The NAMM conference may not be on the tip of the tongue of every musician and producer across the world, but it’s likely where the manufacturers and developers of their favourite studio and DJ equipment show off their newest wares. While trade shows might not be the most exciting concept for music fans, what comes out of them often defines the direction in which technology is moving and this year was no exception.
Pioneer DJ have launched a new app to record your DJ mixes directly onto an iOS device via the mixer’s USB send and return port. DJM-REC, which costs £9.99, can remote control the peak limiter on the DJM series meaning the recording will never clip and as it’s recorded via USB, doesn’t require any conversion from analogue to digital so it’s ready to be uploaded, trimmed or streamed live to Facebook, YouTube, Periscope, Instagram or Snapchat directly from the app.
Pioneer DJ have added a new lighting mode to rekrdbox dj, as well as adding a new piece of hardware to support the new DMX output. The RB-DMX1 – priced at £349 – features a single USB input and a DMX out, allowing users to connect DMX-512 compatible lighting fixture.
Pioneer DJ have released a new controller for Rekordbox DJ. The DDJ-1000 is the new flagship in their controller series, completely re-designed to mirror the rekordbox dj software. The DDJ-1000 features four channels, jogs borrowed from the CDJ-2000nxs2 – along with new full-colour circular screens – ten effects from the DJM900nxs2, Magvel faders throughout, dual USB ports, RGB pads for cue points and performance and more.
Pioneer DJ have announced a new performance sampler the DJS-1000. As reported by DJ Mag last week, the new unit has the same form factor as the industry standard CDJ and DJM range, meaning it sits alongside the current format. With many of the same features as the current TORAIZ, the DJS features 16 coloured pads, 16-step sequencer, assignable touch strip and colour screen.
Is this the new Pioneer DJ Toraiz? New photos of what look like a new colourful CDJ-shaped unit have appeared on both Dirtybird’s and Luciano’s Instagram, pictured and embedded below. The new piece of kit, which has the Pioneer DJ logo along the side, look a lot like a CDJ and Toraiz hybrid, with the platter replaced with a selection of coloured buttons.
Pioneer DJ have released their DJing app WeDJ for Android. The popular app lets you DJ using the music files stored on your device. It features two decks with waveform and artwork display, crossfader and a central mixer with EQ, FX and hot cues.
There’s also a touch-screen Pad FX section for Kaoss-style effects control. If you’re more of a hardware person, the DDJ-WeGO4 lets you control the app using real jog wheels, knobs and faders. There’s also a record function and an automix option if you’re feeling particularly lazy.
Pioneer DJ have announced a new white version of the CDJ-2000nxs2 players and DJM-900nxs2 mixer. The new units are limited to run of 1,800 for the CDJs and 900 for the mixer and each unit will come with a plaque with a unique serial number. While there’s nothing new about the specs of the memorable CDJ-2000nxs2-W, few would argue there’s been a sexier CDJ released yet. We need them at DJ Mag HQ!
Pioneer DJ have released a new version of their all-in-one DJ system the XDJ-RX2. Having been spotted by some eagle-eyed viewers of their recent Rekordbox 5 introduction video, the two-deck RX2 features a 7-inch touch screen, two USB ports and eight multi-coloured pads per deck to control hot cues, loops, beat jump and more.