Pioneer DJ have finally released the Rolls Royce of a DJ setup they had teased earlier in the year to a curious crowd at NAMM 2016. While most fixated on the five large screens attached to the top, a few were asking the questions about the other new features included in and around each device. Guest contributor Dan D-Squared shares some insight on what Pioneer DJ was thinking behind this over-the-top design of a product line.
The big question everyone is asking themselves is “Who is this system for?” and the blunt answer is “probably not you.” At least not yet.
This system is really for the most popular “big name” DJs of the world, who are playing on the biggest stages and sound systems week after week. This TOUR-1 system is for:artists whose booking costs are in the tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands for a 1-2 hour set artists who have a full crew they tour with, including a FOH engineer, lighting technician and visual team DJs who have specific requests for equipment on their artist riders which if not met by the show provider means a breach of contract and a cancellation of their performance on the spot. These DJs all exist, and we all have many opinions about their talent, the music they play, and if they deserve to be where they are. Playing On Multi-Million Dollar Soundsystems
So why is this new rig a big deal to you if it’s not something most DJs will get a chance to even touch? The TOUR-1 appears to be made to give the crowds of people at these huge shows the absolute best experience possible. When paying upwards of $500 a ticket to go to a festival, your level of expectation is very high.
The audience expects the absolute greatest display of stage design, visuals, lighting, fireworks and more. No expense is overlooked when it comes to the finer details.
Having the best possible sound at a festival is a big deal. When you’re a DJ playing in front of 50,000 to 100,000 people at EDC, Ultra, or Tomorrowland on a multi-million dollar sound system, every thing you can do to improve on that has a cascading effect on the end result of sound.
Every sound system, no matter how expensive and technologically advanced, is only as good as the weakest link in the chain. That chain starts at the DJ booth.
Pioneer DJ has recently started advocating for higher quality sound in DJ booths – specifically on the NXS2 line, increasing their D/A conversion inside to 96 kHz/24-bit and advocating the use of more lossless formats like FLAC.
For most real-world scenarios, a 320kbps MP3 track is enough of a balance between file size, affordability, and perceivable quality when jamming out tunes at a club. But when you’re playing on a 300,000-watt stereo system specifically designed to deliver the clearest truest signal at the maximum volume level without distortion, MP3 begins to lose its benefits.
Pioneer have also unveiled the DJM-TOUR1, a new mixer that allows DJs to feed their output directly to front of house with no loss of sound quality and makes back-to-back sets “a breeze” thanks to two independent headphone sections that allow selectors to monitor and cue tracks separately.
Both the CDJ-TOUR1 and the DJM-TOUR1 will be available in July 2016, but don’t expect them to come cheap – reports say they’re retailing for $7499 a pop. Find out more on the Pioneer website.