Pioneer continues to increase the functionality of its already mega-versatile MEP-7000 multi-entertainment player and SEP-C1 software entertainment controller announcing the arrival of a new firmware upgrade – Version 2.02.
This free upgrade provides the added advantage of enabling users to locate individual files amongst the vast digital music libraries employed by DJs. So, to be certain you will always find the track you want, exactly when you want it, the MEP-7000 can now conduct speedy keyword searches using the artist or title ID3 tag fields. These searches can be carried out by using either the MEP-7000’s scroll wheel or by connecting an external USB keyboard. To utilise the search feature, it is first necessary to create a library database. This may be achieved by using the MEP-7000, although it is faster to use a PC software application to read the USB drives and generate the data library file that is required for the keyword search to function. With library mode activated, simply inputting the text allows you to make searches, while the intelligent GUI displays your results clearly on the 4.3-inch LCD.
‘Essential for all users, this update is an incredibly valuable and timesaving addition to the MEP-7000 player,’ says Martin Dockree, DJ Sales Manager for Pioneer GB. ‘The actual track search process is very logical and straightforward – with massive benefits for any working DJ.’
The new firmware is also a bug fix upgrade for the SEP-C1, plus it improves the MEP-7000’s compatibility with third-party software applications. Virtual DJ and Serato V1.9, for example, now join Pioneer’s own DJS by providing native USB-HID support for improved hardware/software performance, although operation of Serato software still requires the connection of Serato hardware. The firmware furthermore extends compatibility to the Pacemaker DJ system.
The SRP of the MEP-7000 is also to be reduced to £1249 Inc VAT, effective from April 2009 – a strategic price realignment reflecting updated assessments of the mobile DJ and bar/small club markets. The MEP-7000 firmware update is available for download from the support page at www.pioneer.co.uk