Pioneer DJ have announced a new all-in-one unit the XDJ-RR. Coming in at £1,019, it's significantly cheaper than the flagship all-in-one unit XDJ-RX2, a popular unit for smaller bars and for home use to transition to the full NXS2 setup.
The new version of Pioneer DJ's rekordbox has added an easier way to mix in key. The new 'traffic light' system highlights tracks that are suitable to play next, if you want your music to match harmonically. Despite being called a 'traffic light' system, it only seems to use the colour green, rather than orange and red for tracks that may clash slightly and tracks that don't work at all.
Pioneer DJ's new rekordbox dj controller – the DDJ-400 – is a two-channel unit for less than £250. Coming bundled with a license for the software, the DDJ-400 is "the perfect controller to learn on" according to Pioneer DJ, and features the new Tutorial feature in the lastest version of rekordbox dj to help new DJs to get to grips with the basics.
Pioneer DJ have launched a new Serato DJ Pro controller called the DDJ-SX3. The four-channel unit is an update to the SX2, taking advantage of the new features in Serato DJ Pro as well as adding an extra mic input – now three – with new mic FX, dual USB ports for simple switchovers, the addition of Pioneer DJ's Sound Color FX per channel, reduced latency jog wheels and the unit can also be used as a standalone DJ mixer with up to four channels. Multi-coloured performance pads and a display designed around the new Serato are also included.
Pioneer DJ have launched some new DJ headphones called the HDJ-S7s. The new headphones have been designed to be ultra durable, smaller in form factor and with higher quality sound, all input from the "world-renowned" DJs who helped design them. With a frequency range of 5Hz to 40kHz – the same spectrum as their flagship HDJ-X10s – Pioneer DJ claim you'll "pick up on greater separation of rich bass tones and clear mid-to-high frequencies".
Native Instruments have completely rebuilt their DJ software Traktor from the ground up, as well as doubling the size of their Traktor team. In an email message sent out to tech media, NI’s Director of Products (Traktor) Pedram Faghfouri set to reassure users after a long period of dormancy from the software, explaining that new hardware and software will be coming in 2018.
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.