New DJ Gear: Pioneer XDJ-AERO – WiFi Standalone DJ Controller

Forget CDs, forget records, and forget controlling tracks playing on your computer. Instead, imagine a piece of DJ kit that’s loading your tracks straight from your wireless capable devices – your cellphone in your pocket or the iPad in your DJ bag. That’s what recently announced new DJing device, the Pioneer XDJ-AERO, aims to do.

With a similar built-in workflow system as a connected pair of Pioneer CDJs and mixer, the full-system model of the XDJ-AERO is reminiscent of Stanton’s all-in-one kit, the SCS.4DJ system announced at BPM 2011. In addition to wirelessly loading songs from your smart devices via a Pioneer-built app, the unit features a standalone two channel mixer, a direct-to-USB drive .WAV file mix recording feature, two “automatic mixing functions”, and onboard effects:

Jog Drum – Launch, scratch and manipulate samples by simply turning or tapping the jog platter.
Sample Launch – Includes four built-in sounds: Scratch, Horn, Siren and Laser.
Beat Effect – Four additional effects including Trans, Flanger, Echo and Roll can be added to currently playing music.
Sound Color Filter – Each channel of the mixer includes Pioneer’s popular Sound Color Filter which can be added to the music at any time.

Naturally, the unit is also capable of also accessing tracks via Pioneer’s Rekordbox track preparation system off of a laptop nearby, and all of this is over a local 802.11b/g/n wireless network or an ad hoc hotspot that it creates itself. Of note, the only file formats supported via Wi-Fi are MP3 and AAC – not sure if this is an app limitation or just a bandwidth concern – but it can also accept more formats over a USB drive or connection to computer.

The Pioneer XDJ-AERO will be available “late August” with a MSRP of $1,399.

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