For a while Pioneer has been rolling with the classic EFX-500 and EFX-1000 external effect units in their product line. It has been long overdue for some sort of a new model to come out, even though the need for such piece of gear has become a thing of the past with FX built into mixers and DJ programs being the norm. But that does not stop Pioneer, and long behold they have announced the RMX-1000, a new take on effects units.
" Pioneer is setting a new benchmark in pro-DJ equipment, with the awe-inspiring RMX-1000 remix station. Taking a totally new direction to effectors and samplers, the RMX-1000 is a three-in-one system comprising editing software, innovative performance hardware and VST and AU plug-ins."
The compact and portable RMX-1000 allows users free control of musical developments with intuitive operation. Four sections of the device are arranged with easy-to-control knobs and buttons that control multiple effect parameters. By combining the effects from each section, wider arrangements with greater individuality can be performed with ease.
In the SCENE FX section, users can choose between five BUILD UP effects and five BREAK DOWN effects. The BUILD UP effects, consisting of BPF ECHO, ECHO, NOISE, SPIRAL UP and REVERB UP, add sounds, while BREAK DOWN effects, consisting of HPF ECHO, LPF ECHO, CRUSH ECHO, SPIRAL DOWN and REVERB DOWN, cut sounds. A large knob increases or decreases the parameter of effects chosen by simply turning the knob. Two sub-parameters knobs are also available for additional changes to the effects being produced.
The ISOLATE FX section, consisting of three individual knobs, processes the low, mid and high frequency bands of the music passing through. The section is loaded with three effects in addition to an Isolator, providing rhythm patterns, timbre, etc., letting users freely modify the output for the HI/MID/LOW frequency bands. In addition to the Isolator, three additional effects in the section are available including CUT/ADD, TRANS/ROLL and GATE/DRIVE.
The device features a touchpad section called the X-PAD FX that enables users to develop and add new sounds not found in the original music. In addition to its four built-in effects, KICK, SNARE, CLAP and HI HAT, other sound effects edited in Pioneer's remixbox™ software can be inserted using an SD card (not included) during DJ play.
The system also includes a RELEASE FX lever that eliminates the current music playing and leaves only the sound effects. RELEASE FX can also be used to create the opposite effect: When the lever is released, all section effects are eliminated while the original music continues to play. Three types of RELEASE FX are available including VINYL BRAKE, ECHO, and BACK SPIN.
User customization function provides flexible support for various needs
The included remixbox™ software allows the user to customize various settings of the RMX-1000 on a computer, changing parameters such as volume output and values for different sections of the device. The customized settings can then be transferred using an SD card for use with other RMX-1000s.
VST/AU Plug-in to use effects heard in DJ play into music production
Using the included RMX-1000 Plug-in VST/AU plug-in software, users can create the same type of music production and effects while DJing on a computer. In addition, connecting the device to a computer enables it to act as a controller for music production.
- Excellent sound quality achieved through optimization of the audio circuit design parts layout and circuit board pattern.
- QUANTIZE function enables real-time music analysis and synchronization of effects along with the beat of the music.
- New AUTO BPM function automatically measures and follows the tempo of music.
- Compact design for easy portability and convenience.
- USB-MIDI for use as a MIDI controller.
Inputs: RCA pin jack x 1
Phono jack: (1/4) x 1
Outputs: RCA pin jack x 1
Phono jack: (1/4) x 1
Other ports: USB B port x 1
Sampling rate: 48 kHz
A/D and D/A converter - 24bit
Frequency response: - 20Hz ～20 kHz
Total harmonic distortion: 0.005% or less
S/N ratio: 102 dB
Head room: 20 dB
Software: remixbox™、RMX-1000 Plug-in
External dimensions: 334 mm（W）×157 mm（D）×57 mm（H）
Weight: 1.3 kg
No word on pricing just yet, but the release date appears to be sometime in May.
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