27th January, 2017

Top 10 New Release Products from NAMM 2017: Part 01

The 2017 NAMM Show was a massive event as expected, with over 100,000 people attending the Anaheim Convention Center over the weekend.

There were some awesome new product releases that we are very excited to get stock of. With so many brands bringing out their new arsenal of gear for 2017, we decided to narrow it down to the Top 10 Products that you’ll be seeing in DJ City stores soon, so here we go!


#1 Denon DJ Prime Series

This year at the NAMM Show, Denon DJ was the name on every DJs mind, after the press release of their exciting new Prime Series. The new Denon gear was closed off to the public, with viewing only available by appointment only for industry personnel. This made for a very intimate experience when viewing the new products. With an expert rundown of each item by the Denon Product Manager, it gave us the chance to really soak in how truly amazing these products are.

The new Denon DJ Prime series is currently made up of three items; each as exciting as the next.

The Denon VL12 DJ Turntable

First cab off the rank is the very beautiful VL12 turntable. With the illuminated RGB LED platter, it’s hard to look away. Specifications aside, this is an incredible turntable. From the aesthetics to the feel – it’s all been well thought out and executed to perfection. It is built like a tank, weighing in at over 10kg, with a brushed black metal finish and a new style chrome platter – it was love at first sight.

This new DJ Turntable will turn heads and hearts and we can’t wait to get our hands on them.

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  • Isolation feet eliminate unwanted vibration and feedback
  • Highest-in-industry 5kgf/cm torque on “High” setting
  • Innovative ‘easy grip/brake’ chamfered platter redefines tactile DJ touch
  • Isolated motor design, for optimal signal-to-noise ratio
  • S-shaped tone arm for accurate tracking
  • Reinterpreted tone arm support with dual-function ‘lock or rest’ feature
  • Rugged all-metal tone arm base and high-quality brushed metal controls
  • 2-speed operation 33 1/3rd and 45 RPM (45 RPM adapter included)
  • Adjustable pitch range: ±8%, 16%, 50%
  • Built-in RGB lighting illuminates platter’s edge
  • Colour selection and brightness controls


The Denon X1800 4 Channel DJ Mixer

The 4 channel DJ mixer from the Prime series is everything you would expect from a professional DJ mixer. The look and feel is the same quality across the board of the entire Prime series. It features a clever addition of the backlit touch strip. This gives you control to apply effects to each track instantly at the touch of the strip and also allows you to quantise those effects in multiple beat-grids as you run up and down the touch strip.

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  • 4-Channel Digital Mixer with (4) phono/line switchable channels
  • BPM FX section with frequency controlled ‘Band-Isolation’
  • Dual USB audio connections for software and audio devices
  • Dedicated Sweep and BPM FX Knobs — high-quality effects for each channel with a single knob turn
  • Expressive EQ – choose Classic or Isolation modes and an Adjustable Filter Resonance Control
  • ‘Engine Connect’ protocol for beatgrid locked FX
  • Expressive Denon DJ ‘Flex-Fader’, Crossfader
  • Connect MIDI based effects and instruments
  • 24-bit/96kHz digital output for un-compromised audio quality
  • Crisp OLED screen for precise menu based adjustments
  • (4) Digital inputs for high-resolution audio mixing
  • LAN Hub for up to four players or accessories
  • Rugged metal construction


The Denon SC5000 Pro DJ Media Player

Last, but not least, is a product the could very well change the industry as we know it. I think what makes this product so exciting is that we have yet to see a Single DJ CD / Media player enter the market and directly rival the industry standard that is the Pioneer CDJ 2000 Nexus.

Seeing, touching and playing on this unit for the first time felt as comfortable and as natural to use as a CDJ. When other single media players have come onto the market they truly lack style and feel. The switch from a Pioneer unit to something new doesn’t seem possible. But with the design and features of the SC5000, there is a very easy transition. The SC5000 is capable of exceptional functionality which really sets it apart from its competition.

I foresee great things for this player and can’t wait to have them in-store at DJ City for demos.

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  • 7-inch HD display with multi-touch gestures
  • 24-bit/96kHz digital audio outputs
  • Dual-layer playback with individual audio outputs
  • Plays uncompressed audio formats (FLAC, ALAC, WAV)
  • 8 multi-function trigger pads for Cues, Loops, Slices and Roll
  • 7-inch HD display with multi-touch gestures
  • 24-bit/96kHz digital audio outputs
  • Dual-layer playback with individual audio outputs
  • Plays uncompressed audio formats (FLAC, ALAC, WAV)
  • 8 multi-function trigger pads for Cues, Loops, Slices and Rolls
  • 8-inch rugged metal jog wheel with HD central display
  • Customisable RGB colour around the jog wheel
  • (3) USB and (1) SD input for music playback
  • LAN output to link to up to four players

 


 

#2 Behringer Deep Mind 12 Synth

Behringer’s focus this year at NAMM was obvious and to the point, their display comprised of one product, the Behringer Deep Mind 12 Synth! With 10 Synth stations set-up in front of a screen and podium like a classroom, Behringer ran tutorial classes on how to use the new Deep Mind Synth.

Since its press release, this awaited synth has some very high expectations and is set to come on the market later this year. From the outset, it pretty much looks like any normal stock standard synth, but let me assure you after spending about 15 minutes playing on one of these bad boys, there is something truly special about this one.

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  • Velocity- and aftertouch-enabled 49-note keyboard
  • 12-voice mono-timbral analog polysynth
  • 2 DCOs per voice, Noise generator
  • DCO sync and voice unison detune options
  • 1024 patch memory locations arranged in 8 banks of 128
  • 2/4-pole lowpass filter, additional highpass filter
  • 3 envelopes: VCA, VCF, and assignable Mod
  • Each voice features an independent LFO
  • Unison mode with detune fader
  • Extensive 8-bus modulation matrix
  • 4 integrated digital effects engines with 4 parts and over 30 types of FX
  • Hard-wire effects bypass
  • Arpeggiator/32-step sequencer with gate-time control
  • LCD display with encoder, navigation buttons, and sliders
  • CV/pedal input to connect with modular systems
  • All parameters controllable via Wi-Fi, editable via PC and tablet apps
  • USB, MIDI connections

 


#3 Reloop RMX90DVS DJ Mixer

Reloop have finally release a product that they have so desperately required.

With the rise of DJs spinning vinyls, the need for a high quality, affordable mixer that has an in-built DVS ready interface is essential. While brands such as Rane and Pioneer have very high quality solutions for this need, the price tag can be out of reach for most vinyl spinners.

Introducing the Reloop RMX90 4 channel DJ mixer! This mixer is the easiest and most logical solution for Reloop. It is a very high quality mixer, similar to the RMX80, with the features and functions you would expect from a Pro DJ mixer, however this bad boy is DVS compatible!

Yes that’s right, see you later Serato SL box – the RMX90 has one built inside. This will be a great asset for all DVS DJs, and we can’t wait until they arrive.

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  • 4+1-channel DJ club mixer
  • 8 in/8 out DVS audio interface, 24 bit for Serato DJ
  • Serato DJ Plug’n’Play: full version incl. DVS Expansion Pack
  • Digital architecture with extensive adjustment possibilities
  • 3-band EQ with adjustable behaviour, classic/kill
  • Sound filter, bi-polar filter unit with LPF and HPF
  • High-quality surface in deep black metallic
  • Sturdy construction: metal housing, screwed knobs
  • Beat FX unit with 12 effects in studio quality: Flanger, Delay, Echo, Reverb, Transformer, Pitch Shift, Loop Roll, Reverse Loop, Noise, Bitcrusher, Gate, Tape Delay
  • Two digital displays for visualisation of parameter changes
  • RMX innoFADER compatible
  • Adjustable line fader and crossfader curves
  • MIDI-compatible control elements
  • Active USB hub for the connection of further USB devices
  • High-retention USB 2.0 port, especially durable

 


#4 LD Systems Stinger G3 Series

The Stinger Series was a much loved active speaker series here at DJ City, with the Stinger G2 selling faster than we ever imagined. Due to some production delays, the Stinger series was obsolete for some time. As production of the G2 series concluded and the delays in manufacturing of the G3 series occurred, there was a time of no Stingers at all.

LD Systems catered perfectly for the middle-market with their awesome GT Series and put everyone to shame in the high-market with the DDQ series. However, the middle – high market place remained untapped … until now.

The Stinger G3 series is an incredible sounding range of speakers with the standard format of active 10, 12 and 15 inch. With the 15 and 18 inch subwoofers, the G3 series will knock socks off.

 

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  • High-efficiency 1000 watts RMS digital power stage and 130 dB max. SPL
  • Multi-purpose design for full range, satellite and monitor applications
  • Application presets for quick frequency response contouring
  • BEM optimised HF waveguide for uniform coverage
  • Custom woofer and BMS compression driver
  • DynX® DSP technology for distortion-free performance
  • 2 line/mic input channels with individual gain controls plus mono mix out
  • 12 mm birch ply cabinet with ultra rugged polyurea finish and M10 suspension points
  • Shock-resistant front grill provides maximum speaker protection
  • 36 mm Dual-Tilt pole receptacle for 0° or 5° mounting angles
  • Large selection of smart installation and transport accessories

 

#5 Chauvet DJ FX Array Q5

Although Chauvet have release a hand full of new and exciting fixtures for NAMM 2017, this particular light was a personal favourite and mesmerising effect at the Chauvet DJ Booth. With 5 Quad colour wash LEDs combined with 30 RGB SMD LEDs, this effect has your eyes glued. It’s such a simple, but effective small wash and strobe-style light.

It was easy to picture this one having a place in any mobile DJ’s lighting array.

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  • Versatile quad-colour LED wash light with brilliant eye candy effects
  • An array of RGB+UV LEDs spread light evenly across the dance floor
  • Control the wash LEDs and the RGB SMDs separately for dynamic light shows
  • Generate eye-catching effects with sound-activated and automated programs
  • Compatible with IRC-6 for flexible control over all features
  • Save time running extension cords by power linking multiple units
  • Fits best in the CHS-40 VIP gear bag
  • DMX Channels: 3, 10 or 30
  • DMX Connectors: 3-pin XLR
  • Light Source: 5 LEDs (quad-color RGB+UV) 6W, (2.1 A), 50,000 hours life expectancy
    30 SMDs (tri-colour RGB) 0.3 W, (0.1 A), 50,000 hours life expectancy
  • Strobe Rate: 0 to 19 Hz
  • Beam Angle: 22°
  • Field Angle: 36°
  • Illuminance: 314 lux @ 2 m (per pod)

 

Click here for Part 2 of our Top 10 New Release Products from NAMM 2017!