Casio’s new DJ controllers purpose to improve your subsequent houseparty setlist
Casio makes numerous keyboards. That is the corporate’s main contribution to music, and whereas it is a reasonably large one, it is also trying to undertake to, nicely, what the youth have been listening to (and making) in recent times. To that finish, it is launching two totally different units higher suited to bop music, hip hop, electronica and extra. There’s the XW-DJ1, with a seven-inch scratch disc, and the XW-PD1 which mixes a sixteen-pad sampler with a synthesizer, sequencer and effector. Each run off batteries, have constructed-in audio system and hook up with your iPhone / iPad, PC or Mac by means of a proprietary cable. The thought is that it ought to be all it’s essential “DJ” for a celebration, although we might advise including some audio system to the association. The XW-DJ1 DJ Controller will launch this month, priced at $299, whereas the XW-PD1 Groove Middle (we might in all probability drop the ‘groove’ there), can be out there in early March for a pricier $399. These trying to improve their subsequent social gathering playlist may need to learn into the small print, that are proper after the break.
Enjoying with a prototype forward of the announce, we’ll say one factor: The training curve is a bit of steep. Casio’s spokespeople reiterated that each units are positioned under professional DJ gear, however the surfeit of buttons across the complete deck, to not point out the programmable loop buttons, meant this editor did not even know the place to start. Once we received to play with the XW-DJ1 (that is the black one with the turntable), the deck instantly turns into a really gratifying timesink.
The Trackformer ties into Algoriddim‘s djay2 app, with the power to fade between two music tracks, cue them up and extra. There’s additionally a cross fader on the units themselves. The decks are powered by four AA batteries, the purpose being you can keep your playlist… in the event you pack sufficient AA batteries. The units can be powered by way of USB from a PC — so there’s an alternative choice there. The scratch pad is comfortably giant — greater than the standard 5-inch (CD-sized) pads discovered on smaller mixing decks, and the textured floor signifies that there’s one thing for fingers to grip to. The pad has just a little little bit of resistance, however it’s not motorized.
The second DJ system swaps out the scratch pad for a sixteen-button pad. It is arguably the extra artistic of the 2, providing the power for musical dilettantes to digitally pen their very own tracks, forming bass strains, percussion and melody from a Casio keyboard-esque financial institution of one hundred preset sounds for every “step”. Customers can add as much as 36 of their very own consumer samples from music tracks, mic sources and properly, anyplace. DSP results like roll, filter, bit crusher, break and pitch shift are all included, whereas there is a constructed-in synthesizer to additional mutate and tinker with sounds. The XW-PD1 may even double as a MIDI controller when related to your PC. We (properly, extra musical editors) will probably be experimenting with the brand new controllers right here at CES very quickly. Keep tuned.