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There is a fine bloodline of pioneering mixers over the years, stretching back to old school hip hop icon, the GLI PMX9000, with its ‘transition control’ (or crossfader, as it would be known), to the fondly remembered Gemini MX-2200 series (the early battle mixer).
It was one make and model, however, that became ubiquitous with the golden age of scratching - the Vestax PMC-05 Pro.
Since its launch in 1995, it quickly became the favoured unit for turntablists all over the world. It’s as if they locked all the leading DJs of the day - Rhettmatic, Shortkut and Qbert - in a room and wouldn’t let them leave until they’d came up with the ultimate mixer (not far from the truth…).
It’s unfussy layout made juggles more fluid, the curve was super tight, it rocked the first exterior hamster switch, and it was without gimmicks (unlike the later Samurai PMC-05 Pro D, with its ’cheating’ triple-click dials).
Its battle DNA can be found in any serious contender to the throne to this day, including the hotly anticipated, and Qbert-endorsed, DJ Tech Thud Rumble TR-1S.
Let Yogafrog and DJ Qbert school you on the 05’s history here…