The touch element allows you to control the pitch and the rhythm speed it plays at. Additionally, the Parameter knob allows the effects to be fine tuned. Each of the effects can be induced into the channel with a turn of the Filter knob. The reverb, for example, is nice and wide-sounding and you can roll off the tops or pull back the mids to blend it into the same sonic dimension as the song currently playing. Further manipulation of the sound effects can be made using the Effect Frequency knobs that changes the low, mid and high frequency bands of the music. When used tastefully these are great mix-enhancing tools, enabling you to add new arrangement dynamic to a mix or smooth out a mix transition.
Verdict + Feels great to perform with + Excellent integration between linked units + Quality effects and control + Frequency Mix offers a lot of blending potential + Beat Slice Repeat is very intuitive to use — Top-only headphone port — Fiddly input selection on Beat Slice Remix function They are pricey and not quite perfect, but both units are in a league of their own in the current market. The mixer itself is classic Pioneer style, with bright yellow cue buttons for headphone monitoring and slick-feeling faders, but, sadly, the headphone port remains located on the top surface. For those looking to invest in a standalone setup for their business that will be showered with continuous updates, a prolonged shelf life and near infinite possibilities, look no further. Speaking of Pioneer, my biggest and most pleasant surprise has been the amount of support this unit receives. There are two different stages of typical effects processing available.
The only issues we encountered were with the fiddly input select option, which makes it difficult to quickly move from remixing one channel to another, and that when you turn it on to capture, it overrides the track playing but wipes the sampled bar when you turn it off. Turns of the knobs enhances the effects to each frequency band, i. Here you have high- and low-pass filters, a Zip flanger, Jet for pitch down-shifting , Crush for down-sampling and a white-noise effect. I've been satisfied with my purchase since day one and absolutely love the flexibility decks offer. Users can simultaneously manipulate the displayed controls on the panel by touching different areas of the screen.
Pioneer has dropped a new firmware update on a near monthly basis—something that every hardware company should abide by hint hint Native Instruments. By utilizing balanced hybrid op-amp and a perfectly balanced output circuit in the analog processing stage, Pioneer managed to significantly decrease induced noise resulting in a dynamic range of 107dB with 0. This design niggle aside, the layout and build quality of the mixer is excellent. They gave me a quote that put others to shame and have locked me in as a customer for life. Numerous buttons were added for selecting multiple effects and beat parameters for additional performance capabilities.
These decks aren't cheap, but you get what you pay for—in this case, a flagship product. When the mixer is used, master tempo is controlled from the central touch-panel. Tracks are divided into seven bands and a graphic display enables you to see the dynamic activity in the bands to either side. However, having the cable sticking out from the top can become problematic when you need to work quickly. This is most effective as an accenting tool for variation or to remix the breakdown of a track to play over another track running at full steam.
Another batch of assignable effects are located above the central touchscreen display and can be used on one channel at a time. This offers great live potential, especially in a band performance scenario, when you could sample other instruments to scratch and generally mess around with. Up to four audio sources can be assigned to each channel providing even more flexibility. Although there are a few aspects that could be improved upon, we were enjoying very creative mix sessions with the Pioneer rig within ten minutes or so of setting up. Asides from the second or so it takes for a track to load onto a deck, with this level of sync you can pretty much manage to mix continuously for both fast cut-up styles or deep and evolving blended mixes.
Touch control of the seven crossfaders is well-implemented and far more practical than having them in physical form on the desk. . Another new feature is the addition of a dedicated Quantize button. You can perform live or capture your triggering for a new bar loop. . . .
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