On the horizon is a new Dj mixer / controller hybrid from Native Instruments under the Kontrol banner. Details at this moment are extremely limited with a only a small teaser video to go off at this time.
Rather than try and break it down and second guess what those guys have up their sleeves are up to we’ll leave you with the video link itself below to decide for yourself.
Pioneer expand their DJ range’s overall functionality, by bringing a interesting new effects box to the market. We didn’t quite expect this, but seeing the integration in the promotional video below, it does certainly look a lot of fun in use.
The most interesting feature here is the ability to build up and store your own custom effects chains where you can prebuild scenes that allow you quick and easy access during your live performances, ensureing that you don’t have to scramble about whilst your playing. You could certainly craft your own signiture sound by careful selection of the processing taking place and as Pioneer are making a number of “effects of the stars” type packs available upon the units release, you should be able to learn from them and develop your own style fairly quickly.
So what do Pioneer have to say?
Key features of the Pioneer RMX-1000
1. Club quality and fully customisable remix station unit
The ultimate multi-use unit, the Pioneer RMX-1000 can be used with mixers, CDJs and laptops in the booth, or with a PC in the studio for recording and producing.
With fully customisable settings, the Pioneer RMX-1000 offers the kind of flexibility never before seen in hardware. The control parameters can be completely modified using the remixbox software included.
The hardware offers three ways to access settings. Default activates Pioneer’s intuitive factory settings. And User settings can be stored on the unit, or on an SD card to be taken along to the booth – DJs simply plug their SD card in to get immediate access to their personalised controls. And Pioneer plans to make settings from internationally renowned DJs such as Chuckie, Kissy Sell Out, Kutski, James Zabiela, Doorly and Laidback Luke available for DJs to download.
The unit’s user-friendly, intuitive controls are divided into four categories:
The Scene FX wheel allows DJs to build up and break down tracks by combining ten types of effects.
Use the top section to build up, adding effects like Noise, Echo and Spiral Up and the bottom section to break down, cutting sounds with effects like Crush Echo, Spiral Down and Reverb Down.
Twist the central knob to move from Wet to Dry to add pitch and intensity to the effect that’s in play.
Plus, two sub-parameter dials allow DJs to manipulate the Time and Resonance parameters for even more character.
Inherited from Pioneer’s high-end DJM-1000 mixer, the Pioneer RMX-1000’s isolators allow DJs to change the main audio input’s rhythm and timbre using hi-, mid- and low-frequency bands.
Plus, three effects are loaded into the dials for even more flexibility: Cut/Add, Trans/Roll and Gate/Drive.
X-Pad – with exclusive Pitch control
DJs will be itching to get their fingers on the Pioneer RMX-1000’s intuitive X-Pad. Evolved from Pioneer’s flagship mixer, the DJM-900nexus, the touch-sensitive X-Pad reaches new levels of ingenuity on the Pioneer RMX-1000.
DJs can instantly get involved with the unit’s drum samples by tapping the individual sample buttons (Kick, Snare, Clap and Hi-Hat), or by using the X-Pad to roll (repeat) the samples at different speeds.
DJs can record their own beats and patterns on the fly by switching on Overdub, then use Roll and Mute to manipulate each sample in a variety of impressive combinations.
The Quantize button snaps each tap of the sample pads to the nearest beat, so DJs always sound on time.
And for truly unique performances, DJs can add up to 16 samples across the four sample banks, which they can instantly trigger and manipulate during live performance.
For unprecedented flexibility on the fly, DJs can edit the sample banks through remixbox and even alter them during play.
And, as if that wasn’t enough, the RMX-1000’s exclusive Pitch knob alters the pitch to add even more character to each repeated beat.
The DJ’s get-out-of-jail-free card, the Release FX allows DJs to elegantly and seamlessly exit complex effect combinations and return to the original track.
Three modes with three customisable speeds – Spin Back, Echo and Break – allow DJs to choose exactly how they want to return to normal play.
For even more flexibility, DJs don’t have to exit totally from the engaged effect; they can come partially out and go back in by manipulating the highly sensitive Release switch. Or they can cut the original track out completely so just the engaged effects are heard.
2. Fully customisable with specially designed remixboxsoftware
Designed by Pioneer exclusively for the RMX-1000, the remixbox software allows DJs to prepare mind-blowing sets – while the hardware leaves plenty of room for spontaneity on the night.
And DJs can use the software to modify the unit’s features and change its parameters for a truly personalised DJing experience. By hovering their mouse over the remixbox’s virtual Pioneer RMX-1000, DJs can edit features, change parameters or adjust effects on the hardware itself.
1. First DJ-dedicated controller for Virtual Studio Technology/Audio Units
As the first VST/AU controller dedicated to the DJ industry, the Pioneer RMX-1000 brings the operability of hardware into the recording studio.
By just plugging the unit into a laptop, DJs and producers can use the Pioneer RMX-1000’s dedicated controls to manipulate the VST/AU’s exciting features.
There’s no need to fiddle around with the mouse and keyboard: just hit a button, twist a dial, or turn a knob – the Pioneer RMX-1000 literally puts every effect right at producers’ fingertips.
2. Other features
High-quality sound design reduces noise for clear and pristine sound.
The Quantize function can be applied at any stage during play or production for real-time music analysis and automatic synchronisation of the beat.
NEW Auto BPM function automatically measures and follows the tempo of the music.
USB-MIDI connection means the Pioneer RMX-1000 can be used as a MIDI controller.
Compact and sleek design makes the Pioneer RMX-1000 highly portable – and it looks good as part of any DJ set-up.
Main specifications – Pioneer RMX-1000
RCA x 1
6.3 mm jack x 1
RCA x 1
6.3 mm jack x 1
USB B port x 1
A/D and D/A converter
20 Hz – 20 kHz
Total harmonic distortion
remixboxTM, RMX-1000 Plug-in
(W x D x H)
334 x 157 x 57 mm
The RMX-1000 will be available from May 2012 with a RRP around £600.
Also at NAMM this year but this time for the guitarists was the iRig stomp. Whilst many would have expected further pedal developents for this series of devices this stomp box style hardware controller for your iPad/iPhone device makes an interesting addition to the family. As you’d expect for a product from IK Multimedia iRig Stomp is based upon Amplitude and is in fact based around the well established Amplitude iRig edition.
The iRig STOMP lays claim to being the is the first stompbox guitar interface for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad allowing guitar and bass players to integrate their favorite iOS signal processing apps into their existing live pedalboard setup for enhanced tone shaping and effects processing.
IK Multimedia iRig Stomp Features:
Compact, durable yet lightweight, aluminum-cast enclosure integrates easily into any traditional pedalboard.
Can be used inline with other effects pedals, or directly connected to amplifiers or PA systems using regular 1/4″ guitar cables, with no need for adapters.
Allows precise adjustment of the signal for perfect guitar and bass levels with its large input gain knob.
Active battery-powered output circuit improves headroom, especially when used with high-gain amplifiers in the AmpliTube app, reducing feedback and crosstalk when recording.
The bypass switch allows engaging or bypassing the AmpliTube app chain of effects – like a traditional stompbox – for seamless integration into any existing rig.
The iRig Stomp has an ultra-compact form-factor can be easily carried on the road.
Features a 3.5mm/1/8″ jack for silent practicing with headphones.
Includes AmpliTube FREE app and can be used with any other guitar processing app that uses the iOS mini-jack
Has an ultra-small, compact profile that can be carried anywhere with ease.
The iRig Stomp is compatible with iPhone/iPod touch/iPad.