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REVIEW: Vestax PMC-06 Pro VCA
REVIEW: Vestax PMC-06 Pro VCA
Posted by Gizmo on January 28, 2008 :

Vestax PMC-06 Pro VCA black review

Plugging a narrow gap in the review schedule is the newly painted Vestax PMC-06 Pro VCA. Having been iconic for scratch DJs for years now, Vestax thought it might be a good idea to make it look like the rest of the current range thus endowing it with a coat of paint and some go-faster checkerboard stripes. But it doesn't go any faster or perform any better, but does look like it belongs in the range again.

As you might expect, I've used many mixers in my time but I'd never spent any length of time with an 06. So I was quite surprised at how much is actually lacking. Sure it can scratch just fine, especially with the enclosed CLS-1 rubber stoppers, but without a master cue, I found it almost crippled. I suspect that many inexperienced bedroom scratchers have shelled out pocket money only to find that they can't scratch in their headphones. Incredibly disappointing considering that this is the ideal bedroom DJ's mixer.

I do mention in the review that master cue mods do exist, but because of the changes made to the design over the years, a few different models are out there and the mod isn't the same for each one.

I'm not saying don't buy it because if you need a space efficient and wallet friendly mixer, the 06 could be the one for you. Just read the review and be aware of its limitations first.


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21 comments to this story

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On January 28, 2008, gusset scratch said this:
knock 100 off the price and it might be more in line with today's mixer market, there are many better alternatives for the 200-250 range.

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On January 28, 2008, rasteri said this:
I still got a bit of a soft spot for the 06, it's an amazing mixer to just stick in your bag and turn up at a gig with. And it's still the best juggling mixer by a long shot.

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On January 28, 2008, Fatlaces said this:
Can you shed some light onto the custom 06 with MIDI you mentioned? It sounds like a rather intresting mod for my old mixer.

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On January 28, 2008, aRKei said this:
Yo Fatlaces

Flesh One once released a midi-mod for the old 06 pro.

Link

I contacted him last year or so, to order one, but they were no longer available. He told me that they will do more of them, but I haven't heard anything yet.

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On January 28, 2008, Gizmo said this:
Thanks aRKei - couldn't find it in a quick look through my mail.

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On January 28, 2008, DaCaveDwella said this:
I was gonna get one of these because of the looks...but then I remembered...the 06 is one of the loudest, clankiest vestax mixers on the market. Way overdue for a upgrade...

Vestax...

-Strengthen the actual body underneath the faceplate
-Silence the fader to work like an 05, 07 mixer
-Better paint job & faceplate. I thought the black was cool
But when I looked closer...just cheap metal & and loud as
the old 06 mixers. I would suggest a faceplate made out of
the same material as the Rane TTM57SL faceplate
-Gizmo suggestion - add master cue (so dj's can scratch in
the headphones)
-Long overdue...hey it's 2008 companies...!!
Mid-Range EQ Knob...

8)

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On January 28, 2008, AgentZero said this:
Saw what looked like an 06 knockoff here in Japan. It had 3-band EQs and gain. Didn't notice if it had master cue. Might have to go and take another little look. Anybody hear of 06 OEMs?

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On January 28, 2008, GM Ginsu D said this:
Pound for pound the UMX 5 had better features in the same compact size. The Stanton SK 1 and Gemini's EX 26 had the same features as the Vestax except the the line curves switches being on the top faceplate and the EX 26 had reversible line faders. OEMs? Could be...

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On January 28, 2008, Orazio Del Core said this:
I have a mpc06 pro, I had it since 99' I replaced the fader but would be nice to get a black faceplate

anyone knows where I can get one?

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On January 29, 2008, DaCaveDwella said this:
UMX5 has really bad phone pre-amps...does not work good with serato unless you have high output needles (Shure M447s might work)...;It took me about 3-4 months to burn out the UMX5...got my money back from Guitar Center since I bought the extended warranty...

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On January 29, 2008, B-Stee said this:
The mixer shouldn't effect Serato since the turntables plug directly into the SL-1...you're using the SL-1 pre-amp (is there even one or does it just read the signal and digitally amp it inside ssl?)

Either way, i've heard great things about the UMX series, but never got to try one out.

mad.gif Security Code!!!! mad.gif

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On January 29, 2008, GM Ginsu D said this:
I've had mine for several years and is a permanant part of my set up along with a umx 3 and 7. Never had a problem with any of them. I keep my mx 2200 close at hand though!

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On January 29, 2008, Mr. Mo said this:
the biggest faults have been rightfully mentioned:
-no master/cue switch
-made in CHINA
-price

i've known dj's who have gone through several of these (because of the phono pre-amps), and always had one channel louder than the other. the cue fader is always trashed seeing as it's so damn flimsy. the curve is huge without a credit card mod/rubber spacers, which can improve your scratching due to having to put more effort into the fader work (but still annoying as hell). every 06 i see has bent faceplate corners as well.

keep shooting yourself in the foot, vestax. you had a chance to truly overhaul an icon and you blew it.

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On January 29, 2008, DaCaveDwella said this:
Oops...my bad...I meant the (I believe American Audio QD-5?) had very bad phono preamps...& my bad again...it was real vinyl I was using at the time...wow...how did that pull out of my brain...

must of had a little too much whiskey the night before... push.gif

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On January 29, 2008, Scratchy Seal said this:
i have the mixer ....
and i must say that the mixer is very good
the only thing is that the crossfader is totally shit
vestax has choose the crossfader from the vestax pmc 06 pro D
the samurai crossfaders <<<<<<<
the normal and old pcv crossfader is shit
i send my mixer back ... get my money back ...
an by a rane mixer
vestax must come out with new ideas and better faders
ih have the vestax pmc 06 pro D and this Mixer is a fucking monster tahts all i need 8) faders are so good
i do not understand why they have the old crossfader in this mixer ... wacko.gif
they have make it digital and build this samurai crossfader in there ... and then for 400$ dollars or euros ....

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On January 30, 2008, ruffm.com said this:
This mixer is a legend. I cannot understand your points.
Its good quality for a fair price (299.-in germany)!
Master Cue is not needed if you play with an amplifier with headphones output ;-)

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On January 30, 2008, GravitatE said this:
I had this mixer in the form of the PRO-A back in 2002, I used it for a few months but quickly got fed up of the very very very basic features, I dont understand why vestax didn't put a 3band EQ on this mixer! ...plus the headphone fader is in a stupid place [hidden at the front of the mixer]. I replaced it with and Ecler NUO2, which for the money is a far far far better mixer. want a thin mixer, the NUO2 is the only competitor. The Vestax is very limited and does not give you many chances to be creative.

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On January 30, 2008, GravitatE said this:
I had this mixer in the form of the PRO-A back in 2002, I used it for a few months but quickly got fed up of the very very very basic features, I dont understand why vestax didn't put a 3band EQ on this mixer! ...plus the headphone fader is in a stupid place [hidden at the front of the mixer]. I replaced it with and Ecler NUO2, which for the money is a far far far better mixer. want a thin mixer, the NUO2 is the only competitor. The Vestax is very limited and does not give you many chances to be creative.

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On January 30, 2008, Deft said this:
06ProA comfortably the worst mixer I have owned for .

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On January 30, 2008, Gizmo said this:
quote:
"06ProA comfortably the worst mixer I have owned for .
"

Looks like I got off lightly there. I expected at least a turd in a jiffy bag for giving ratings above 3.

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On March 5, 2008, Gary Glitter said this:
yo I want mix master mike to cut on this and 2 black PDX's at my funeral yo...







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