AlphaTheta Corporation announces the release of the DDJ-REV5 scratch-style controller from its Pioneer DJ brand. This 2-channel, Serato DJ Pro and rekordbox compatible controller offers an authentic scratch experience and a variety of innovative features to enable more creative, open-format DJ performances.
The DDJ-REV5 is equipped with large jog wheels for intricate and precise scratching when used with the robust and slick MAGVEL FADER. Also, the long tempo sliders on the DDJ-REV5 run horizontally above the deck sections while the controller places the Performance Pads and Lever FX in the mixer section to emulate the setups preferred by open-format DJs around the world.
It also includes unique Stems control buttons for live mashups and remixes to allow DJ to individually play or mute different parts of any track, such as drums or vocals.
To enable creativity, the DDJ-REV5 features the first-ever Auto BPM Transition for seamless track mixing over a shift in BPM. This feature smoothly adjusts the tempo of a track over a specified number of beats so you’re totally free when choosing songs and never bound by BPM ranges.
And the new Piano Play offers an immersive musical experience where you can trigger a cue point in different semitones, with the changes in pitch arranged on the 16 Performance Pads to recreate the layout of a piano’s keyboard.
The DDJ-REV5 is compatible with Serato DJ Pro and rekordbox. To start DJing, simply connect the controller to a PC/Mac running your chosen application.
Product category: Scratch-style 2-channel performance DJ controller for Serato DJ Pro and rekordbox
Model number: DDJ-REV5
In-store date: Late September
Large jog wheels and MAGVEL FADER for dynamic scratching
Scratch, battle, and perform intuitively on the DDJ-REV5, which blends an authentic scratch experience with innovative features. The large jog wheels are responsive, reliable, and easy to operate – with a feel just like those on classic CDJ units – and they each include a display with playhead position to help users know where they are in the track. Users can also customize the Jog Feel to find a perfect jog wheel “weight”. The MAGVEL FADER is slick, robust, and ready to translate every tiny movement to help users scratch with precision.
Scratch-style layout for open-format freedom
The long tempo sliders on the DDJ-REV5 run horizontally above the deck sections while the Performance Pads and Lever FX are placed in the mixer section for dynamic performances, emulating the PLX Series deck + DJM-S Series mixer setups loved by open-format DJs around the world. Thanks to the proximity of the pads, levers, and faders, users can fuse scratching with pad play and effects.
Dedicated buttons for easy Stems control
Users can get creative and make live mashups and remixes using the Stems buttons on the DDJ-REV5. Tracks are split into different Stems within the software – vocals, melody, bass, and drums in Serato DJ Pro; or vocal, drums, and inst (other instruments including bass and synths) in rekordbox – allowing users to play them separately.
Users can Solo or mute the different Stems to create mashups on the fly. For example, users can play the instruments from a track on deck 1, then play the vocals from another track on deck 2 to make a mashup.
Isolate different Stems of a track on separate decks to make live remixes. For instance, play instruments from a track on deck 1 while scratching its vocals on deck 2. Or, users may choose a Stem to isolate and then add an effect to only that part.
Use the EQ knobs to adjust the volume for separate Stems of a track.
Use different Stems in combination with Deck Move, which allows easy movement of tracks between decks, and Dual Deck, which enables users to simultaneously operate the 2 left or right decks together. This makes it easy to make and control multiple live mashups and remixes at once.
New Auto BPM Transition for smooth mixing
Mixing between musical genres with vastly different tempos is easy on the DDJ-REV5, thanks to the new Auto BPM Transition feature. Choose a number of bars for the transition and, when you press the dedicated button, the track that’s playing will gradually change tempo to match the track loaded to the other deck to mix or drop in the new track at the perfect moment. Because the incoming track’s BPM matches that of the previous one, the transition will be seamless. Users can also set Stems, Auto Loop, and Key Lock control to be applied during the transition. These automatic processes free up users hands to use other controls, because users won’t need to adjust the tempo slider manually.
New Piano Play mode for intuitive musical performances
DJs will find it more natural than ever to express themselves musically on the DDJ-REV5 thanks to the new Piano Play mode. Just like Pitch Play, DJs can use the 16 Performance Pads to trigger a cue point in different semitones, but now the changes in pitch are arranged so the pads form a keyboard with the “white” keys on the bottom row and the “black” ones at the top, as if playing a piano. There are 3 scales to choose from, and even if users are not familiar with musical theory or scales, they’ll find it easy to play a tune with the improved arrangement of the tones.
Multiple inputs and outputs plus 2 USB Type-C ports for smooth DJ transitions
DJ’s can use the DDJ-REV5 as the center of a larger setup thanks to its wide variety of inputs and outputs, including an XLR master out that’s perfect for use in professional environments. There are 2 USB Type-C ports for PC/Mac too, making it easy to swap between DJs with a simple flick of a switch on the controller.
Serato DJ Pro and rekordbox plug-and-play compatibility
DJs can choose their favorite software and start right away. Simply plug the DDJ-REV5 into a PC/Mac running the latest version of Serato DJ Pro and rekordbox to use either application for free –users don’t need a license key or subscription. A voucher for the Serato Pitch ‘n Time DJ expansion pack is also included.
Analog-style design traits blended with advanced digital elements
While paying tribute to open-format DJing and scratch culture, the unique design of the DDJ-REV5 opens the door to new creativity. The texture of the top panel on each jog wheel feels like a vinyl record to give an authentic feel when scratching and the fader section is protected by a tough metal panel that can withstand intense scratch performances. The dedicated buttons for controlling Stems are line-shaped to visually represent how a track is made of 4 elements. Even the shape of the DDJ-REV5 is new, with angled corners that nod to the fresh possibilities the controller offers.
Combo Pad Mode
Press 2 different Pad mode buttons simultaneously and users can use both modes at the same time. The different functions will be split between the pads on that deck (1 mode assigned to the bottom 4 pads, the other assigned to the top 4) and users can choose from the Hot Cue,Roll, Saved Loop, and Sampler modes.
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Visit the official rekordbox website for software specifications
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