updated 09:48 pm EST, Thu November 15, 2012
Pro-level mixer integrates multitouch with DJ tools
The Pioneer Electronics Inc., Professional Sound and Visual Division has unveiled the new DJM-2000nexus performance mixer. The DJM-2000nexus offers more music mixing functions, including the new Beat Slice and Sync Master, available in conjunction with Pioneer's Pro DJ Link. The mixer also incorporates a built-in full-color 5.8-inch LCD multi-touch panel with screen effects, evolved Beat Effects, Pro DJ Link and MIDI control capability.
With Pro DJ Link, the DJM-2000nexus can be easily linked together with Ethernet cables to multiple Pro DJ Link-enabled Pioneer CDJ players to share a single music-filled SD card or other USB mass storage device. In addition, up to two laptop computers pre-installed with Pioneer's rekordbox music management software can be interfaced with the DJM-2000nexus for times when two DJs want to transition between performances.
Two additional functions, Beat Slice and Sync Master, were added to the mixer to take advantage of the Pro DJ Link connection. When Beat Slice is activated, the BPM of music from a player is automatically synced, a short sample of the track is temporarily stored in the DJM-2000nexus, and its waveform appears on the built-in touch panel display. The waveform is separated and shown in eight parts (single, quarter, half, and eighth beats) on the display. A touch of each part creates entirely new sound effects that play along with the beat of the sampled music.
The beats of tracks playing on multiple players connected to the mixer via Pro DJ Link are automatically synchronized with the master clock of the DJM-2000nexus with the Sync Master feature. The playback tempo and beats can also be adjusted using the built-in touch panel display, and numerous tracks can be arranged without having to synchronize the beats of each player.
Additional features of the DJM-2000nexus include a switching 3-band EQ and 3-band isolator on each channel, digital audio inputs for each channel, connection with the Pioneer CDJ player with Pro DJ Link or control cable, microphone talk over, a peak level meter, cross fader assign function, and a fader curve adjust function.
The DJM-2000nexus will be available in November with a suggested retail price of $2,999.