[Video] Pioneer DJ Announces The XDJ-R1
Pioneer DJ has just announced the XDJ-R1 which is an all-in-one multi-media playback device that can be completely controlled by a wireless connection to an iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone via Pioneer's specially designed remotebox app. DJ's can now control the mixing, volume, fading and other functions of the XDJ-R1 from way across the room. The XDJ-R1 is very versatile with CD slots, USB ports (both for MIDI software control or for Flash/Hard Drive playback), and dual screens for a true standalone capability.
The XDJ-R1 also has a healthy number of inputs and outputs so users can plug in additional CD decks or turntables for additional mixing playback possibilities. There are controls for hot cues, loops, samples, and the popular Beat & Sound Color FX that are pulled directly from the new Pioneer DJM series Mixers. The XDJ-R1 will come with a Free version of Virtual DJ LE for those who want to use the 4-channel mixing capabilities while attached to a computer and in MIDI mode.
The XDJ-R1 will be available in June with the retail price of $1100. We'll be sure to get one in the lab as soon as we can for a full HD-Video review. Check out the full press release for additional details below.
PIONEER INTEGRATES IPAD®/IPHONE®/IPOD® TOUCH CONTROL IN LATEST DJ SYSTEM
XDJ-R1 is the Industry’s First Wireless DJ System with iOS Device Control Capability
LONG BEACH, Calif. (May 30, 2013) – Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. Professional Sound and Visual Division today unveiled the XDJ-R1, the industry’s first all-in-one DJ system to feature wireless control functionality through an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch via Pioneer’s specially designed “remotebox” app. The versatile system features Wireless Direct, to enable reliable wireless connectivity with an iOS device even when a WiFi® network is not available, Auto Beat Loop, Beat Sync, USB device connectivity, built-in CD players and MIDI control.
“Pioneer continues its efforts to build innovative DJ products that match today’s consumer lifestyle with the introduction of the XDJ-R1,” said David Arevalo, marketing director, Professional Sound and Visual Division for Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “Expanding on Pioneer’s latest connectivity philosophy, with the XDJ-R1, iPhone and iPad devices can be used as additional control devices so the DJ is free to move around the room he/she is performing in while still having complete control over the music playing.”
By utilizing the “remotebox” app with an iOS device such as iPhone or iPad, the XDJ-R1 can be remotely controlled wirelessly, giving DJs the ability to continue their music mixing performances even when they move away from the system. The remotebox app provides access to many of the system’s functions directly on the display of a compatible smart device including controlling volume levels, choosing and changing songs, as well as the ability to mix songs from a USB device plugged into the system. Users can also apply the “Auto Beat Loop” function that automatically loops music at a specified tempo as well as intuitively control various effects using the X-Y pads from a smart device.
Unlike conventional systems, the XDJ-R1 is equipped with dual CD players in addition to a USB port for media playback. The system supports a variety of different music formats including conventional compact discs and MP3, AAC, WAV and AIFF files stored on CD-R/RW and USB storage devices. For added convenience, the unit also offers MIDI support for operation of various DJ software.
Mix and Match Features
The XDJ-R1 offers a multitude of fun and convenient features for creating unique mixes including:
• Beat Sync – With a touch of the Sync button, the system automatically synchronizes the beats of songs analyzed through Pioneer’s rekordbox music management software
• Hot Cue – The unit features three points of Hot Cues to enable playback of music from specified points
• Sampler – For added effects, the system’s Sampler function enables recorded sampling sounds to be added with the press of a button. Sound sources can be recorded from songs on a USB storage device or a compact disc
• Beat FX – Four different effects including Trans, Flanger, Echo and Roll are available to combine with songs currently playing
• Sound Color FX – The unit offers four additional effects (Filter, Crush, Noise and Jet) for more creative mixing options
• Quantize Function – Automatically corrects synchronization of effects when using Auto Beat Loop or Beat Effect.
• Noise Reduction – To significantly reduce noise, internal analog and digital circuits were separated, and the distance for digital conversion of analog input signals was shortened. All signal processing is conducted using a high-performance CPU for clear audio output
• Independent 3-band isolator
• Internal sound card (Audio Interface)
• Complete with Master Out (XLR), Booth Out, AUX and MIC ports
Free Virtual DJ Limited Edition
The Virtual DJ® Limited Edition DJ software by Atomix Inc. is included with the purchase of a XDJ-R1. The software features an easy-to-use user interface for the XDJ-R1 and enables optimum enjoyment of various DJ play styles with features including loops, effects, a sampler and 4-channel mixing.
The XDJ-R1 will be available in June with a suggested retail price of $1,099.