I received my X1800 yesterday and I got it all hook up. One thing I have to say is, this mixer has some weight, which is rare in these days and time with all the new mixer being digital. Second is, wow this mixer has some low end warmth to it. I didn’t get to fool around with it much and I try to keep the music down on weekdays to keep peace in the house. So I was listening to tracks in my headphones. I must say I’m impress so far. This is my first Denon mixer. I came so close to purchasing the X1500 and X1700 in the past. I own many model decks, but never pull the trigger on the mixers.
When It comes to effects, I am very picky or finicky. At the same time forgiving. I started djing in high school in the 80’s and I always use external effects. Most of the old analog mixer didn’t have effects built in and I got into purchasing guitar pedals and rack effects, like the alesis microverb and the alesis midiverb to sweeting my mixes. So I’m spoiled when it comes to echo, delays, flanges and reverb effects. I like my effects to have a stereo image with warmth that send the frequency of your tracks to new dimension. Not layer on top of them. Most mixers with built in effects sound mono and lifeless to me. That’s why I love my A&H DB4, because it has built in studio effects, which some of them are weak. I also own and use external effects like the Kaoss pad 2, 3, 3+ and the Pioneer EFX-1000. True story, when Pioneer released the DJM-2000 mixer. I purchase it, thinking the effects would sound as good or better as the EFX-1000 and was so disappointed. I return it in two days, I purchase the RMX-1000 and returned it. I own a $400 Behringer DDM4000 mixer, that have decent sounding effects for the price. Another good mixer I use to own, was the Vestax PMC 580 Pro. Had good sounding effects and the filters was outstanding, but the bpm counter was all over the place and killed long use of delay and echoes.
I didn’t get to deep into the X1800 effects, but the sweep effects seem fun to quickly throw in. As guys here mention before, the bpm efx on/off button and the touch strip needs to be post delayed. Even the setting on the cheap Behringer DDM4000 had the option to long fade the flange, filter, echo, and phaser after triggering off the the effects button. No mixer with on board effects, should not have post faders or post on/off buttons. I return the Pioneer DDJ-SZ controller after one week, because the controller didn;t have post faders. Well the wekend is here and it’s going to be a good one. I get to explore the X1800 with no hassle and really see what the mixer has to offer.
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