Pioneer has this week introduced a new flagship range of mixers and remix stations to its range in the form of the new CDJ-2000nexus Player, DJM-900nexus Mixer AND RMX-1000 Remix Station.
The new range will be released in limited editions with a limited run of 4,000 units for the CDJ-2000nexus, 2,000 units for the DJM-900nexus, and 2,000 units for the RMX-1000.
CDJ-2000nexus-M features include:
• Users can choose their media source from a USB storage device, SD memory card, CD- or DVD-ROM Disc, DJ software via MIDI/HID or even using music stored inside Wi-Fi®1/USB-connected smartphones and tablets
• rekordbox™ music management software for analysis, management, and playback of music files.
• Pioneer’s PRO DJ LINK2, which enables up to four digital CDJ players to be connected for sharing music files stored on a single USB device and/or SD card
• High efficiency Wolfson® Microelectronics digital-to-analog (D/A) converter for accurate sound reproduction, faithful to source material
• Slip and Quantize functions, which enable reliable performance without changing the flow of the original track. Using the My Settings feature, the function settings of a player can be saved to an iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch®, USB storage device, or SD memory card. For additional convenience, the settings can also be can be made ahead of time on the rekordbox app or software, allowing users switch to their settings when a connection is made to the CDJ-2000nexus.
• Up to 35 controls on the surface of each player can be used to trigger other devices, such as DJ effectors and software by way of HID and/or MIDI
• Active Loop function automatically starts loops when playback begins from a specified point
• Load Previous Track feature provides playback of prior music that has been loaded to the player
• Rating on the Go function allows users to rate tracks during play for easy reference or sorting
• Auto Standby function switches power to standby mode when no operation or input is detected for a certain period of time
ION has unveiled its new ION iDJ 2 Go Plus DJ system, that will be showcased at CES 2013 this week running from January 8th -11th. The new ION iDJ 2 Go Plus has been specifically designed to be used with Apple’s latest iOS devices and is equipped with an Apple Lightning connection.
The ION iDJ 2 Go Plus features two turntables, audio effect and crossfader, connects directly to your iOS devices requiring no batteries and provides a quick and easy way to rapidly search for tracks from your library.
The ION iDJ 2 Go Plus has also bee designed to work with ION’s iDJ 2 Go app, which is available as a free download from the iTunes App Store.
“iDJ 2 Go Plus is the easiest way to become a DJ with your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. The system harnesses the processing power of your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch and enables you to DJ anywhere using the music from your iTunes library. iDJ 2 Go Plus works with Algoriddim’s award-winning djay app (sold separately). With unprecedented ease-of-use and innovative multi-touch mixing features, djay for takes DJing on your iOS device to the next level.”
Unfortunately no information on pricing or worldwide availability has been released as yet, but as soon as information comes to light we will keep you updated as always.
Pioneer’s CDJ-2000 took the spot at the top of the firm’s CD turntable range a couple of years back, and has enjoyed a decent spell as the club standard. To ensure that its reign continues unchallenged, a new iteration in the form of the CDJ-2000nexus (no relation) has just been announced. The vast majority of the DNA remains the same, but there are some key new features such as WiFi (as we saw in the XDJ-AERO) for use with the rekordbox app, Beat Sync, Wave Zoom and Slip (a much wanted feature first seen in the CDJ-900). In total, you can now load tracks from CD, DVD, USB, SD, networked machines, and WiFi, meaning the player has essentially outgrown its “CDJ” labeling, becoming a true multimedia player. If you fancy taking one for a spin, you can do so starting from some time this month, for the upbeat price of $2,399. Laidback Luke demo video on rotation after the break.
Remember that fancy-looking DDJ-AERO we saw from Pioneer recently? Well if that was a bit too “buttony,” or perhaps just too expensive for your beginner DJ pockets, how about that which you see above? Announced today, this is the DDJ-WeGO an (or is that another) all-in-one DJ controller — squarely aimed at the cheaper end of the market. With a suggested retail price of $399, it’s Pioneer’s cheapest controller to date, and comes bundled with Virtual DJ LE software. For your money, you get two platters and a mini-mixer, FX buttons, a choice of five colors (white, black, red, green or the pictured violet), as well as some built-in LED effects that help you learn to mix (the lights get brighter as the pitch of the two songs gets closer, etc.). On a more practical level, the unit is compact, USB-powered, and has a built-in audio-interface (no extra sound card required for headphone monitoring). You can get your spin on from next month, at the aforementioned quad-benjamin price-point, or tease yourself with the PR past the break.
Load and start track A. Load, and start track B on the next down beat. Adjust pitch / speed of track B to keep in time with track A. Now you know the very basics of DJing, you might want some hardware to practice it on. Fortunately, for you beginners, Denon has just released the MC2000 DJ controller. An entry-level device that should get you (and your tracks) up to speed. Along with the plug and play USB device, you’ll get a copy of Serato’s DJ Intro mixing software (for which it was specifically designed) to get you started. If that’s not for you, or perhaps you’ve already earned your spinning stripes, and are looking for something compact, no problem — full MIDI output means this can work with other software options too. There’s a basic two-channel mixer snug between the pair o’wheels, and all the usual buttons for hot-cues and loops etc. As is fast becoming standard, the audio interface is built-in, making the hook-up at parties and gigs a much simpler — and less computer-bothering — affair. If has ticked your boxes, it’ll be available from October, commanding an estimated £269 / €325 / $299 out of your record budget when it does so. In the meantime you can cue-up the promo video after the break.
As the world of digital DJing offers those who spin increasingly individual configurations, there’s still a dedicated crowd who like to keep it strictly “ones and twos.” Denon hears this, and is hoping to snag some of those faithful with its latest SC2900 DJ media player. From the tease video (after the break) it looks like it’s pitting itself against Pioneer’s CDJ900 and CDJ2000 models. There’s a 7-inch platter (Denon’s first without a motor,) jazzed up with LEDs for cue and marker points. This can be used to get hands on with CDs (audio and MP3,) USB drives, music direct from the companion “Engine” software (i.e. hosted on a Mac or PC,) and shared media from other compatible networked players. Other goodies include four hot cues, native support for Traktor (and other) DJ software over MIDI, a “slip mode” made popular by the CDJ900 for keeping tracks in the mix even when scratching, and library browsing via iPad (though we’re not sure if it’s anything more than that). Pricing and availability should get played out soon, in the meantime you might want to start boning up on those old DMC routines.
IK Multimedia has started shipping its new iRig Mix, the first mixer designed specifically for iOS devices, such as Apple’s iPad, iPhone and iPod. iRig Mix has been designed to be an ultra compact DJ and audio mixer, which works with the DJ Rig, AmpliTube, VocaLive, GrooveMaker and other iOS DJ applications.
The new IK Multimedia iRig Mix is equipped with full EQ adjustment, crossfader, headphone cue and a mic input, and allows you to record your creations if needed and share them with friends, publish or distribute. Enabling you to either have dual iOS devices connected or simply one, as required. IK Multimedia explains:
“This flexibility, combined with iRig MIX’s portability gives aspiring and pro DJs a compact system that can be used everywhere… anytime. House parties or in the yard, after-parties, and impromptu dances are perfect environments for the iRig MIX. Planes, trains and automobiles used to mean that your DJ gear was inaccessible and unusable. Now, no matter where you are or where you are going, you can mix and rehearse sets.”
The IK Multimedia iRig Mix is now available to purchase for around $100.
Source: IK Multimedia
Of all the weird things to play the music you want, this has to be the strangest. Swann has unveiled a new customizable doorbell that will play any music you want when the button is pressed. The doorbell is called the MP3 DJ doorbell and it sells for $49.99.
You get to music on the doorbell of putting your SD card into a slot. Apparently, you put multiple tracks of polyphonic tones on the card and it will choose between them each time the button is pressed. The button has a 330-foot range from the base and the system is designed for DIY installers.
It also connect the base station to computer via a USB port and uses mass storage device for moving tracks to and from the ST card you put inside. This is a strange device, but I can see it catching on with custom doorbell ring tones.
First unveiled in September of last year Numark’s new entry-level 4 channel all round DJ controller, the Numark N4. Has now arrived in stores and is available to purchase for around $500.
The new Numark N4 is configurable enabling you to use two of the four channels to control external decks, players and devices, and comes supplied with Serato’s new DJ Intro software. Check out the video demonstration after the jump to see the new Numark N4, put through its paces.
The new Numark N4 features four decks of software control, plus a built-in mixer that can be used with or without a computer. Together with large, touch-sensitive platters, a built-in USB audio interface and a comprehensive mixer section with EQ and gain controls. Numark explains:
“The N4 is designed for DJs who want powerful capability in a lightweight, portable package. The N4 is a complete DJ controller that has everything you need to perform at your highest level.”
Once upon a less digital time, there existed the art of the mixtape: a tedious labor of love that required timing, taste and a penchant for musical progression. No longer in this iTunes-era, where personally curated song collections that once served as the background to our lives can now be automated by our dear friends in Cupertino. And, based on a patent application filed back in August of 2010, those Apple-made robo-playlists could get even smarter and slicker, with your perennially hip, millennial compadres being none the wiser. According to the claims covered, “an electronic device” (insert Mac or iOS product here) would be able to locate and interpret beats from a preceding AAC, MP3 or WMA file and crossfade them into those of the following track. In other words, it’s a virtual disc jockey built into your machine; one that would supercede the currently available DJ feature. Whether or not this Sven Väth-like software will pan out in the company’s favor remains to be seen. So, until that fateful day arrives, the creation of those fist-pumping, house mixes is better left to the few, the proud, the orange-skinned.
We already knew Akai was refreshing its legendary MPC range, but the newest member to the family — the Fly — has to be about the cutest. It kinda looks, initially, like a knock-off MPC noveltycase, until you realize those pads are real, and that software on screen is legit. The case-and-device approach seems a smart idea, so it feels like one unit — it even juices your slate when you charge its built-in battery. The trade-off is an extra two pounds of weight, and almost an inch of thickness. Somewhat lighter is the app which rocks effects, a sound library, sampling, supports WIST (Wireless Sync-Start Technology) and works on any iPad — but you’ll need a second-gen tab to use the hardware. Before you bemoan that this is some sort of cash-in, the whole idea is that you can lay down ideas on the (ahem) Fly, and pick them up later back in the studio. If you want to see more, drop some bass over the break for a video.
TRAKTOR has this week unveiled a new DJ station which it says shows a glimpse of the future products that you can expect from TRAKTOR. The new DJ station provides a unique solution tying together both digital and analog mixing. Watch a sneak peek of the new device which has been created by TRAKTOR after the jump to get a better understanding of how the new mixer combines both analogue and digital together.
The new DJ station uses multicoloured pants to trigger loops and samples allowing for on-the-fly mixing. TRAKTOR explains:
“The next innovation from the team behind TRAKTOR is just around the corner. With stylish multi-color pads to trigger loops and samples, the upcoming new TRAKTOR software and controller provide a workflow rooted in DJ culture.”
Unfortunately no specific details have been released for the new combination DJ station has yet by TRAKTOR, regarding pricing release dates or availability. But as soon as anyone with information is released we will keep you updated as always.
The set in the video, uses Loopmasters sample content from : Lynx – Eclectic Drum and Bass, Kanji Kinetic Presents Drumstep & Mutant Bass Vol. 1, and you can find those at Loopmasters.
Thought you were all done for new products and first looks? Think again. Looks like Numark is trying to stay ahead of the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) curve, outing its new Traktor-specific 4Trak DJ controller a few days before the show. Its N6 and N7 Serato-flavored devices have been well received, so it’s no surprise the DJ stalwart made one for the other dominant mixing software. On board there’s a four channel mixer, four-deck control, touch-strip track search, high resolution platters and a veritable flight deck of 1:1 hardware / software controls. See that tilted section up top? It’s actually a separate clamp-on “FX Kommand Console” (for controlling effects, unsurprisingly) that comes bundled in the box; an unusual, yet welcome variation. If this sounds like your cup of awesome, you could be spinning with it as soon as the end of Q1. You’ll need to lay down the estimated $1099 street price, but that does include a custom version of Traktor. Still interested? Tap the PR over the break for the full run down.
Gemini unveiled the original FirstMix last yearand now it’s just introduced two more models for the beginner DJ. The FirstMix I/O looks little more than a revision of the original, with some minor aesthetic tweaks, although we’ve not yet been given full specs for a proper comparison. The FirstMix Pro, however, definitely brings a little more to the DJ booth. We spy what appears to be three hot-cue buttons on each deck, expandable to six via a shift function, as well what looks like a three channel EQ. Loop-in and out buttons also make an appearance, along with — most significantly — a 3.5mm headphone jack, which suggests a built-in sound interface for pre-cueing. Gemini wants $129.95 for the FirstMix I/O and $199.95 for the FirstMix Pro and both come bundled with MixVibes LE. Fans of the original can now pick it up for a reduced $79.99. Check the PR after the break for the run-down.
In the world of DJ’ing there are few certainties, be it the music you play, where you play it, or what you play it on. One thing’s for sure, and that is that technology is changing the craft of mixing as we know it. Controllers in particular are responsible for bringing the craft closer to the masses: they’re bedroom-friendly, full of gadgetry and they bring the time honored two-decks-and-a-mixer set up into the 21st century.
Native Instruments already has offerings in this area in the form of the Kontrol X1 and Kontrol S4, both of which have been hugely popular. How, then, will its latest addition to the family – the Kontrol S2 – hold up against its established elder siblings, along with an increasingly crowded pool of competing models? Is this an evolutionary refinement of its bigger brother – the S4 – or a stripped-down, slightly more economical ($669) controller for those looking to dip a toe into the whole DJ thing? Let’s get under the hood and find out.
Look, last year’s Traktor Kontrol S4 was pretty damn awesome but, at $1,000 and about the size of your average Williamsburg DJ, it wasn’t exactly for everyone. That’s where the S2 comes in. Instead of four channels, it’s a “2+1″ setup that supplements the two standard audio ones with a dedicated sample channel. You still get the same high-resolution jog wheels and integrated 24bit / 96kHz sound card, but Native Instruments managed to shave a few inches, pounds and bucks off its predecessor. At $669 it’s much more affordable — still not exactly an impulse purchase, but within the range of most serious hobbyists.
Despite the CDJ-2000s offering full Traktor control over HID, and Traktor Scratch allowing you to get your hands on Native’s pride-and-joy using the industry standard DJ booth regular, it was almost inevitable that Pioneer would join the dedicated controller party.
Over the past year we’ve been graced with a shift in the approach to DJ controllers and more and more companies are opting for the large, bespoke software specific units, either mimicking what you see on screen or sticking to a traditional layout.
“The T1 tames some of Traktor’s complex functions and takes away the learning curve in the process.”
The excellent Glanzmann Digital DJ Solutions 4midiloop has its feet planted firmly in the former category while NI’s flagship Kontrol S4 gives you clear control of a specially made software version. Pioneer’s DDJ-T1 falls somewhere in between with a classic layout and familiar components joining forces with Traktor-specific features.
When it comes to DJ gear, Denon is a brand that’s been a staple in clubs and bars for years, plus they were one of the first companies to get CDs in the DJ scene as they became the default tray-loading CDJ stalwarts.
As the rise of digital DJing continues, never the slouch, Denon has embraced the market and delivers its new Traktor-ready controller, the DN-MC6000.
With Native Instruments now building its very own hardware front-end for Traktor with the Kontrol S4, it seems Denon, like other companies, will have to work a bit harder to find a niche for its own Traktor devices.
“The familiarity of the faders, buttons and rotaries will be a pleasure to anyone that has used Denon DJ kit.”
So what does Denon have to offer? Well. The first thing that you notice when comparing this to the rest of the market is just how well built it is, with a really weighty metal construction and top quality faders, knobs and buttons. It’s probably one of the most robust DJ controllers we’ve ever seen.
The other significant thing about the MC6000 is the sheer amount of features Denon has crammed into this unit, which has a 6U rack-mountable footprint.
There are a huge amount of audio I/O including impressive balanced XLR master outs and balanced TRS booth outs. There are inputs too – with four Phono RCA inputs meaning you can add a pair of CDJs and vinyl decks and route them through the mixer of the unit.
The balanced booth output also acts as an audio send with assignable sources. So, if you wanted to send and return an external effects unit using this, you could. Plus, this booth / send output also benefits from its own high and low EQ.