Battle DJs, turntables who master the art of cutting and scratching music to build new creations on the go, are getting some new gear for the mobile digital world. Until now, most devices for this style of mixing were either classic turntables and a mixer set, or expensive modules. Today, Pioneer DJ announced its new DDJ-REV series of consoles that focus on DJ’s combat style mixing and are aimed at both novices and professionals alike. The new entry-level DDJ-REV1 ($259) and DDJ-REV7 Professional ($1899) are both compatible with Serato DJ and offer a modified design for fans of the side turntable and Pioneer DJM-S series mixers.
Newcomers interested in this style of DJ can get a taste of what’s to come, with some useful flourishes for the generation that live in live streaming. The two-channel DDJ-REV1 console powers Serato DJ Lite and includes a 14-day trial of Serato DJ Pro. It’s bus-powered, has jog wheels a bit larger than previous models in this price range and includes a microphone input so you can chat while streaming without additional equipment. Besides the microphone, the only other input is the USB port, and you only get one main RCA output.
Although it has a pint size, the design reflects the DJ pick a classic battle with plates on the bottom and a horizontal slider up. The side turntable allows for easy scratching without the transmission shaft getting in the way, resulting in an unusual pitch control position. Some seem to have gotten used to this layout and this type of console layout caters to that familiarity.
The central synthesizer also borrows from the popular Pioneer DJM-S series, with performance pads in mid- and lockable FX switches. There’s also a scratch bank to store your choice of audio clips and a scratch-tracking feature. This saves you from getting back to a scratchable cue point by doing it for you when you lift your hands off the jogging wheel with full capacity or spin it backwards.
If you have more veteran skills and/or more money to spend, the two-channel DDJ-REV7 is right for you. This top model includes 7-inch motorized jog wheels with vinyl-simulating 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 displaying a virtual Serato deck, song artwork or your own logo with easy-to-view omnidirectional viewing.
As with the Economy model, the DDJ-REV7 emulates the classic cut-and-scratch design with a DJM-S-style center mixer, performance pads and FX switching. These jogging wheels are located along the front edge with a step slider on top. Among those are the related control buttons, which are somewhat reminiscent of the layout of the Pioneer CDJ series.
Other features of the DDJ-REV7 are onboard scratch samples, Maglev Fader Pro and 22 Beat FX included. If you want to surround your console with turntables or CDJs, you’re in luck since there are line and phono inputs on each channel. Planning to switch with other DJs during live groups? Dual USB ports will make life easier. You’ll need a computer for most things, since there’s no microSD slot or microSD slot. He. She sound You can store entire tracks in the scratch bank on the board along with the clips, but that’s not really a solution. For the outputs, you’ll get the XLR and RCA ports for the main out, plus a 1/4″ balanced TRS for the kiosk.
The entry-level DDJ-REV1 is expected to be available in late January at a retail price of $259 and works with the free Serato DJ Lite (1.5.9), although the Pro version will work as well. Those interested in the high-end DDJ-REV7 ($1899) will have to wait until February, though a solid availability date hasn’t been confirmed. This model includes a Serato DJ Pro (2.5.9) license and a coupon to extend Serato Pitch ‘n’ Time.
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