Having forged the path from vinyl to CD amongst DJs, Pioneer is now leading the dance and entertainment industries into a new era where AV-literate DJs can finally blend exciting and dynamic visuals into their live performances. In fact, the ground-breaking DVJ-X1 not only creates an extraordinary outlet for creative expression, it also signals a brand new form of entertainment in clubs, bars and other venues and establishes a platform for dance music labels wanting to use visual content to help market their releases.
Combining Pioneer's world-famous CD Jog Dial technology with the flexibility and capacity of DVD, the DVJ-X1 looks just like Pioneer's own CDJ-1000MK2 CD player. But what's even more radical is that the DVJ-X1 has the same functionality - with the added capacity to playback DVDs as well as CDs. This means that digital DJs used to performing live with a CDJ-1000MK2 will have no trouble using the DVJ-X1 as a CD-playback tool.
But crucially, DVJs also will be able to use the DVJ-X1 to manipulate DVD visuals in exactly the same way as they would music. So real-time digital video scratches, loops and instant cues are all possible with the awesome DVJ-X1, while the video and audio streams always stay in perfect sync, even when they're being reversed and pitched. And since a DVD drive has a more advanced, more reliable laser than any CD player, playback quality is assured and maintained in the long-term. In addition, this new Pioneer unit works with all established CD formats as well as most DVD-Video, DVD-R and DVD-RW discs, crossing the boundaries between the once-separate audio and video domains.
To add yet another dimension to this mind-blowing concept, Pioneer anticipates linking two DVJ-X1 units together via a fully integrated audio and visual mixer in the near future. This will allow digital audio and video from separate sources to be mixed and scratched on the fly - in the same way that DJs create audio mixes in their live sets today.
To make the DVJ-X1 an even more flexible tool for performers, it has on-board memory capacity as well as a SD Card slot - just like the CDJ-1000MK2. This allows for AV loops and cue points to be stored, either on-board or on a removable SD (up to 500 loop or cue points on the card that's bundled with the DVJ-X1). During playback, the DVJ-X1 can search, select and preview the saved AV data using an external monitor that's connected via the output port. Pioneer's new unit also has an emergency loop feature to make it even more user friendly. At the press of a button, this feature automatically loops four beats seamlessly, in line with the BPM, to allow a DVJ extra time to mix from one track to another.
To gain the full benefit of the DVJ-X1, DVJs will have to play-out in venues with both an output screen and preview screen. A vision mixer will also be needed, although Pioneer is developing a video switcher as an interim solution to interface with the Fader Start function of many pro-grade audio mixers. The DVJ-X1's audio outputs are either digital S/PDIF or standard RCA stereo connectors, while video is either BNC (with component and composite) or S-Video and RCA composite output. S-Video and RCA composite ports are also available for hooking up to a preview monitor, while the only other connections are a fader start and a sync BNC for the video switcher.
In short, the Pioneer DVJ-X1 brings together existing AV technologies into a single unit that interfaces with currently available software and hardware to introduce a jaw-dropping new form of entertainment. This unique unit delivers on two levels. Not only does the DVJ-X1 satisfy the needs of digital DJs and their dance-floor audiences right now, but it also sets an unprecedented performance standard for DVJs of the future.
Revolutionary Video Control:
Real-time DVD Video Manipulation is possible - anything you could do with vinyl, and more, can now be done with DVD Video.
Hot Cue (sampler):
Memorizes up to 3 cue points per DVD/CD. These points can then be recalled by hitting either of the A, B or C buttons. This function can also be used like a mini sampler adding amazing versatility to a video show.
Instant reverse is controlled by using a flickable switch. With no loss of tempo or pitch, it can be used immediately within any track without having to stop or start. Reverse can also be used with the Hot Cue and the Loop Sampler providing endless combinations and effects.
Real Time Seamless Loop:
A quick and simple way to set a loop while a track is playing. Once the loop is set, it can then be looped continuously or until the ReLoop / Exit button is pressed. When released, the track continues playing without any pause. The loop can be re-trigged at any time by hitting the ReLoop button
Loop Out Adjust:
You have the ability to adjust the Out point of a loop stored in memory. So now fine tuning a loop is both quick and easy.
Hitting the Reloop button instantly takes you back to the beginning of the loop stored in the DVJ-X1's memory. This can be done either while the loop is playing or at any time while the current track is playing. Clever use of Reloop can create some sample like effects. The same loop is always stored in memory until replaced with a new loop.
The Emergency Loop automatically creates a 4 beat loop based on the BPM of the track.
SD - SecureDigital:
The DVJ-X1 has a memory feature that lets you store Wave data and Cue and Loop points with a thumbnail image* (thumbnail for DVD memory points only). The data can be stored on a removable memory card (SD) or the player's internal memory. The removable SD card can also be used in any DVJ-X1, so once you've stored your favorite cue and loop points you can take them with you. (A 16MB SD card is supplied with the player which will hold 500 memory points.)
Cue / Loop Memory:
Once you set a cue or loop point you can save it to either the internal memory or SD card by hitting this button.
Gets rid of those Cue or Loop points that you shouldn't have bothered saving in the first place.
A quick and easy way to scroll through saved cue and loop points.
Audio Wave data is always saved on to the SD when inserted and then appears instantly.
Standard DVD/CD Control Buttons
High Quality Aluminum buttons - Track Search, Search, Cue and Play / Pause.
Advanced DVD Control Buttons:
All the common DVD controls are available - 4 way directional control, Enter, Menu, Track Menu, Setup
Cue your track with the world's largest touch sensitive jog dial (7" / 206mm diameter) designed to emulate the control characteristics of a Vinyl Turntable, together with all the features from Pioneer's industry standard CDJ range of CD players. The DVJ-X1 offers a feel similar to the familiar CDJ-1000MK2.
Is used to either speed up or slow down the tempo of the video and audio depending on the direction the jog dial is rotated - either forward or reverse.
The DVJ-X1 can be set in either Vinyl or CDJ mode. In CDJ mode, the jog dial functions just like a Pioneer CDJ player, but without the touch sensitivity.
Scratch Play / Cue:
When the DVJ-X1 is in vinyl mode, the top of the jog dial functions just like a Vinyl Turntab
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