Fitness Matters

By Mike Walter:

So last month I wrote my first blog for Promo Only and when it was published I was very excited and I proudly shared it on social media. Only to have the first comment bring me crashing down to earth. Someone wrote “I don’t get it. This is about running.”

It’s true. My first blog was about running. And movement in general. And how staying active can help with your overall fitness. And so this commenter was perplexed as to why a blog on a DJ focused website would be about running and fitness. And to that I reply:

Because it matters!

Let’s start with the part that is universal for any occupation. Generally, the fitter you are the healthier you are. And the healthier you are the better off you are. I say “generally” because you can take care of yourself every day and still wind up with a bad disease or cancer. But barring those exceptions, staying fit helps guarantee you’ll be healthy. And being healthy has tons of advantages: more energy throughout the day. You feel better. You look better. And you’re likely to have more confidence as a result. Oh, and you’ll probably live longer too.

Those are the benefits that everyone achieves when they are healthier, whether you’re a toll taker or a brain surgeon or any other occupation.

Here’s the part that is essential to us as DJs (and I am aware that this is likely to piss some people off but hey, don’t shoot the messenger): Some clients base their decision of who they want to DJ their event on aesthetics . It may even be a subconscious decision but some clients will pick the leaner, fitter DJ if all else is equal.

This was never more obvious to me than a number of years ago when I had to reassign some events here at Elite Entertainment. We had a DJ, I’ll call him Bill (because that was his name) who had played college football. He was blond, tall, good looking and in very good shape. But he had to leave the state unexpectedly and I was forced to call about twenty brides and inform them that their first choice of DJ was no longer available. When I asked them all what they liked about Bill (so I could recommend a similar replacement) some were vague with their answers and others just came right out and said, “he’s hot!” Almost bride had booked him from one of our showcases where, quite frankly, he wasn’t nearly the best or most experienced MC on staff. But they’d selected Bill because they liked his look (whether they admitted it or not).

I witnessed something similar first hand. In my late 30s I was starting to pack on the pounds and my bookings were dropping. Some of my other DJs were getting requested far more than I was. I was chalking it up to my age but then as I approached 40 I decided it was time to clean up my act and get in better shape. All of sudden my bookings picked back up. It seems it wasn’t my age but my shape that was turning some brides off.

When I see DJs on Facebook bitch and moan about losing business I’ll click on their profile sometimes and if I see someone who is out of shape I shake my head in disbelief. There are a lot of factors that are out of our control in this industry, but how we look and present ourselves to our clients and to the guests at their events is something we can control.

And whether we like it or not, it matters!

Mike Walter is the proud owner of Elite Entertainment, a Multi-System DJ Company in New Jersey that was recently selected by TheKnot.com and WeddingWire.com as a top Entertainment company in the country.

Pioneer DJ’s DM-40BT/DM-40BT-W desktop monitor speakers with Bluetooth® wireless technology

Pioneer has upgraded their popular 4-inch active desktop monitor speaker, the DM-40, adding Bluetooth® wireless technology to offer versatile connectivity in the DM-40BT (black) and the DM-40BT-W (white).

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The DM-40BT/DM-40BT-W active speakers create a versatile home set-up, producing a rich, balanced sound that’s ideal for producing and DJing. Drawing on our professional speaker technology, we’ve packed the compact speakers with Bluetooth® wireless technology, support for the high-quality Qualcomm® aptX™ audio codec, and AAC support.

 The Groove Technology inherited from our highly-reputed active monitor speakers delivers a smooth bass response, while the DECO1 technology gives a wider sweet spot and allows clear audio quality and rich bass sound at the same time, despite the speakers’ compact desktop size.

The DM-40BT/DM-40BT-W active monitor speakers are available now at an MAP of $199 per pair.

Find out more about the DM-40BT/DM-40BT-W.

KEY FEATURES OF THE DM-40BT/DM-40BT-W SPEAKERS

  1. Bluetooth® wireless technology, support for Qualcomm® aptX™ high-quality sound reproduction and AAC

In addition to Bluetooth® technology, allowing you to play tracks from smartphones and tablets wirelessly, Qualcomm® aptX™ and AAC support lets you enjoy even higher quality sound reproduction.

  1. Front-loaded bass reflex system with grooves for uninterrupted, rich bass

4-inch fibreglass woofers output bass from the front, and the bass ducts feature grooves to reduce air friction so you’ll feel a tight, punchy bass even if you put the speakers close to the wall.

  1. Soft dome tweeters with convex diffusers deliver a 3D, high frequency sound

Pioneer has fitted the ¾-inch soft dome tweeters with convex diffusers that use DECO technology from TAD2 Labs. The diffusers channel high frequencies left, right and up – so you’ll enjoy a wide sweet spot and 3D stereo sound wherever you sit or stand.

  1. Class AB amp and time alignment ensure balance across the frequencies

The tweeter and woofer are carefully positioned to eliminate crossover and ensure a well-balanced response across the frequencies, while a Class AB amp ensures perfect clarity with low distortion and no loss of quality.

  1. Curved front edges reduce resonance for a clean sound

The cabinet’s curved front increases its rigidity and reduces external diffraction – as well as looking good in your home set-up.

  1. Other features
  • Volume control dial is on the front panel for ease of use
  • RCA and stereo mini jack inputs
  • Headphones output

1 Diffusion Effectual Convexity by Olson (DECO) is a TAD proprietary technology for improved directionality.

2 Technical Audio Devices Laboratories (TAD Labs) is a Pioneer sub-brand preferred by professional studios since 1978.

DM-40BT/DM-40BT-W specifications

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Model 2-Way Active Speaker
Tweeter (HF driver) 3/4 inch (19 mm) soft dome
Woofer (LF driver) 4 inch (102 mm) cone
Amplifier output Lch : 21 W/4 W, Class AB
Rch : 21 W/4 W, Class AB
Terminals Input RCA × 1, 3.5 mm stereo mini plug × 1
Output Headphone × 1
Version Bluetooth® Specification Ver. 4.2
Output Bluetooth® Specification Class 2
Supported Codec SBC, AAC, Qualcomm® aptX™, Qualcomm® aptX™ Low Latency
Frequency response 70 Hz – 30 kHz
Input impedance 10 kΩ
Power consumption 35 W
Power consumption when waiting (standby status) 0.3 W
External dimensions

(W x D x H)

Lch 146 mm x 223 mm x 227 mm
Rch 146 mm x 210 mm x 227 mm
Weight Lch 2.7 kg
Rch 2.2 kg
Accessories Power cord x 1

Audio converter cable (3.5 mm stereo mini plug to RCA) x 1

Speaker cord x 1

Bottom cushion x 8

Pioneer has designed a new standalone DJ sampler: the DJS-1000

Pioneer has designed a new standalone DJ sampler that enables you to create unique sounds and phrases using an intuitive DJ-friendly interface: the DJS-1000.

Many of today’s professional DJs use electronic instruments and production gear in

live sets to help make their performances creative and unique. With an easy-to-use interface, 16 multicolored step input keys, 16 multicolored Performance Pads, a host of inputs and outputs, plus various other performance features, the DJS-1000 is the ideal musical instrument to take into the booth and propel your sets to the next level.

Add the DJS-1000 to your DJ set-up and you can intuitively create unique sounds and phrases in advance of your set, or on the fly, then sequence and loop them as you wish. Improvise a new groove by syncing and mixing with tracks playing on other equipment such as CDJs using the Beat Sync1, tempo slider and nudge features. At a glance, the 7-inch full-color touch screen gives you all the information you need to perform, thanks to easily recognizable sequence patterns and instrument icons assigned to the Performance Pads.

Other features installed on the DJS-1000 include Live Sampling, which enables you to easily sample input sounds and immediately use them as independent tracks or as FX to add to your mix.

The DJS-1000 will be available from late October 2017 at an MAP of $1,199.

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Watch the introduction video or find out more about the DJS-1000.

KEY FEATURES OF THE DJS-1000

  1. Intuitive user interface

Step sequencer

Easily create a new groove by tapping the 16 large, multicolored step input keys. You can keep an eye on sequence information on each track thanks to the keys’ changing colors.

Multicolored Performance Pads

Use the 16 large rubber pads to trigger the tracks you’ve assigned samples and loops to. Each one is equipped with multicolored illumination and highly accurate velocity detection, so you can increase or decrease volume with the amount of pressure you apply.

Touch strip

By simply touching the strip, you can quickly change the pitch when using the pitch bend feature, or play a drum roll by using the note repeat feature. Customize parameters for even more creative options.

  1. 7-inch full-color touch screen

Tap the LCD display to instantly access the screen of your choice:

  • Home screen: View information on the sample assigned to each track thanks to the instrument icons and colors which are linked to the pads.
  • Sequence screen: View the sequence pattern currently playing.
  • Mixer screen: Adjust the volume balance of each track.
  1. Accurate syncing with various external devices and systems

In addition to clock synchronization with MIDI devices, the DJS-1000 includes the Beat Sync function which can synchronize a performance by beat/bar with a track playing on a CDJ-2000NXS2 or XDJ-1000MK2 set-up using PRO DJ LINK. Use the tempo slider and the nudge buttons to quickly adjust tempo and beat position manually, just like you would on a turntable.

  1. Powerful performance features

Live Sampling

Easily sample input sounds and immediately use them as individual tracks. The sampled sounds are automatically synchronized with the current sequence to play in a loop, so they can be dropped straight into a live remix. You can sample any input source, including audio from a turntable, via your mixer.

FX

Add various FX to tracks with ease, changing the tone on the fly. You can apply FX such as echo, reverb and filter to individual tracks, a group of tracks, or all tracks.

  1. Perfect fit in the DJ booth

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The DJS-1000 is designed to fit perfectly alongside the CDJ-2000NXS2 and DJM-900NXS2, creating effortless unity in the DJ booth.Other features

  • Support for USB devices – manage your projects and samples easily
  • Over 2,500 on-board Loopmasters samples – start performing with the DJS-1000 straight out the box
  • Support for DJS-TSP Project Creator2 easily create projects and SCENE3 files on a PC/Mac
  • Support for project files created on the TORAIZ SP-16

*1 Beat Sync works with compatible DJ systems when playing tracks that have been analyzed by rekordboxTM

*2 To be released on the Pioneer DJ website in mid-October

*3 Information on how the 16 samples are assigned to a track on the DJS-1000

DJS-1000 Specifications

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Playable media USB Storage device(flash memory/HDD, etc.)
Playable file WAV、 AIFF (16 bit / 24 bit、 44.1 kHz)
USB storage support file systems FAT、FAT32、HFS+
Input ports INPUT x 1 (L/MONO and R、 1/4 inch TS jack)
Output ports OUTPUT1 x 1 (RCA)
THRU / OUTPUT2 x 1 (1/4 inch TS jack)、
PHONES x 2 (1/4 inch stereo jack、 3.5 mm stereo mini jack)
Other ports USB (Type A) x 1 、 USB (Type B) x 1
MIDI IN (5P DIN), MIDI OUT / THRU (5P DIN)
LINK x 1 (LAN 100Base-TX)
Power requirements AC 110-220V (50 Hz/60 Hz)
Electricity consumption 20 W
Max external dimension
(W x D x H)
320.0 mm x 421.6 mm x 110.1 mm
Weight 5.4 kg

 

 

Pioneer Pro Audio adds two new speakers to the active XPRS Series

Pioneer Professional Audio is adding two models to the XPRS Series of compact, high-powered active speakers: the XPRS10 two-way full range speaker, and the XPRS115S single 15-inch subwoofer.

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Combining Pioneer Pro Audio sound engineering heritage with the reliable, energy-efficient power of Powersoft1 amps, the compact, portable wooden-enclosure XPRS Series offers a plug-and-play system that fills the room with a natural sound. The versatile speakers are ideal for live sound, mobile DJs, places of worship, rental and fixed installations. Both the XPRS10 and XPRS115S feature 15mm birch plywood enclosures for a dynamic sound that works for all musical genres.

 

The XPRS10 has a 10-inch LF driver, a 1.75-inch titanium diaphragm compression driver and Pioneer Pro Audio’s AFAST technology, all combining to deliver clear, clean audio with a deep bass range. Plus, the sound can be enhanced further using the four EQ modes with built-in DSP.

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The XPRS115S is the perfect complement to enhance the tight and powerful low-end, thanks to its 15-inch drivers and a versatile crossover switch for adjusting the low pass filter cut-off at various stages between 80 Hz and 150 Hz.

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Powersoft Class D amps in each speaker deliver a massive 2400 W output, while Power Factor Correction (PFC) ensures energy efficiency and a reliable performance. Extra attention has been paid to protecting the amp and the speaker, with thermal limiting, an input limiter, DC offset removal, AC mains protection and more. Plus, the auto-ranging power supply detects and adapts to the voltage without compromising the sound quality, making the XPRS Series a reliable performer in any environment.

The road-ready XPRS Series is durable and easy to transport; the PA speakers’ handles are positioned to ensure the weight is distributed equally, while the sub comes with removable castors. The wedge-shaped XPRS10 can be placed on the floor and used as a foldback monitor for stage performances, or it can be pole-mounted at a 0-degree or 7-degree tilt to suit the required set-up.

The new XPRS speakers will be available from mid-October at MAPs of $999 for the XPRS10 and $1,399 for the XPRS115S.

Find out more or watch our introductory video.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Product Name   :10-inch full range active speaker

Model No.             :XPRS10

Product Page     :http://pioneerproaudio.com/en/sound/xprs/xprs_10.html 

https://pioneerdj.com/en/product/pa-speakers/xprs-10/black/overview/

 

Product Name   :15-inch reflex-loaded active subwoofer

Model No.             :XPRS115S

Product Page     :http://pioneerproaudio.com/en/sound/xprs/xprs_115s.html 

https://www.pioneerdj.com/en/product/pa-speakers/xprs-115s/black/overview/

 

KEY FEATURES OF THE XPRS SERIES

 

  1. Hardwood enclosures produce a natural sound

The XPRS speakers are enclosed in 15 mm birch plywood cabinets to deliver a natural, dynamic sound. Pioneer Pro Audio’s AFAST technology drastically reduces standing waves that can produce a muffled response in the low to mid ranges. An acoustic tube in the cabinet absorbs only the standing waves, increasing the low frequency response.

  1. Powersoft Class D amps for reliable, high-powered performance

Powersoft’s Class D amp modules produce 2400 W (peak) or 1200 W (continuous) output, similar to that of larger club speaker amps. The amps are equipped with Power Factor Correction (PFC) to reduce power consumption while ensuring reliability and a steady performance in all environments. The auto-ranging power supply means the XPRS Series can be plugged in anywhere in the world – including at venues with generators or temporary power supplies – and be expected to deliver the same high-quality sound.

  1. Advanced protection features help prolong speakers’ life

The XPRS speakers include several features to protect the driver, amp and power supply to ensure peace of mind, consistent high-quality sound, and to help extend the life of the sound system.

KEY FEATURES OF THE XPRS10

  1. High-performance drivers deliver a powerful, full range sound

The XPRS10 uses a high-grade ferrite 10-inch LF driver and a 1.75-inch titanium diaphragm compression driver to reproduce a clean, full range sound with low distortion even at high outputs. The newly designed compact horn sounds bright and clear.

  1. Four EQ modes for a variety of musical genres and environments

A rotary selector switch on the back of the XPRS10 give instant access to four EQ modes which enable the speaker’s performance to be tweaked for different applications:

  • Flat: neutral production of the source audio
  • Bass +: amplifies the bass for dance music events
  • Speech: produces clear vocal sounds for seminars and speeches
  • Wedge: reduces the low frequencies to give a more balanced sound when the speaker is used as a floor monitor
  1. Wedge shape and pole mount socket with tilt for a choice of three positions

The XPRS10 speakers are wedge shaped, making them ideal floor monitors. The pole mount socket can be set to straight or tilted to 7 degrees to direct the sound exactly where it’s needed.

  1. Multiple inputs and outputs for flexible, easy set-up

The speakers have two balanced XLR/TRS combo sockets and an unbalanced RCA connection, so a MIC and other external devices can be connected at the same time – including using an AUX cable to connect and play directly from portable audio players, line-level mixers and tablets/smartphones. Each input can be controlled individually or using the master controls for lines one and two. Plus, two balanced XLR through output terminals enable easy connection to other speakers and subs.

KEY FEATURES OF THE XPRS115S

  1. 15-inch LF driver produces quick response and rich low end

The durable, high-quality 15-inch LF driver and slanted baffle deliver tight, rich, and powerful low frequencies similar to those produced by the XPRS215S dual 15-inch subwoofer.

  1. Crossover and Phase switches deliver instant control of DSP settings

The Crossover switch allows for quick and easy adjustment of the cut-off frequency of the low pass filter, with a choice between 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz and 150Hz. The phase switch gives a choice of positive or negative polarity and prevents multiple subwoofers cancelling each other out.

  1. Multiple inputs and outputs for flexible, easy set-up

The XPRS115S has two balanced XLR/TRS combo sockets for connecting two devices at the same time. Dual balanced XLR through output terminals enable easy connection to other speakers and subs.

  1. Removable castors

Castors on the back of the cabinet take the hard work out of transit and set-up.

LONG-TERM EXTENDED WARRANTY WITH SECURITY

In addition to the standard 3-year warranty on Pioneer Pro Audio products, the free warranty period has been extended to 7 years upon online registration of the product. Availabilty of this warranty extension and its details vary by regions. More information and details of the extended warranty will be announced soon.

MAIN SPECIFICATIONS OF XPRS10

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Type 10-inch full range active speaker
Enclosure 15 mm birch plywood
Driver LF 10 inch ferrite LF cone driver
HF 1.75 inch titanium diaphragm neodymium compression driver
Frequecy Response 55Hz~20kHz
Max SPL 134dB
Crossover Frequecy 2.0kHz
Amplifier type Class D
Power Rating 2400W peak / 1200W cont. (LF800W / HF400W)
Input connectors 2x XLR/TRS Combo (balanced), 2x RCA (unbalanced)
Impedance 10kΩ
Output connestors 2x Through output XLR (balanced),

1x Mixed output XLR (balanced)

Power consumption 162W
Dimensions (W x H x D) 320mm x 520mm x 374mm
Weight 18.9kg

MAIN SPECIFICATIONS OF XPRS115S

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Type 15-inch reflex-loaded active subwoofer
Enclosure 15 mm birch plywood
Driver 15 inch ferrite LF cone driver
Frequecy Response 40Hz~160Hz
Max SPL 133dB (Half Space)
Amplifier type Class D
Power Rating 2400W peak / 1200W cont.
Input connectors 2x XLR/TRS Combo (balanced)
Impedance 10kΩ
Output connestors 2x Through output XLR (balanced),
Power consumption 240W
Dimensions (W x H x D) 480mm x 476mm x 633mm
Weight 30.6kg

Website: http://www.pioneerdj.com/

 

Pioneer releases WeDJ for Android on Google Play

Pioneer is releasing WeDJ for the Android operating system. The launch of the new version of the mobile app – which enables you to enjoy DJing anytime, anywhere – follows the success of the iPhone and iPad versions.

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The Android app includes all the features of its iOS predecessors, allowing you to mix the music stored on your device as if you were using a hardware DJ set-up. Experience a fun new way of enjoying your favorite music by joining the world of DJing at home, at parties, or wherever you go.

WeDJ for Android is available in the Google Play Store starting September 26th 2017. The app is free to download and involves in-app billing after a certain amount of use.

 

Connect the DDJ-WeGO4 or DDJ-WeGO3 controller to take your performances to the next level with hardware controls for all the WeDJ features.

SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY PRICE

WeDJ for Android is available on Google Play for free, with an introductory In-App Billing price of $0.99 until October 9th 2017. From then on, the In-App Billing price will be the regular price of $1.99.

Find out more about WeDJ for Android.

KEY FEATURES OF WeDJ for Android on Google Play

  1. Colourful animated user interface for easy and fun music mixing

It’s easy to start mixing music with WeDJ, even if you have no experience. The display’s colourful, intuitive layout gives you visual feedback, making it easy to learn the basics of DJing. When you tap each button or scratch with the jog, you’ll see the corresponding animation. Plus, the colour of the waveforms and jog wheels change according to the colour of the album cover image, so you can easily keep track of what’s playing on each deck.

  1. Performance features enable endless creativity

Make your sets unique with WeDJ’s EQs, Hot Cues, loops and sampler. You can add more texture to the music by tapping on the Pad FX pads, and with Combo FX you can blend two effects by tracing your finger on the x and y axes on the display. Two of these features can be displayed at the same time on each deck, so you can create different sounds without switching performance panels. You can display these two functions simultaneously on one deck, you can add a variety of arrangements without switching the screen2.

  1. DDJ-WeGO4 support for tactile control

The DDJ-WeGO4 controller is the ideal partner to WeDJ. When connected, the WeDJ display changes to a dedicated interface that’s optimised for use with the hardware. You can enjoy tactile control of WeDJ’s features by touching the DDJ-WeGO4’s jog wheels, faders and knobs. Everything you control, as well as waveforms and track information, will be shown on the screen of your Android device.

  1. Flexible layout

Choose your preferred layout from the three options:

  • Two jog wheels
  • Enlarged horizontal waveforms
  • Enlarged vertical waveforms
  1. Other features
  • Automix – Tap the Automix button and WeDJ will automatically mix in the next track before the end of the track that’s playing
  • Record – Capture your performances within the WeDJ app
  • On-board Loopmasters samples
  • Layout choice – Select the screen size most suitable for your Android device

WeDJ system requirements

Version Android 4.4 or after3

1 Involves in-app billing

2 Applicable only for the tablet mode

3 Compatibility with all Android devices is not guaranteed, regardless of software version

* Disclaimer: specifications and price are subject to change.

・iPad and iPhone are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the US and other countries.

・iOS is a trademark containing Cisco trademark signs in the US and other countries.

・WeDJTM is a registered trademark of Pioneer DJ Corporation.

・Android and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc.

・Other stated company names, product names, technology names, etc. are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

 

Contact:

Elizabeth Villafan, 310-496-4454, Liz@allisonpr.com

Pioneer releases limited edition CDJ-2000NXS2-W and DJM-900NXS2-W

Pioneer is releasing exclusive new versions of their flagship multiplayer and DJ mixer in a brilliant white finish. A strictly limited run of 1,200 CDJ-2000NXS2-W decks (200 for the USA) will be produced, along with 600 DJM-900NXS2-W mixers (100 for the USA). Each unit will be stamped with a distinctive plaque featuring a unique serial number.

The CDJ-2000NXS2-W and the DJM-900NXS2-W will be available from October at an MAP of $2299 and $2299 respectively.

Find out more about the CDJ-2000NXS2-W and the DJM-900NXS2-W.

KEY FEATURES OF THE CDJ-2000NXS2-W

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  • Next-generation high-resolution audio with support for FLAC/ALAC files
  • Full-colour touch screen with fast browsing and detailed track information including Wave Zoom, Needle Countdown, Phase Meter and more
  • Multiple performance features for almost endless creative possibilities
  • Pro DJ Link enables even more features
  • See full rekordboxTM track information including colour-coded Memory Cues 

KEY FEATURES OF THE DJM-900NXS2-W

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  • Highest quality audio components for a warm, detailed sound
  • Smooth curves on the EQs and channel faders for precise, seamless mixes
  • Detailed control of a wealth of FX plus an independent send/return
  • Two USB ports, four phono inputs and DVS support for total flexibility and seamless DJ handovers
  • Pro DJ Link via LAN or USB for even more scope and flexibility

CDJ-2000NXS2-W SPECIFICATIONS

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Playable media iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, Android phone, etc.

USB storage devices (flash memory/HDD, etc.)

Computers (Mac/Windows PC), Audio CD, CD-R/RW,

DVD±R/RW/R-DL, SD card

Playable files WAV, AIFF, FLAC, Apple Lossless

(Sampling rate: 44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz, Bit depth: 16/24-bit)

 

MP3

(Sampling rate: 32/44.1/48 kHz, Bit depth: 16-bit)

 

AAC

(Sampling rate: 16/22.05/24/32/44.1/48 kHz, Bit depth: 16-bit)
* rekordbox for iPhone: MP3 and AAC only

USB storage support file systems FAT, FAT32, HFS+
Frequency response 4 Hz to 40 kHz
S/N ratio 115 dB (JEITA)
Total harmonic distortion 0.0018% (JEITA)
USB ports USB A port x 1, USB B port x 1
Audio output ports Audio Out (RCA) x 1, Digital Out(Coaxial) x 1
Other ports LAN (100Base-TX) x 1
Audio output voltage 2.0 Vrms
Power requirements AC 110-240 V, 50/60 Hz
Max external dimensions

(W x D x H)

320.0 mm x 414.4 mm x 113.2 mm
Weight 5.7 kg

rekordbox dj SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Compatible OS

(Windows)

Windows 10, 8.1, 7 (the latest service pack)

Intel® processor Core™ i7, i5, i3

Intel® processor Core™ 2 Duo 2.0 GHz or above

4GB or more of RAM

Compatible OS

(Mac)

macOS Sierra 10.12 (updated to the latest version),

Intel® processor Core™ i7, i5, i3

Intel® processor Core™ 2 Duo 2.0 GHz or above

4GB or more of RAM

Hard Drive 250MB or more of free space (not including space for storing music files, etc.)
Sound Audio output to speakers, headphones, etc. (internal or external audio device)
USB port A USB 2.0 port is used to connect a controller or a mixer, and export track files to a USB storage device such as a flash drive and a hard disk drive
Playable music file FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF, MP3, AAC
Internet connection An internet connection is needed to create a rekordbox user account and to download and activate the software
Display resolution 1280 × 768 or greater

 DJM-900NXS2-W SPECIFICATIONS

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Number of channels 4 x audio channels, 2 x Mic channels
Input ports Digital In x 4 (Coaxial), Line x 4 (RCA), Phono x 4 (RCA), Mic x 2 (XLR & 1/4-inch TRS Jack x 1, 1/4-inch TRS Jack x 1)
Output ports Master Out x 2 (XLR x 1, RCA x 1), Booth Out x 1 (1/4-inch TRS Jack), Headphone Monitor Out x 2 (1/4-inch Stereo Phone Jack, 3.5 mm Stereo Mini Jack), REC Out x 1 (RCA), Digital Out x 1(Coaxial)
Other ports Send x 1 (1/4-inch TS Jack), Return x 1(1/4-inch TS Jack), USB (Type B) x 2, USB (Type A) x 1, Link x 1 (LAN 100Base-TX)
Sampling rate 96 kHz
D/A converter 32-bit
A/D converter 24-bit
Frequency response 20 Hz to 40 kHz (LINE)
Total Harmonic Distortion ratio 0.005% or less (LINE-MASTER1)
S/N ratio 105 dB (LINE)
Max external dimensions

(W x D x H)

333.0 mm x 414.2 mm x 107.9 mm
Unit weight 8.0 kg

Disclaimer:

* rekordboxTM is a registered trademark of Pioneer DJ Corporation.

* Mac, Mac OS and OS X are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the US and other countries.

* Windows® is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the US and other countries.

* Intel® and Intel Core™ are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation in the US and other countries.

* The names of companies, product names, and technology names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

 

Website: http://www.pioneerdj.com/

Pioneer Pro Audio introduces the XY-3B and XY-2

Two powerful new speakers are joining Pioneer Pro Audio’s XY Series: the XY-3B three-way full range speaker and the XY-2 mid-high speaker.

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Both are designed to deliver natural audio at the high sound pressure level (SPL) required for large venues and outdoor events.

The XY Series is well-known for providing excellent sound quality to nightclubs and music venues around the world. With the introduction of the XY-3B and XY-2, which offers the highest output in the Series, even more venues and events can benefit from an XY Series sound system tailored to their specific needs.

The next-level XY-3B was developed over the course of three years using 3D printers to create natural sound with high output. It’s been tested at numerous international festivals and outdoor events such as Xtrema Outdoor; Belgium and Netherlands; Lovebox, London; and Tomorrowland, Belgium. The XY-3B received enthusiastic feedback every time.

In the new XY-3B, an 8-inch cone driver delivers clean and precise mid-range frequencies using Pioneer Pro Audio’s X-Phase system. A 1-inch compression driver produces crystal-clear HF which, thanks to the molded Bi-horn, seamlessly blends with the mids. Two 12-inch cone drivers create tight, chest-pumping low end.

The XY-2 speaker is the mid-high section of the XY-3B. Designed specifically for large-scale venues and stadia, the XY-2 can be used for PA applications, as a DJ booth monitor or as a down fill in an XY-3B cluster setting.

The new XY Series speakers will be available from early 2018 at MAPs of $5,500 for the XY-3B and $3,000 for the XY-2.

Watch the introduction video or find out more about the XY-3B and XY-2.

KEY FEATURES OF THE XY-3B

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  1. Moulded Bi-horn

The 8-inch mid-range driver and the 1-inch compression driver are attached to the integrated waveguide with their depths perfectly aligned to minimize the difference of physical distance and reduce cancellation around the crossover frequency. This unique Bi-horn combines mid and high frequencies in a deep position inside the waveguide, improving the blend of the sounds compared to the performance of a conventional separated horn structure. The waveguide’s curved shape perfectly controls dispersion at 50 degrees horizontal and 35 degrees vertical, providing natural sound with high SPL in the targeted area while reducing the sound pressure outside that area.

  1. X-Phase system with gold X-Phase plug

Driver cone cancellation is minimized thanks to Pioneer Pro Audio’s X-Phase system. The convex shape forces sound waves into small slits which are arranged in a fan shape, allowing all sound waves to exit in perfect phase aliment. The sound waves are forced over the top and bottom of the X-phase plug, producing higher SPL and greater sound projection over long distances.

  1. Hybrid low-mid section

A hybrid dual 12-inch chamber in the low-mid section allows the drivers to produce tight notes. The LF drivers are also coated with a water-resistant finish on both sides, so you can use the XY-3 speakers outdoors. Plus, the added stiffness of this treatment allows the drivers to deliver a natural tightness rather than using thicker speaker cone material which would add weight and slow down the speed of the cones.

  1. Rigging and tour ready
  • Rigging: Flying hardware options are available, along with ground stacking configurations.
  • Tour ready: Every detail of the XY-3 was designed to make it the perfect speaker to take on the road. You can load the speakers into trucks with the minimal amount of space lost, and they can be stacked two-high and four-wide when used with the XY-3 wheel board.

KEY FEATURES OF THE XY-2

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The XY-2 is a mid-high speaker taken from the mid-high range horn section of the XY-3B. A yoke is installed as standard and it can be used for various applications including as a PA speaker for large stadiums, a DJ booth monitor, or as a down fill for an XY-3B cluster setting.

Main Specifications

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Type 3WAY Bi-amp loudspeaker
Model (Color) XY-3B (Black), XY-3B-W (White)
Enclosure 15 mm birch plywood
Drivers LF 12 inch neodymium cone driver x 2
MF 8 inch neodymium cone driver
HF 1 inch exit neodymium compression driver
Frequency Response 55 Hz~17 kHz
Sensitivity LF 102 dB
MF 107 dB
Power handling LF 1200 W(RMS), 2400 W(Program)
MHF 200 W (RMS), 400 W(Program)
Max SPL LF 133 dB(cont.), 139 dB(peak)
MHF 130 dB(cont.), 136 dB(peak)
Terminals speak ON® NL4 x 2
Impedance LF
MHF 8Ω
Dimension (W x H x D) 530 mm x 1080 mm x 540 mm
Weight 57.6 kg

 

Type 2WAY Mid-High loudspeaker
Enclosure Polyurethane
Drivers MF 8 inch neodymium cone
HF 1 inch exit neodymium compression driver
Frequency Response 170 Hz~17 kHz
Sensitivity 107 dB
Power handling 200 W(RMS), 400 W(Program)
Max SPL 130 dB(cont.), 136 dB(peak)
Terminals speak ON® NL4 x 2
Impedance 8 Ω
Dimension (W x H x D) 480 mm x 480 mm x 376 mm
Weight 12.5kg

Disclaimer:

* speakON® is a registered trademark of Neutrik® Limited.

* Other stated company names, product names, technology names, etc. are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Website: http://www.pioneerdj.com/

Meet Pioneer’s XDJ-RX2 all-in-one DJ system for rekordbox

Pioneer has upgraded their popular all-in-one DJ system, the XDJ-RX, to create the XDJ-RX2.

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The new two-deck, two-channel system inherits features and design traits from our flagship NXS2 set-up to bring you a professional DJ experience whether you use it to control music stored on your laptop via rekordbox dj or directly from a USB.

The 7-inch large touch screen in the center of the XDJ-RX2 displays waveforms from both decks simultaneously, plus detailed track information including sync status and playback position so you can get a quick visual reference during mixes. You can bring up a QWERTY keyboard on the display for finding your next track faster, plus there’s a large rotary selector and Needle Search, Track Filter and Short Cut features inherited from the flagship CDJ-2000NXS2 multi player. Each deck has eight large, multi-colored Performance Pads for tactile control over Hot Cues, Beat Loop, Slip Loop and Beat Jump, and you can get even more creative with the Beat FX and Sound Color FX which come from the flagship DJM-900NXS2 mixer.

The XDJ-RX2 comes bundled with a license key for our professional DJ performance application, rekordbox dj, worth $129. Simply activate the license key, connect your PC/Mac to the XDJ-RX2 via a single USB cable and start using the system to trigger features and FX in the software. A limited number of the XDJ-RX2 systems we ship will also include a license key for rekordbox video, the Plus Pack that enables you to bring videos into your performances when you play with rekordbox dj.

The XDJ-RX2 will be available from late September 2017 at an MAP of $1,699.

Watch the introduction video or find out more about the XDJ-RX2.

KEY FEATURES OF THE XDJ-RX2

  1. 7-inch large touch screen and other features from the CDJ-2000NXS2

Stay in control of your performances at all times with help from the 7-inch large touch screen in the center of the XDJ-RX2. Keep an eye on waveforms and detailed track information, including sync status, from both decks at the same time to ensure seamless mixing. Use Wave Zoom for a closer look at the current playback position and call up a QWERTY keyboard to quickly find the next track you want to play. You can also browse through tracks using the large rotary selector and Needle Search, Track Filter and Short Cut features, all of which come from the top-flight CDJ-2000NXS2 multi player.

  1. Layout and performance features from the DJM-900NXS2

Perform precise, smooth mixes on the XDJ-RX2 using the EQs and channel faders which feature curves equivalent to those on the DJM-900NXS2 mixer. Add creative flair with Sound Color FX and Beat FX, also inherited from the flagship mixer.

  1. Multi-colored Performance Pads

Unleash your creativity with eight large, multi-colored Performance Pads on each deck for instant access to Hot Cues, Beat Jump, Beat Loop and Slip Loop, all of which are popular professional features. You can set up to eight Hot Cues on each deck.

  1. USB CONNECTION (Link Export) for rekordbox

Import tracks to our rekordbox music management application on your PC/Mac to prepare them for performances by analyzing BPM and setting up Hot Cues and loops. Using USB CONNECTION(Link Export) mode, you can connect your laptop to the XDJ-RX2 and play your prepared tracks via the system without needing to export them to a USB device.

  1. Includes rekordbox dj license key

Every XDJ-RX2 comes bundled with a license key for our professional DJ performance application, rekordbox dj, worth $129. Thanks to its built-in sound card, you can connect the XDJ-RX2 to your PC/Mac with a single USB cable and use it to control the latest version of rekordbox dj.

  1. Other features
  • Bundled rekordbox video license key – included with a limited number of systems shipped
  • Two Mic inputs –XLR & 1/4” TRS jack ×2
  • AUX and 2 x Line/Phono input terminals – connect turntables, DJ Players or portable players
  • Two USB-A ports – Import digital tracks from rekordboxTM (iOS/Android)

XDJ-RX2 Specifications

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Frequency characteristic 20 Hz to 20 kHz (USB, AUX (0 dB/12 dB), MIC1, MIC2)
S/N Ratio 112 dB (USB)
Total harmonic distortion 0.003 % (USB)
Input Output terminals Inputs LINE×2 (RCA), PHONO×2 (RCA)

MIC×2 (XLR connector & 1/4” TRS jack), AUX×1 (RCA)

Outputs MASTER1×1 (XLR),

MASTER2×1 (RCA),

BOOTH×1 (1/4” TRS jack),

PHONES (1/4” stereo phone jack×1,

3.5 mm stereo mini jack×1)

USB A type x 2, B type x 1
Dimensions (W x D x H) 728.2 mm × 443.8 mm x 108.4 mm
Main Unit weight 9.1 kg

* Disclaimer: specifications and price are subject to change.

* rekordboxTM is a registered trademark of Pioneer DJ Corporation.

* Mac, macOS or OS X are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the US and other countries.

* Windows® is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and other countries.

* The names of companies, product names, and technology names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

Website: http://www.pioneerdj.com/

Playlists. The Demise of DJing?

By Tony Fernandez

Google “playlists” and you’ll likely get the following results: Best 25 Playlist Ideas on Pinterest, Playlists from Spotify, Playlists from Soundcloud, Playlists from Tidal, The Ultimate Wedding playlist… none of which bode too well for the DJ industry, at least as we know it.

And there is no stopping the trend.

In a relatively short span of time, playlists have grown from innocuous lists of songs individuals put together to run, work out, enjoy in the car, etc. to defacto musical blueprints for weddings, parties, and life experiences.

 I don’t want to come of like some old geezer that doesn’t embrace technology. I’m a geek with a very well populated hard drive and the skill to know how to use it. So I get that playlists serve a purpose: it’s how most people organize, cultivate and share their music.

But playlists are also dumbing down the most important aspect of DJing — music. And it’s happening on two fronts.

First, given the ubiquity of playlists, regular people (i.e. people with the potential to sign your paycheck) are under the delusion that if they can pick tunes for their life events, why hire you to do it. Of course, as professionals, we know it’s not so easy to string along a set of songs together and whip up a party.

Making a list of songs is easy. Making a list of songs work for a group of people in a harmonious, fluid, timely, and celebratory manner is hard.

Secondly, as the digital age of music has immersed our society in streaming the music we consume, DJs (to me) have lost the drive and desire to explore music and seem to rely on playlists to do their thinking. It’s akin to having a tiger in captivity and a tiger in the wild. If a captive tiger is being fed, that tiger isn’t going to be as sharp as the wild tiger that seeks out and hunts its food.

Don’t get me wrong, we’ve all asked for help with music. There is absolutely nothing wrong with seeking advice, assistance, and insight from your peers. It just seems to me that there are far too many DJs taking the easy road and expecting playlists to properly execute a well-played set. I know that playlists are not going away. I’m not daft enough to even suggest DJs shouldn’t use playlists. They are a great resource when used to supplement your arsenal. But come on kids, don’t be lazy, don’t be complacent. Learn your music, learn your craft.

The benefits and rewards you’ll reap will serve you for your entire career.

P.S. I’ve recently discovered something even scarier about playlists. Companies like Spotify will soon be using the playlists being generated and shared by their subscribers to target market to those very same subscribers.   But don’t worry about that, Google, Apple, and Skynet have bigger and better plans… J

Based out of Richmond, VA, DJ Tony Fernandez has been a DJ, Remixer, Producer, Musical Soothsayer and Audio Gear Oracle since 1980. Find him on facebook. Email djtonytf@gmail.com

Trust

By Mitch Taylor:

I recently wrapped up an event and found myself again amazed by the power of one word.  My clients were Dick and Elga, a couple who had tied the knot in a beautiful ceremony fifty years ago to the day.  Their golden anniversary celebration was well attended, filled with laughter, dancing, a few tears. As the night ended, the one word Dick boiled it down to when thanking me was simply this: trust.  Dick looked me in the eyes and said, “I trusted you to deliver tonight and you came through. You kept your promise to make tonight unforgettable.”

Isn’t it amazing how one word can have such a profound effect on how we do business, what we achieve in life and where we go?  Trust is also the ultimate reason a client hires you…or not.

How do you build trust?  

Trust begins with word of mouth about your company. Trust continues when a potential client visits your website and sees the reputation you’ve built reinforced by the online testimonials that appear on your site.  You must then back up the initial trust placed in you by updating your clients throughout every step of planning, by following through on every promise made, and by maintaining your brand’s integrity from beginning to end.

You also need to trust in yourself and in your advisors or coaches.  

What, you don’t have a coach?  Get one.  Someone you trust who is where you want to be, who can help you through the rough patches. Sometimes it’s not enough to trust in yourself, your talent and abilities to deliver; too often we all hear that little voice inside our head that says “no you can’t”. Find someone who believes in you, even when you might not.

For me that person was Kyle Cease, a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, whose Evolving Out Loud events and unique blend of comedy and personal evolution encouraged me to take full responsibility for the success of my client’s events. The minute I committed to this my clients were happier, referred my services more often, and even paid more for my services.

All because of one word.

Trust can be the catalyst to providing a better life for you and your family.

Do you trust me enough to take action on the words you have just read?

Because I trust that if you do, you will succeed beyond your wildest dreams.

Mitch Taylor has worked in the Mobile Disc Jockey industry for over two decades, first cutting his teeth as an on-board club DJ for Carnival Cruise Lines. In addition to owning and operating Taylored Weddings in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, he is a sought-after speaker and Gitomer Certified Advisor whose sales training, books, coaching and workshops are in high demand all over the country.