February 4, 2013
NAMM 2011 and 2012 saw the unveiling of a whole host of DJ controllers from some of the top manufacturers including Pioneer, Numark, Denon, Vestax, and even the illusive Native Instruments unveiled their Kontrol F1 at an off site location in 2012. NAMM is also the place where a lot of companies allow the public to play on their new designs in an almost faux test market to see how people react and then subsequently make a few last minute adjustments. NAMM 2013 was no exception in this regard but Numark was really the only company unveiling a high performance controller with the Numark NS7 2. Nearly every other DJ controller manufacturer was unveiling low cost, portable, and lets face it, entry level controllers this year. This may have come as a surprise to most of you expecting to see the latest and greatest improvements to the DJ …
November 7, 2012
Pioneer has certainly been busy in the past few months releasing a series of controllers that fit the needs of different DJ’s from the active professional controllerist like the Pioneer DDJ-SX, to the casual, mobile, bedroom DJ with the Pioneer XDJ-Aero. The Pioneer DDJ-WeGO falls into the latter category with all of the features that you can come to expect from an affordable DJ controller, but with the build quality and attention to detail that comes from Pioneer DJ products. Some DJ’s may scoffingly wave this controller off or wonder why Pioneer, the company responsible for the most used professional DJ equipment, would release a controller like this. Others will view this as a release from a company looking to capitalize on a flourishing low priced DJ controller market. The fact of that matter is that the DDJ-WeGO is made for the beginner or mobile DJ looking to pick up …
October 31, 2012
With only a few months left before Winter NAMM many companies in the DJ controller market have decided to hold off before releasing anything new and fresh. The exception of course being Pioneer who will be releasing the Pioneer DDJ-SX in November. You can expect a full review of the DDJ-SX as soon as we get our hands on it. In addition to the DDJ-SX, Pioneer has also released a controller that fits into the affordable and portable DJ market with the Pioneer DDJ-WeGo.
For this reason we decided to compare Pioneer’s latest addition into the affordable DJ controller market with some of the more popular DJ controllers within the same price range. It seemed appropriate to compare it to the ever popular Numark MixTrack Pro and the Hercules RMX 2 as these were in the same price range and come bundled with the same software. While all three controllers lock in …
October 18, 2012
What is it about “white” colored DJ equipment that compels people to go out of their way to find it? If you go back to the beginning of the first pieces of consumer DJ gear, everything was a flat grey or black. Rane’s first mixers were sort of an ugly grey, as were Technics’ first version of their mixers and the 1200 series turntables. It wasn’t until about 20 years ago when flat or gloss black became the “classy” color to have. Rane’s TTM-57 and Pioneer’s DJM-850 now both sport the traditional black coverage, which seems to be the preferred default color for any new buyer.
The popularity of white has only become an exclusive shade in the last decade. You may think it’s unfair to blame it on Apple products or the Toyota Prius, but something about the color white spells elitism. Serato’s limited pressing of white control vinyls …
October 17, 2012
The Pioneer DDJ-SX has gotten a lot of publicity lately, and rightly so. While nothing about the unit is completely innovative or fresh, the build quality and layout is something that only Pioneer could have manufactured. The “feeling” of the pads is completely sensitive on all areas, and set it apart from any off shelf controller like the Akai LPD8.
The jog wheels are where it really shines. Platter movement is smooth to the touch, with position indicators in the middle. The entire piece speaks quality and comes at a cost worthy of such a hit. The only thing left is to see how well Serato DJ interacts with this hardware. …