Pioneer has a habit of redefining the standard for modern DJing solutions. Similar to the latest CDJ and DJM series, the new RMX-1000 Remix Station boasts some fancy new tricks up its sleeve. But does its features and price make it an essential component of today’s standard DJ setup?
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What Is It?
Due out at the end of May 2012 at an MSRP of $999 (online for $799) the RMX-1000 Remix Station is a DJ effects processor featuring 4 sections of FX.
- SCENE FX: The familiar Echo, Filter, Crush, Spiral, and Reverb effects organized into two groups called “BUILD UP” and “BREAK DOWN”. The large knob in the middle controls the depth of the effects and two smaller knobs below control the parameters.
- ISOLATE FX: Effects that can be applied to a specific EQ-band (LOW, MID, HIGH). These include EQ-based Cut/Add and Isolator effects and rhythmic-based Trans/Roll and Gate/Drive effects.
- X-PAD FX: Sample playback and control via touch strip and buttons. Kick, Snare, Clap and Hi Hat samples are built-in but you can load your own using an SD Card. Sample pitch can be manipulated using the dedicated pitch knob. The touch strip can also be assigned to control rhythmic parameters of the ISOLATE FX.
- RELEASE FX: A lever which eliminates the music volume using either a Vinyl Brake, Echo, or Backspin effectively creating a short cut or fill. The music returns upon release of the lever.
- Inputs: RCA and 1/4″ x 1
- Outputs: RCA and 1/4″ x 1
- Other Ports: USB-B port x 1
- Dimensions/Weight: 13.14” (W) x 6.18” (D) x 2.24” (H), 2.86 lbs
- Software: Remixbox, RMX-1000Plugin (VST)
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One thing to point out in these specs is the inputs/outputs. The RMX-1000 supports only one input meaning you cannot run two channels into it from your mixer. The RMX-1000 also does not feature XLR outputs which may be preferable for professional speaker systems. However, the simplicity of the single input/output device means you can use it on virtually any sound-source, be it your laptop or even an iPod.
Another thing that feels like it’s missing is beat-grid syncing with the CDJ-2000’s/DJM-900 Nexus. The ability to sync beat effects in real-time with a CDJ is very cutting-edge and seems like a promising direction for Pioneer. But with that being said any additional features might’ve raised the price of the RMX-1000 making it less accessible.
The RMX-1000 includes the new Remixbox software which, similar to Rekordbox, allows users to customize and save profiles to the device. Furthermore, Pioneer has included a VST plugin which emulates all of the RMX-1000’s effects in a software environment. And similar to the new CDJ’s and DJM’s, the RMX can be used as a MIDI controller via USB.
So what does this thing sound like and look like in-use? Let’s leave it to none other than Laidback Luke to give a live demonstration.
The RMX-1000 looks like a blast to use. I like that Pioneer is trying something new and innovative with the design. The RMX-1000 is around the same price point of what might be considered its predecessor (the EFX-1000) at $799-$999 which is a hefty price tag on top of a standard DJ setup. Although the device lacks some of the features of the latest Pioneer DJ gear, such as beat-grid syncing, it comes with extremely high quality effects which is the most important feature.
+ High quality innovative effects
+ Organized design layout
+ Pioneer reliability
+ Software support/integration
– Pricey (MSRP $999)
– Limited to one input/output
– No beat-grid sync with CDJ’s
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