Pioneer Pro DJ Launch Mobile Mixer
Pioneer knows mobile DJs need more these days: more flexibility, more compatibility, more possibilities and more punch. These requirements are now met by the latest addition to the DJM mixer family – the DJM-5000. This four-channel mixer today launches with several standout innovations that place a premium on DJ dynamism, usability and professional style.
The ideal companion for Pioneer’s MEP-7000 media player, the DJM-5000 delivers 96kHz/24-bit sound and is also fully MIDI-enabled. Its built-in sound card for the laptop DJ guarantees quick and convenient PC/Mac connectivity, while three microphone channels together with four mic effects and an advanced talk over function allow meticulous control over MCs, announcements and vocals. It also offers a dedicated Master/Zone output facility, enabling one DJ to manage two separate outputs across two different locations. The DJM-5000 also includes a new Sound Maximizer feature that boosts EQ dynamics breathing new life into MP3s. This is done via two rotary knobs: 1) Dynamics, which boosts the low range for a richer, stronger sound, and 2) Clarity, which improves the general sense of separation and emphasises the mid-high range for a crisper, clearer sound, even at lower volumes.
“The DJM-5000 is an advanced digital mixer and 24-bit sound card that delivers countless benefits, especially in terms of creativity and functionality. The result of extensive research into what DJs really need, to accurately orchestrate an event with ease, this mixer progresses Pioneer’s vision for the mobile DJ/installation market.” comments Martin Dockree, Sales Product Manager, Pioneer GB Limited.
Borrowing its technology from the DJM-1000, the analogue signal from the media player is digitised at 96kHz/24-bit (studio quality), so it reaches the digital mixing stage in the best possible state. Mixing is then carried out by 32-bit digital signal processing with minimal deterioration of sound quality. The DJM-5000 also features two independent output systems, enabling separate music to be sent to two different areas. For example, one mixer can be the nerve centre for high-energy dance music on the main dancefloor and also play more chilled beats in the lounge. The microphone output can also be selected to transmit individually, so that announcements, MC or vocal performances can be tailored specifically to each zone.
Digital DJs will be thrilled to hear about the mixer’s three-way USB audio interface, which permits direct input from a Windows PC or MAC. There is no excessive wiring, no extra sound card and no nonsense. Since the mixer employs a six-channel (three stereo pair) USB audio interface, it’s possible to play music directly from a PC via the USB connection – without the need for an additional external sound card.
Three easy-to-use microphone channels are honed for improved performance. Two of the inputs have independent microphone channel systems, and volume and three-band EQ can be controlled separately for each. Channel 1 of the DJ section can also be used for mic input, complete with three-band EQ. For extra adjustment of MCs or vocals, four key mic effects are included: Reverb, Echo+Verb, Octaver and Pitch. In addition, the send/return terminals, which are the same as on the DJM-800, present the possibility for yet more connectivity and effects. The DJM-5000 also features two types of talk over, with a knob to adjust the ducking level. The advanced talk over function makes it easier to hear exactly what is being communicated over the microphone without reducing the volume of the music. Normal talk over automatically lowers the level of the music across the full frequency, which means an overall drop in volume. However, with Advanced talk over only the mid-range frequency band is lowered. This allows announcements to proceed smoothly without detracting from the atmosphere that has been built in the room.
The DJM-5000 will be available from September 2009 and the suggested retail price is £789 including VAT and Pro Mobile will get hold of one for review as soon as possible.