As suspected, for Namm 2017 Pioneer DJ have announced an addition to the Toraiz range, the Toraiz AS-1 monophonic analogue synthesiser. The guys at Pioneer worked closely legend in the world of synthesisers, Dave Smith to design the Toraiz AS 1 around the powerful and iconic analogue sound of the Prophet 6 synth. The unit also has 7 effects on board, a touchpad style keyboard and slider and includes a 64 step sequencer, so you really can jump on and start making some music!
As an addition to American DJ's Startec range of inexpensive fixtures, the Boom Box FX2 is an impressive disco light with 4 different lighting effects in one unit! The classic Derby effect is included so you can fill the room, or you can fill the floor with whatever colour you prefer with the colour wash. There's an effective gobo effect and of course and impressive red and green laser to really make your event stand out!
Already, so early on day one of 2017's Namm show, we're hearing about a number of new products that manufacturers have managed to keep shtum about. Chauvet have not one, not two, but THREE new lighting fixtures, about which details have been released today. First is the FXpar3, that houses three 8W Quad-colour (RGB+UV) centre LEDs, RGB SMD LED lights and SMD strobes. Next up, the FXarray Q5 is a versatile quad-colour LED wash light and each one of the four effects can be controlled separately for an awesome effect. Finally, there's the Rotosphere Q3, which is a user-friendly mirror ball simulator LED lighting effect, which is sharp and clear and can be controlled by DMX, sound to light, or master/slave mode.
The ADJ Bubbletron XL does exactly what it says on the tin! It's a large bubble machine that is the bigger brother of the standard American DJ Bubbletron (and Bubbletron GO) and is basically an XL (Extra-Large) version of said machines. The size isn't all that's changed though, yes, this XL version will hold 2 litres of fluid, but it also has an improved output rate, creating hundreds of bubbles per minute while dual high velocity fans make them rise high in the air, quickly and it comes with a wired remote with 9 feet of cable.
OK, so we knew it was unlikely that Decksaver were going to arrive at Namm 2017 with something new and innovative. Why would they? They have a formula that works, so, as my Dad used to say 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it'... He also used to say 'Get out of the way of the TV son', but I digress. What Decksaver have done, is released some protectors for some of the new items that were release last year, so we can continue to display and show off our new gear, whilst protecting them from the elements! New Decksavers include: Native Instruments Maschine Jam or Komplete Kontrol S61, Pioneer DDJ-RZX, Roland TR-09 and TB-03, Juno-DS61, Reloop RMX-80 & RMX-80 and the Arturia DrumBrute.
This is one we chose in our Pre-Namm selections, but is certainly worth another mention and that's the Reloop RMX-90 DVS Mixer. The RMX 90, is a follow up to the RMX-80, but with more focus on digital production and connectivity. This 4-Channel professional club mixer has everything you expect, want and need, as well as built-in effects. Unlike previous models though, the RMX 90 also has the adage of a built-in soundcard that allows access to a full version of Serato.
Gemini's 'Performance Mixer' range, or PMX for short, is already well established and Gemini have added to it with the introduction of the PMX-10 and PMX-20 MIDI Mixers at Namm. The PMX-10 is a two channel mixer and the PMX-20 is four channel. Both are Innofader ready, making them scratch friendly and the most visible difference is the addition of 8 MIDI pads on each channel that can be used as you like as each mixer is fully map-able!
While there's not a lot being said about these at the point of writing this, there is word that Stanton have announced the next generation of the ST.150 & STR8.150, suffixed with 'M2' in the tile. They've kept the labelling the same, in that the STR8.150 M2 is equipped with a straight 'skip-proof' tone-arm and the ST8.150 M2 with an S-Shaped one, but other than that, Stanton claim that each unit has been complete re-designed from scratch. We know that the chassis on the new versions are lighter then the predecessors, so Stanton have made up for it by filling the feet with liquid, so as not to lose stability, but other than that, we look forward to hearing more about these.
Unless you've been living under a rock since Christmas 2016, then no doubt you will have heard about Technics revival with and of their SL-1200 range. When the SL-1200G was initially announced, for us DJs, it was greeted with a feeling of shock mainly. Shock at the HUGE price-tag! What are Technics doing!? Pricing DJs out of the market by the looks of it. Luckily for us though, to coincide with Namm 2017, Technics later released details of the SL-1200GR which features a lot of the same spec and functions of the SL-1200G, but at quite literally half the price! It really does look like vinyl is on its way back.
UDG, who have been very successful selling their bags through us, have followed in the footsteps of Gorilla Cases and even possibly Pioneer with their all black flight-case range. They are, as to be expected, black flight cases and there are 21 different models available. As well as generic controller, CDJ and turntable case of various sizes, there's also specific cases for specific makes and models, including: Pioneer DDJ-RZ/SZ/SZ2, Pioneer DDJ-RR/SR, Pioneer XDJ-R1, Pioneer DJM-2000/NXS, Pioneer XDJ-RX, Pioneer DDJ-SB2/SB , NI Traktor Kontrol S8, S5/S4, NI Maschine, Pioneer CDJ 2000/900 Nexus II and Denon MCX8000.
A little over a year ago, Akai Professional released what proved to be the popular MPC Touch, but there was a feeling that the Touch could have given more. So in steps the new MPC-X, which is in the same range, but offers everything the MPC Touch lacked and can be operated completely stand alone. No computer is needed, although it will work as a control for the MPC 2.0 software. It houses a 10.1", full colour, multi-touch screen, an internal lithium-ion battery that is rechargeable and also 16GB of on-board storage. It also has plenty of inputs and outputs including RCA input with ground peg, USB slots and full size MIDI in and out.
Much like Decksaver, we weren't expecting Magma to change the world with their Namm 2017 offerings, but again, like Decksaver, they have updated their CTRL range with cases that fit some of the new units released throughout last year, focussing on Roland and Native Instruments in particular. The MAGMA CTRL CASE DJ-808 is designed specifically for the Roland DJ-808, but will also fit a Reloop Mixon4 or Denon MC-7000. The MAGMA CTRL CASE BOUTIQUE "DOCK" fits the Roland Boutique modules, including the DK-01 docking station and there's a "KEY" version that fits the Boutique modules and the K-25m Keyboard. Finally there's the MAGMA CTRL CASE MASCHINE, which fits the NI Maschine Jam or NI Maschine MK2
A little over a year ago, Akai Professional released what proved to be the popular MPC Touch, but there was a feeling that the Touch could have given more. So in steps the new MPC-Live, which is in the same range, but offers everything the MPC Touch lacked and can be operated completely stand alone. The MPC Live is smaller than the new MPC X, but still holds a lot of its bigger brother's impressive features and includes a full 7" full colour multi-touch display, 2GB of Ram for sampling, 16GB on-board storage and a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery. There's also a plethora of connections, which is surprising for such a small unit!
It would not be right of us to do a round-up of new products on show at Namm 2017 and not mention the new Denon DJ SC5000 media player. It's no secret that Denon DJ appear to be taking on Pioneer CDJs with the SC5000 and it looks like they've got a very good chance of at least joining CDJs as front-runners, if not overtake them. Part of the latest Prime Series, that also includes a turntable, a 4-Channel mixer and 'Engine Prime' software, the Denon DJ SC5000 has some obvious stand out features, these include a 7" HD multi-touch display, 8 customizable trigger pads and a customizable RGB colour ring around the jog-wheel.
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