February 3, 2005
../ 2005 NAMM Report: Pioneer
Pioneer debuted a number of new products at the NAMM show moving
their audio and video strategy decisively forward. While their all-in-one audio/video mixer is still a year away, they did introduce a
sophisticated club mixer, a new DJ effects processor and a video switcher.
Feeling left behind by other companies high-end club mixer offerings, Pioneer announced the DJM-1000,
a six channel 24 bit/96 kHz club mixer with all the upper end features of competitors including digital in/out, a MIDI out, curve control
of both the cross fader and the channel fader, and 2 Send/Returns with three types, Pre Insert, Post Insert and Aux. As a bridge to sync their ground-breaking DVJ-X1 DVD DJ deck, the mixer includes a
link for rudimentary syncing. The DJM-1000 includes an Isolator on the Master out for three band "kill" options of the Hi, Mid and Low frequencies.
The aesthetic choice of the silver Isolator section on the elegant all-black mixer is suspect, because it
looks like an add-on instead of a cohesive thought. We'd like to see Pioneer develop a solid back
light system on all their pro club mixers to reveal every knob, button and slider. That way the mixer can be easily manipulated in the
darkest of club environments. Even a light bridge on the top of the mixer shining down, would be a
huge benefit. The DJM-1000 will be available in April for under $3000 dollars.
Pioneer also showcased the EFX-1000, a big brother to their EFX-500 DJ effects processor. The EFX-1000 is a full
24bit 96 kHz unit with digital I/O, MIDI in/out, and a digital link mode for unique interaction with the DJM-1000 mentioned above. Fourteen
effects can be modulated by BPM or with the new Rhythm Mode that allows the user
to input their own cadence. The EFX-1000 has expanded the sonic control of the effects including a "Character" parameter and the revamped Jog Break wheel that sports several new options. The unit is
far more robust than its baby brother. The meters and digital readouts
are easy to read, and most of the buttons are backlit. The EFX-1000 should be in
stores by the Spring and will retail for $999.
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