Battle DJs, the turntables who perfect the art of cutting and scratching music to create new creations on the fly, get new gear for the mobile digital world. Until now, most devices for this style of mixing have been either classic turntables and a mixer, or expensive modular units. Today, Pioneer DJ is announcing its new DDJ-REV controller series focused on the battle DJ mixing style and aimed at both novices and pros alike. The new entry level DDJ-REV1 ($ 259) and the pro level DDJ-REV7 ($ 1,899) are both compatible with Serato DJ and offer a tuned layout for fans of the Pioneer DJM-S side panel and mixer series.
Newcomers interested in this style of DJing can get a taste of what to expect, with some useful flourishes for the live broadcast generation. The 2-channel DDJ-REV1 controller runs Serato DJ Lite and includes a 14-day trial of Serato DJ Pro. It’s bus-powered, has slightly larger jogwheels than previous models in this price range, and includes a mic input so you can chat during live broadcasts without additional gear. With the mic, the only other input is the USB port, and you only get one RCA main output.
Although about the size of a pint, the layout echoes a classic fighting DJ’s pick with platters at the bottom and a horizontal height slider at the top. A side turntable made strumming easier without the tone arm getting in the way, resulting in an unusual placement for the pitch control. It seems that some have gotten used to this layout and this type of controller layout responds to that familiarity.
The center mixer panel also borrows from the popular Pioneer DJM-S series, with performance pads in the middle and lockable FX rockers. There is also a scratch bank to store your choice of audio clips and the Tracking Scratch feature. This saves you having to jump back to a scratch-off cue by doing it for you when you take your hands off the ridged capacitive wheel or spin it back.
If you have more seasoned skills and / or more money to spend, the 2-channel DDJ-REV7 is a better choice. This premium model features 7 inch motorized jogwheels with vinyl mimic top plates and adjustable torque for a classic turntable feel. Each side also includes a 3.5-inch display where you can see waveforms and other data, or switch to a Serato virtual bridge view, song artwork, or your own logo with easy omni-directional viewing. to have.
As with the economy model, the DDJ-REV7 mimics a classic cut and scratch layout with the DJM-S style center mixer, performance pads, and FX rocker. These jog wheels are along the front edge with the pitch slider on top. The relevant control knobs live between these, somewhat reminiscent of the layout of the Pioneer CDJ series.
Other highlights of the DDJ-REV7 are built-in scratch samples, a built-in Maglev Fader Pro and 22 built-in Beat FX. If you want to surround your turntable or CDJ controller, you’re in luck since there are line and phono inputs on each channel. Are you planning to chat with another DJ during live sets? The two USB ports will make your life easier. You will need a computer for most things, as there is no USB drive or microSD slot. This seems you can store entire tracks in the built-in scratch bank with clips, but that’s not a real solution. For outputs, you’ll get XLR and RCA ports for the main output, as well as a balanced 1/4 inch TRS for the cabin.
Entry level DDJ-REV1 is slated to be available in late January for a retail price of $ 259 and works with the free Serato DJ Lite software (1.5.9), although the pro version will also work. Those interested in high-end DDJ-REV7 ($ 1,899) will have to wait until February, although no solid availability date has been confirmed. This model includes a license for Serato DJ Pro (2.5.9) and a voucher for the Serato Pitch ‘n’ Time expansion.
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