[NAMM 2013] Pioneer XDJ-AERO in Pearl White
I had so much fun reviewing and performing on the Pioneer XDJ-AERO and using it both as a MIDI controller and as a standalone mixing console with the wireless Rekordbox software. The controls just felt right and the build quality of the XDJ-AERO was also better than the norm. Everything also fit in a nice compact and relatively thin package for easy transport. For NAMM 2013 Pioneer DJ has announced that they are producing a Pearl White version of the XDJ-AERO which will be on sale in March for the suggested retail price of $1400. Check out my full HD-Video review of the XDJ-AERO, the XDJ-AERO-W performance video and the full press release below. And if you're lucky enough to be at NAMM this year, head on over to the huge Pioneer DJ booth to check out the new XDJ-AERO first-hand.
Pioneer XDJ-AERO Review: http://www.djbooth.net/index/dj-equipment/review/pioneer-xdj-aero-wireless-dj-system
PIONEER WI-FI EQUIPPED XDJ-AERO DJ CONTROLLER GETS A MAKEOVER –
NOW AVAILABLE IN EYE-CATCHING PEARL WHITE VERSION
Pioneer DJ today announced a new pearl white version of its popular XDJ-AERO, a Wi-Fi® enabled DJ controller that let users conveniently send music from their smart devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptop computers1 to the controller using Pioneer’s rekordbox™ app.
The new pearl white XDJ-AERO-W offers another stylish option to the current black color version and will be available in March with a suggested retail price of $1,399.
Pioneer’s XDJ-AERO-W features:
• Wi-Fi Connectivity – Pioneer created a rekordbox mobile application for iPhone and other smart devices that enables wireless connection and transmission of music to the XDJ-AERO via Wi-Fi. The system can also access audio tracks on a computer (PC) through the use of the included rekordbox music management DJ software. The XDJ-AERO can identify up to four devices as sources for music playback.
o Wireless Direct – As an added benefit and convenience, the XDJ-AERO can also create its own wireless access point when an established Wi-Fi signal isn’t available or not in range. This feature, called Wireless Direct, offers users quick and convenient connectivity with their portable smart devices.
• Mixer Options and Functions– The combined structure of the system, including two players and a mixer, enables DJs to use the system as an independent 2-channel mixer. The system is also equipped with ports for the connection of external sources, such as CDJ players and turntables, so it can be used as a standalone 2-channel mixer. The XDJ-AERO also features two automatic mixing functions:
o Beat Sync2 – Pressing the “Sync” button synchronizes the music loaded in each player on beat with matching beats per minute (BPM)
o Auto Mix – Playlists created with rekordbox stored in smartphones, tablets, PCs or USB keys and connected to the device are linked together with cross-fade2 or fade-in/fade-out effects
• Simple Jog Controls – The system offers users new built-in jog control and audio effects for unique mixing capabilities and creative music playback.
o Jog Drum – Launch, scratch and manipulate samples by simply turning or tapping the jog platter
o Sample Launch – Includes four built-in sound effects: Scratch, Horn, Siren and Laser, which can be stored on a USB memory device and compiled with rekordbox when using the jog controls
o Beat Effect3 – Four additional effects can be added to currently playing music including Trans, Flanger, Echo and Roll
o Sound Color Filter – Each channel of the mixer includes Pioneer’s popular Sound Color Filter, which can be added at any time to the currently music playing
• Additional Features
o Users can record their mixes directly onto a USB storage device in WAV format
o High performance channel fader with slider for smooth operation
o AUTO BEAT LOOP3 for automatic music LOOPS at specified beat positions
o “QUANTIZE” function2 automatically makes timing corrections during AUTO BEAT LOOP or BEAT EFFECT
o LCD screen supporting display of music in 18 languages
o Independent three-band equalizer
o DJ software MIDI/HID control capable
o Built-in high-quality audio interface
o MIC jack
Kareem Julien (AKA DJ Blaze) has been a hip-hop, R&B, Reggae, and Club DJ since 1993. DJ Blaze has reviewed over 100 pieces of DJ Equipment and continues to provide the DJ community with high quality DJ gear reviews and updates related to DJ equipment and DJ culture.
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