Pioneer has revealed its latest double-punch hardware/software combo for budding digital DJs, with the new RMX-1000 controller that also doubles as an effects and sampling station. Operating as a tactile USB controller for Pioneer's VST and AU DJ software, and as a standalone effects/sampler system when you're out of your studio, there are multiple preset effects banks that can be user-programmed or loaded up with celebrity DJ configurations.
Pioneer will offer downloads of presets by DJs Chuckie, Kissy Sell Out, Kutski, James Zabiela, Doorly, and Laidback Luke, and the macro buttons will mean traditionally complex sounds can be created far more easily. Presets themselves can be stored to an SD card, with the ten access buttons arrayed around a knob for wet/dry control.
There's also X-Pad sampling, borrowed from the DJM-900nexus, various Cut/Add, Trans/Roll and Gate/Drive dynamic effects, and quantized sampling. Ports include an RCA and 6.33 mm input and an RCA and 6.33 mm output, along with a USB port, and the controller measures in at 334 x 157 x 57 mm and 1.3kg.
Opinion seems split between those who think the flexibility is going to be very handy, and those who think it's just another watering-down of DJing. The Pioneer RMX-1000 is expected to go on sale in May 2012, priced at £599/€699 ($942).
[via Create Digital Music]