 thanks to the dual sets of USB Type-B and Type-C ports, which enable artists to connect two PCs/Macs running either Rekordbox or Serato DJ Pro. And the mixer’s expanded connectivity opens up new possibilities for artists performances. If an artist wants to play tracks from a mobile device, Bluetooth®/MD input makes it easy on the DJM-A9. The audio can be routed to any channel, and an artist can use all the mixer’s effects to change the sound.
The DJM-A9 is compatible with the upcoming version of Rekordbox, which will be available in March 2023. To use the mixer with Serato DJ Pro, artists will need to buy a license or subscription for the software and download the latest version here. The mixer supports DVS control via either application.
The DMJ-A9 also delivers industry-first features, including a Center Lock feature when using Sound Color FX, which prevents accidental crossing between the high/low parameters, no matter the knob turn speed.
With Wi-Fi connectivity built into the DJM-A9, front-of-house teams can monitor the mixer through the new Stagehand iPad app (coming soon). By remotely monitoring various information from the mixer, and even control selected functions, engineers can adjust sound system settings and troubleshoot without entering the booth or disturbing the DJ.
Clear Sound Quality
The next generation DJM-A9 mixer is equipped with an ESS Technology 32-bit high-quality A/D converter while the master and booth output sections employ 32-bit high-quality D/A converters.
With higher-quality, and slicker channel faders than the DJM-900NXS2, plus the third-generation MAGVEL FADER crossfader, artists can produce silky-smooth mixing and rapid, stable scratching. The DJM-A9 also adds increased spacing around the EQ knobs and bright LEDs in the channel section for an easier visual grasp on sound levels.
Sound Color FX
With the industry-first Center Lock feature for Sound Color FX, each knob will stop turning once the knob has reached the center position.
Advanced Beat FX
A new color display helps artists to quickly and accurately understand the status of the selected effect, and it features lighting that corresponds with the X-Pad’s horizontal arrangement, enabling more intuitive control with a simple finger slide. Artists can use the X-Pad to change the Echo and Ping Pong effects to create a unique analog tape-style sound.
And, within the 14 total Beat FX, there are 3 new ones you can use to add extra variation to your performances:
- Mobius: Changes the frequency of the oscillator to constantly rise or fall in time with the beat.
- Triplet Filter: Changes the cut-off frequency cyclically for the filter according to the beat (based on 3 beats).
- Triplet Roll: Outputs the recorded sound repeatedly according to the specified beat fraction (based on 3 beats).
The DJM-A9’s microphone section provides more control and adds extra creativity for DJs. The phantom-powered input, a feature never seen before on a DJ mixer means artists can connect a high-quality condenser mic directly to the DJM-A9. There are also 3 new microphone effects, with a dedicated reverb effect:
- Echo: Outputs a delayed sound several times while attenuating it to add an echo effect.
- Pitch: Changes the pitch of the microphone sound.
- Megaphone: Changes the microphone sound so it sounds like you’re talking through a megaphone.
Connect two different PC/Mac computers at the same time using dual USB Type-B and USB Type-C ports for seamless transitions between DJs and easy back-to-sets. Additionally, the Bluetooth input routes to any channel on the DJM-A9 to wirelessly drop audio tracks into sets from other devices and use all the mixers features and effects. The Multi I/O section has an independent channel selector to allow the use of external effects separately from Beat FX, giving the DJM-A9 true send capabilities.
Dual Independent Headphone Outputs and Booth EQ
Two DJs can plug in headphones simultaneously with separate cue buttons, volume knobs, and mix balance knobs for each set of headphones, making it easier to cue tracks during changeovers. There is also a 2-band booth EQ,
Support for the Brand-New Stagehand App and Built-In Sound Check function
The DJM-A9 is compatible with Pioneer DJ’s new Stagehand app for iPad (coming soon), the industry-first PRO DJ LINK remote management app for front-of-house teams.
Support for rekordbox and Serato DJ Pro
Artists can choose their favorite DJ software, which includes support for the DVS features in both rekordbox and Serato DJ Pro.*
DJM-REC App Support for Reliable Recording
Easily record your performances with the DJM-REC app for iOS and Android. This app lets artists share their mixes via platforms such as Mixcloud and stream in real time via services including Twitch.
Lockable Power Cord
Artists can feel relaxed with the knowledge that the lockable power cord will always stay firmly in place.
Video and lighting app support
Support for TC Supply’s ShowKontrol and the free app PRO DJ LINK Bridge, DJs, event producers, lighting designers, LJs, video creators, and VJs can produce sound and visual coordination with confidence and create shows that captivate audiences.
*To use Serato DJ Pro, customers must purchase a license or subscription.