Pioneer To Sell DJ Equipment Business For More Than Half A Billion Dollars

pioneer-PLX-1000-turntableRTTNews reports that Japanese electronics maker Pioneer Corp. plans to sell its DJ equipment business to a U.S. private equity firm, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), for 59 billion yen (about $551 million).

Pioneer would then acquire a portion of the newly issued shares in PDJ Holdings Co., Ltd (PDJHD), which would be owned 85.05% by KKR and 14.95% by Pioneer. Continue reading

Akai Professional Intros AFX & AMX DJ Controllers

Akai Professional today introduced two new DJ controllers, the AFX and AMX.

The AFX and AMX are both USB devices that add hands-on controls to a variety of DJ setups ranging from Serato NoiseMap Control Vinyl (DVS), minimalist controllers, HID-capable CD transports, and more.

The AFX, a controller for both modern electronic dance music artists and turntablists, features an array of knobs, pads and buttons for advanced track manipulation. The AMX is a plug and play mixing control surface, with inputs for Serato NoiseMap control signals. AMX unlocks the full-version of Serato DJ, and features a 24-bit, 96 kHz audio interface for sending the mix to a speaker system.  Continue reading

Stanton SCS.4DJ at Summer NAMM

Stanton_SCS4DJAt the 2014 Summer NAMM Show: DJ gear-maker Stanton is showing its SCS.4DJ USB Mixstation with a new version (5.0) of the rig’s operating software.

Stanton’s SCS.4DJ USB Mixstation is the first fully-integrated solution to offer a broad range of functionality and performance in a DJ rig, removing the need of a laptop. Continue reading