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jeudi 17 février 2011

Pioneer DJM - 900 Nexus


Ladies and chaps, this is pioneer's new mixer, the DJM-900 Nexus.
It's traktor Pro certified, so normally you won't need an audio 10 dj (or other soundcard) in order to make it work with native intruments' new version of the software. Pics, video and Pioneer propaganda below:






Introduction with James Zabiela:

Specifications:


The DJM 900 Nexus is a four-channel club mixer. Headline features include ultimate computer connectivity, up-to-date effects, high performance features and sound. All based on the DJM-800 layout.
It has a 96kHz/24-bit soundcard streams all audio signals with no loss of sound quality – and being Traktor Scratch Certified, the DJM-900nexus unlocks DVS control. DJs can connect one USB cable and control Traktor with Timecode CD and/or vinyl, directly through the mixer.

Six stunning studio-quality SOUND COLOR FX expand upon the previous four and add extra dimensions to any DJ set. With a dedicated FX processor for each of the four channels, it raises the bar once more. An overhauled BEAT EFFECTS section further enhances the potential for mind-blowing arrangements: five new effects, a revolutionary level of control and Pioneer simplicity will rival any other system.

The new built-in X-PAD brings instant one-finger BEAT EFFECTS performances. Users of the CDJ-2000 and CDJ-900 can hit the DJM-900nexus QUANTIZE button to lock all these new effects to the Beatgrid of the playing deck.

The DJM-900nexus layout is the industry’s most intuitive, most widely used and most creative. With the new plug-and-play software connection that makes DJ transition a breeze, the result is a next generation mixer that is ready for professional DJ booths the world over. Due for release late March 2011, the newest addition to the club-standard DJM range will retail at 1,899 euros inc. VAT, £1599 inc VAT.

KEY FEATURES:

SOUND COLOR FX
Engineered to bring studio quality sound and sequencer style tricks to the club, six new beefed-up effects turn creative vision into a reality at the twist of a dial. In addition to the essential FILTER and CRUSH, the DJM-900nexus boasts four new modern effects. The massively popular NOISE from the DJM-2000 is added by popular demand, while the brand new and seriously lush SPACE reverb brings high-pass and low-pass ambiance to every channel. The new DUB ECHO also has high-pass and low-pass control over a new tape delay effect to twist with your mind as you slip the timing. The amazing GATE/COMP strips back your music to the peaks, or beefs it up to seamlessly blend drastically different productions together in the mix.

Overhauled BEAT EFFECTS add a whole new level of control
On top of the six super-easy COLOR FX on each channel, the channel-assignable BEAT EFFECTS bring a whole new level of control – making extreme processing more reliable and creative with instant results.

Let’s start off with the new control interface:

QUANTIZE: rekordbox™QUANTIZE picks up BEATGRID data over the ProDJ Link. Simply connect the DJM-900nexus to the network and compatible CDJs send real-time BPM and beat position data to the effects, even as you adjust and bend the pitch in the mix! Without perfect timing, heavily timed effects like TRANS, ECHO and ROLL can be dangerous to use, but with this new QUANTIZE stability and guaranteed timing, it’s easy to be wildly creative with the confidence of a seasoned Pro.

X-PAD: In addition to the BEAT buttons that change the timing, the intuitive X-PAD is a touch-sensitive strip that simultaneously engages the BEAT EFFECTS, while adjusting things like the REVERB filter, ROLL time, and PHASER LFO ¬– using just one finger!

TWIN LFO: Bringing a new approach to FILTER, PHASE and FLANGER sweeps is a twin LFO. LFO1 is controlled by the BEAT buttons, while LFO2 expresses further wobble factor using the X-Pad.

New High Quality Effects for a digital generation
REVERB: DJs looking for processor-intensive reverbs no longer have to gamble with the stability of laptops to get the best quality. REVERB brings lush studio quality with a two-minute tail, pitched room size control and input frequency filtering for stunning results.
SPIRAL: This pitch echo with feedback looping can create psychedelic breakdowns and interludes from a single hit.
SLIP ROLL: A DJM-2000 favorite, this ultimate beat-mashing tool puts rhythmic slicing and dicing at your fingertips. Continuously re-sample and loop fresh chunks of audio as you slide between loop sizes on the X-PAD, in perfect time with the beat.
MELODIC: This side-chain pitching sampler is another inspiration from the DJM-2000. Hit the X-Pad to simultaneously sample from the selected channel, and hold your finger down to trigger the sample from the peaks of the underlying music. Then slide your finger along to adjust the sample length while you change the playback pitch with the BEAT buttons.
MIDI LFO: The use of external effects units and software effects also takes a major leap. The twin LFO from the BEAT EFFECTS is now broadcast via Midi and USB, making it possible to control software effects with Quantize accuracy, right from the familiar DJM-900nexus controls.

PRO DJ LINK functionality enhances performance
The DJM-900nexus joins the PRO DJ LINK family with a LAN connection that brings three revolutionary new features. NOW ON PLAY warns you that a CDJ is playing out to the speakers. As soon as you turn up the corresponding mixer channel for a playing deck, the CDJ-2000 platter illumination changes from White to Red, or the CDJ-900 LINK icon flashes. The BEAT EFFECTS benefit most of all from the PRO DJ LINK as they now use rekordbox™ BPM and BEATGRID information from compatible Pioneer DJ Players , to keep the effects in perfect time. Finally, CUE LINK is like an additional audio channel to preview music in the headphones, straight from rekordbox™.

Fully TRAKTOR™ compatible for plug-and-play simplicity
TRAKTOR™ users can connect their PC to the mixer via a single USB port – conveniently located on top of the unit - to get direct input from TRAKTOR’s four decks and enjoy all of its features. The DJM-900nexus is a TRAKTOR SCRATCH certified compatible mixer, meaning scratch control functions that use a time code disc can be accessed, without the need for an authorized Native Instruments Audio Interface and all the extra connections.

Built-in four-channel high performance soundcard
Supporting 96kHz/24-bit high resolution signal processing, the onboard USB soundcard can simultaneously input and output all audio signals with no degradation of sound quality. A user-friendly interface on the PC allows DJs to tweak the output signal path to suit various activities, e.g. DVS control, software playback, producing and recording.

Advanced design for accurate reproduction of audio sources
The DJM-900nexus is equipped with the same high-quality audio input and output circuits as the DJM-2000. A 32-bit A/D converter digitizes and enhances sound quality for all outputs, while the 32-bit digital signal processor (DSP) suppresses digital noise. Even analogue noise is reduced, through balanced hybrid operation amps and output circuits.

High performance channel faders
New fader technology and fader caps will make the DJM-900nexus last for even longer between services in super-tough club environments. No longer positioned directly under the fader faceplate opening, the new fader mechanism is out of harm’s way to one side. Two metal shafts make the fader even smoother and extra durable, while the Pioneer P-LOCK Fader Caps are impossible to pull off in the heat of a mix.

Other features
- Fully assignable MIDI functionality can transmit most control information to external devices and can also be used as a MIDI controller.
- Built-in switchable 3-band equalizer (+6dB to -26dB) and 3-band isolator (-6dB to -∞dB).
- Automatically switches to standby if unit is not used or there is no input for a pre-set period of time.
MAIN SPECIFICATIONS
Number of channels - 4 audio channels, 2 mic channels
Input ports CD/LINE×6 (RCA), PHONO×2 (RCA)
DIGITAL IN×4 (COAXIAL)
MIC×2 (front-panel XLR & 1/4 inch JACK dual purpose×1, 1/4 inch JACK×1)

Output ports MASTER OUT×2 (RCA×1, XLR×1)
BOOTH OUT×1 (1/4 inch JACK)
HEADPHONE MONITOR OUT×1 (top surface 1/4 inch JACK×1)
REC OUT×1 (RCA)
DIGITAL OUT×1 (COAXIAL)
Other ports SEND×1 (1/4 inch JACK), RETURN×1 (1/4 inch JACK)
MIDI OUT×1 (5-Pin DIN), USB B port×1, LINK port×1 (RJ45)

Sampling rate 96 kHz
D/A converter 32-bit
A/D converter 24-bit

Frequency response 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion ratio 0.004% or less
S/N ratio 107 dB or greater (LINE)Head room 19 dB

Power source 220-240V (50 Hz/60 Hz)
Power consumption 42 W
Maximum dimensions 331 mm (W) × 409 mm (D) × 108 mm (H)
Unit weight 7.1 kg

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