Pioneer is big in the DJ controller business and has numerous products to its credit. One thing most of those products have in common is that they are far from cheap. Most of the pioneer gear we talk about for DJs isn't something that the entry-level person just getting into the art is likely to be able to afford. Pioneer has unveiled a new DJ controller called the DDJ-WeGo that it says is the most affordable DJ controller it has ever offered.
Pioneer has unveiled a new wireless DJ system that lets DJs create music with fewer wires. Pioneer Electronics claims that the XDJ-Aero is the industry's first Wi-Fi DJ system that offers the ability to wirelessly play music tracks from smart devices, including smartphones, tablets, and notebook computers. Using the DJ device the user can mix and arrange music tracks stored on smart devices via Wi-Fi.
"Music," the wise Madonna once sang, "makes the people come together," and although it may look like the tail-end of a Pagani Zonda, the Philips FWP3200D DJ-Dock attempts to do just that. A combination speaker system and dual-deck docking station, the DJ-Dock takes two iPhones or iPods in its rotatable bays - which can be swiveled for either a user standing behind, or positioned for communal control at a party - and includes integrated lighting effects.
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.
You digital maniacs of music can dash out to the online store right this second and unload because Numark has officially started shipping their N4 four-channel DJ controller with built-in mixer and timecode. This beast has more capabilities and features "than any other controller in its class" along with high-resolution 14-bit MIDI for responses so tight you'll have to loosen your belt a bit. And with the price this unit is selling at, you'll have to put your eyeballs back in your head before you start tapping and turning, believe it!
There's been no lack of musical instruments being announced this week at the 2012 edition of NAMM pops up on the circuit, Numark bringing one fantastically amazing looking DJ station to the scene complete with iPad integration. This device was showed off at the Media Preview Day for NAMM and features a gigantic slot right in the center where your iPad or iPad 2 fits in nicely, controlling the whole show. You're meant to use this station with the Algoriddim djay app which we've also, lucky you, taken a hands-on look at last year. This massive station is made to take that experience to a whole new level.
If you've got an eye for precise control over the beats you are bringing to the table and your table is already full of a billion other controller already, you may well be looking for the new Faderfox DS3, as controlling a Traktor near you. This controller is ready to work with Traktor OR whatever else you want to reprogram it to do, switching at a tap between four different devices on the fly. This controller is both ultra compact and ultra powerful in its simplicity, triggering your loops, effects, and samples with the greatest of ease.
Pioneer continues to polish its virtual DJ controller line-up, with the latest DDJ-ERGO-V model packing so many LEDs you could probably outshine a half dozen glitterballs. Hooking up to your PC or Mac via a single USB connection, the DDJ-ERGO-V offers a pair of 115mm controllers, an integrated audio interface, the ability to control up to four decks from one unit, and various blinking light patterns to show you how well you're doing on your mixing, beat matching and more.
We have talked about a lot of DJ gear around here over the months. One of the last DJ systems we talked about was the Pioneer DDJ controllers for the Traktor software. I didn’t realize that Traktor also made its own DJ gear. Traktor has unveiled the new Kontrol S2 DJ controller that has a 2+1 setup with sample decks and mixing controls along with effect features.
Back in March, word of the Gemini FirstMix USB DJ controller surfaced. This is an affordable DJ controller for the new DJ looking to get started in the home. At the time the device surfaced, the price was pegged at a bit under $80. The FirstMix controller is now official available and the only downside is that the price didn’t hit what we expected. The controller is selling for $99.99.
The humble accelerometer shows its worth again, with Stanford University computer music student Nicholas J. Bryan turning an iPhone into a DJ tool that allows analog turntables to control digital music. MOPHO DJ uses the iPhone's accelerometer to track its position on the turntable, picking up a DJ's scratches and transmitting that wirelessly to a nearby computer which processes MP3s in real-time.