PVDJ, a division of Peavey Electronics Corp., introduced at Summer NAMM this year the new Digital Audio Interface (DAI), the first hardware and software package to allow DJs to remix in real time.
The interface will play and mix .MP3, .WAV and .CDA audio files and includes all the controls needed for real-time remixing, including jog wheels on either side of the controller that can be used to create scratching-type effects. In addition, the DAI will automatically find the nearest beat when setting a cue point or mixing tracks.
The controller is separated into two players, with a touch-sensitive screen between them that shows the current track playlist with track progress bar and BPM counter. Tracks can be sorted by artist, title or BPM (ascending and descending order). The on-screen keyboard allows quick song retrieval by automatically narrowing the search field as you type.
Built-in "Grabbing" technology allows one-button-push looping, with adjustments for moving the loop backward and forward one beat at a time. The user can also lengthen or shorten loops on the fly, allowing for true real-time remixing. This grabbing function always exits the loop at the end of the measure unless the user tells it otherwise.
The DAI also includes an Auto Pilot feature with fully automated mixing and tempo matching. The DAI controller works in tandem with its companion PVDJ software package, which is built around a 56-bit audio engine.
The PVDJ Digital Audio Interface will be available in Q4 2004 from authorized PVDJ dealers. MSRP: $1499.99.
For more information, visit www.pvdj.com.