Pioneer Announce the DJM-850
With two colour choices, four channels, one hundred effect combinations and endless creative possibilities, the DJM-850 is the latest addition to the Pioneer mixer range. Superseding the hugely successful DJM-800, this new mixer rivals software’s creative possibilities liberating DJs from their laptops and allowing for a more natural DJing experience.
Not only does the DJM-850 retain its predecessor’s most popular features, it inherits the high-end build of Pioneer’s club-standard DJM-900nexus and adds a few innovative effects of its own. An industry first is the DJM-850’s Beat Colour Effect, which uses the highly popular studio technique of sidechaining to add another layer of control to Pioneer’s Colour Effects without making them any more complicated to use. The Beat Effect ‘listens’ to the audio input of each channel and directly connects the rhythmical changes in volume to another parameter: resonance for Filter and Crush, beat repeat for Cutter and ducking volume for the Noise Effect.
The mixer also offers DJs 13 enhanced Beat Effects. Along with old favourites, the DJM-850 inherits the high-quality Reverb and tripped out sound of the tape echo-inspired Spiral Effect from the DJM-900nexus. Exclusively to the DJM-850, Pioneer have also introduced Up Echo, which produces a more reserved and controllable mix. Meanwhile, replicating the sound effects achieved by the DJM-900nexus’s touch-sensitive X-Pad, the ‘FX Boost’ function allows the Level/Depth knob to work more proactively than a standard Wet/Dry Control. Turn the dial to the 12 o’clock mark for a fully wet effect and turn it further to add Pitch Up to Up Echo and a High-Pass Filter to the Reverb.
The DJM-850 boasts an integrated high-performance sound card, enabling simultaneous input and output with 24-bit/96 kHz processing, so there is no deterioration of sound quality as it passes through the mixer. Connection to PCs or laptops requires just one USB cable, so DJs can start mixing their stored music immediately. Pioneer’s utility tool launches as soon as the DJM-850 is connected to a computer, allowing DJs to configure the mixer, sound card and audio routing according to their personal preferences. The DJM-850 is also fully MIDI assignable and can therefore also serves as a MIDI controller.
The glossy black DJM-850-K and sleek silver DJM-850-S will be available from late March 2012, both with a SRP of £1,299 (including VAT).