Pioneer Readies New DJM-5000 DJ Club Mixer & MIDI Controller

Pioneer has announced the DJM-5000, a four-channel Club DJ mixer and controller with a built-in soundcard. The DJM-5000 delivers 96kHz/24-bit sound and is also fully MIDI-enabled. Its built-in sound card for the laptop DJ guarantees quick and convenient PC/Mac connectivity, while three microphone channels together with four mic effects and an Advanced talk over application allow control over MCs, announcements and vocals.

It also offers a dedicated Master/Zone output facility, enabling one DJ to manage two separate outputs across two different locations. Adding to its knockout credentials, the DJM-5000 includes a new Sound Maximizer function that boosts EQ dynamics to suit play in any environment and breathe new life into MP3’s.

» 96kHz/24-bit audio
» Three-way USB audio interface
» Master/Zone output allows one mixer to manage two areas
» 3 microphone channels, with advanced MC features, and four mic effects
» Advanced talk over feature
» Sound Maximizer
» Fully Assignable USB-MIDI function for connectivity and software control
» Digital Input: Two inputs for direct connection to digital sources with superior signal quality.
» Peak Level Meter: Each channel features an LED meter for speedy monitoring.
» Three-Band EQ: High, Mid, Low equaliser on each channel (–26dB to +6dB).
» Cross Fader Assign: Easily assign channel output via the cross fader for versatile control.
» Cross Fader Curve Adjust: The curve of the cross fader can be adjusted to three patterns.
» Fader Start Play: Connecting a Pioneer CDJ or MEP player makes it possible to start/cue the player simply by sliding the cross fader or channel fader.
» 19-Inch Rack Mount Ready

Borrowing its technology from the DJM-1000, the analog signal from the media player is digitised at 96kHz/24-bit. Mixing is then carried out by 32-bit digital signal processing with minimal deterioration of sound quality.

Since the mixer employs a six-channel (three stereo pair) USB audio interface, it’s possible to play music directly from a PC via the USB connection – without the need for an additional external sound card.

The DJM-5000 features two independent output systems, enabling separate music to be sent to two different areas. For example, one mixer can be the nerve centre for high-energy dance music on the main dancefloor and also play more chilled beats in the lounge. The microphone output can also be selected to transmit individually, so that announcements, MC or vocal performances can be tailored specifically to each zone.

Three easy-to-use microphone channels are honed for improved performance. Two of the inputs have independent microphone channel systems, and volume and three-band EQ can be controlled separately for each. Channel 1 of the DJ section can also be used for mic input, complete with three-band EQ. For extra adjustment of MCs or vocals, four key mic effects are included: Reverb, Echo+Verb, Octaver and Pitch. In addition, the send/return terminals, which are the same as on the DJM-800, present the possibility for yet more connectivity and effects.

The DJM-5000 offers two types of talk over, with a knob to adjust the ducking level. The advanced talk over function makes it easier to hear exactly what is being communicated over the microphone without reducing the volume of the music. Normal talk over automatically lowers the level of the music across the full frequency, which means an overall drop in volume. However, with Advanced talk over only the mid-range frequency band is lowered.

The Sound Maximizer makes it easy to optimize the audio to suit the venue. This is done via two rotary knobs: 1) Dynamics, which boosts the low range for a richer, stronger sound, and 2) Clarity, which improves the general sense of separation and emphasises the mid-high range for a crisper, clearer sound, even at lower volumes.

61 different knobs and buttons on the DJM-5000 can transmit control data via MIDI signal over a single USB connection with your PC to any MIDI-mapable DJ software. As such, the mixer can also be used as a MIDI controller to advance flexibility and control.

The Pioneer DJM-5000 DJ Club Mixer will sell for about $1000 when it debuts in September.

Author: FutureMusic

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